Energy is needed anytime we want to make something. The car mom/dad drives uses gasoline to take us to school. We use electricity to make a fire and cook our next meal. And, if we are planning a bbq outside, we burn charcoal or wood to make a fire. Vacuums, computers, phone chargers, video games and even the light bulbs use up some form of energy. Energy can be costly to our parents. You see it when they get the bill at the end of the month. But, more importantly it is very costly to our beautiful earth. Our wonderful teacher, the Prophet Mohammad (peace and blessings be upon him) always encouraged us to take care of the earth and treat it gently. He (pbuh) promoted using only that which was needed and looked down on wasting.
- The Prophet (pbuh) encouraged us to plant trees as a renewable source of energy : Anas (ra) reported that the Prophet(pbuh) said, “If a Muslim plants a tree or sows seeds, and then a bird, or a person or an animal eats from it, it is regarded as a charitable gift (sadaqah) for him.” (Bukhari)
- The Prophet(pbuh) encouraged us to conserve resources even when performing obligatory acts : Abdullah ibn Amr ibn Al-`Aas (ra) reported that the Prophet(pbuh) passed one day by Sa`d ibn Abi Waqas (ra) while he was performing wudu’ (washing before prayer). The prophet(pbuh) asked Sa`d, “Why is this wastage?” Sa`d replied “Is there wastage in wudu also?” The Prophet said, “Yes, even if you are at a flowing river.” (Ahmad and authenticated Ahmad Shakir)
These hadiths (saying of the Prophet (pbuh)) encourages us to show our appreciation for these blessings by not abusing them. All forms of energy is important and vital in our lives. It saddens me to see that today we use up a lot of energy which produces pollution and causes harm to our environment. Allah(swt) has furnished us with free energy that does not cause pollution. What are these green, free energies? Wind is one form of energy that we can harness. Windmills were made for just this purpose. The first windmill was manufactured in the United States and designed by Daniel Hallaway in 1854 in his Connecticut machine shop. And still today, windmills are used all around the country.
Allah(swt) enlightened Muslims to use wind as energy even before it was introduced to the west. In 634 CE, during the time of our Khalifa Umar’s (ra) leadership windmills were built. A Persian came to Khalifa Umar (ra) and claimed that he could build a mill operated by wind. The Khalifa gave permission and a green idea began to flourish, alhumdulillah. The invention of a windmill became so famous that it spread throughout the land. It consisted of a 2 story building which stood on towers of castles, hill tops and its own platform. On the top level were millstones. On the bottom level where 6-12 sails which spun by wind entering from 4 open vents. These sails where attached to a wheel which when spun the millstones began to do it job.
Here is video to watch and get a better idea of what windmills can do.It is similar to the one which was invented at the Khalifa Umar’s time.
Here’s another video of what windmills were like build in the 1900’s.
Muslims throughout history have always made it a priority to live a green life.The Prophet (pbuh) has taught us just that.
Here, at Creative Muslim Kid we want to do our best to implement the Prophet Mohammad’s (pbuh) teachings (Sunnahs). He (pbuh) is the best of examples. He (pbuh) taught us to live in peace and harmony.
In our home, we have replaced paper towels with fabric (clothe) towels. Paper towels are made from trees. When you consume paper towels, you are encouraging big companies to chop down more trees. Plants and trees are gifts from our Creator. They not only give us shade from the sun and protection from the wind but they are crucial in our survival. Plants and trees give off oxygen which we need to breathe. Trees are always silently cleaning the pollutants we produce, alhumdulilah. So, instead of cutting down trees, let’s plants some today! Come on, implement a greener change into your life. We have given you 2 simple ideas to start with.
1. Planting a tree
2. Changing from paper to clothe towel. How do you do this? Easy. Ask your mom/dad not to purchase anymore paper towels for your home and start using clothe towels instead. You will be surprised to see how easy it is and more happy to know that for every tree you save, the Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) is pleased with you!
Is there something you already do to follow in the footsteps of our wonderful Prophet Mohammad (pbuh)? Something that makes you a ‘Green Sunnah Kid’? For more info and ideas on how you can help take care of the environment and follow the Sunnah, read our post, Become a Green Sunnah Kid.
Peace and bye for now !