Probably one of the first Hadiths they teach us in schools is, “Cleanliness is half the faith (Emaan).” [Sahih Muslim].
This ‘half faith’ doesn’t revolve around cleaning your room or keeping your house clean – it is much more than that. We often litter our own city, without knowing how it may offend the very Hadith mentioned earlier. Just like that, we are compromising on half of our faith.
To give yourself a quick reminder, here’s something you should read:
“So whoever does an atom’s weight of good will be judged on it, and whoever does an atom’s weight of bad will be judged on it” – Holy Quran 99:7-8
This very reminder shows us how at the Day of Judgement, everything associated with us will speak. Our reactions, intentions, and actions will give their judgment. The land will speak against or for you, telling Allah what you did. The animals will testify for or against you. Your body parts will speak of everything you did. To ordain in Adala (fairness), everything we do will be questioned on the day of judgment.
To Remember How it is Our Responsibility to Keep our Environment Clean, here are a Few Hadiths as a Reminder:
- “Removing harmful things from the road is an act of charity (sadaqah).” Narrated by Abu Dharr Al-Ghafari.
You will be cleaning the path for someone else or removing the items that may cause someone pain or an injury.
- “Surely We have made whatever is on the Earth an embellishment for it, so that We may try them (as to) see which of them is best in works” (18:7 )
- “The world is sweet and green, and verily Allah has installed you as a representative or trustee (khalifa).” Prophet Muhammed SAWW
And should it be us who ruin the beauty of this sweet and green world?
- “And He it is Who produces gardens (of vine), trellised and untrellised, and palms and seed-produce of which the fruits are of various sorts, and olives and pomegranates, like and unlike; eat of its fruit when it bears fruit, and pay the due of it on the day of its reaping, and do not act extravagantly; surely He does not love the extravagant. (6:141)
It is indeed in our power to bring out the best in this world. Keeping the environment clean has been given essential importance in Islam. Keeping ourselves clean determine how we would want this world to be clean as well.
Do we play our role? Think about it.