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Growing Bonsai Plants

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by Darulifta Azaadville

Question:

Are we permitted to grow and keep Bonsai Plants like trimming and looking after them from seedlings etc?

Answer:

It is permissible to grow and keep Bonsai plants. 

However, it will be preferable and more meritorious to plant such trees which bear fruit and give shade to people thereby benefitting people and becoming a source of reward for the person who has planted such a tree. 

The following Hadeeth appears in Saheeh Muslim (#1552): 

عن جابر قال قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم ما من مسلم يغرس غرسا إلا كان ما أكل منه له صدقة وما سرق منه له صدقة وما أكل السبع منه فهو له صدقة وما أكلت الطير فهو له صدقة ولا يرزؤه أحد إلا كان له صدقة

 

“No Muslim plants a tree except that whatever is eaten from it becomes Sadaqah (i.e. a means of reward) for him, whatever is stolen from it is Sadaqah, whatever wild animals eat from it is Sadaqah, whatever the birds eat from it is Sadaqah and whatever damage anybody causes to it is Sadaqah.”

Checked and Approved By:

Mufti Muhammed Saeed Motara Saheb D.B.

This answer was collected from the official Ifta website of Darul Uloom Azaadville, South Africa. Most of the answers are checked and approved by Mufti Muhammed Saeed Motara Saheb D.B.

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