Our Fruit Tree Project is a lasting charity (Sadaqah Jaariyah) which will benefit children under the care of our orphanage and schools.
The project is a noble initiative of the YMA Secretary General Sheikh Ahmed Moti Ur Rasool Alvi. The project was launched in June 2019, with the first batch of assorted saplings (100 Tommy Mangoes, 50 Avocados) ordered from growers in the Embu area.
Our saplings arrive in good condition and are then planted and nurtured carefully in our nursery until they can be replanted in our fields, where they mature and give fruit.
It is a great example of a project where we are rewarded for caring for our environment. These types of projects encourage our children and centre staff to embrace a practical Islamic practice that they can continue and take seriously as they grow. So far, there are about 200 fruit trees (Mangoes, Avocados, Pawpaw and Lemons) planted at designated areas and carefully nurtured by our staff and orphans. With enough fruit trees in the centre, the fruit can be used to cater for the orphan’s needs, as well as be sold to fund other requirements. As long as the trees and centre remain, each tree will provide continuing rewards to the sponsor.
The Prophet ﷺ said:
If a Muslim plants a tree or sows seeds, and then a bird, a person or an animal eats from it, it is regarded as a charity (sadaqah) for him.
Practical Benefits of Fruit Trees:
- Provide good nutritious fruits
- Improves the air and atmosphere of a place
- Reduces pollution
- Provides homes for wildlife and birds
- Prevents soil erosion
- Keeps rivers clean and improves water quality
- Lowers wind speeds in storms
- Stores rain in the soil – lowers flood risk
- Makes the area beautiful
- Prevents land from becoming a desert
- Provides food for the homeless and the underprivileged
In October 2019, a group of over 50 ‘Friends of the YMA’ helped to implement a major part of this project and are also spreading the message of combining caring for our planet with helping the less fortunate. They included:
Adil Altaff, Asif Awan, Bilal Adam, Dr. Assad Mughai, Faiz Zubaidi, Hammad Alvi, Hamza Awan, Hamza Khizr, Hassan Shareef, Khizr Adam, Mahdi Afzal, Muhammad Abu Bakar, Omar Abdullah, Sa’ad Shamil, Saeed Bhakhresa, Shaykh Hassan, Yasser Harunani, Adnan, Rizwan and Yaish. Special thanks goes to YMA chairman Altaf Ganatra and Br. Hamid Alvi for arranging the group activity and providing logistical support.
Let’s all do our part for the environment, for the future and, most importantly, for the pleasure of the Almighty.
Join us in spreading the messages to all our family and friends across our beautiful country, to help in whatever way we can.