Anas bin Malik relates that Prophet Muhammad ﷺ 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 or sadaquah for him.”
(Bukhari and Muslim)
Prophet Muhammad ﷺ is the only leader in human history who reached the pinnacle of success in every field of life. He not only verbally taught but stringently applied Islamic principles of ecological welfare. His concern for preserving nature was so consistent that history reports the only time he cut down plants was when he along with his Companions cut down the palm trees in Madinah to impede the Jewish tribe Banu Nadhir.
If a person or an animal eats from our corn fields, generally people take it as a waste. But in this hadith the Blessed Messenger ﷺ says that it is regarded as Sadaquah or charitable gift for the person who has planted it. Thereby the Messenger ﷺ encourages people to think positive and do their duty, leaving the rest on the Mercy of God.
In another agreed-upon hadith, the Messenger ﷺ said, “If the Hour (the Day of Resurrection) is about to be established and one of you was holding a palm shoot, let him take advantage of even one second before the Hour is established to plant it.” This hadith leads us to the climax of work culture; for, doing our duty in the right direction without wasting one single second or a fraction thereof would lead us to success in the Hereafter.