Is It Permissible to Eat the Fruits From a Tree Planted in a Mosque?

Answered by Shaykh Jamir Meah

Question: Assalamu alaykum

In my mosque there is a mango tree. Do I have to get the permission to pick mangoes from the mango tree in the mosque?

Answer: Wa’alaykum assalam. Jazakum Allah khayr for your question. May Allah reward you for desiring to find out the correct rulings before acting.

The permissibility or prohibition on eating fruit from trees within a mosque returns to the reason why the fruit tree was planted in the mosque.

When it is prohibited to eat from trees within a mosque

If the tree was planted specifically for the mosque, then it is not permitted to eat its fruits. Rather, the fruits are sold and the profits return to the mosque funds. Similarly, if the tree was made as a part of an endowment to a specific people (waqf), such as the mosque Imam and his family, then it is also not permissible from anyone else to eat from the tree. The only way to know this is by asking the mosque committee.

In these scenarios, if one ate from the tree without permission, one would have to reimburse the mosque for the fruit eaten.

When it is permissible to eat from trees within a mosque

If the tree was neither of the above, such as the tree was planted as an unconditioned act of charity for anyone to take from, then it would be permissible to eat of its fruits. Again, the way to know this is by asking the mosque committee.

If one does not know if the tree was planted for the mosque, as an endowment, or for general benefit, then one is also permitted to eat from it. However, it would be highly recommended to do one’s best to find out the status of the tree before eating from it. And Allah knows best.

[‘Iyanat al Talibin, Tuhfa al Muhtaj]

Warmest salams,
[Shaykh] Jamir Meah

Shaykh Jamir Meah grew up in Hampstead, London. In 2007, he traveled to Tarim, Yemen, where he spent nine years studying the Islamic sciences on a one-to-one basis under the foremost scholars of the Ribaat, Tarim, with a main specialization and focus on Shafi’i fiqh. In early 2016, he moved to Amman, Jordan, where he continues advanced studies in a range of Islamic sciences, as well as teaching. Jamir is a qualified homeopath.

Who Ate From the Tree First? Adam or Eve?

Answered by Ustadh Sharif Rosen

Question: Assalam alaykum

Who has eaten from the tree first? Adam or Eve?

Answer: BismilLahi Rahmani Rahim

as-Salamu ‘alaykum.

Jazakum Allah khayran for your question.

The Qur’an affirms that both Adam and Hawa, upon them be peace, ate from the tree which they were commanded to abstain from.  Our proof text is, {He [Shaytan] lured them with lies.  Their nakedness became exposed to them when they had eaten from the tree…} [Qur’an 7:22].

That both our primordial parents fell prey to the Devil’s insinuations means that Hawa, upon her be peace, is not held liable for their “fall” from the garden onto earth.  And although most of the details of this event are left ambiguous, that the Qur’an clearly absolves Hawa from such exclusive blame is highly consequential.  It frees her, and by extension all women from having to endure the injustices that have historically resulted from this wrongful condemnation.

Even eons removed from this encounter, Adam and Hawa’s reaction to their error provides us lessons that may illuminate our lives.  Rather than blaming Allah for their actions as did Iblis [see Qur’an 7:10 – 17], Adam and Hawa, upon them be peace, hasten to acknowledge their wrong and return to Allah, pleading, {“Our Lord, we have wronged our souls: if You do not forgive us and have mercy, we shall be lost!”} [Qur’an 7:23].  Through their repentance, Allah teaches us that every individual thereafter should ever take refuge in His mercy, while taking personal responsibility for any harm that afflicts us.

And Allah knows best.

[Ustadh] Sharif Rosen

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadh Sharif Rosen is the Muslim Chaplain at Williams College (in the Northeastern United States) where he works to enhance campus life through spiritual and pastoral care; advocacy and coalition building; and deepening mutual understanding within and between communities.  His formative Islamic studies, past and ongoing, have been at the hands of scholars connected via unbroken transmission to the Prophet Muhammad, upon him be peace and blessings.  Most of Sharif’s training occurred in Amman, Jordan from 2008 – 2013, with a focus on creed, ritual law, spirituality, Quranic recitation and exegesis and through which he has received permission to transmit his Islamic learning.  Sharif has a B.A. in History from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, and is now completing his graduate studies.  He completed the Classical Arabic program at the Qasid Arabic Institute in Amman, where he was also the Director of Student Life.  He currently serves as the Vice President for Educational Chaplaincy with the U.S.-based Association of Muslim Chaplains.

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