"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 for him" (Bukhari)
When you donate your olive tree (cost £15 per tree) with Human Appeal, they don’t simply provide seeds to farmers, they deliver healthy trees – around 1.6 to 2 metres in height and at least 3 years old, that are already producing fruit. They help the farmers to plant their trees, and support them along the way.
Proof that good things come in small packages, the olive tree rarely exceeds 8 metres in height, but packs a whole lot of punch. It provides food, oil and medicine for hundreds of years.
Olive trees also provide the main source of livelihood for over a million Palestinians, helping to sustain generations to come.
The trees are planted twice a year (March and October).
Our Prophet (peace be upon him) said, Never does a Muslim plant a tree, but that they earn the reward of charity because of what is eaten from it. Likewise, what is stolen from it, what the wild beasts eat out of it, what the birds eat out of it, and what people take from it – all is a charity for them.
The oldest known olive tree is 1500 years old, but the average life span is 500-600 years.
"When a man passes away, his good deeds will also come to an end except for three: Sadaqah Jariyah, a knowledge which is beneficial, or a virtuous descendant who prays for him (after his death)." [Sahih Muslim]