Aubrey Thom Vakhani
AS the 2018/19 planting season is underway, RADIO Islam Listeners Association (RAILA) is one of country’s organisations taking part in tree planting exercise.
President for RAILA, Yusuf James Manpower told this publication that his organisation is following the teachings Islam which teaches its faithfuls to take part in concerning natural resources.
“One of our objectives is to follow Qur’an and Sunna of our Prophet Muhammad [Peace and Blessings of Allah be Upon Him] said planting a tree is Sadakatul Jariyah (continuous charity) to the one who did will continuously getting rewards from the Almighty until that particular tree reaches its lifespan,” said Manpower.
He said it is sad to note that Malawi is annually faces the effects of natural disasters which are resulted by among other things due to wanton cutting down of trees.
“When we were born we found natural and exotic trees. Imagine life without trees. We have put this initiative to replace the trees that have been carelessly cut. Almost in all mountains there are no more trees making a drastic climate change hence replacing those trees that have been cut carelessly so that we bring back our lost glory,” said the president.
Manpower added: “Taking care of the planted trees is a very big challenge but we will make sure that they are taken care of especially by preventing them from bush fires as well as making sure that they are being watered throughout the year for them to survive and for us to achieve our goal.”
Manpower said the exercise needs support from well wishers.
“We will welcome any funding from any interested firm or individuals so that we assist in bringing back the old fresh greeny Malawi. I have taken this as my initiative so please I need that support because these trees will not only help those living near but also Malawi as a country. So far RAILA has planted about 700 trees and we want to plant more trees in this rainy season,” he explained.
Last week, RAILA planted trees at Mangochi Turn-off Masjid.