Why Does Islam Have So Much Green?

Have you ever wondered why the color green is so popular with Muslims?  Green is found everywhere in the Muslim world:

Green mosque domes and minarets.

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Al-Masjid an-Nabawī –Madina source: Wikipedia

Green flags.

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Green covered Qur’ans.

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And, even green carpets in mosques.

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Source:kashan-carpet.com

While there is no official color representing Islam. Many Muslims choose to wear or decorate using the color green simply because it was the favorite color of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

How do we know green was Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) favorite color?

The companion, Anas Ibn Malik, answered the question in a hadith:

“The most beloved of colors to the Prophet (PBUH) was green.” [Musnad]

In another hadith, Anas Ibn Malik is in a garden and remembers how the prophet Muhammad (PBUH) liked to gaze at green plants and trees.

“We used to say that the Prophet’s (PBUH) favorite color was green.”

[al-Bayhaqi, Shu’ab al-Iman]

In a desert, where very little vegetation grows, a green garden would have been a beautiful and welcomed oasis by the prophet (PBUH)

An Oasis is a fertile spot in a desert, where water and sometimes green vegetation is found.  Source: Wikipedia Sahara Desert, Libya

The Color Green in the Qur’an

In surah Al-Insan we get to peek inside Jannah with a description of what people will wearsilk smaller in paradise:

“Upon the people (of Jannah) will be green garments of fine silk and brocade.” [Quran 76:2

The homes in Jannah will also be decorated with green. In Surah Al-Rahman we discover that there are green cushions in Jannah on which the people will rest:

green cushions and beautiful fine carpets.”  [Qur’an 55:76]

The Color Green in Hadith

The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) comforted his companions after the loss of many Muslims during the hard fought battle of Uhud.

“When your brethren were lost at the battle of Uhud, Allah put their spirits in the bodies of green birds which go down to the rivers of Paradise, eat its fruit and nestle in lamps of gold in the shade of the Throne.”

The Prophet’s Clothes

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Among the colors and styles of the Prophet’s (PBUH) clothes, he owned a green cloak and a green turban.There is no evidence that he preferred wearing it more than his other clothes. Some descendants of the Prophet (PBUH) used to wear green turbans to show their relationship to him. Modern Muslims like to wear green because it was the prophet’s (PBUH) favorite color.

Green has a competitor, white.

Some scholars argue that white could have been the Prophet’s (PBUH) favorite color because he preferred men to wear white clothes.

“The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said: “Wear white clothes, for they are the best of your clothes…” [al-Tirmidhi]

The Prophet’s (PBUH) least favorite color

The color Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) preferred least was red. He disliked clothes dyed a solid red but allowed it if it had a second color, such as black stripes. He thought red was a color more suited to a woman than a man. Does that sound familiar to you? In western cultures, many boys hate the very girly light red color called pink.  Moms love everything pink for baby girls, they use so much pink that many brothers develop an incurable allergy to the color.

Green the middle color

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Green in the rainbow

Green is a symbol of life, prosperity, harmony, and of course, green is also nature’s favorite color. Science research has found that green is the most soothing color to the eye because the eye does not have to adjust itself to see it. Have you noticed the colors in a spectrum or rainbow? Green is the middle color. That makes green the perfect color to act as a symbol of Islam. Why?

The Qur’an calls Muslims,  “the community of the middle path”. This means we should not go to extremes in religion by making it too hard or too relaxed. Instead, we should travel on the middle path. The middle path is the one that is not too far to the right, and not too far to the left, but just right for getting us to Jannah. If the middle path were to be represented in the rainbow it would be green. The extremes would be red and violet, which kind of looks pink don’t you think?


*Feature image by Photographer: Tim Green https://www.flickr.com/photos/atoach/7951929158

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