Something Green – Muslim Couples Required to Plant Trees Before Marriage

Muslim couples in Indonesia are now required to plant two trees before receiving their marriage permit 

Here at Green Prophet, we are eager to promote all things green in love and marriage. As well as a green guide to Valentine’s Day (not long now!), we have published our top tips for a green Muslim wedding. The authorities in Muslim Indonesia, however, have taken green love one step further with new couples being required to plant a tree before they are granted their marriage permit.

“The policy has a noble purpose, and it is necessary to support the government’s tree-planting program,” Iwan Zulhami, an official at the religious affairs office, told the BBC. The policy is only being applied to the Sumatran capital in Medan and in a number of districts on Sulawesi Island. Couples will get two seedlings when they register and the trees must then planted in the couple’s home before the marriage permit is granted.

One official estimated that Medan will get at least 2,000 new trees as a result of the plan which starts in March. The initiative was announced by the religious affairs office, which is where Muslim couples intending to marry must register.

Indonesia is the largest forest nation in South-eastern Asia with an estimated 120 million hectres of rainforest. Illegal and legal logging, forest fires as well as the pressures of a growing population have all had a negative impact on their forests. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, Indonesia lost an estimated 18.7 million hectres of forest every year between 2000 and 2005.

In the last couple of years, the Muslim community in Indonesia has been playing an important role in promoting environmental conservation in the region. Indonesia’s Muslim scholars formed an organisation called Dignifying Environment Institution in 2011 with the aim of protecting the country’s forests from harmful practices causing deforestation. Certain madrasahs in Indonesia have also been lauded for their work promoting environmental awareness through Islamic teachings.

:: and BBC News.

: Image via Amrufum.

For more on green love and marriage issues see:

Going Green for Valentine’s Day

7 Ways to Green Your Wedding Day

Tips of A Greener Muslim Wedding

About Arwa Aburawa

Arwa is a Muslim freelance writer who is interested in everything climate change related and how Islam can inspire more people to care for their planet and take active steps to save it while we can. She is endlessly suspicious of all politicians and their ceaseless meetings, especially as they make normal people believe that they are not part of the solution when they are the ONLY solution. Her Indian auntie is her model eco-warrier, and when Arwa is not busy helping out in the neighborhood alleyway garden, swap shopping or attempting fusion vegetarian dishes- with mixed success, she’d like to add- she can be found sipping on foraged nettle tea. You can find all of Arwa’s published work on her freelance site, and check out her musing on her blog. You can contact her @arwa_journalist or via arwa (at)

2 thoughts on “Something Green – Muslim Couples Required to Plant Trees Before Marriage

  1. Ummer

    God willing this green dictatorship will end. You can’t force people to do things so that you would give them a government mandated (haram) piece of paper. Oh well, if that’s what the people want, that’s what the people want.

  2. Anthony

    In 2011 CWIIL GROUP planted 10 million new trees worldwide through their “CWIIL GROUP GREEN INITIATIVE”, and for more information on the initiative then CWIIL GROUP’s contact detail is on their global website:


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