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Is spraying pesticides or insecticides on fruits prohibited?

Here in Kashmir we do spray many pesticides and insecticides on apple tree to prevent our fruits from diseases like scab, redmite, etc, which if not controlled will destroy whole of the fruits. Is there any sin in spraying them?


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The scholars are unanimous in their opinion that there is no sin if one kills pests, or insects, due to the fear that they may cause damage to the apple fruits or other crops. Our beloved prophet (pbuh) said:

Narrated 'Aisha: The Prophet said, "Five kinds of animals are mischief-doers and can be killed even in the Sanctuary: They are the rat the scorpion, the kite, the crow and the rabid dog." SAHIH AL-BUKHARI[Vol: 4, Book: 54, Hadith: 531]

Thus any pest, insect or animal harmful or dangerous for humans in any way can be killed. And Allah alone knows the best.

I ask Allah to make this a sincere effort, seeking his pleasure, and I ask him to grant us refuge in him from the evils within ourselves, and that in our deeds. I ask him to grant us success in achieving whatever pleases him; And May Allah Shower His blessings and mercy upon our beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), his family and his Companions and on all those who follow him until the final hour.

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