Monday, October 22, 2012

Islam The Way of Nature, Protect our Environment


Assalaamu alaikum [peace be to you],

Again, I'd like to talk about the environment.

What does ISLAM teach us about the environment?
Islam teaches us that the God is One.
The God has almighty power over everything; all life is created by Him and belongs to Him. the God has given human beings a higher status than all other living creatures on earth. he has given humans the important role of stewardship over all animals and plant life. The Arabic word for stewardship is خلافة Khilaafah.
Muslims believe that looking after the planet is a great responsibility and a test from the God. This responsibility is a trust between the God and humankind. The Arabic word for trust is أمانة Amanah.

What does the Qur’an teach us about our responsibility over the earth?
Allah said in his final revelation:
وَهُوَ الَّذِي جَعَلَكُمْ خَلَائِفَ الْأَرْضِ وَرَفَعَ بَعْضَكُمْ فَوْقَ بَعْضٍ دَرَجَاتٍ لِّيَبْلُوَكُمْ فِي مَا آتَاكُمْ ۗ إِنَّ رَبَّكَ سَرِيعُ الْعِقَابِ وَإِنَّهُ لَغَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ
"It is He Who has made you (His) agents, inheritors of the earth: He has raised you in ranks, some above others that He may try you in that which He has bestowed on you. Surely your Lord is Swift in retribution, and certainly He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.
translation of verse 6:165

Regarding our responsibility over the earth, the last prophet of Islam, Mohammed -peace be upon him- said:
‘The world is beautiful and verdant, and verily God, be He exalted, has made you His stewards in it, and He sees how you acquit yourselves.’

Environment Damage and Destruction:
We often fail to act as good stewards over the earth. We take more of the planet’s natural resources than we need.

What does the Qur’an teach us about excess?
يَا بَنِي آدَمَ خُذُوا زِينَتَكُمْ عِندَ كُلِّ مَسْجِدٍ وَكُلُوا وَاشْرَبُوا وَلَا تُسْرِفُوا ۚ إِنَّهُ لَا يُحِبُّ الْمُسْرِفِينَ
"O children of Adam, dress well whenever you are at worship, and eat and drink, but be not excessive. Indeed, He (the God) likes not those who commit excess."
translation of verse 7:31

Our actions are causing damage and destruction to the natural world: Desertification, Polluted water resources, Drought, A rise in diseases, Melting ice caps, Floods, Storms, Increased natural disasters... are leading to climate change.
Environmental destruction is affecting plants and animals. Millions of people throughout the world are suffering from the effects of climate change.

The people who are most affected by changes to the natural environment are those who live in the world’s poorest countries. It is however, the world’s wealthiest countries that contribute the most to the affects of climate change.
In some parts of the world, rising temperatures are turning soil into desert. Many people in the developing world have rural lifestyles, which are heavily dependent upon natural resources. People are often unable to grow enough food to make a living.

What can you do to help prevent environmental destruction?
it's too simple. just put into practice the 3 ‘R’s:
- Reduce
- Reuse
- Recycle
is it too much?...

from 'Islam and the Environment' , a presentation by islamic-relief [link]

I hope this was beneficial.