What Islam Says About the Environment
Today, one of the most crucial topics of discussion anywhere in the globe is the environment. With the effects of climate change affecting everyone and threatening to end life as we know it, a lot of focus is being directed at the environment. However, what many do not realize is that even though the environment today may be a major issue, it has always been a matter of importance in Islam. You cannot be described as a complete Muslim if the environment is of no concern to you. Islam is truly a complete way of life.
Right from the beginning, Islam had always placed attention on the protection of the environment alongside the conservation of all natural resources. Islam teaches us that all these resources are for all of humanity and should be used in the most responsible ways.
Wastage is one of the biggest challenges facing modern society. Today, an incredible amount of food, water, and other resources are wasted worldwide. But thankfully as Muslims, Almighty Allah (SWT) already informed us of the need to ensure sustainable development and avoid wasting resources in any way. The Qur’an was very clear in this and makes it abundantly apparent that as human beings, Allah (SWT) has entrusted the planet to us and we must make the best of our responsibilities.
Islam teaches us to preserve the planet, use the resources in the most reasonable manner possible, and hand over to generations after us. A Muslim is not just a custodian of this beautiful planet, he or she is also expected to live in peace with other creatures. It is an essential part of the character of a Muslim to nurture, care for, and deeply respect the environment. Islam enjoins Muslims to avoid all forms of pollution or anything that can contaminate the environment.
In the Holy Qur’an, Almighty Allah (SWT) said in several places concerning how we are to relate with the environment, and here are some of the verses:
‘Children of Adam, dress well whenever you are worshipping, and eat and drink (within permissible limits) but do not engage in extravagance for God does not like extravagant people.’ – Surah Al-Araf 7:31
‘And do no mischief on the earth after it has been set in order, that will be best for you if you have faith.’ – Surah Al Araf 7:85
‘And do good as Allah has been good to you. And do not seek to cause corruption in the earth. Allah does not love the corrupters.’ – Surah Al Qasas 28:77.
As seen from the sections above, Islam says a lot about the environment and it is a very paramount issue in the faith. It is so serious that even Prophet Muhammad (SAW) taught that even during conflicts, the environment must be intact, trees must not be cut.
Hence, it is no surprise today at all with the efforts of Muslims in the conservation of the environment. Many of those who are at the forefront of the battle against climate change are Muslims. They are not just doing it to make the world a better place, they are also doing it to worship Allah (SWT), may our Creator ease all our affairs, aameen.