Eid Mubarak my Muslim brothers and sisters! Eid al-Fitr is here and Ramadan has come to a close. Now, that the fast is complete, we have extra energy to reflect on what it means to be a Muslim. Out of the 6,000+ verses that adorn the pages of the Holy Qur'an, nearly 500 discuss nature and our relationship to Allah's (SWT) creation. Like other Abrahamic faiths, Islam calls on the Umma to steward earth and care for it, just as Allah (SWT) has cared for you.
“Now, behold! Your Lord said to the angels: I am placing upon the earth a human successor to steward it” (Quran, 2:30).
As you move through the remainder of the year with the revelation of the Prophet (alayhi as-salām) in mind, think of ways to care for the tremendous gift you have been given, insha'Allah. Jannah will always remain the objective, but adhering to our responsibilities in Dunya are imperative to living Islamically.
Aftab H. Kola | Times of Oman
Ramadan offered a good chance to inculcate a positive change in our attitude towards the environment. But we hardly care for the environment and do all sorts of things that damage the environment. Also, reckless exploitation of natural resources is posing a grave threat to protection of environment. Global warming is threatening to pose serious problems. It is time to plant more trees to protect the environment. Proper solid waste management and sustained environmental protection awareness programmes are the other measures that would go a long way in checking adverse effects of global warming.
Islam lays great emphasis on protecting the environment. The Holy Quran shows the inherent value of creatures and of life, and how each creature in nature must be respected and cherished by human beings as their fellow beings. This natural world was created by Him, for His purpose and that in itself confers upon the natural environment a sacredness which must be recognised by all believers. This, then, means that all believers must have the utmost care and respect towards nature.
God has created everything in this universe in due proportion and measure both quantitatively and qualitatively. God has declared in the Quran: “Verily, all things have We created by measure” (Quran 54:49).
“…Everything to Him is measured.” (Quran 13:8) “And We have produced therein everything in balance.” (Quran 55:7).
Islam has attached much importance to the protection of environment asking its followers not to cut trees, pollute rivers or contaminate the atmosphere. Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) taught people to live on less, to protect animal and plant life, and to worship the Creator by being merciful to the creation. “If a Muslim plants a tree or sows seeds, and then a bird, or a person or an animal eats from it, it is regarded as a charitable gift (Sadaqah) for him.” (Al Bukhari).