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Islamic renewal

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Islamic renewal

Emerging after worship

Indian Muslim devotees offer prayers as part of the celebration of Eid-ul-Fitr or ‘festival of the breaking of the fast’ at the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting, at Feroz Shah Kotla masjid, in New Delhi.

Allah is He Who raised up the heavens without any pillars that you can see. Then He settled Himself on the Throne, and constrained the sun and the moon; each one pursues its course during an appointed term. He regulates it all and explains the Signs in detail, that you may have firm belief in the meeting with your Lord. He it is Who spread out the earth and made thereon firmly fixed mountains and rivers, and of fruits of every kind He has made pairs. He causes the night to cover the day. In all this, verily, are signs for a people who reflect.

Qur’an 13:2-3

Islam and Ecology

by Asghar Ali Engineer

Billions of Muslims all over the world revere the Qur’an as their most sacred book and Mohamed as the beloved prophet of Allah. As the following text shows there is a growing body of literature that speaks of the importance of living with moderation if the health of the planet has to be protected. (Editor's note)

Suffering is all around us, the consequence of our own sins of over-consumption, where we pay little attention to the human impact on nature. The Qur’an describes Muslims as ‘ummatan wasatan’ (community of middle path), people who should live with restraint. As believers in divine revelation contained in the Qur’an it is our duty to lead the world in reducing consumption of oil which results in emission of greenhouse gases resulting in climate warming.

A good bit of the oil wealth is hidden below deserts in Muslim countries of West Asia and they can certainly ration oil production in such a manner as to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It is they who pray five times every day to Allah to guide them to the right path and thus it is for them to act in a responsible manner so as to compel the western and emerging nations to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.
If we keep on praying five times every day and this prayer does not reflect in any meaningful way in our conduct, and our social responsibilities, what is the use of such mechanical prayers? The quality of our faith (iman) depends on our action for the good of the whole of humanity.

After all believers have been charged with the responsibility of what Qur’an says “amr b’il ma’ruf” i.e. enforcing what is good and “nahi ‘an’il munkar” i.e. fighting against evil.

The path of Allah’s bounties were available to the whole of humankind as long as we followed “sirat al-mustaquim” (right path) of modest consumption of the earth resources and keeping the earth pure “tayyib”, without polluting it. Can we honestly say we are following the right path? We have to seriously reflect on this.

If climate change is evil we Muslims, and others, should struggle against it in all possible ways.

Allah is He Who raised up the heavens without any pillars that you can see. Then He settled Himself on the Throne, and constrained the sun and the moon; each one pursues its course during an appointed term. He regulates it all and explains the Signs in detail, that you may have firm belief in the meeting with your Lord. He it is Who spread out the earth and made thereon firmly fixed mountains and rivers, and of fruits of every kind He has made pairs. He causes the night to cover the day. In all this, verily, are signs for a people who reflect.

Qur’an 13:2-3