With the current global warming crisis, discussing the environment and ways of preserving it is no longer a luxury. In this lecture, the speaker will discuss about the deep reasons that led to the exploitation of our planet Earth. The Islamic worldview represents a unique model for a transition to sustainable development focused on harmony between human and nature, and thus the environmental challenges we face today is an indicator of a moral and ethical crisis.
Allah The Merciful says, And the servants of the Most Merciful are those who walk upon the earth easily [Qur'an 25:63].
Islam defines a good life (hayat tayyibah) as living lightly on earth and caring for both people, animals and nature. The earth will find a balance if human beings reconsider their lifestyle, as Allah reminded in the Holy Qur’an,
Corruption has flourished on land and sea as a result of people’s actions and He will make them taste the consequences of some of their own actions so that they may turn back. [Qur'an 30:31]
Do you not realize [Prophet] that everything in the heavens and earth submitted to God: the sun, the moon, the stars, the mountains, the trees, and the animals? [Qur'an 22:18]
This means that everything in the universe is in worship to God, and corrupting the planet is essentially silencing a community of worshippers. The speaker will elaborate on the subject through Qur’an and the Prophetic traditions, as well as the notable works of Muslim scholars and saints. He will illustrate the difference between caring about the environment because of mere pragmatic concerns and caring for it on the basis of an ontological understanding of the world. Religion, thus, can become a powerful solution to the colossal environmental crisis we are facing today.
Teacher: Shaykh Ahmed El Azhary
Medium of Instruction: Arabic/English