Embracing Islamic environmental wisdom for sustainability

By Tajul Islam
May 3, 2024

In the face of escalating climate change and ecological degradation, the world is increasingly turning to diverse sources of wisdom to navigate the complex challenges of environmental sustainability. Among these, Islamic thought stands out as a rich reservoir of principles and practices that emphasize the sacred interconnectedness between humanity and the natural world. As nations and communities grapple with the urgent need for action, integrating Islamic environmental ethics into the global discourse presents a promising pathway towards a greener future.

Central to Islamic teachings is the concept of stewardship, encapsulated in the principle of Khalifah, or guardianship. The Qur’an, the holy book of Islam, contains numerous verses that underscore humanity’s responsibility to protect and preserve the Earth. This divine mandate is echoed in the Hadith, the sayings of Prophet Muhammad, which emphasize the importance of environmental conservation and sustainable living. For instance, Prophet Muhammad is reported to have said, “The Earth is green and beautiful, and Allah has appointed you his stewards over it.”

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