Protect your environs

.......... therein lies the life, the glory and all the blessings of God Almighty

Mehru Nissa
Srinagar, Publish Date: May 23 2018 11:27PM | Updated Date: May 23 2018 11:27PM
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The teachings of Holy Qur’an emphasize the conservation of the environment. It sets out complete guidelines to protect our environs. The Glorious Qur’an speaks about the man’s rights and responsibilities towards environment. The right to utilize and harness natural resources which Allah has granted man necessarily involves an obligation on man’s part to conserve them both quantitatively and qualitatively. Therefore conserving the environment is a religious duty of every Muslim. He is told to pay his dues and not to be wasteful or extravagant. 

“…It is He who produceth Gardens, with trellises And without, and dates, And tilth with produce of all kinds, and olives And pomegranates, similar (in kind) and different (in variety): Eat of their fruit in their season, but render the dues that are proper On the day that the harvest is gathered. But waste not by excess: for Allah loveth not the wasters…” (Al-An’ am, 6:141). The principle of conservation is beautifully illustrated by the rule which says while making ablutions (Wudu) we should be careful in the use of water even if we have a river at our disposal. The Holy Qur’an forbids all types of excesses, whether in eating, drinking and other such activities as irrational use of chemical fertilizers, over-exploitation of natural resources etc.

The earth is made subservient to human beings, and she provides for them and benefits them.    

 “…He is who hath made the earth subservient unto you, so walk in the paths thereof and eat of His providence…” (Al-Mulk, 67:15)

Allah says that the earth being made subservient to man does not mean that man is free to upset the balance of nature. He should not abuse, misuse or distort the natural resources as each generation is entitled to benefit from them. He should take every precaution to ensure the interests and rights of others since they are equal partners on earth.  Human beings thus may not plunder the earth’s resources, damage the environment and have no consideration for natural sustainability. Although the earth has been subjugated to human beings as they are the apex of creation and viceroys of Allah (SWT) on earth, they may not act in a way that damages their lord’s creation. Humans are after all only mere stewards, and not owners. Sovereignty is of Allah’s alone.

“…And do good as Allah has been good to you, and do not seek to cause corruption on the earth for Allah does not love the corrupters…” (Al-Qasas 28:77)

In our time all of these commandments are ignored, and in fact their opposites are looked upon favorably. The extravagant and wasteful lifestyles of humans can only mean a plundering and destruction of the earth. An unsustainable lifestyle is shown everywhere as the goal of life, and indeed as a norm to be achieved. To live in such a manner throws the environment out of balance. Unaware of the intricate relationship among the various components of the environment, we wipe out forests, discharge untreated wastewater into water bodies, eliminate wild animals, kill off birds, deplete the earth for its treasures; desertify the plains and so on only to satisfy the endless desires of humans. Almighty Allah has specifically revealed in the Qur’an not to do this and upset the balance of nature.

“He created man, / teaching him the (coherent) speech. / The sun and the moon follow a reckoning, / and the grass and the trees prostate. And he has raised the heaven and setup the balance, / (declaring) that you should not contravene with regard to the balance. / And observe the measure with justice and do not skimp the balance. / And the earth, He placed it for (all) creatures. / In it are fruits and date-palms with sheaths. / And grain with husk, and fragrant herb. / So which of your Lord’s favours will you deny?” (Al-Rahman, 55:3-13)

          We have a big challenge to face. It needs some voluntary action It is high time for us to return to Allah and to the path of righteousness. Let's not forget. 

“…The [faithful] slaves of the Beneficent are they who walk upon the earth modestly…” (Al- Furqan, 25:63)

 

MEHRU NISSA holds Master's in Environmental Science from Kashmir University. She teaches at Kashmir Harvard Higher Secondary Institute, Habak Naseem bagh Srinagar. 

 

 

 

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