Mosque is important and holy place to Muslims. As the topic of blog suggests that it is about importance of earth. The earth is planet on which we are living so it is our duty to protect earth from any distortion or destruction. Islam as a religion has put light on this matter too. In Quran it is mentioned that
“has appeared on the land and in the sea because of what the hands of humans have wrought. This is in order that we give them a taste of the consequences of their misdeeds that perhaps they will return to the path of right guidance.”
Scholars interpret that the first word refers to pollution. A renown scholar Imam Zaid Shakir said that many early commentators of Quran discribed this corruption in ecological meanings such as drying up of rains, dissipation of the harvest of oceans etc.
Islam has presented a very clear message to humans that our actions, greeds, misdeeds and hubris can lead to spoiling of planet on which we all have to live upon. There is no example like this in any other faith on earth.
Islam was aware climatic changes and the fact that the environment of the Earth will depelete with time. Our beloved Prophet Mohammed Peace be upon him said:
“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.” – Imam Bukhari.
And in one more hadith Prophet Mohammed Peace be upon Him said that plant a tree even if it is your last deed.
Conservation of resources
Prophet Mohammed Peace and Blessing upon Him was once passing by His companian Saad, who was doing ablution near river. Prophet Mohammed Peace be upon Him said “Saad what is this squandering”
Saad said: “Can there be idea of squandering in Ablution”
Prophet Peace be upon Him said “Yes even you are by side of flowing river” (ibn e Majah)
This Hadith shows that conservation of resources is very important in Islam.
Recycling and Fixing Items
Recycling is good idea but repairing and fixing items is more econimal and ecofriendly than recycling. Prophet’s wife Ayesha RA says that He was used to repair his own shoes, fixing his torn clothes by sewing a leather patch on clothes and carring our house hold chores.
Animals have huge role in welfare of ecology system. In Islam it is obligatory for Muslims to take care of animals, rescue strays and taking care of their shelter. Prophet said
“There is a reward for serving any living being.” (Bukhari)
This Hadith is narrated by Abu Hurairah RA, who’s name translate too “Father of kittens” because he was known for taking care of kittens and cats.