Thursday, March 26, 2009
Rasulullah (s.a.w) said, "If any Muslim plants any plant and a human being or an animal eats of it, he will be rewarded as if he had given that much in charity." (Sahih Al-Bukhari, 8:41)
It’s that time again! I remember how amazing it was and how good it felt to take part on Earth Hour. I can honestly say that I’ve changed some of my ways since that day. I know many say, “it’s just one hour, how’s that going to help?” It’s all about awareness and then taking action and changing our ways.
As human beings and especially as Muslims we should take part in this. We can do it with the right intentions and InshaAllah we will be rewarded for trying to take action on saving this planet, making a better place to live and worship Allah (swt).
Allah (swt) has created the Heavens and the Earth for us, and we are the vicegerents of this world, so is it not our responsibility to take care of this Earth? Will Allah (swt) not question us on how much food we waste and on how much water we waste everyday? Will He not question us on how we polluted the earth with toxins harming not just ourselves but also all the living creatures that He (swt) has created? Knowing that all of these creatures are in constant dhikr of Allah, the Most High. Just as this body of ours is an Amana (trust) of Allah (swt) and we will be held accountable for how we used it, the same is with this world and all it contains (water, earth, air, wildlife, etc) that Allah (swt) has created for us to use. The earth is like our mother, we came from her and we will return to her.
“God is one, who sends water down from the sky. For you there is a drink and out of it (grow) shrubs in which you let cattle graze freely. There with for you He makes sown fields, olive, palm trees, and all kinds of fruits grow.” (Surah Al-Nahl 16: 10-11)
There are millions of people (many of them Muslims) with no clean water, no food and here we are continuously consuming, and wasting everything we have.
So spread the word, vote earth and turn off your lights for an hour. In that time we can do dhikr of Allah (swt) and spend time with our families talking and reflecting on how we live in this world and what we can do to change it for the better.
Check out these links for more info:
Ecology in Islam: Protection of the Web of Life a Duty for Muslims
Islam: Environmental Protection
Islam and Earth Day
Environment In The Eyes Of Islam
AN ISLAMIC PERSPECTIVE OF ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS
Islam and the Environment
Posted by Umm Haniah at 5:05 PM