What should the environment mean to us?
By Mohammad Shakir
As part of a Muslims life – one is meant to take care of their bodies and the world around it. In this lifetime, Muslims as trustees are responsible for maintaining the unity of God’s creation, the integrity of the Earth, its flora and fauna, its wildlife and natural environment.
If you travel to different parts of the world, you can see that we have numerous natural beauty spots such as the Grand Canyon, rainforests in the Amazon, Lake Wakatipu in New Zealand. All these places show the earth’s natural beauty. Even here in the UK we have the National Trust and English Heritage which conserves landmarks of natural beauty and places of interest.
There is logic in looking after the earth because in turn it looks after us. The oxygen we breathe comes primarily from plant life and in turn we expel our carbon dioxide which is absorbed by plant life. The earth also protects us in other ways as well. The Ozone Layer, a protective layer of oxygen in the stratosphere, protects living creatures on earth from potentially harmful sun-rays which gets absorbed by this layer.
We cannot forget the role the earth plays in sustaining us through food as well. All fruit and vegetables are grown for nourishment and come from the earth through plants. It also sustains livestock similarly through plant life.
So it is a truly two way relationship – we protect the earth and the earth will protect us.