Environmental Stewardship is a Virtue

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This Ramadan, Emirate seems to be making an effort to increase awareness of the need to care for the environment. As well as a campaign to reduce food waste, they recently hosted a seminar on link between Islam and the environment. And it’s just as well as, the country has one of the largest footprints in the world. In 2008 the UAE even beat the US to claim the highest carbon footprint per capita in the world.

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Food Waste, Media Fasts and other Green Ramadan updates

As we head into the last days of Ramadan, A World of Green Muslims has scoured the blogosphere for the latest news on Muslims going green this holy month. First up are the Ramadan Compactors.

In case you don’t know, the Ramadan Compactors are a group of Muslim who pledge to give up consumption and unnecessary spending during Ramadan. One of the participants, Dina. B recently posted a great blog on the need to ‘un-plug’ from the modern distractions of TV and the internet and came up with some rules for a ‘media fast’.

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Littering is super uncool- Islam says so

People who litter the streets with their rubbish have to be the most universally hated people. In the whole world. Ever.

I don’t know if it’s  just me but littering seems to defy all logic and sense- why litter YOUR own streets with filth that YOU have to smell and might STEP on, when you get dispose of it in a bin? WHY?!?

Ok. Rant over now so let’s get to the important stuff.

Emirate is attempting to fight the tonnes of litter it has to deal with by reminding its Muslims that littering goes against one of  the most important tenets of Islam: doing good for others.

According to an article in the National, Sheikh Musa Furber, a researcher and scholar of Islamic sciences with the Abu Dhabi-based Tabah Foundation is hoping to challenge Emiratis attitudes to littering by highlighting the fact that a hadith reported by Abu Hurairah, a companion of the Prophet, states  that removing harmful things from pathways is an act of charity.

Furber also added that “just as there is some reward for performing this action, there is a penalty for performing its opposite.” This seems to be part of a bigger campaign to encourage environmental awareness amongst the Gulf residents as recent friday khutabs have extolled the virtues of preserving water.

The full article is definately worth a read as it mentions the notion such as the world being inter-related, kindness to animals, modesty and limiting waste. It also mentions the need to encourage Islamic scholars  to go back to the basic “green” tenets of Islam and use them to explain issues faced by people today, such as conservation or global warming.

Couldn’t have put it better myself.

Image via Dan Taylor on Flickr.

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