Good Deeds Challenge #10

“Greater indeed than the creation of man is the creation of the heavens and the earth.” (Quran 40:57)

“The Prophet instructed the faithful that any Muslim who plants a crop that feeds another person, animal or bird, will receive a reward in paradise. Cutting down trees is seen as an abomination.”

“How important is the planting of trees? In the words of the Prophet: ‘When doomsday comes, if someone has a palm shoot in his hands, he should plant it.'”

“Once it is grasped that human beings essentially remain care takers of the earth, it follows that they must preserve the environment in which they dwell. Humanity should behave in such a way that would maintain the balance that exists within the kind of environment that we inherited. In fact it is incumbent as a moral duty to restore and even retrieve the balance that had existed before we caused, collectively, many ecological disasters( See Quran: 15: 19):”

“Then We made you heirs in the land after them, to see how you would behave!” Quran, 10:14

AND HOW WILL WE BEHAVE ON THIS EARTH? HOW DO WE, AS MUSLIMS, HONOR OUR LORD FOR THE BOUNTIES OF HIS (SWT) CREATION?

There are innumerable ways for us to exert our efforts toward the improvement and sustainability of our environment. Some are small things that may seem very small on the grand scheme of things, like using energy-saving bulbs. But if all individuals’ actions were thwarted by fears of being insignificant, nothing would ever be achieved. I’m not the exemplar of eco-friendly living. But, I do try to prioritize my “green-living” goals.

ALLAH said that the earth was our masjid. Taking that to heart, would you continue to live in a way that wasted resources, and threatened to destroy hundreds, perhaps thousands, of masajid by 2050? That’s where we, as vicegerents of ALLAH’s creation, are heading right now.

I was fortunate enough to glean these references from a wonderful keynote speech on Islam and Environmental Responsibility. I will post the link to that speech, and other resources tomorrow, insha’ALLAH.

If you don’t know much about what is happening to our environment, take the time to educate yourself and your children. This is not something done overnight, or in a week, or even in a month. It is an ongoing process that requires due diligence and the commitment to eventually make small life changes to protect what ALLAH (SWT) has left in our hands.

If you already know what’s happening and what you can do, but you haven’t done it, I challenge you to do something now. Ask ALLAH for His guidance and help, and commit to an action/actions that respect HIS creation, and fulfill our obligations as its caretaker.

If you are already eco-conscious, purify and renew your intentions to ALLAH (SWT). If you have simple resources that may be helpful for both youth and adults, please post them to the blog.

FI AMANILLAH


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~ by deedschallenge on April 26, 2008.

3 Responses to “Good Deeds Challenge #10”

  1. Asalaamu Walaikum,

    See Global Warming in Action at Koshland Science Museum…

    WHAT:
    *Climate, Water, and Sustainability: A Visual Tour*
    Get a first-hand view of how climate change is affecting water supplies,
    food resources, and human health with* Jon Foley,* director of the* **Center
    for Sustainability and the Global Environment* at
    the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Foley will demonstrate how scientists
    use* state-of-the-art computer modeling and satellite data* to analyze
    changes in land use, ecosystems, climate, and freshwater resources across
    local, regional, and global scales.*
    [**more*
    *]*

    WHEN:
    *Thursday, May 1, 2008*
    6 :00 PM – 7:30 PM
    WHERE:
    *Koshland Science Museum*
    6th & E Streets NW
    Washington, DC
    TICKETS:
    This event is free for educators and students. Please RSVP at k…@nas.edu or
    call 202-334-1201.

  2. Asalaamu Walaikum,

    I know I’m passing this on late notice, but Inshallah someone can make it. This should be a really interesting and informative event. I hope some of you can make it .

    Interfaith Forum: Virginia’s Energy Future
    moderated by Steven Mufson, Washington Post Energy Correspondent
    Wednesday, April 30, 7:30 pm
    Temple Rodef Shalom
    Falls Church, VA
    Speakers:
    • Joe Lucas, American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE)
    • Rory Mcilmoil, Coal River Mountain Watch
    • Mike McCoy, Appalachian Voices
    Advocates for coal say that America cannot afford to turn its back on this
    cheap and abundant fuel. Opponents respond that the environmental
    costs—including mountaintop removal mining and accelerated climate
    change—are too high to pay. The debate is heating up in Virginia, where
    Dominion Power is seeking approval for a massive new coal-fired plant in
    Wise Country. Many religious groups oppose the plant. This lively forum,
    moderated by Washington Post energy correspondent Steven Mufson, will look
    at both sides of the issue.
    Temple Rodef Shalom
    2100 Westmoreland Street
    Falls Church, Virginia 22043
    Organized by Greater Washington Interfaith Power and Light, Temple Rodef
    Shalom, and the Falls Church Presbyterian Church
    For More Information Contact: Lawrence lawrencemacdon…@gmail.com or
    Rachel rachelmcl…@verizon.net

  3. Also, check out this yahoo group:

    dcgreenmuslims@googlegroups.com

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