Salamun alaikum avid readers, lately I have thought a lot about why we Muslims so easily pollute. We all know that this world belong to Allah and as such we are just visitors in His garden. But can we say that we behave as visitors in Allah’s beautiful garden? I think not.
“And God created every moving creature from water. So some of them move on their bellies, and some walk on two legs, and some walk on four. God creates whatever He wills. God is capable of all things.” (24:45)
In so called Muslim countries, mostly in
"And when they are told, "Do not spoil the Earth." They said, "Truly, we're only entrepreneurs (reformers)." (2:12)
“And wrong not men of their things (or rights), and act not corruptly in the earth, making mischief.” (26: 181-183)
So being a Muslim should we not become gardeners of the earth? Should not we as Muslims, due to our belief in Allah, be people looked at as caretakers?
Sometimes we are so afraid of becoming dirty that we neglect taking part in cleaning and restoring our environment. I truly believe a person cleaning a public toilet or picking garbage will be blessed on Judgement day.
“Pollution has appeared in the land and the sea by the hands of the people for what they earned. He will make them taste some of what they have done, perhaps they will revert.” (30:41)
These days with earthquakes, strong winds and landslides, sometimes due to our own action, maybe we should reflect on the above verse and see what we can do to help?
My suggestion is that after every Friday prayer we should go out in groups and pick garbage for an hour. This I think will achieve many benefits like;
- Raising our own awareness of pollution.
- Make our neighborhood cleaner.
- Show that we care.
- Lead to bigger projects where we as Muslims partake in positive actions for our environment.
- Blessings for us all.