“The Seven Heavens and Earth and all that is therein praise Him (Allah), and there is not such a being but hymneth his praise, but ye understand not their praise. Lo! He is ever Clement, Forgiving,” – Holy Qur’an 17:44.
“There is not an animal in the earth, nor a flying creature flying on two wings, but they are people like unto you,” – Holy Qur’an 6:38.
For the Believers, Islamic Shari’ah contains both legal rules and ethical principles – such as Fard actions which must be performed; the actions which are encouraged to be performed but non-observance of which incurs no liability; actions in which a Muslim is given complete freedom of choice; actions which are morally but not legally wrong, and the prohibited actions (Haram) mentioned in Holy Qur’an.
According to Holy Qur’an – All things in the known and unknown worlds were created by Allah for different functions – to praise Allah and serve each other. Therefore, preservation of the environment is part of Shari’ah’s jurisdiction – misuse and destruction of it is against Islamic injunctions. And since Allah has appointed human-beings as “the Khalifah (Guardian)” on Earth – the protection of environment from human greed becomes his moral duty.
Islam’s protection of environment is being applied in Misali Island for the perservation of under-water life. The Island located on the channel between Zanzibar and mainland Tanzania – is only 1 km in size.
The UK-based Islamic Foundation for Ecology and Environment along with CARE and Misali Island Coservation Association met with Zanzibar religious leaders and fishermen to discuss how teaching of Holy Qur’an can be applied to preserve depleting fishery by not using dynamite, dragnets and spears. The project was launched in 1998 and since then it has proved to be a success story in Misali. Misali is famous for a rich variety of fish and turtles and home to some of the most magnificient coral slopes in the western Indian Ocean.
The Islam-based conservation project also yielded positive results in Pemba, another tiny Tanzanian island.
Carl Safina’s Island Islam report on filming of TV series “Saving the Occean, with Carl Safina” is excellent informative piece complete with photos to read and enjoy.