The Green Islam Series is brought to you by University of Maryland, College Park alum Rabee Zuberi. He has a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on solar technology. This series will merge basic tenants of Islam with simple scientific principles to show how ordinary people can take steps to protect their environment.
The Muslim community in the west today is making progress in great leaps and bounds. We are able to understand the great depths of the Quran and apply the concepts to our daily lives. The young generation is learning today that Ibaadah (worship) does not begin and end within the four walls of the mosque but can be applied to every single part of our lives.
Insha’Allah, this series aims to focus on a topic that is often overshadowed by other fundamental topics preached by the Islamic authority; that is the topic of conserving and protecting our environment. While these ideas seem very secular at face value, they actually hold deep importance in Islam. In fact, the major five pillars of Islam seen below can be directly linked to the idea of protecting our environment.
- Shahadah: The shahadah emphasizes the oneness of God and the believer’s affirmation to serve him. The believer accepts the lord as their creator and respects everything created by God.
- Salah and Fasting: The five daily prayers and fasting require the believer to convert the promise of the shahadah into a personal action. Both of these concepts teach the believer how to increase their spirituality. They also increase the believer’s self-discipline and encourage obedience to their lord.
- Zakah: The practice of charitable giving requires the believer to progress from personal Ibaadah to interactive Ibaadah involving their community. The believer is required to provide any help for the neighbors from their personal wealth.
- Hajj: The pilgrimage to Mecca provides the chance for the believer to interact with fellow believers, not just from his neighborhood or country, but from all over the world. This ties into the concept that all of god’s creation is ultimately striving for the same goal. Due to God’s infinite glory, we should be helping others achieve the goal rather than competing.
In short, the basic pillars of Islam teach a person to be responsible, disciplined, obedient, kind, and helping. All the basic values that are necessary in protecting the environment.
This series will be based on 3 basic rules of conservation, ‘Reduce’, ‘Reuse’, and ‘Recycle.’ The series will merge basic tenants of Islam with simple scientific principles to show how ordinary people can take steps in protecting their environment. Additionally, the readers will understand how protecting the environment can lead to a betterment of their and their offspring’s lives. Finally, the series will show that respecting the environment can lead to an increase in spirituality and closeness to God.
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