When it comes to our responsibilities as Muslims in protecting the planet, there are no blurred lines. As citizens of this planet, it is our obligation to do our part, both as individuals and as a community. This means, that we look environmental sustainability in the eye – that we begin to introspect our lifestyles, and make choices that are compatible with the well being of our home and the teachings of our faith.
If you’re new to this conversation, then here’s my invitation for you: continue reading. Here are some of my top tips to help every Muslim embark on a green and eco-friendly journey.
1. Practice your faith
Islam teaches us to live with compassion and grace, and this includes our treatment of the planet. As Salman Zafar, Founder of EcoMENA, says: “The Holy Qur’an has a number of specific references to ecology and also contains some important principles for environmental conservation.”
Click here to learn more about the environmental teachings of Islam. Treading softly and with the planet in mind is undoubtedly part of our faith.
2. Learn the facts
We’ve all heard the terms “Climate Change” and “Global Warming.” But how many of us actually know the science behind it. When it comes to living more sustainably, we need to learn the facts. Think about it, we live in a world where the president of the most powerful country denies Climate Change.
If we want to do our part in protecting the planet, we need to know the details. One of my favourite reads has to be This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein. There are loads of resources out there. Seek them.
3. Action time
Once we become more aware of environmental issues, we are able to make better choices in our own lives. The more we know, the more we can implement positive habits into our day to day. When we talk about sustainability, we have to recognize that the choices we make matter.
We also have to believe in our own power – as individuals and as a community – for creating change. Often, government leaders, businesses and organizations make us feel helpless. In reality, what we pay for, is one of the most effective ways of voting for the world we want.
Let’s break it down now: what do we mean when we say our daily actions matter? Anything from what you wear, to what you eat, how you get from one place to another matters. When we talk about sustainability, we have to think about the amount of waste and trash we produce. There are so many ways for you to get involved, but don’t get overwhelmed.
4. Spread the word
And finally: spread the word. Who said you can’t be an eco-warrior? Climate Change is the most urgent issue we face as a global community. The finite nature of it means that the clock is ticking. We need all hands on deck.
Lead by example, and show those around you how you can live a beautifully sustainable life – one that is aligned with the teachings of our faith, the well being of our planet and our own health and wellness. It’s a win-win if you ask me.