Islam and Environmental Pollution

Name of Questioner J. K.
  Title Islam and Environmental Pollution
  Question Dear scholars, as-Salamu `alaykum. Some people ask about the Shari`ah point of view regarding environmental pollution or damaging the environment and not preserving it. Jazakum Allah khayran.
  Date 04/Jun/2007
  Name of Mufti Nasr Farid Wasil
  Topic Environment
Wa `alaykum as-salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

Dear questioner, we would like to thank you for the great confidence you place in us, and we implore Allah Almighty to help us serve His cause and render our work for His sake.

Islam calls for every good and prohibits every evil. In other words, Islam commands its followers to adhere to standards of righteous behavior and good manners. Among such good behaviors is protecting the environment, which results in benefits for individuals and society.

In his response to this question, Dr. Nasr Farid Wasil, the former mufti of Egypt , has stated:

Needless to say, all divine religions have called for protecting the environment and have prohibited polluting and damaging it. When one contemplates the Qur’anic verses of Surat An-Nahl which begin with the verse that reads (And the cattle hath He created, whence ye have warm clothing and uses, and whereof ye eat) and end with the verse (And it is He Who hath constrained the sea to be of service that ye eat fresh meat from thence, and bring forth from thence, ornaments which ye wear. And thou seest the ships ploughing it that ye (mankind) may seek of His bounty, and that happily ye may give thanks) (An-Nahl 16: 5-14), one will realize that Allah has subjected the universe to man. Thus, man must keep the universe as pure and magnificent as Allah has created it.

Moreover, since Islam is the last religion of all previous heavenly messages, it urges people—all people—to protect the environment and calls them not to pollute or spoil it. For example, Islam prohibits urinating or defecating or throwing garbage, carcasses, industrial wastes, or suchlike things in water, for doing so causes much harm to man, animals, and the environment.

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) founded a very important legal rule when he said, “No harm shall be inflicted or reciprocated in Islam.” (Reported by Ahmad) In addition, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) stated that cleaning rubbish and the like from streets is something which deserves divine reward. In this concern, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “If you refuse but to sit in roads, then pay the road its right.” They said, “What is the right of the road, Allah’s Messenger?” He said, “Lowering your gaze, returning greetings, and removing harmful things from the road” (Reported by Muslim).

To conclude, a Muslim should be keen on complying with the teachings of our true religion, Islam. A Muslim should further realize how important it is to protect the environment, and that spoiling it, for whatever reason, is prohibited. In other words, every Muslim should protect the environment in which he lives and keep it free from the causes of illness, which harm individuals and communities.

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5 Responses to “Islam and Environmental Pollution”

  1. Ryan Islamawan. "Living Aquatic Resources Management" Says:

    I like this

  2. Infidel Says:

    You people pollute the minds of small children by glorifying death and destruction, murder and chaos; you brainwash them into thinking about suicide bombing when they should be thinking more about how to live a constructive life. You pollute the minds of the young and impressionable, but don’t want to pollute the environment? Death and hatred are more important to you than living a good life, helping others to live a good life, and doing something positive for the world rather than destroying, murdering, revenge killing? What the hell is wrong with you?

    • Saad Ullah Says:

      It’s not us who pollute the mind of young people, its you who pollute them by showing them the wrong and unethical things and its you who indulge them in sexual abuse and harassment of women. Its you who supply weapons to the rebels in Syria and its you who fund the terrorists in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Do you think a Muslim will ever try to destroy a mosque he made for his own betterment, or kill his own brethren? Its just you and your planning which is trying to separate the Muslims and rise conflicts between themselves. No Muslim ever thinks bad for himself, his brother, or his own soul, all of which the Muslims are of each other. How many young individuals do you find inside the society who have the mindsets you are describing? Barely any. You blame Muslims for Suicide bombings but WHO goes to Iraq and Afghanistan, and tries to destroy them? Who uses drones to kill several innocent children, just without any proof that their minds are being tampered with? Nothing is wrong with us, its just you non-Muslims who are planning to weaken Muslims but have constantly failed, Either in Afghanistan or Palestine.

  3. Musa Sadau Says:

    What is islamic point of view about soil erosion

  4. Hannan Says:

    As-salamu alaikum, why it is allowed in Islam to drive cars run on gasoline? It is proven that gasoline is very harmful:

    “Health Problems Caused by Gasoline

    Health problems caused by gasoline can either be acute, which occur immediately or within a few days of exposure, or they can be chronic, which are long-term health effects. Exposure to gasoline can result in: irritation to the eyes, nose, and throat (repeated exposure can cause permanent eye damage), often with headache or nausea; coughing, wheezing (repeated high exposure may damage the lungs); skin irritation (dermatitis); drying and cracking of the skin; and when used as a degreaser, gasoline removes the protective fat from skin.

    Higher Levels of Exposure May Cause:

    Fatigue, blurred vision, dizziness, weakness, slurred speech, confusion, seizures, convulsions, coma, death, possible liver or kidney damage, and cancer (possible kidney cancer).

    If the liquid reaches the lung, damage to the lung tissue may occur, causing a ‘chemical’ pneumonitis.”

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