The Environmental Problem: Its Causes & Islam’s Solutions – Hizb ut-Tahrir Denmark (In English)




Its Causes


& Islam’s


This booklet has been issued by

Hizb ut-Tahrir – Denmark

1430 A.H. / 2009 A.D.



Foreword ………………………………………………………………………………..5

The Reality and Problem …………………………………………………………13

The Solution according to Capitalism

From the Kyoto Agreement to COP15……………………………………….15

Part One…………………………………………………………………………….15

The Issue turned into a question of Supply and Demand …………15

Exaggeration in the Assessment of Quotas…………………………….18

Part Two…………………………………………………………………………….19

”Clean Development”………………………………………………………….19

Constraints imposed on the developing countries…………………..21

Capitalism causes environmental crisis……………………………………..22

The Islamic view …………………………………………………………………….26

Islam’s view on the environment ……………………………………………..29

Islam prohibits harm and that which leads to the forbidden………..38

Preservation of the Environment in the Islamic State………………….41

Qadi al-Hisbah (Supervisory Judge) ……………………………………….42

Qadi al-Khusamat (The Judge of Disputes)……………………………..43

Qadi al-Madhalim (The Judge of Unjust Acts) …………………………43

The Environmental Problem and its Globalization………………………44

The Real Solution to the Global Problem…………………………………..46

Finally we direct this appeal to the Muslims………………………………48




Corruption has appeared on land andsea because of that which the hands of

men have earned. He (Allah) will give

them a taste of some of their deeds: in

order that they may turn back (from


[TMQ. Al-Rum 30: 41]



The environmental issue has never received as much attention

throughout the history of mankind as it has in the past couple

of decades as a result of the disruption in the environmental

balance resulting from the negative consequences of the

industrial revolution and man’s consumption of natural

resources. The World now fears a devastating deterioration of

the environmental condition. Amongst the most debated

issues in this context is climate change and global warming,

the concern of which is not limited to a single country, but

rather encompasses the whole world since there is no region

or State which is not affected by it. As a result global warming

has received a large amount of international attention. Several

scientific conferences, international summits and forums have

been held in order to debate the causes of the problem, how

it can be solved and the extent of co-operation between the

different countries to counter it. The organizers of these

meetings have sought international agreements, which oblige

the compliance to what is regarded as the solution to the

climate problem, tackling its causes and harmful

consequences in a manner that balances between

safeguarding the standard of living and need for natural

resources on the one hand, and respect for the climate on the

other. With the participation of several heads of states and


governments as well as a great number of governmental

delegations, experts and researchers, the Copenhagen Climate

Conference, which is held from the 7


of international conferences.

Whoever follows these conferences and the commitments

and proposed agreements, and studies the research

specifically done by western scientists, experts and thinkers

will realize that the occupation with the issue of environment

has taken a wrong direction from the beginning. This is due to

the fact that the debate has primarily been limited to the

symptoms of the imbalance of the environment and the

immediate causes behind it such as greenhouse gases, which

affect the atmosphere and the role of industry in this context.

These causes are the effects of the problem rather than the

real causes. Hence there has been no significant progress in

resolving the environmental issue. Progress will remain

stunted and deficient as long as the diagnosis and treatment

of the problem remains flawed.

We do not believe that the actual causes behind the

environmental problem are to be found in production,

technological development or the exploitation of natural

resources for the benefit of mankind. This is due to the fact

that Allah (the Glorified and Exalted) has ordained the earth

th of December till theth of December 2009 A.D, is regarded as part of a long series


with everything contained in it to the service of mankind. He

(the Glorified and Exalted) has thus called on people to

cultivate the Earth and seek subsistence therein, and to

explore the natural laws to take advantage of them by putting

everything which is upon the Earth and within the atmosphere

in their service to meet their needs, satisfy their hunger and

further develop the means of life. Mankind has lived on this

earth and enjoyed its benefits without it leading to shortage

or imbalance. Allah (the Glorified and Exalted) says:

“And the Earth We have spread out (like a carpet); setthereon mountains firm and immovable; and produced

therein all kinds of things in due balance. And We have

provided therein means of subsistence― for you and for

those for whose sustenance you do not uphold. And there is

not a thing but its (sources and) treasures (inexhaustible) are


with Us; but We only send down thereof in due and

ascertainable measures.” [TMQ. Al-Hidjr 15: 19-21]

In our view the environmental problem, in its complete

meaning, is due to causes of intellectual dimensions as well as

a deep ideological dilemma that has resulted in a lasting

practice leading to the emergence and deterioration of the

environmental problem. We can confirm that the industrial

revolution, which has been attributed the major responsibility

for the environmental problems, arose and evolved in the

West. The western world continues to lead in this field, whilst

the rest of the world follows in its footsteps. The western

world in which the western culture is prevalent has formed

the ideological foundation and the intellectual framework that

has dominated the industrial revolution and its achievements.

This culture is materialistic and benefit-oriented, and its

philosophy dictates that the Creator (the Glorified and

Exalted) should be separated from the affairs of life, just as it

calls for freedom, including freedom of property and personal

freedom. It makes benefit the criterion for actions and

believes that man’s happiness is achieved through the

realization of his maximum share of sensual pleasures. This

culture also considers the economic problem as being the

scarcity of goods and services, makes the state a tool to

protect the freedoms, and assigns man the right to legislate.


As a result of these beliefs, this culture contains the seeds of

the problems across various aspects of life, including the

environmental problem. This culture directs man, society and

the state towards destruction. It has paved the way to the

formation of the individual who does not feel Allah’s

surveillance or fear of Allah’s accounting; a man whose

boundaries are defined by his material interests and who

strives for the achievement of maximum wealth and material

pleasure. This culture has extinguished the glow in the nature

of man and distanced him from his spiritual needs. Therefore

due to his beliefs, such a man was suited to be greedy and

violate the rights of others without regard for moral

boundaries or spiritual values. Similarly, this man is

characterized by an uncontrolled consumption of goods and

services, as he is driven by the desire to own without any real

need. Several homes in the West thus accumulate goods such

as electrical appliances, clothes, beauty products and so on,

which are continually replaced by new products simply

because a new model has been produced or because fashion

has changed, or because there is no longer any need for

them. As a result, western societies are described as consumer

societies that do not take the environmental impact of

superfluous consumption into account.


National Income and economic growth has been made the

criterion of economic success as a result of this culture’s

proclamation that the economic problem is the scarcity of

goods and services, as well as the solution to this problem

consisting of the increase of production. Hence, states are

driven to focus on production and its increase in order to

reach the highest possible level of National Income and to

increase economic growth, without paying any regards to the

environment. Major industries and manufacturing companies

engage in a ruthless exploitation of natural resources and

filled the markets with products in huge quantities to achieve

profits with boundless greed, without any regard for anything

other than the material gain. These companies and industries

made their governments as well as those of the poorer

nations subservient in order to realize their own economic

interests. Similarly, they were able to exert considerable

influence on different legislation and legislators to benefit

their own profit and economic objectives. All this is done

without regard to the dangerous consequences that affect

man, animals or the environment.

Furthermore, there is a Capitalist understanding that there is a

constant trade-off between development on one hand and

the environmental and human issues on the other. This view is

fundamentally flawed since economic development and


prosperity do not necessitate violations against humans,

animals or the surrounding environment, and any solution

based on this erroneous view will only lead to an escalation of

the problem. Similarly, the solutions proposed by the western

politicians, whether they are solutions from the Kyoto-

Conference, the EU’s Climate Plan or the UN Climate

Conference in Copenhagen (COP15) all confirm the lack of

interest in the environment and climate if the western

companies have to pay the price.

It is only natural that the western culture’s dominance of the

world and the implementation of the Capitalist system lead to

fatal consequences in the shape of hunger, poverty,

colonization, wars of aggression, mass killings of civilians,

economic crises and the emergence of western led dictator

regimes in the Muslim world and other poor countries. The

repeated abuse of the environment and the emergence of the

environmental problem are merely fruits of this Capitalist


Today, mankind is standing at a crossroad, and further

continuation on the path of Capitalism will without any doubt

leave mankind to the mercy of an unimaginable tsunami of

disasters. The emergence of the crises that we bear witness to

in our time is nothing other than the legacy of this ideology on


its death bed, which only maintains its existence through the

brutal repression of other nations and ideas.

Islam has a fundamentally different view regarding this

matter. Islam offers mankind a solution that can deliver real

economic progress, stability and development for the whole

of mankind, without being at the expense of the environment

or for the interests of a small elite.

The Muslims have the ability, if they have strong will, to

change the path of life and choose the method of Islam, which

will not only provide tranquility to man, but also respect

nature and the environment, which is a necessity for the

survival of mankind.

In this booklet we will briefly deal with the reality of the

proposed solutions in the international forums, including the

Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, to show the clear

differences between the view of Islam and the view of

Capitalism regarding the issue of the environment and

economic prosperity and growth.


The Reality and Problem

The definition of the environment, or the natural

environment, is a term that comprises all living and non-living

things that occur naturally on Earth or on some part of it.

We have over a long period of time witnessed repeated

attacks upon the environment, as western states and

companies directly or indirectly have destroyed forests, rivers

and put an end to many animals to such an extent that some

species are endangered, which has led several animal welfare

organizations to collect signatures in protest. In these days,

millions of tons of waste are shipped from the western

industrial countries to the so-called third world countries,

actually becoming a lucrative business in itself. The

consequence is that land areas and rivers in these countries

are contaminated, as a large proportion of the waste is toxic,

such as batteries and lead, which has a direct effect on the

human nervous system. All of this has caused many deaths

among workers and caused extensive harm to thousands of


But the environmental and climate debate, which takes place

in the media and among politicians in the West, has created

misunderstandings which have led to a neglect of real cases

that concern the environment as a whole. The direction that


the climate debate has taken removes the focus from other

environmental problems the world currently is

facing! Therefore, the debate should not be limited to climate

change and reducing carbon emission. Besides climate change

and its impact on man, the debate must focus upon the

reckless behavior that characterizes the western states and

companies. Reducing only CO

in every other way will not remove the environmental

disasters that the third world countries suffer from


The ongoing scientific discussions and debates about the

effect of ordinary peoples’ behavior are in reality misleading.

We do not wish to discuss scientific facts here, but it is

necessary to draw attention to the fact that scientific faculties

and organizations depend on financial support from

companies to finance much of their research. This makes the

nature and results of this research a subject of speculation and

suspicion, especially when it concerns the interests of big


Alternatively, the following should be discussed: How does

one avoid all environmental threats? What causes the

environmental disasters that the world is witnessing? Who’s

responsible for this? Should striving for economic growth be

at the expense of the environment?

2 while contaminating the world


The Solution according to Capitalism

From the Kyoto Agreement to COP15

Part One

The Issue turned into a question of Supply and


The Cap and Trade System is an integral part of the Kyoto-

Protocol and EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS). It will

also be part of the new agreement at the Climate Conference

in Copenhagen (COP15), if the parties manage to reach an


According to this scheme, the countries that joined the

agreement have to disclose their total carbon-emissions.

These countries are obliged to reduce the reported amounts

with percentages that have not yet been agreed upon. This is

achieved by assigning a number of CO

companies in the respective countries. These companies are

then required to reduce their carbon- emissions over time,

2-quotas to the


which reduces the country’s total carbon-emissions to the

level that the country has committed to. The companies in

those countries that joined the agreement may choose to use

all their quotas or limit themselves to less, in which case they

can sell their excess CO

other companies that want more CO

production. Thus, CO

is defined according to the principle of “Supply and

Demand”. The former chief economist of the World Bank,

Nicholas Stern, commented upon the “Cap and Trade System”

saying: ” The greatest market failure the world has

seen.” These climate agreements have left it to the market

forces to solve the environmental problem, as clearly stated in

Kyoto and EU ETS, giving companies property rights to pollute.

The mechanisms of the “Cap and Trade System”, which are a

part of the Kyoto-agreement and EU ETS, as well as the

mechanisms of the “U.S. Acid Rain program “, aim to privatize

the property rights to pollute, which is beneficial for the most

polluting industries and countries (in the West).

Nicholas Stern points out that “the basis of emissions trading

is assigning property rights to emitters, and then allowing

these to be traded.” The problem has thereby taken new

dimensions, as pollution has become a right that can be

acquired and sold by private companies. The above

2-quota on the international markets to2-quota due to increased2 has become a commodity, whose price17

mentioned agreements have given the companies that cause

pollution the property rights to pollute, and at no cost.

Based on the above, CO

market, called the carbon-market. According to a report

published by, carbon-emissions increased

from 1.6 billion tons in 2006 to 2.7 billion tons in 2007, i.e. an

increase of 68 %. Meanwhile, the sales of CO2-quotas have

increased significantly in the same period. In 2006 the trade

amounted to $ 33 billion, and in 2007 it amounted to $ 60

billion, i.e. an increase of 80 %. And in 2008 the trade reached

the peak of $ 118 billion. Thus, the trade in CO

continues to grow despite the global recession. Accordingly, it

is not surprising western companies that are responsible for

the pollution call for this system that guarantees them free

property rights to pollute and thus the right to trade them.

The Cap and Trade System has secured the property rights of

the richest and most powerful western companies to pollute.

Thus, the Capitalist system managed to organize the property

right to pollute as it organized the right to extract oil, coal and

other natural resources, leading to accumulation of these

resources among the wealthy and influential. Based upon this

organization, the system of the right to pollute can lead to

monopoly, which only serves the western companies, who

cause the greatest environmental damage.

2 is turned into a product with its own2-quotas


Exaggeration in the Assessment of Quotas

The distribution of the quotas enjoyed by a specific country is

often characterized by exaggeration, which leads to a surplus

of CO

Czech Republic in 2005 the big energy company CEZ was given

one-third of the CO

state assigns. In 2004, the volume of carbon-emissions in the

Czech Republic was at 90 ton, which secured the country a

profit of $ 187 million as a result of the sale of CO

the period between 2005-2007. The CEO of CEZ, Martin

Roman, said that the company secured huge profits through

the sale of its CO

prices fell the company bought back the quotas to increase

their coal production.

This is the reality of all countries which have joined the Kyoto-

Protocol and EU ETS or other similar agreements. As a result

even when companies invest in new technology to reduce

carbon-emissions the total carbon-emissions will not decline,

since the companies that have excess of CO

them to other companies that will use them to increase

pollution. It is therefore misleading to portray the problem as

being a consumer problem, and misleading to argue that a

reduction of the consumer’s electricity consumption will

reduce the carbon-emissions caused by electricity. The

2-quotas allocated to companies. For example in the2-quotas of 97.6 million tons which the2-quotas in2-quotas when prices were high and when2– quotas will sell


explanation is that the excess CO

sold to other countries, which depend on coal in their

production of electricity. Reducing the climate problem to a

question of the actions of consumers is an attempt by the

western politicians and companies who promote this view to

shirk their responsibility.

2-quotas for pollution will be

Part Two

”Clean Development”

The Clean Development (CDM) mechanisms allow

industrialized countries to increase their CO

the purchase of CO

gas emissions

understanding of sustainable development, companies do not

need to reduce pollution even when they consume their

maximum quotas for pollution.

This system consists of western companies investing in a

project in a developing country that “contributes” to reducing

carbon-emissions. According to the regulations of the Kyotoagreement,

such projects trigger CO

2-quotas through2-credits (credits from cutting greenhouse) from developing countries. Based on this2-credits that can be sold


and purchased in connection with the production. Thus, these

companies can pollute the environment with greenhouse

gases in quantities greater than the quota assigned to them by

the state.

The system exempts the companies that have contributed to

pollution from taking responsibility for the pollution they

caused throughout previous years. Rather, it even paves the

way for these companies to continue polluting in the same

manner. Since their emergence, “CDM”-projects (“green

projects”) have been characterized by corruption, fraud and

lack of transparency. These projects have in fact often

increased the damage to the environment in developing

countries. Among such examples is the chemical factory in the

province of

Fluorochemicals Limited), whose main base is in

London. Being a part of the UN’s “green” projects, this factory

is financed by taxpayers. Because of this factory’s production

of toxic chemicals, the water in the surrounding area has been

polluted to the extent that it is undrinkable. The water is now

known as

been destroyed and the surrounding areas of land are no

longer cultivable. The astonishing thing about this case is that

the company that bears responsibility for this pollution is a

part of the “CDM”.

Gujarat in India, owned by GFL (Gujaratthe water of death. Consequently, the harvest has


Constraints imposed on the developing countries

There are some countries such as China and Brazil, whose

industries are considered as being relatively young compared

to those in the West. The subjection of these newly

industrialised countries to the demands of the West to reduce

their carbon emission is tantamount to constraint of the

industry and the economic prosperity in these countries. This

is due to their assigned CO

industry requires increase in the factories’ production, which

entails an increase in the amount of carbon emission, rather

than a decrease. Consequently, the signing of such

agreements at the present moment or in the future will entail

that these countries will be subjected to the dominance of the

West with respect to production and prosperity.

Furthermore, the greater part of non-western countries (the

developing countries), including the countries in the Muslim

world, has no real industry. If the developing countries

become a part of any agreement in the future, their

development will be prevented such that they do not become

industrialized countries. These countries will be compelled to

sell their CO

there will be no benefits for the developing countries except

through the application of the CDM (“green projects”), and

these projects guarantee additional CO

2 –quotas since the development of2-quotas to the developed countries. On this basis,2–quotas for the


western industries meaning the increase of production for

them. The developing countries will be a consumer market for

pollution that the western economy and industries need, or in

other words, the developing countries will remain subject to

the influence and dominance of the western industrialized


Consequently, the western solutions and agreements put

forward as answers to the climate problem are nothing but

guarantees for the western companies that the climate and

environment do not become a barrier for their ongoing

pollution whilst it is necessary for their economic growth and

achievement of profit. Based on the free market forces, these

solutions make the environment a victim of the greed of those

who caused the environmental crisis to begin with.

Capitalism causes environmental crisis

The environmental problem is not the only failure of the

capitalist system, which has caused one crises after the other.

The global food crises and the financial and economic crises

which we have witnessed the last few years are far from the

last crises of Capitalism. These crises have left millions

destitute, and at the same time made it possible for a few

people to posses more then the human mind is able to



The reasons that capitalism lacks the ability to present the

correct solutions to these problems which mankind faces, are

first of all due to its doctrine (

is built upon the idea of compromise, makes the incompetent

human mind the legislator. The idea of separating religion

from life has brought people under the control of the

capitalistic legislators who believe that the purpose of life is to

obtain maximum share of sensual pleasure, and that benefit is

the criterion for any action without taking anything else into


The deficiency of Capitalism in presenting the correct

solutions is also due to its view on the economic problem as

being the scarcity of resources relative to the growing and

endless consumption (theory of scarcity). This has made the

focus of capitalism limited to the production at the expense of

a fair distribution and the fulfilment of every individual human

being’s basic need for housing, food and clothing. For

example, in the stronghold of capitalism the United States, in

2003 the production increased while the poverty level rose by

1.3 million people.

Moreover, there is no room for morality in regards to the

economic transactions of Capitalism, since it is an economy

that only aims at realizing material values, and which

considers the increase of wealth for the individual as the key

‘aqeedah). This doctrine, which


to success, regardless of the consequences to the society and

nature. The founder of capitalism, Adam Smith, expressed this

when he stated that greed is the individual’s moral, and this

moral controls the economy.

The effects of such a philosophy are destructive for mankind

and the environment, and we have witnessed the destruction

and contamination of rivers, forests and farm land as

consequences of western companies’ actions all over the


Whether in Indonesia or South America these companies are

eliminating the world’s forests. These forests, which directly

contribute to reducing carbon in the atmosphere, are

therefore threatened with extinction. Ironically, it is these

same companies that make speeches about protecting the

environment and the climate.

People in South America, Africa, Asia and even in Europe have

witnessed contamination of the land which they are used to

live on. This has reached the extent that their children are

born with deformity, and people being affected by odd

illnesses due to the toxic wastes that are being dumped in

oceans, rivers and lakes. At a time when speeches are being

made about reducing carbon emission in order to save the

climate, toxic waste is being sent to the third world countries,


killing people, contaminating arable land and destroying fish.

For example the Nile is contaminated to such a degree that

the people who drink from it suffer from severe heath

problems. Tarik Sameer, a member of the Water

administration in the national research centre, said: “there are

areas in the Nile and its ramifications that are contaminated

due to the untreated industrial wastewater, which runs out to

the river”. He added that “the organic solvent from the

industrial production, the agriculture and the wastewater that

runs out in the Nile do not disappear, even after water is

treated with chlorine in the wastewater treatment plant”

There are great costs in connection with the protection of the

environment, and when profit is the only objective, any

company will aim at minimizing its costs. According to the

capitalistic logic, priorities of profit size and maximization

exceed protecting the environment and human dignity. Since

the implementation of capitalism is the cause of the apparent

destruction which man and the environment suffer from, the

sensible person should wonder about the motives of the

capitalists’ concern about mankind’s future life and the

preservation and protection of the environment!


The Islamic view

The Islamic view of life is based on the absolute belief that

man, life and the universe are created by a Creator, Allah (the

Glorified and Exalted), and that Islam is the message which the

Almighty Creator has sent down to mankind to bring it forth

from darkness into light. And when man is absolutely and

intellectually convinced by this doctrine and enjoys peace of

mind, then he will make this doctrine the basis for all of his

ideas and the criterion for all of his actions. Consequently, the

Muslim is convinced that the Creator, Allah (the Glorified and

Exalted), has sent down the last message that determines

good and evil, truth and falsehood. In all matters of life and

regarding solutions to all problems the Muslim refers to the

Islamic doctrine from which a comprehensive system for life

originates. This system organizes man’s needs, at anytime and

anywhere and is not influenced by the surrounding

environment, circumstances or individual interests.

Additionally, the Islamic doctrine solves his problems in

consideration of all spiritual, human, moral and material

values. The Islamic doctrine organizes these values in a

concordant manner that realizes all the values. Therefore, the

material value is not prioritized over the other values, and no

value is ignored in favour of another, rather they are all

coordinated. The decisions for the society are carried out on


the basis of the coordination between all four values, rather

than on the basis of material prosperity alone, in which the

Gross Domestic Product or other economic indicators are the

criterion. The material progress and growth gained at the

expense of the world’s people, or at the expense of nature,

can never be the correct criterions for the correct righteous


The balance of these four values will never be achieved if

legislation is left to man, based on the fact that man is

incapable of being free from the influence of his own interests

and inclinations whilst legislating. This is due to the fact that

man’s understanding of organizing is subject to variation,

discrepancy, contradiction and influence from the

environment in which he lives, which would result in an

inconsistent and contradictory system and inevitably lead to

man’s misery. The state of the world today, which is ravaged

by corruption, injustice and damage to man and nature, is the

best proof of man’s incapability of designing a suitable system

that determines what is good and what is evil.

Islam does not forbid man to enjoy Allah’s blessings, nor does

it forbid him to work, nor gain earnings and wealth. On the

contrary, Islam renders work necessary for the progress of the

human life, and for man to carry out his duties. Allah (the

Glorified and Exalted) says:


”Say: Who has forbidden the beautiful (gifts) of Allah, whichHe has produced for his servants, and the things clean and

pure (which He has provided) for sustenance? Say: They are

in the life of this world, for those who believe, (and) purely

for them on the Day of Judgment. Thus do We explain the

signs in detail for those who understand.” [TMQ. Al-A’raf 7:


However, Islam does not accept that some people overconsume

while others are unable to satisfy their basic needs.

Consequently, Islam regards the economic problem as being

related to the distribution of the wealth and not its scarcity.

Hence Islam’s concern is not dedicated to the increase of

production, rather it is dedicated to eradicate poverty, and to

ensure the balance in looking after the interests and needs of

the community and the individual. Thus, Islam does not

disregard the needs of the individual in favour of the

community, nor does it favour the needs of the individual at

the expense of the community. Islam does not accept the


inhumane conditions which the greater part of the world’s

population lives under the control of the capitalistic system,

due to the insatiable desire and hunt for wealth by a few


With these views Islam forms an individual that remembers

Allah’s supervision in all his affairs, and an individual who

voluntarily complies with Allah’s commands and prohibitions,

even if this leads to material losses. Such an individual will

make sure to stay as far away as possible from greed and

excessive consumption. With these views Islam ensures that

the economic activities conform to

and spiritual values, and prevent the economic activities in

becoming a mere material activity that doesn’t pay regard to

anything except profit. In doing so, Islam eliminates the type

of human behaviour which leads to an environmental


Shariah and to the moral

Islam’s view on the environment

Islam does not view man’s relation to nature as one of conflict

or contradiction. On the contrary, because the universe and

life itself, just like man, are all Allah’s creations, Islam treats

their relations as being mutually complementary. Also, Allah

has put the universe in man’s service and He assigned man to

cultivate the land. Allah (the Glorified and Exalted) says:


”It is Allah Who have created the heavens and the earth andsends down rain from the skies and with it brings out fruits

wherewith to feed you; it is He Who has made the ships

subject to you that they may sail through the sea by His

command; and the rivers (also) He made subject to you. And

He made subject to you the sun and the moon, both

diligently pursuing their courses: and the Night and the Day

He (also) made subject to you.” [TMQ. Ibrahim 14: 32-33]

And He (the Glorified and Exalted) says:

“Behold thy Lord said to the angels: “I will create avicegerent on earth.” They said “Will You place therein one

who will make mischief therein and shed blood? Whilst we


do celebrate Thy praises and glorify Thy holy (name)?” He

said: “I know what ye know not.” [TMQ. Al-Baqarah 2: 30]

Persevering and avoiding both the material and the

immaterial mischief on the earth are all necessities to the

cultivation of it. Allah (the Glorified and Exalted) says:

” Do no mischief on the earth, after it has been set in order,but call on Him with fear and longing (in your hearts): for the

Mercy of Allah is (always) near to those who do good!”

[TMQ. Al-A’raf 7: 56]

Islam considers deprivation on the earth a detestable crime.

Allah (the Glorified and Exalted) says:

”There is the type of man whose speech about the wordlyaffairs may please you and he calls Allah to witness about



what is in his heart; yet is he the most contentious of

enemies. (204) When he turns his back his aim everywhere is

to spread mischief through the earth and destroy crops and

cattle. But Allah loves not mischief.” [TMQ. Al-Baqarah 2:


Also, Islam has clarified that in the universe and on the earth is

a balance and a purposeful and exact measure for all kind of

things. Allah (the Glorified and Exalted) says:

” And the earth We have spread out (like a carpet); setthereon mountains firm and immovable; and produced

therein all kinds of things in due balance.” [TMQ. Al-Hidjr 15:


Furthermore, Allah (the Glorified and Exalted) says:

”Verily, all things have We created in proportion andmeasure.” [TMQ. Al-Qamar 54: 49]



These and similar Quran verses suffice to illustrate the Islamic

view on nature and the environment, and indicate the

necessity to preserve the environment and the prohibition of

imbalance therein. The texts mould a Muslim that is eager to

cultivate and preserve the earth as well as looking after his

interests hereon. Additionally there are many

the Quran and Sunnah that are related to details concerned

with the preservation of the environment, which indicate that

Islam is not confined to a general and wide treatment of the

matter. On the contrary, Islam goes beyond that and deals

with the details, so man is prevented in damaging and

contaminating the environment. Islam did not leave the

relationship between the Muslim and nature according to his

own individual desires and interest without regard for nature

or human lives. The following are some narrations from the

Prophet (pbuh) that suffice to show these details:

Shariah texts in

Relationship with water

It was mentioned in the narration from Abu Hurayrah (may

Allah be pleased with him), who said, that the messenger of

Allah (pbuh) said:

water, and then use it for bathing”

Muadh ibn Jabal (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated

from the Prophet (pbuh):

“None of you may urinate in stagnant(Bukhari and Muslim).“Avoid the three actions that bring


people’s curses: defecating in water sources, on roads, and in

the shade.”

Abdullah ibn Ámru bin Al-Ás (may Allah be pleased with him)

narrated: ”

pass by Sa’d as he was performing ablution. Whereupon he

said: Sa’d what is this squandering? Sa’d said: Can there be

any idea of squandering (

(the Prophet) said: Yes, even if you are by the side of a

flowing river.

(Abu Dawud and ibn Majah)That the messenger of Allah (pbuh) happened toisraf) in ablution? Whereupon he” (Ibn Majah)

Removal of harm

The messenger of Allah (pbuh) said:

branches, the highest is to testify


harmful from the road”

The messenger of Allah (pbuh) said:

harmful from the road is a charity

“Iman is some 70 or 60there is no god besides, and the lowest of which is to remove something(Muslim)To remove something.” (Bukhari)

The messenger of Allah (pbuh) said:

branch on his way, whereupon he picked it up. Allah was

then pleased and applauded his action and forgave him”

“A man found a thorny



Crops and plants

The messenger of Allah (pbuh) said:

plants a tree or grows crops, and a bird, a human or an

animal eats from it, except that it will be counted as a charity

for him.”

“There is no Muslim who(Bukhari).

The messenger of Allah (pbuh) said:

barren land, it belongs to him”

“Whoever cultivates(Abu Dawud).

The messenger of Allah (pbuh) said:

comes, and in one’s hand is a sapling, one has to plant it if it

is possible”

“If the time of judgment(Ahmad).

When the Prophet (pbuh) sent his companions to Jihad he

(pbuh) used to advise them with the following words:

forth in the name of Allah…. and do not cut down any tree,

except the trees which prevent you from fighting or

constitute a barrier between you and the Polytheists”



Birds and animals

It was narrated from Abu Hurayra that the messenger of Allah(

pbuh) said:

“While a man was on a road, he became very


thirsty and he found a well and went down into it. He drank

and then came out. There was a dog panting and eating mud

out of thirst. The man said, ‘This dog has become as thirsty as

I was.’ So he went down the well and filled up his shoe with

water and the let the dog drink. So Allah thanked him and

forgave him.'” They (companions) said, “Messenger of Allah,

do we have a reward for animals?” He (pbuh) said, “There is

a reward for every living thing (with a moist liver).”


Ibn Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated, that the

Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said

Hell on account of a cat, because she tied it. She had not

given the cat anything to eat nor did she free it to enable it

to feed itself from among insects and other creatures of the

earth till it died (due to losing weight)”.

It was narrated by Anas, who said:

(pbuh) has forbidden the shooting of tied or confined


The messenger of Allah (pbuh) said:

or anything bigger than that without a just cause, Allah will

hold him accountable on the Day of Judgment.” The

listeners asked, “O Messenger of Allah, what is a just cause?”

He replied, “That he will kill it to eat, not simply to chop off

its head and then throw it away.”

: “ A woman was doomed to(Bukhari).“The messenger of Allah(Muslim)“Whoever kills a sparrow(Nasai).


The above was merely a minor selection from an ocean of


a unique picture of how Islam focuses on nature. Furthermore

they illustrate that Allah has created nature and put it in

service for Man, and made Man its guardian to enjoy and not

ruin it.

texts which concern the environment. These texts give


Islam prohibits harm and that which leads

to the forbidden

Most of the

environmental pollution to a great extent are the principles

concerning harm that are derived from a series of narrations,

including the Prophet’s words:

Shariah principles which are related to“No harm and no harming.”


Examples of these principles are:


(mubah) element that is harmful or leads to harm, is

prohibited, but the matter remains permissible.”

with the environment should therefore be done in a way that

is not harmful or leads to harm.

Like the principles of harm there is the principle:

of the forbidden is forbidden”

“the essence of harm is, “harm is removed” and “any permittedDealing“the means, which is derived from the


nature which leads to something that

will also be prohibited, even if there is not a text with a

specific prohibition. It is therefore forbidden according to

texts. According to this principle, any relationship withShariah has prohibited


leads to harm, or leads to something forbidden during the

process of manufacturing, economic development or

exploitation of natural resources, such as contaminating the

to pollute the environment so that it is harmful, or


water, air and soil, with poison, disease and destruction of the

soil, animal resources and fisheries. This is regardless of the

cost there may be to avoid this, which means that the


has ignored the discussion of economic losses related to

countering environmental harm and combating pollution.

Regarding the destruction of the community life in a particular

area, such as pollution of public land, rivers, lakes, meadows

and forests, Islam does not allow the subjugation of the lives

of people to individuals. On the contrary, Islam places public

property under state supervision which ensures the

safeguarding of people and prohibits harming them. The state

is also obliged to remove harm from the community, such as

forbidding factories to dispose their harmful waste products

into rivers and oceans.

Islam has defined the property and framed the type of

ownership and the manner of acquisition, without interfering

in the amount. This is in contrast to the quota solutions which

the climate agreements have set, where limiting the amount is

made as the basis of manufacturing. This shows that the

climate agreements are designed to serve companies and

industrialized countries and not to remove the real harm. The

one who closely examines the issue will realize that the

production quantity is not the problem. The problem lies in

the type and the manner of acquisition. For example, when


factories are built in residential areas with harmful results, it is

then due to the location of the factory and not the quantity

the factory produces. Hence, one should prohibit the

construction of such factories in residential areas. If the

factory produces goods whose waste products are harmful,

then the solution lies in how you handle and dispose these

waste products so as to preserve human life and the

environment. The solution is not found in prohibition of the

production or in the reduction of the amount. Factory owners

or the State who oversee the industry are responsible for

removing the harm.


Preservation of the Environment in the

Islamic State

The entire Muslim world is living in a terrible state of decline

in various aspects of life. The rulers have contributed in an

obvious manner to the preservation of this state of misery,

ever since they agreed to be tools in the hands of foreign

states, and since they denied Islam and its laws and refrained

from their implementation. Therefore, they have not achieved

any progress in the life of the Muslim nation. For this reason,

the Muslim nation needs infrastructure, industry, agriculture,

health, economic research and development, etc. The future

Khilafah State must therefore invest in the vital aspects of all

areas. However, though the task is difficult and seemingly

impossible, the truth is that Allah has bestowed the Muslim

world with all the natural resources and a young nation that

possesses the necessary skills in all areas of life: scientists,

researchers, doctors, engineers and others. As a result the

Khilafah State will take the necessary steps to becoming an

industrialized country, and will insure that the industry is

subject to Islam’s laws so that man and environment are not

caused damage.

To ensure its implementation the system of Islam relies on the

individual’s fear of Allah which the Islamic doctrine enroots in


the souls. Yet, the system of Islam has not left the matter to

the fear of Allah alone. The Islamic system has determined

practical mechanisms to achieve the implementation of its

laws. Thus, Islam has made the State responsible for

implementation, set penalties for violation of the law and

ordered the Muslim nation to account the individual and the

state if there is negligence. The judicial system plays an

important role in safeguarding the implementation of Islam in

general, and especially in taking into account the issue of the

environment and climate. The role of the judiciary in the

environmental issue can be summarized as follows:

Qadi al-Hisbah (Supervisory Judge)

Islam has permitted individuals to trade, produce and invest

under certain conditions. These conditions determine what

and how this individual can own, since Islam has forbidden

ownership of things such as alcohol and prohibited ways to

acquire property, such as fraud and monopolization. And to

ensure that everything proceeds according to

the evil occurring in public life is removed, Islam has

introduced a law regarding the presence of a judge, who

supervises markets, hospitals, factories, and corporatecompliance


duties. This judge is called the Judge of

companies exposing animals or the environment to damage

Shariah and thatShariah Acts and other matters related to hisHisbah. To prevent


falls under this judge’s powers. Therefore, the Judge of


will be among the inspectors, who inspect and supervise the

pollution and the waste that companies leave. Any violation

that the Judge of


Hisbah discovers he immediately punishes

Qadi al-Khusamat (The Judge of Disputes)

One of the biggest problems caused by environmental

pollution is the damage that affects the workers and people

exposed to toxic waste and the like. Islam has a clear position

on the actions that damage people, which is the prohibition of

such acts. The Judge of Disputes is the one who determines

the matters raised by the victims. This judge gives judgment

according to the

cleared and accounts the person who caused the damage to

recompense for the consequences of the damage.

Shariah laws by ensuring that the damage is

Qadi al-Madhalim (The Judge of Unjust Acts)

The Judge of Unjust Acts has the task to resolve the conflicts

that arise between the ruler and people. In the area of

environmental cases, this judge works to eliminate the

environmental injustices the ruler commits, such as the harm


coming from the state-factories. This judge obliges the ruler to

implement the Shariah laws, which are related to the

environment, if there is any negligence on behalf of the ruler

in this area or if the ruler favors an issue at the expense of


The Environmental Problem and its


The globalization of the climate and environmental problem

implies that the solution to the problem must be global. This

shows that the western Capitalist countries are not serious

about the solution, because they are the ones that possess the

solution to this problem and not other countries. So why do

they invite the whole world in order to solve the

problem?! The agreements that have and will be concluded

(the presented solutions at the COP 15), confirm that the

western Capitalist states are not serious. International

agreements such as the Kyoto-agreement and others are not

even signed by the major countries, and they only comply with

those agreements to the extent that they ensure their own

interests. Hence, these agreements and conventions are a tool

in the hands of great powers to dominate smaller states.

Islam forbids the Islamic State to submit to other countries or

to accept their dominance.


Allah (the Glorified and Exalted) says:



”And never will Allah grant to the Unbelievers a way (to

triumph) over the Believers.” [TMQ. Al-Nisaa’ 4: 141]

This subjugation through the acceptance of these particular

agreements will lead Muslims to being prevented in

establishing real industries, just as it would harm the

environment and realize the West’s exploitation of the Muslim

world. The acceptance of any state to submit to agreements

and conventions that make the state a prey of western

colonialism is truly a great crime.


The Real Solution to the Global Problem

The problem lies in the ruthless behavior of Capitalist

countries in their pursuit of achieving material prosperity at

the expense of others and at any price. The reason for this

behavior is inhumane doctrine of the Capitalist ideology. The

Capitalist countries refuse to take any responsibility, not even

from a moralistic perspective for their and their companies’

behavior. The world is suffering under this doctrine and is

exploited in a manner which is contrary to the most basic of

human values.

The solution to the global environmental problems and

problems concerning poverty and other global issues is to

remove and discard the real reason, which has caused these

problems, i.e. by a global rejection of the inhumane Capitalist

doctrine, which still controls the destinies of nations, and by

looking for an alternative that ensures mankind’s happiness

and tranquility.

We, in Hizb ut-Tahrir, present the alternative to you, which is

Islam, with its idea and method. Islam is the solution to the

world’s problems. Islam’s political, economical, social,

environmental and other solutions are the only solutions

which will save the world from the injustice and darkness that

the Capitalist system has thrown it in. Islam is the alternative


that takes people from worshiping other people to the

worship of the Lord of mankind. And Islam takes people away

from the injustice of various doctrines and ways of life

(Capitalism, etc.) to the justice of Islam.



”We sent you, only as a mercy for all creatures.” [TMQ. Al-

Anbiyaa’ 21: 107]


Finally we direct this appeal to the


Dear Muslims

For 13 centuries under the shade of Islam, mankind has

benefited from the safety and tranquility, where Muslims and

non-Muslims lived with security for their lives and

property. But today corruption has spread on the earth, in the

sea and in the skies and no man, animal or stone has been

spared, and this is due to the tyranny of Capitalism and the

lack of the presence of Islam.

The Messenger (pbuh) has told that this situation will not

continue forever and that mankind will once again come to

enjoy security and prosperity once Islam returns to life and

spreads in the world, as he (May Allah’s blessings and peace

be upon him) said in the narration that after the dictatorial

rule it will finally become a righteous rule:

”…then there will be Khilafah upon the method of theProphet.”


(Imam Ahmad).


This narration is a message of the return of Islam and the

seizure of injustice.

Dear Muslims

Allah (the Glorified and Exalted) has praised you and described

you as the best nation brought to mankind. Allah (the Glorified

and Exalted) says:

”You are the best of peoples, evolved for mankind, enjoiningwhat is right, forbidding what is wrong, and believing in

Allah.” [TMQ. Aal-’Imran 3: 110]

This quality,

towards your

without the presence of Islam in life.

We, in Hizb ut-Tahrir, invite you to work with us in order to

resume the Islamic way of life, through the establishment of

the righteous Khilafah-State, as this state is the only guarantee

“the best”, obliges you to bear the responsibilitydeen and mankind and this cannot be realized



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