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Islam and Environmental Pollution

March 20, 2010
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
 
 
  Answer    
 
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.

This piece is taken from the website IslamOnline.net

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