Sunday, February 03, 2008

Environment: The Story of Stuff

This is an interesting email with video link which I would like share with my friends. It is about environment but I can assure you it is not boring at all! Admittedly I am yet able to watch to the end due to the slow connection which seem to affect the whole of Malaysia, but coming for this sister who is a revert, I would even recommend it without seeing it first! That's how much I have come to respect sister Karima and her postings to several groups including

By the way, Minci has finally managed to put her fingers together to write her thoughts on Muhibah; kindly visit her.
UPDATE 5:46 pm: A friend, Pak Shah, has sportingly joined in the Muhibah tag. Please visit him as well.

The Story of Stuff

www.storyofstuff. com/

From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It'll teach you something, it'll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever.

If you haven't seen this yet, I would highly recommend it. Take from it what you will - K a r i m a
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Before you view "The Story of Stuff", I would like you to take some time to read Professor Mustafa Abu-Sway's essay "Towards an Islamic Jurisprudence of the Environment" on our role in protecting the environment.

Quote: "The basic role of the human being on earth is to worship Allaah Subhaanahu wa Ta‘aala: “I have only created Jinns and men, that they may serve Me.” (Az-Zaariyaat 51:56)

To serve Allaah or to worship Him is a comprehensive way that covers every aspect of life. Fulfilling all that Allaah Subhaanahu wa Ta‘aala has commanded from us in terms of Praying, Fasting, Zakaah and Hajj indicates worshipping. The same could be said regarding any action that the human being performs in accordance with the Islamic world-view, as long as it is done for the Sake of Allaah Almighty.

Every act, as long as it is good (e.g. protecting the environment) and done for the Sake of Allaah Subhaanahu wa Ta‘aala, is considered an act of worshipping that generates reward in this life and the Hereafter. This is the via media between two extremes; total disregard for the environment, and worshipping it as the case of nature worshippers.

The total disregard for the environment is detrimental for the human being. The same could be said regarding the extreme position of protecting the environment in an absolute sense. An example is advocating the protection of every single member of the animal kingdom to the level which might endanger the life of the human beings involved in rescue operations.

It should be known that Islam advocates the protection of the environment, though not in name, for the word ‘environment’ (bi'ah), along with its connotations, evolved in recent times. That Islam has high regard for the environment is something that can be found in the Holy Qur‘aan and the Sunnah. The fact that to protect the environment is considered an act of worshipping, does not mean that every component of the environment should be saved. In fact, it is sometimes to the contrary. The Prophet, sall Allaahu`alayhi wa sallam, stated that a person who uprooted a tree (which formed an obstacle) in the path of people, ended up in heaven.

The Islamic position forms a middle path between human behaviour that has disregard to the environment and those who practically worship the environment or certain parts of it. While the Islamic world view supports the protection of environment from the greedy behaviour of human beings, it allows room for sustainable development.

The Environment is the Loci of the Signs Pointing to Allaah Subhaanahu wa Ta‘aala.

The environment is perceived as the place where the signs (e.g. rivers, plants, and birds), pointing to Allaah Subhaanahu wa Ta`aala exist:

"Verily in the heavens and the earth, are Signs for those who believe. And in the creation of yourselves and the fact that animals are scattered (throughout the earth), are Signs for those of assured Faith. And the alteration of Night and Day, and the fact that Allaah sends down Sustenance from the sky, and revives therewith the earth after its death, and in the change of the winds,-are Signs for those that are wise. (Al-Jaathiya 45:3-5)

As a result, any destruction occurring to the environment is tantamount to destroying these signs. If any species becomes extinct, it is considered a loss of a Sign that reflects the greatness of the Creator. It is indeed a very sad thing if we continue to destroy the environment, because we will prevent the generations to come from having a healthy relationship with the environment, where “healthy” means the chance to experience these Signs." - Unquote.

To read more on the environment, click this link: http://homepages. Articles/ environment. htm

Fee Amaanillaah,

Your sister,

K a r i m a


tokasid said...

Salam Shah:

Astaghfirullah al 'azim. How we have neglected the environment parts in our lives. While choosing to advance our lives with technologies we blinded our minds and eyes from our environment. Of course the big environment issues we do lift our heads and give our unwanted opinion.
But at the personal level, many of us doesn't give a hoot about our environment.We throw rubbish in the drains and rivers thus contributing to flooding.We throw cig butt and plastic wrappers from our car window.We left our garbages in the open inviting flies producing maggots and stray dogs attending to it.
Our local councils too most of them had no environmental brain to begin with. Poorly collected garbages left to rot for days. When it comes to development, money is the top agenda and environment id at the bottom. Hills are cut and bare naked, causing landslides and mud flood when it rained. Ministers will then promise us there will be no more raping of our hills and highlands.Those are only lips services to con us.
(I think many Selangor MBs had said there will be no more cutting of hills but those acts still happened)

Why do we neglect the environment?
For muslims,becoz we didn't take it as ibadah. For centuries,we had been grilled that ibadah is purely solat,zakat,siyam,sadaqah,hajj and zikr.At least in Malaysia many of us think thats the only ibadah that counts.
Other good deeds: to other people,to neighbours,to the environment to animals to te public, it doesn't strike to us as ibadah. Even our vocations,we didn't think about it as ibadah.Just plain cari makan!(Thats why there is corruption/rasuah at work.If these ppl think their job is ibadah too,will they get involve with corruption?Don't think so)

To protect the environment, there need to be a shift of our attitude and thinking and its not gonna be easy.
For us Muslims...we should start taking everything that we do ,the good deeds is actually ibadah.

cakapaje said...

Wa'alaikumusalam Doc,

Beautifully said, alhamdulillah. Now, I'm speechless :)