Islam on Pollution

Pollution, environmental pollution to be more specific is one of the most talked about human crises of the 21st century. It is no doubt a product of our own hands, as man tries to evolve and technology takes over. Yes, the growing industries of the world have improved our lives in a lot of ways, but everything has a price. In our effort to become more civilized and to make life easier, we are paying the heavy prize of killing our environment, the one thing we cannot create. But these current events do not come as a surprise to a Muslim, because we have already been warned about this in the holy Quran.
Surah 30:41 says: “Corruption has appeared on land and sea because of what the hands of the people have earned, He thus let them taste the consequences of their works that they may return.”
This knowledge however, does not imply that Muslims should sit back and let the wheels keep rolling. Instead, we are expected to do what little we can to improve the situation. It is obvious that contributing to the corruption of the land created by Allah is a grave sin. Allah says In surah Al-Araf-56: “Do not corrupt the earth after it has been straightened.”
Having that in mind, what can a simple Muslim like you and I do, to safeguard ourselves from falling into the group of those the Quran calls ‘transgressors’? Here are a few ideas:
Plant a tree for the sake of Allah. You will get a great reward for it in this life (because it can provide fresh air, shade and/or fruits), and even when you die, you continue to gain reward from it for anyone who benefits from the tree. It’s a form of charity.
The prophet (SAW) said: “if a Muslim plants a tree or sows seeds, then a bird, or a person or an animal eats from it, it is regarded as a charitable gift for him.”
If you cannot plant a tree, then the least you can do is avoid indiscriminate cutting down of the ones that are already planted.
You can also join and support groups that are fighting for preservation of the environment. Contribute in whatever way you can. Clean the environment you live it. Whatever you do, be actively involved.
Nature; the trees, the wildlife, all the creatures on land, sea and air are extremely important for the survival of man. Even the earthworms have a role to play. Imagine a world without them, who would help with decomposition of dead things? We need to keep the balance between man and all other creatures of Allah, for our own good. And Muslims, of all people, should lead the fight against pollution.

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