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And We created from water every living thing.  Qur’an 21:30

“And We created from water every living thing.”  Qur’an 21:30

“Make not mischief on the earth” Qur’an 2:11

“Mischief has appeared on land and sea because of (the meed) that the hands of men have earned, that (God) may give them a taste of some of their deeds: in order that they may turn back (from evil).”  Qur’an 30:41

“There is not a moving creature on earth, or a bird that flies with its wings, but they are communities like you (humans).  We have neglected nothing in the Book; then unto their Lord they shall (all) be gathered.” Qur’an 6:38

Muslims are instructed to look after the environment and not to damage it:

Devote thyself single-mindedly to the Faith, and thus follow the nature designed by Allah, the nature according to which He has fashioned mankind. There is no altering the creation of Allah.
Qur’an 30:30

This is part of a Muslims responsibility to God:

Allah is He Who raised up the heavens without any pillars that you can see. Then He settled Himself on the Throne, and constrained the sun and the moon; each one pursues its course during an appointed term. He regulates it all and explains the Signs in detail, that you may have firm belief in the meeting with your Lord. He it is Who spread out the earth and made thereon firmly fixed mountains and rivers, and of fruits of every kind He has made pairs. He causes the night to cover the day. In all this, verily, are signs for a people who reflect.  Qur’an 13:2-3



American Lifestyle As a Threat to Life Itself, Stan Moore http://usa.mediamonitors.net/content/view/full/30054

Animals in Islam, al-Hafiz B.A. Masri http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Academy/7368/an1.htm

Bediuzzaman Said Nursi’s Approach to the Environment, Ibrahim Ozdemir http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/bediuzzaman_said_nursis_approach_to_the_environment/

Broad Lines of the Islamic Approach to Environment Protection, Muhammad Yunus http://www.isesco.org.ma/pub/ISTD/Eng/20/P7.htm

Climate Change at Crisis Level http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/opinion/16319129.htm?template=contentModules/printstory.jsp

Climate Expert Says NASA Tried to Silence Him http://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/29/science/earth/29climate.html?ei=5090&en=51c46d7689bee520&ex=1296190800&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss&pagewanted=all

The Coming Resource Wars , Michael T. Klare http://www.tompaine.com/articles/2006/03/07/the_coming_resource_wars.php

Eco Islam Hits Zanzibar Fishermen http://thetruereligion.org/modules/wfsection/article.php?articleid=287

Ecology in Islam: Protection of the Web of Life a Duty for Muslims, By Dr. Hasan Zillur Rahim http://www.wrmea.com/backissues/1091/9110065.htm

Environment and Values, S. Parvez Manzoor http://www.islamonline.net/english/introducingislam/topic12.shtml

Environment in the eyes of Islam http://aquacool.blogspot.com/2003/12/environment-in-eyes-of-islam.html

Environmental Perspectives: Islam and Ecologism, Dr. Muzammal Hussain http://www.imase.org/content/view/55/35/

Environmental Ethics in Islam, By Abdur-Razzaq Lubis http://www.mandailing.org/Eng/envethicsislam.html

Environmental protection in Islam

Filtering Out the Arsenic of Corruption, Hasan Zillur Rahim http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/filtering_out_the_arsenic_of_corruption/

Forever Interdependent: Man and Nature, Hwaa Irfan http://www.islamonline.net/english/Science/2001/06/article2.shtml

Global Warming: Hotter, Faster, Worser, John Atcheson http://www.countercurrents.org/cc-atcheson240206.htm

Guardians of the Natural Order, Fazlun Khalid http://ifees.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=41&Itemid=56

Imam Zaid Shakir on Environmental Responsibility http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/zaid_shakir/2007/02/muslims_have_many_scriptural_i.html

In the Beginning of Creation Was Consciousness, Seyyed Hossein Nasr http://www.hds.harvard.edu/news/bulletin/articles/nasr.html

Is a Greener Islam Possible?, M. Aurangzeb Ahmed http://www.altmuslim.com/perm.php?id=P1893_0_24_0

Islam and Climate Change: Perspectives & Engagement, Dr Muzammal Hussain http://www.lineonweb.org.uk/Resources/reading.htm

Islam and Ecology, Frederick Denny http://environment.harvard.edu/religion/religion/islam/

Islam and Ecology, Imam Tajuddin H. Alhilaly http://www.speednet.com.au/~keysar/ecology.htm

Islam and the Environment, Theory and Practice, Dr. Mawil Izzi Dien http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/islam_and_the_environment_theory_and_practice/

Islam and the environment, Hussein A. Amery http://www.idrc.ca/en/ev-93950-201-1-DO_TOPIC.html

Islam and the environment

Islam and the Environment,  Gar Smith http://www.islamawareness.net/Nature/environment.html

Islam and the Environment, Fazlun Khalid

Islam and Environmental Conservation http://www.islamweb.net/ver2/Fatwa/ShowFatwa.php?lang=E&Id=2997&Option=FatwaId

Islam and Ecology, Marjorie Hope & James Young http://www.crosscurrents.org/islamecology.htm

Islam and the planet http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/re/science/iscareofplanetrev2.shtml

Islamic Conceptual Framework, S. Parvez Manzoor http://www.islamonline.net/english/Contemporary/2002/05/Article23.shtml

Islamic Declaration on Sustainable Development, http://environment.harvard.edu/religion/publications/statements/islam_statement.pdf

Islamic Faith and the Environment, Hyder Ihsan Mahasneh http://www.arcworld.org/faiths.asp?pageID=75

Man and Ecology, an Islamic Perspective,  Atiya and Irshaad Hussain http://www.islamfrominside.com/Pages/Articles/Ecology%20Environment%20and%20Islam.html

New Approaches to Religions and the Environment, Muhammad Hyder Mahasneh http://lnweb18.worldbank.org/ESSD/envext.nsf/48ByDocName/IslamicFaithStatementsonEcology/$FILE/FaithIslam2003Final.pdf


Qur’an and the Environment, Karem Ghoneim http://www.islamonline.net/english/Science/2000/4/article1.shtml

Significance of the environment in Islam, Akhtar Mahmood http://www.islamweb.net/ver2/archive/article.php?lang=E&id=46430

Sustenance and Accountability: Islam’s Views on the Environment, by Rahat Kurd http://www.perc.ca/PEN/1993-12-01/s-kurd.html

Thirst for Oil Threatens 1/5 of Earth’s Fresh Water http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,13509-2074838,00.html

Towards an Islamic Jurisprudence of the Environment, Mustafa Abu-Sway http://www.islamonline.net/english/Contemporary/2002/08/Article02.shtml

Towards an Islamic Theory of the Environment, Ziauddin Sardar http://www.geocities.com/Tokyo/Spa/3879/environ.html

VIDEO: Global Warming, the Denial Machine http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article17138.htm

VIDEO: Climate Chaos http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13511.htm

VIDEO: Global Dimming http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15809.htm

Warmer Seas Will Wipe Out Plankton http://www.countercurrents.org/cc-connor200106.htm

Water Wars May Be Looming http://news.independent.co.uk/environment/article348196.ece


Islamic Foundation for Ecology & Environmental Sciences http://www.ifees.org.uk/

London Islamic Network for the Environment http://www.lineonweb.org.uk/index.htm


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