Living in Harmony with Nature

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A three-step process for living in harmony with nature:

1) Ponder on the creation of Allah (which leads to us Perfecting our Imaan).

All of the things that we see around us in nature – the rocks on the mountains, the plants and the herbs, the wind and the clouds, the alternation of night and day – all of these things are signs for us indicating towards the Oneness and the Greatness of our Lord and Creator. Pondering on these things should lead to us glorifying and praising Him and to having our yaqeen in Him strengthened, as He states in the Qur’an: “Indeed, in the creation of the heavens and the earth and the alternation of the night and the day are signs for those of understanding. Who remember Allah while standing or sitting or [lying] on their sides and who ponder on the creation of the heavens and the earth, [saying], “Our Lord, You did not create this aimlessly; exalted are You; then protect us from the punishment of the Fire.” (Surah Aal ‘Imraan: 190 – 91)

2) Appreciate the favours of Allah.

Once we reflect on creation, we come to realise just how much Allah ta’ala has favoured us. His blessings and bounties upon us are so numerous that we could never comprehend them. All of these favours come from Him, and we have done absolutely nothing at all to deserve them. This realisation then leads us to increasing our sense of thankfulness towards Him. He mentions all this in the Qur’an where He states: “And a sign for them is the dead earth. We have brought it to life and brought forth from it grain, and from it they eat. And We placed therein gardens of palm trees and grapevines and caused to burst forth therefrom some springs -that they may eat of His fruit. And their hands have not produced it – so will they not be grateful?” (Surah YaSin: 33 – 35)

3) Preserve the creation of Allah.

Our sense of thankfulness should lead us to more than just verbally thanking Him. The best way that we can show our appreciation for Allah’s bounties upon us is by preserving and looking after these things, and not wasting and abusing them. Allah ta’ala has placed us as His khaleefah on the Earth, and thus it is our responsibility as Muslims to care for and look after the environment. This too is part of our Deen. Allah ta’ala states: “It is He who made you the vicegerents of the earth and raised some of you in ranks over others, so that He may test you in what He has given you. Surely, your Lord is swift in punishing, and surely He is Most-Forgiving, Very-Merciful.” (Surah An’aam: 165)

May Allah ta’ala grant us all the tawfeeq to realise the responsibilities that we as Muslims have towards the environment and may He make it easy for us to live in harmony with nature by making use of it but not abusing it.

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