Episode 56: Islamic Principles #20: The Environment
We cannot be who we are or do the things we do except through and by the natural world around us. The Quran and Hadith literature are replete with references to the animated nature of the environment, to the duty we owe the environment, and to the obligation to keep its balance. The environment is one of the meta principles of Islam, and since the natural world around us is in crises, it is ever more important that we learn what it means from our faith point of view.
The seven heavens and the earth and all that is therein praise Him, and there is not a thing but invokes His praise; but you understand not their praise. Lo! He is ever Clement, Forgiving. (17:44)
The stars and the trees adore. (55:6)
I created the jinn and humankind only that they might worship Me. (51:56)
And He has made of service for you whatsoever is in the heavens and whatsoever is in the earth; it is all from Him. Lo! herein verily are portents for a people who reflect. (45:13)
He brought you forth from the earth and has asked you to develop it. (11:61)
And of mankind there are those whose conversation on the life of this world pleases you, and he calls Allah to witness as to that which is in his heart; yet he is the most rigid of opponents. And when he turns away his effort in the land is to make mischief therein and to destroy the crops and the cattle; and Allah lovs not mischief. (2:204-205)
Anybody who plants and animals eat you are rewarded, (Ahmad) Story of Gabriel and dog, (Bukhari)
Dogs are nations too, (Abu Dawud & Tirmidhi)
Women and cat, (Bukhari)
Man who gave a dog water, (Bukhari and Muslim)
Understanding the Muslim Mind
If we could take all of Islamic intellectual history, what sort of patterns and principles could we deduce? More importantly, if we found someone who actually knew all this information, what would they look like, think like, talk like, etc.?