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Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad on Our Planet

Rendering thanks for God’s gifts has always meant, for the Muslim, maintaining a reverential attitude towards the natural world, which is the garden, reminiscent of the Edenic archetype, into which man has been set. In Islam the world is not ‘fallen’, not intrinsically evil; instead it is a perfect book of ‘signs’ which religion teaches man to read. Because of the Qur’ānic emphasis on the beauty of nature as a Divine revelation, Islamic man has always ‘walked gently upon the earth’, as the Qur’ān puts it. This harmony of man and nature is an idea alien to the Western heritage, both Hellenic and Christian, and this is one reason why the aberration which is modernity appeared only in the West. In a few short generations, kāfir civilisation has ravaged the earth, poisoned its air and seas, killed thousands of species of birds, animals and plants, and now promises to bring about our own extinction by destroying the ozone layer.

[Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad, The Seventy-Seven Branches of Faith: Translated, with an Introduction and Notes, The Quilliam Press, London, 1996, p. 25]

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