Friday, June 11, 2010

'Follow the Islamic way to save the world,' Prince Charles urges environmentalists

Just want to share to you the following nice statement of Prince Charles yesterday on his speaks about Islam and Environment, he delivers speaks at Oxford Centre for the Islamic Studies.

Its interesting he said:” Which is why there is a profound truth in that seemingly simple, old saying of the nomads – that “the best of all Mosques is Nature herself.”

Prince Charles yesterday urged the world to follow Islamic 'spiritual principles' in order to protect the environment.

In an hour-long speech, the heir to the throne argued that man's destruction of the world was contrary to the scriptures of all religions - but particularly those of Islam.

He said the current 'division' between man and nature had been caused not just by industrialisation, but also by our attitude to the environment - which goes against the grain of 'sacred traditions'.

Outspoken: Prince Charles speaks to Islamic studies scholars at Oxford. He argued that man's destruction of the world was particularly contrary to Islam
Charles, who is a practising Christian and will become the head of the Church of England when he succeeds to the throne, spoke in depth about his own study of the Koran which, he said, tells its followers that there is 'no separation between man and nature' and says we must always live within our environment's limits.

The prince was speaking to an audience of scholars at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies - which attempts to encourage a better understanding of the culture and civilisation of the religion.

His speech, merging religion with his other favourite subject, the environment, marked the 25th anniversary of the organisation, of which he is patron.

He added: 'The inconvenient truth is that we share this planet with the rest of creation for a very good reason - and that is, we cannot exist on our own without the intricately balanced web of life around us.

'Islam has always taught this and to ignore that lesson is to default on our contract with creation.'


Related link

HRH Prince Charles speaks on Islam and the Environment

HRH Prince Charles Website

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My Visit to OCIS

Meet HRH Prince Charles

Thursday, June 10, 2010


Prince Charles commended a project in Zanzibar where IFEES played a major role, in a speech delivered on Islam and the Environment at the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford yesterday under the aegis of the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies.

This project which has received world wide acclaim was the first ever in which environmental ethics derived from the Qur'an was taught. The Zanzibari fishermen stopped dynamiting coral reefs soon after they participated in the first workshop on Islam and Conservation in 1998. HRH HRH The Prince of Wales says:

"These are schemes that are close to my heart, but the Oxford Centre keeps me informed of many others. Working in Muslim countries, the World Wildlife Fund has found that trying to convey the importance of conservation is much easier if it is transmitted by religious leaders whose reference is Qur'anic teaching.

In Zanzibar, they had little success trying to reduce spear-fishing and the use of dragnets, which were destroying the coral reefs. But when the guidance came from the Qur'an, there was a notable change in behaviour. Or in Indonesia and in Malaysia, where former poachers are being deterred in the same way from destroying the last remaining tigers." []

Related Link News:

African Fishermen Find the Way to Conserve Environment in the Koran

Personal Notes Related to this activities in Indonesia:

Nagari Malalo

Conservation or Conversation?

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

World Muslim communities to seek actions on climate change

Adianto P. Simamora, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Mon, 04/05/2010

Muslim communities from 17 countries are slated to gather in Bogor, West Java for an international conference on climate change to concur tangible actions to deal with warmer temperature, including through the green haj concept.

About 200 participants, including more than 90 leaders of Islamic boarding schools from Indonesia, have confirmed their participation in the two-day conference from April 9 to 10.

“It is an action-oriented conference to motivate Muslims to guard the planet from severe threats of global warming,” steering committee member Ismet Hadad told reporters on Monday.

“We want to show the world communities that Muslims also take actions to combat climate change which treat all people without seeing religions or tribes.”

The conference will be held at the Bogor Institute of Agriculture (IPB) convention center with funding including from the Conservation International (CI).

The inaugural conference was held in Kuwait City in 2008. The meeting in Istanbul last year declared a seven-year action plan for climate change.

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