Muslims and the Climate Crisis: Responding to a Higher Call

Posted by Imam Zaid Shakir on May 26, 2021 1:23:11 PM

Prophet Muhammad (peace upon him) is reported to have said, “Wisdom is the lost property of the believer; wherever he finds it, he claims it.” Perhaps this is the reason Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment and climate change, Laudato Si’, has been so well received by our community. It is as if his wise leadership on this issue is helping to return a part of our lost heritage to us. As a community, we have long embraced ideas such as sustainability, viewing the earth as our common home, and seeing ourselves vouchsafed to protect, nurture, and beautify it. These are themes mentioned by the pope in his historic encyclical, and these are themes that inform the Islamic Climate Declaration, issued in August 2015.

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Topics: Laudato Si", Creation at the Crossroads

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