It’s World Earth Day. Every year since 1970, April 22 has served as a global celebration of our precious planet, or more importantly, served as a reminder that we need to look after our precious planet.
Earth Day, put simply, promotes environmental protection. Over the years, countless demonstrations and events have been held on this day in an effort to spread this message. Songs have been written, celebrities have backed it and it’s largely the reason we all know the word ‘recycling’.
On top of this, it’s tied to some serious concrete political action. On last year’s Earth Day, the US, China and some 120 other countries signed the Paris Agreement, a historic climate protection treaty adopted by the UN. It made one thing clear: World Earth Day had played a crucial role in shifting attitudes about the environment, and now global leaders were willing to do something about climate change.
While we should all be concerned about climate change because, well, the planet depends on it, our religion also teaches us to cherish the earth we live on. As Muslims, Allah has appointed us as stewards over the earth, and it is our responsibility to look after it.
On this World Earth Day, we’re looking at some verses from the Holy Qu’ran which illustrate the beauty of the earth.
Surat Aale Imran
“And to Allah belongs the dominion of the Heaven and Earth, and Allah is over all things. Indeed, in the creation of the heavens and earth, and the alternation of the night and the day are signs for those of understanding.” [189-90]
“And there is no animal that walks upon the Earth nor a bird that flies with its two wings but they are like yourselves; We have not neglected anything in the book, and then to their Lord shall they be gathered.” [6:38]
“And the Earth, We spread it out, and cast therein firmly set mountains and We have made to grow therein of all beautiful kinds; to give sight and as a reminder to every servant who turns to Allah.” [50:7-8]
“He created the heavens without pillars as you see them, and put mountains upon the Earth lest it might convulse with you, and He spread it with animals of all kinds; and We sent down water from the clouds, then caused to grow therein (vegetation) of every noble kind.” [31:10]
“And it is He who spread the Earth and made in it firm mountains and rivers, and of all fruits, he has made in it two kinds; He makes the night cover the day; most surely there are signs in this for a people who reflect.” [13:3]
“He causes to grow for you thereby herbage, and the olives, and the palm trees, and the grapes, and of all the fruits; most surely there is a sign in this for a people who reflect.” [16:11]
“Have those who disbelieved not considered that the heavens and the Earth were a joined entity, and we separated them and made from water every living thing? Then will they not believe?” [21:30]
“And We made the sky a protected ceiling, but they, from its signs, are turning away.” [21:32]
“Eat of all the fruits and walk in the ways of your lord submissively. there comes forth from within it a beverage of many colours, in which there is healing for men; most surely there is a sign in this (life of bees) for a people who reflect.” [16:69]
“And the Earth; we have spread it forth and made in it firm mountains and caused to grow in it every suitable thing.” [15:19]
“It is Allah Who has made for you the earth as a resting place, and the sky as a canopy, and has given you shape and made your shapes beautiful and has provided for you sustenance.” [40:64]
We’ll forgive you if you hadn’t planned to celebrate World Earth Day this year. But now that you’ve seen how beautifully the Quran illustrates the world on which we walk, will you change your mind?
Maybe you could become a recycling hero, commit to taking more public transport, or just stroll through the park. Whatever the case, let us know in the comments.