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As Muslims who strive for ihsan – excellence – we constantly find ourselves asking what we want our legacy to look like. Climate change is a pressing global issue that can affect the lives for generations to come, which means acting upon it is a way we can leave our imprint on for future generations.

Yes, Muslims should care about climate change

Yes, Muslims should care about climate change

As Muslims who strive for ihsan – excellence – we constantly find ourselves asking what we want our legacy to look like. Climate change is a pressing global issue that can affect the lives for generations to come, which means acting upon it is a way we can leave our imprint on for future generations.

As Muslims, we carry a unique position on environmentalism because Allah has created us as stewards of the Earth with the responsibility to protect and preserve the environment.

From the perspective of been entrusted with the responsibility to care for the Earth and its resources. This stewardship concept emphasizes the importance of maintaining balance and harmony in the natural world, making it imperative for Muslims to address climate change.

The Quran emphasises that all living beings are interconnected, so we, the most intelligent of His creation, have the responsibility to safeguard their welfare. Climate change poses a significant threat to ecosystems, biodiversity, and vulnerable communities. By addressing climate change, Muslims can protect all life on Earth, ensuring justice, compassion, and mercy towards all creatures.

One of the verses in the Quran that highlights the interconnectedness of all living beings and the responsibility to protect them is Surah Al-An'am (6:165):

"And it is He who has made you successors upon the earth and has raised some of you above others in degrees [of rank] that He may try you through what He has given you. Indeed, your Lord is swift in penalty; but indeed, He is Forgiving and Merciful."

This verse reminds us that we are entrusted with the role of successors or stewards on Earth. Taking care of the environment is a test from Allah to see how we fulfill our responsibilities to the plants, animals, oceans, and other human beings who will walk this earth long after we’re gone. How much compassion do we have? How much can our love expand beyond what we see immediately before us?

Islam teaches moderation and the responsible use of resources. Wasteful consumption and unsustainable practices contribute to climate change and environmental degradation. By adopting sustainable lifestyles, conserving resources, and reducing carbon footprints, we can fulfill our duty to preserve the Earth's resources for future generations.

Our faith promotes the idea of balance and justice in all aspects of life. Climate change disproportionately affects marginalised communities, meaning it will create yet more social inequalities across the world. We are encouraged to work towards justice and equity, striving to alleviate the suffering caused by climate change.

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