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As Muslims we should be more environmentally-conscious and care more about what we can do to conserve the Earth’s resources and respect what Allah (swt) created for us.

Although people are becoming more aware of environmental issues and their efforts have reduced them to some extent, forests are still being cut down at ridiculous rates, climate change still needs immediate action, a number of species are facing extinction, and a highly disturbing issue is that while many people waste water in some parts of the world, a huge portion of the world still doesn’t have safe water to drink!

 If you are reading this article, it means you have computer and internet access. That makes you within the 20% of the world’s population that consumes 80% of the Earth’s resources. Yes that’s huge and I’m not here to make you feel miserable but I do hope that it pushes us all to realize we must at least do our part in protecting the parts of the environment that we come to contact with on a daily basis. 

In my opinion, there are 2 extremes when it comes to ‘going green’. The first is completely disconnecting in the sense that all the energy used is from solar, wind and water from rain collection! Of course, if we all did that, we would certainly be sustaining the Earth’s resources but it isn’t easy and it isn’t something we are all on board with.

The second is hardly altering our lifestyle at all, claiming it’s becoming more green but in reality it isn’t much of a change at all.

As Muslims, we know that everything in our religion is encouraged in moderation. Islam is always the middle path. So let’s talk about what changes we can make that will make a difference InshAllah. 

At home

  • Dispose of toxic materials safely eg. bleach (check with your local municipality for details)
  • Improve insulation of your home – double glazed windows
  • Buy energy-efficient appliances (will help reduce your water bill too)
  • For you eager beavers – why not install a solar panel – in the long-run it will be more efficient and cheaper
  • Set up toilet-water saving device and low flow taps
Food and Water
  • Don’t leave taps running unnecessarily, the most common example of this is leaving the water running while you brush your teeth
  • Shorten your shower time everyday (hmm difficult one, but worth it when you’re doing it for the sake of Allah swt)  
  • Don’t throw food away. If there’s food leftover, eat it the following day. If it really isn’t something you can eat again then why not put it in the soil in your garden and let plants or animals benefit from it (not all foods of course as some will degrade slowly and inefficiently)
  • Find out if you have a food recycling system in your area, for your food waste. In the UK, there are now specific recycling bins for food which get picked up from your house on a weekly basis. You can throw orange peels and egg shells in this bin knowing that it will be recycled and used to benefit the environment
  • Buy locally grown foods to reduce the amount of hydrocarbons that were required to transport it to you
  • Recycle your plastics and cards – many communities have a weekly pick-up truck or a local recycle skip
Other Ideas
  • If you’re blessed to be living by the sea or ocean then why not set up a monthly beach clean-up. If you’re enthusiastic enough about it, I’m sure plenty others will join you too
  • Don’t litter. Might sound silly but there’s a reason why certain countries like Singapore are known to be super clean whilst others give off a dirty-vibe. Don’t throw things on the ground when you’re out and about just because there isn’t a bin nearby. Hold onto it until you do find one. Better yet, if you see something on the ground and you dispose of it, and move it out of people’s path, it’s reward for you InshAllah.

It might be a little overwhelming and I understand that some of these are difficult, so start off with a couple and slowly add more changes when you can. Over time InshAllah you will be actively contributing to the betterment of our environment and reducing the negative effects of our modern living. We should be able to sleep at night knowing that we have done everything in our ability for the environment.

I welcome any ideas and suggestions.  Allah knows best (swt) and May He make it easy for us.


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