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The Urgency of Stewardship – Living Green Series

The Living Green Series takes us through our responsibilities towards green living and environmental stewardship. In this segment, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani explains why we all have a responsibility to be stewards of the earth.

Stewardship a necessary part of living in this world. We are actually commanded to work towards justice to everything around us, and we have been given the moral ability to do so.

Allah commands us in the Qur’an:

Indeed, Allah orders justice and good conduct and giving to relatives and forbids immorality and bad conduct and oppression. He admonishes you that perhaps you will be reminded. (16:90)

Justice entails giving everything its due, whether it be other humans, plants, and animals. The Prophet Muhammad, Allah bless him and give him peace, would give names to his tools and household objects, signifying that he had a relationship with them.

Muslims have an overarching commitment to environmental protection, and are called to have a good balance with everything in our daily lives. This includes doing things like avoiding waste, knowing that small amounts of waste and extravagance are disliked, while gross waste is sinful.

It also involves  having a commitment to do well in work, studies, and family and social life, but not be excessively attached to them. This balance involves being in a position where we seek the good for ourselves, while still seeking good for others. We do this while being mindful of Allah, and doing everything with the intention of reaching Him.

About the Series

What is the place of green and environmental stewardship in Islam? How does the Qur’an view concern for the environment?  What is your responsibility towards the environment? Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, Ustadh Amjad Tarsin and Shaykh Ali Hani answer these are other critical questions by citing several prophetic traditions emphasising environmental consciousness and awareness.


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Day 26: Reduce Waste–30 Deeds 30 Days

26: Reduce Waste

In these days of fasting, many of us make an effort to host and attend iftar dinners. We do this to reconnect with others, and share in the joy of this blessed month. However, sometimes these events come with a lot of waste; wasted food, wasted materials, and wasted time.

For your next iftar, try your best to minimize waste. Use biodegradable plates and cutlery rather than the typical plastic and Styrofoam ones. Take only as much as you can eat, and encourage others to do the same. Use your time wisely, to ensure that you have enough time for worship. Most importantly, ask Allah to bless your efforts to help others and the environment.


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What is the Legal Ruling of Wasting Money?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam
Question: What is the Islamic legal ruling on wasting money? What is defined as wasting money? Some Muslims are really unnecessarily cheap in spending and giving gifts, some are over the top in trying to save every single penny even recycling tea bags.
Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,
I pray that you are in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah.
Waste is defined as usage above and beyond the need.
You are permitted to spend your money as you see fit as long as it does not lead to falling short in fulfilling your other obligations. As for being generous, this is the sunna. The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “Allah is generous, He loves generosity; He is noble, He loves nobility.” [Tirmidhi]
Please see: Generosity in Ramadan – Imam Zaid Shakir – New Islamic Directions
And Allah alone gives success.
wassalam,
Tabraze Azam
Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani