The Interfaith Centre for Sustainable Development will come together today, the 22nd October 2014, in Jerusalem for the Faith and Ecology Conference.
This Conference cultivates young faith leaders to promote coexistence and religious tolerance based on a shared goal of environmental stewardship across the three monotheistic religions, and promotes a connection across faiths to humanize the “other”. The Conference serves to educate these current and future clergy from the Muslim, Christian, and Jewish faiths to illuminate their shared values in ecological stewardship. The Conference involves a panel presentation by religious leaders and scientists, interactive workshops, and an outdoor session.
In today’s volatile social and political climate, it is a refreshing change to see faith leaders come together to discuss something equally as important, namely the religious duties prescribed in the Abrahamic traition regarding stewardship of this Earth and the proetection of the environment.
The importance of protecting the environment around us and being sustainable inhabitants of this earth is something that is highly prioritised in the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). One such example of this is recorded by Imam Bukhari who documents the Prophet saying,
“If a Muslim plants a tree or sows seeds, and then a bird, or a person or an animal eats from it, it is regarded as a charitable gift (sadaqah) for him.”
It is very important that we as Muslims continue to appreciate the importance of being eco-friendly in our daily lives and do our best to sustain the Earth that we live in.