Advancing theological and scientific literacy for today’s ʿulamāʾ
4.5.6 Islamic Model for Environmental Stewardship
“Every living thing is in a state of worship”. [Odeh Al-Jayyousi, Professor and head of innovation at Arabian Gulf University in Bahrain] commented that when one hurts a bird or a plant, he/she is silencing a community of worshippers. To celebrate the symphony of life, all humans need to celebrate and protect biological and cultural diversity (UN, 2018).
What role can Muslim faith leaders play in regenerating our ecosystems and mitigating negative human impacts? The Islamic Declaration on Climate Change of 2015 joined Laudato Si and many other prominent statements by global religious leaders in calling for a rapid and concrete response to global warming. In this article, Odeh Al-Jayyousi, Professor at Arabian Gulf University in Bahrain shares his understanding of the role of human trusteeship and stewardship of creation in Islam.
The Madrasa Discourses project proposes that a conciliation of traditional Islamic thought with contemporary scientific and philosophical worldviews can result in orthodox affirmations of human dignity essential for peaceful coexistence in a pluralistic world.