Category: Opinion

Islam and the threat to the balance of creation.

As Asam Redwan writes in “When the Earth Speaks Against Us: Environmental Ethics in Islam:”“Good character extends to not only our interactions with other humans but also to our interactions with the world around us.” (20 September 2018 Yaqeen Institute).
In his 2018 small online survey to investigate the awareness of environmental ethics amongst English-speaking UK Muslim, Redwan found that 60% of respondents claimed that humans were having a negative impact on the planet.

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Rethinking Islam and the West: Progress and Balance

This “progress” also brought us global warming, the atom bomb, devastation caused by chemicals, a tottering financial system, antibiotic resistance, the terrorist perversion of Islam and the world refugee crisis emerging from the War on Terror in the Middle East.

“In looking for a new story, a narrative which can make more sense of our past and the situation in which we now find ourselves, a criterion needs to be found in place of that of progress, and I believe this to be the criterion of balance.”

This is “…represented by the Arabic term mizan, which can be translated as balance, justice, measure, harmony or indeed, weighing scales.”

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A century since the Treaty of Versailles and imperial betrayal

Support for the British Empire from an oppressed colony might seem strange today, but the hundreds of years experience in deception exercise by the British Empire, which ruled a quarter of the earth’s surface with a small number of individuals, should not be underestimated.

It fooled the Arab nationalists, the Indian nationalists and its own population.

The Brexiteers seem to be repeating the lesson today.

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