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An act of faith -1 by Nayzak An act of faith -1 by Nayzak
Assalaamu alaikum [peace be to you],

:bulletred: THE BASIC ROLE OF MAN ON EARTH:
the Almighty said in the final testament:
وَمَا خَلَقْتُ الْجِنَّ وَالْإِنسَ إِلَّا لِيَعْبُدُونِ
And I did not create the jinn* and mankind except to worship Me.

interpretation of the meanings of qur'anic verse 51:56
So what is worship in Islam?
in Islam, To serve God or to worship Him is a comprehensive way that covers every aspect of life. Fulfilling all that God has demanded from us in terms of praying, fasting, alms-giving and pilgrimage indicates worshipping. The same could be said regarding any action that the human being performs in accordance with the Islamic world-view, as long as it is done for the sake of God. in Islam, worship means to do God's will on earth.
Every act, as long as it is good [e.g. protecting the environment] and done for the sake of the almighty God, is considered an act of worshipping that generates reward in this life and the hereafter.


:bulletred: THE WHOLE UNIVERSE POINTS TO ITS CREATOR:
Islam perceives the environment as the place where the signs (e.g. rivers, plants, and birds), pointing to Allah exist. the God said:
إِنَّ فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ لَآيَاتٍ لِّلْمُؤْمِنِينَ
Verily in the heavens and the earth, are Signs for those who believe.
وَفِي خَلْقِكُمْ وَمَا يَبُثُّ مِن دَابَّةٍ آيَاتٌ لِّقَوْمٍ يُوقِنُونَ
And in the creation of yourselves and what He disperses of moving creatures are signs for those of assured Faith.
وَاخْتِلَافِ اللَّيْلِ وَالنَّهَارِ وَمَا أَنزَلَ اللَّهُ مِنَ السَّمَاءِ مِن رِّزْقٍ فَأَحْيَا بِهِ الْأَرْضَ بَعْدَ مَوْتِهَا وَتَصْرِيفِ الرِّيَاحِ آيَاتٌ لِّقَوْمٍ يَعْقِلُونَ
And in the alternation of Night and Day, and the fact that Allah sends down Sustenance from the sky, and revives therewith the earth after its death, and in the change of the winds,- are Signs for a people who reason.

interpretation of the meanings of qur'anic verses 45:3-5
As a result, any destruction occurring to the environment is tantamount to destroying these signs. If any species becomes extinct, it is considered a loss of a Sign that reflects the greatness of the Creator. It is indeed a very sad thing if we continue to destroy the environment, because we will prevent the generations to come from having a healthy relationship with the environment, where "healthy" means the chance to experience these Signs.

It has been said that there are two books; the one which is read [i.e. the Qur'an] and the one which is seen [i.e. the universe]. While it is known why the Qur'an is described as a Book, the universe is considered a book in the sense that includes signs pointing to God. A transparent heart is needed, though, in order to unveil the way these signs function. Indeed, once the person is not blocked from "reading" the signs that fill up the universe, a correlation between many verses of the Qur'an and the corresponding "verses" of the universe are established.

Being blocked from the Signs is best expressed with the example of the large industrial or metropolitan city. The huge structures, including high rise buildings, change the horizon. Sunrise and sunset are not anymore phenomena that form a part of daily experiences; at least not for those who are trapped inside the city. One needs a lot of ingenuity to see a "sign" in concrete slabs!


So, what's the Impact of Faith on the Environment?
that's what we will see in the next part, in sha'Allah [God willing]...

from [link]

I hope this was beneficial.


* in Islam, we believe that the God created different creatures, among them:
- the Angels - created from light, they have no free will and they always obey God's commands.
- Jinn (also called demons, spirits or ghosts) created from smokeless fire. like humans, they have freedom of choice (they can do good or evil) they live in a separate dimension. they can shape-shift, they see us while we can't see them. sometimes they interact with humans...
- Humans - created from soil (clay) they have freedom of choice as well (can do good or evil).
Contrary to the Biblical tale of the story of Adam -peace be upon him- and Satan, in Islam, we believe Satan is a Jinn and not an Angel.



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if I am right, it's from the God. if I am wrong, it's from myself.

Wassalaamu alaikum
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