When the earth speaks against us: environmental ethics in Islam
In an age of ecological crisis, what is the Islamic perspective on environmentalism and eco-consciousness? This unit explores the question by first introducing students to a Qur’anic framework for thinking about the topic, followed by an investigation of the modern, large-scale impact human activities are having on the environment. The unit concludes with prophetic advice on how students can care for the environment in their individual lives.
Lesson 1: The Qur'an’s attitude toward the environment
This lesson explores how the Qur’an speaks about the environment in three major themes: as a sign to reflect on, as something put in service of humankind for their benefit, and as a creation that humans are meant to care for and maintain.
Lesson 2: Environmental ethics through the big ecological lens
The second lesson demonstrates how human activities on a global scale increasingly and systematically lead to ecological destruction. Students will analyze three everyday items to understand how big industries and major actors like corporations and governments play a role in environmental damage on a macro-level.
Lesson 3: Prophetic instruction and personal ethics
In the third and final lesson, student focus will shift from a macro to a micro view. They will consider their own lifestyle choices and study the teachings of the Prophet ﷺ to cultivate Islamic ethical principles that inform an environmentally-responsible consumer outlook.
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Clear mind, connected soul: Islamic mindfulness
In today’s day and age, we are drowning in noise and distractions, leaving our senses constantly stimulated. Now more than ever, it’s important to make time for quiet and stillness. This unit explores mindfulness techniques in accordance with the Sunnah of the Prophet (s) that equip students with tools to gain tranquility in their day-to-day lives.