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Spirituality and Sustainability: How Belief Is the Backbone to Making Greener Choices
Now more than ever, the world seems to be waking up to the idea of making greener choices, but what some may not know is that sustainability is actually a very spiritual practice.
As a Muslim, the decision to live consciously has been rooted in our religious beliefs. These beliefs are the backbone behind our everyday decisions, bringing about an awareness and appreciation for others and the environment.
In the Quran (The Holy Book for Muslims): Allah says:
And Allah loveth not those who do mischief” (Chapter 5 Al Maaida, verse 64)
“And do no mischief on the earth after it has been set in order: that will be best for you, if ye have Faith” (Chapter 7 Al A’raf, ‘the Heights’, verse 85)
Eat and drink: But waste not by excess, for Allah loveth not the wasters (Surat Al-A’raf 7 Verse 21).
“And do good as Allah has been good to you. And do not seek to cause corruption in the earth. Allah does not love the corrupters”, (Chapter 28 Al Qasas, Verse 77)
“Children of Adam, dress well whenever you are at worship, and eat and drink (as we have permitted) but do not be extravagant: God does not like extravagant people.” (Chapter 7 Al-A’raf Verse 31)
In Islam, it is believed that the basic elements of nature — land, water, fire, forest, and light — belong to all living things, not just humans. It is believed that these natural resources were given to mankind as a blessing and mercy from the Creator. As such, we would protect the earth rather than damage or destroy it.
As Muslims, we believe that it is our responsibility to act as guiding lights for sustainable development because wasting resources is damaging to the environment.
Simply put, it is the Islamic belief that we are put here to protect our planet, not exploit it.
Even if you are not a religious or spiritual person, I believe that it is safe to say that based off the evidence of our earth rapidly deteriorating before our eyes, we all need to get into the habit of practicing sustainability.
If you are a religious or spiritual person, then you have a greater opportunity to stand your ground and spread your light onto others. In the current climate, we have seen that faith is needed now more than ever to fuel a sustainable society.
Just take a look at these stats…
- The planet’s average surface temperature has risen by about 1.62 degrees Fahrenheit over the late 19th century, a change driven by increased carbon dioxide and man-made emissions and pollutants. (NASA: https://climate.nasa.gov/evidence/ January 18th, 2018)
- Most global warming has occurred in the past 35 years, with the last five years being the warmest. (Climate Central: https://www.climatecentral.org/gallery/graphics/the-10-hottest-global-years-on-record)
- The Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets have dramatically decreased in mass each year since 1993, with Greenland losing an average of 296 billion tons of ice per year and Antarctica losing about 127 billion. (NASA: https://climate.nasa.gov/vital-signs/ice-sheets/)
- Global sea level rose almost 9 inches in the last century and has nearly doubled that amount in the last two decades alone. (Climate.gov: https://www.climate.gov/news-features/understanding-climate/climate-change-global-sea-level)
- Species are becoming extinct 100 times faster than they would without human impact.
- Only five times before in our planet’s history have so many species gone extinct at such a quick rate, and those times were all within a mass extinctions.
- Scientists are warning that if we do not decrease our CO2 emissions and toxic load on the planet, we could face irreversible damage and consequences within the next 50 to 75 years. This would not only impact us, but many generations to come.
It’s Time We Rise Up and Stand Firm in Our Faith to Fuel a Greener Future
It can be hard to have faith while looking at the current state of our planet, but now more than ever our spirituality and positive action is needed to fuel a sustainable future.
I know first hand what it’s like to pursue a sustainable life that is rooted in and true to my spirituality, and I’m here to tell you it is possible. And not only will honoring both earth and your beliefs have a positive impact on your life, but also on all other life on this planet.
Rising up and standing strong in our faith doesn’t mean giving things up, but simply respecting all living beings and making better, more responsible choices.
And as someone who never wants to sacrifice style and strives to stay both fashionable and faithful at all times, I’m here to tell you that you truly can do both.
You don’t have to sacrifice your personality, or even your daily pleasures to stay sustainable, you just need to be smarter about the choices you make.
Making sustainable choices can start out as simply as intentionally choosing the material that we wear on our backs.
I know because learning that is what inspired me to develop and share my conscious clothing line with you.
So I hope that no matter which way you show off your sustainability, you will share your spirituality and practices with others too because the choice is ours.
We decide if we are going to consciously make changes or continue adding to the chaos of the world around us, disregarding our beliefs and the betterment of the planet.
I truly believe that the solution to society’s chaos lies within each one of us and that each one of us has the power to rise up and make an impact, especially with today’s digital age.
Let’s Start Using Social Media to Share Our Spirituality and Sustainability Practices
With the rapid growth and popularity of social media, we have more power now than ever before, to not only spread the facts and share our faith but to also get others in the spirit of sustainability.
This can be as simple as sharing a daily duty that you perform to stay sustainable and true to your faith.
Or it could mean sharing your beliefs and letting someone know why you’ve decided to live this lifestyle.
I truly believe that spreading awareness can make all the difference needed. It is my hope that in gearing us towards the greater good, whether you share your message through a social media post or story, a picture, or a phone call to a friend.
It’s time to start doing what is right, not only for ourselves but for others too.
It’s time to stand strong in our beliefs and show up for our planet.
Let’s spread the word, so that we can save the world.
Together we’ll serve our creator, our planet, and each other.
Tell me, what are some ways that you implement spirituality into your sustainable practices?
And what are some ways you share your journey to sustainability on social media?
Drop a comment below and join the conversation on conscious choices!