Our responsibility is to maintain this fragile equilibrium through wise management and excellent personal conduct. A Muslim is someone who has submitted with knowledge to Islam’s wholesome and naturally balanced ecology. From the divine Islamic teachings we learn that there are 7 principles of conduct with this world:
A Muslim is someone who has submitted with knowledge to Islam’s wholesome and naturally balanced ecology.
1. being content with what is at hand
2. preferring what is available to what is not
3. abandoning the quest for the elusive
4. hating overabundance
5. choosing abstinence (zuhd)
6. knowing the harmful of this world and
7. abandoning any desire for it, and negating its dominance
These teachings can benefit anyone who has an interest in spiritual matters and would like to gain from the path of Islam. True ecology is manifested through an individual’s way with the world. When we practice these 7 principles in our daily lives, living Islam, we affect the world.
Challenge: how many of these 7 principles of ecology have you applied today, living Islam?
May Allah increase us in awareness of the immense mercy and compassion of the Creator.
Inspired by Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq’s (ra) Lantern of the Path,
translated by Shaikh Fadhlallah Haeri