In a story from OneWorld, Eco-Islam: Malaysia’s Imams to preach against poaching, it says: “Muslim preachers in Malaysia are using teachings from the Koran to raise awareness and help preserve endangered species, many of which reside in the Southeast Asian island nation.”
This is an extremely hopeful sign in a prevailing culture that most often sees the natural world as a mere Resource, ripe for exploitation.
Malaysia is also one of the 18 countries considered to be MegaDiverse; in other words, “countries that harbor the majority of the earth’s species and are therefore considered extremely biodiverse.”
On the World Wildlife Fund site (where you can check all the MegaDiverse countries) they say something very powerful. You may already know this but, I feel, it bears near constant repetition:
For me, as a Bahá’í, religion supporting conservation of animal species is a no-brainer; but, I’d rather quote folks more eloquent then me…
“Among the principles guiding the Bahá’í approach to conservation and sustainable development, the following are of particular importance:
» nature reflects the qualities and attributes of God and should, therefore, be greatly respected and cherished;
» all things are interconnected and flourish according to the law of reciprocity; and
» the oneness of humanity is the fundamental spiritual and social truth shaping our age.
“Bahá’í Scriptures describe nature as an emanation of God’s will:
“Nature in its essence is the embodiment of My Name, the Maker, the Creator. Its manifestations are diversified by varying causes, and in this diversity there are signs for men of discernment. Nature is God’s Will and is its expression in and through the contingent world. It is a dispensation of Providence ordained by the Ordainer, the All-Wise.”
The Bahá’í International Community, 1995 Apr 06, Conservation and Sustainable Development in the Bahá’í Faith
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I always enjoy the spiritual posts on conservation and stewardship of God’s creation. Environmentalism and Religion go hand in hand.
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“By God! This people have never been, nor are they now, inclined to mischief. … Their concern hath ever been and now is for the betterment of the world.
(Baha’u’llah, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 122)
The ‘betterment of the world’ (‘islaah-ye `aalaam)is not limited to the human, societal world: `aalaam is the whole world. There’s more on this phrase (and its more dubious partner, madaniyyah on my blog under “civilization”:
Thanks for a comment that teaches!!
Providence reminds each being is perfect at the core, even if certain memory lapses affect thoughts and behaviour. NOthing you can think, say or do lessens the love that is available to you every moment.
Thanks for that, Liara!
Thanks for the analysis of “betterment of the world”, I loved that! I also love to see the connections between religion and environmentalism. A wonderful statement on climate change has been released by the Baha’i International Community: http://bic.org/statements-and-reports/featured/Climate-Change-paper.pdf.
For many more resources see the Baha’i inspired International Environment Forum:
So glad you appreciated the post!!
Also, very glad you supplied the links to the BIC on environment and the IEF !!!