Date: 16 November 2016 (Wednesday)
Venue: IAIS Malaysia, Jalan Elmu, Off Jalan Universiti, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Organiser: International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS) Malaysia.
As a religion that upholds man’s stewardship of the earth and its living environment, Islam is supportive of a ‘green’ technology. The normative teachings of the Qur’an and hadith emphasise mankind’s accountability and responsibility towards maintaining balance and harmony in God’s creation. Both of these sources urge humanity to treat the earth and its inhabitants with accountability and compassion and to refrain from any harmful treatment of the environment. This is the purport and meaning, in fact, of the renowned hadith-cum-legal maxim: “la-darar wa-la dirar fi’l Islam” (harm may neither be inflicted nor reciprocated in (the name of) Islam).
Yet contemporary realities show a considerable gap between the ideals of Islamic teachings on environmental protection and the real practice of Muslim individuals and communities. Muslim nations across the globe are pursuing economic progress as the sole aim of their development programmes at the expense often of environmental sustainability. This is evident from the latest Pollution Index 2016 which reveals Muslim countries like Lebanon, Egypt, and Bangladesh to have among the highest pollution rates in the world. Therefore, prompt and effective measures as well as long term plans need to be identified and executed to ensure that Muslim societies will improve their treatment of the environment and ensure a sustainable pattern of relationship with nature, thereby contributing to the betterment of the planet for the benefit of both the present and future generations. One practical step towards that end is to construct, adopt and utilise green technology as an overall concept and guidance for people’s daily living and lifestyle as well as a government policy programme.
Green technology is the application of environmental science in its quest of conserving and protecting the natural environment. It is an initiative comprising various methods, practical measures and material enhancements ranging from generating alternative energy sources to non-toxic cleaning products. In principle, green technology bears perfect harmony with the Islamic objectives and principles such as striving for the betterment of people’s living conditions, environmental health, seeking reward in this life and the next, as well as exerting efforts that establish a balance of values and moderation in the use of earth’s resources. Muslims need to explore the rich resources of their tradition to identify principles, concepts and strategies that enhance the implementation of green technology and take measures in the meantime that harmonise the interests of the present and future inhabitants of this planet.
Scope of papers/ presentations
Papers are welcomed in any field of research relevant to the subject of Islam and green technology that may include, but not limited to the following:
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