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Sustainability in Islam: 7 Ways to Be a Green Muslim

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By ummah

In the rush of our daily lives, we often forget that our actions have a significant impact on the world around us. Sustainability, an important global issue, is deeply rooted in the Islamic tradition. The teachings of Islam inspire us to respect and protect the environment. This article will explore how we can incorporate sustainability into our daily lives as Muslims and become guardians of this beautiful planet.

Let’s start with a look at the Holy Quran, which is filled with verses inspiring us to care for the Earth.

“Indeed, We offered the Trust to the heavens and the earth and the mountains, and they declined to bear it and feared it; but man [undertook to] bear it. Indeed, he was unjust and ignorant.”

إِنَّا عَرَضْنَا ٱلْأَمَانَةَ عَلَى ٱلسَّمَـٰوَٰتِ وَٱلْأَرْضِ وَٱلْجِبَالِ فَأَبَيْنَ أَن يَحْمِلْنَهَا وَأَشْفَقْنَ مِنْهَا وَحَمَلَهَا ٱلْإِنسَـٰنُ ۖ إِنَّهُۥ كَانَ ظَلُومًۭا جَهُولًۭا

(Quran, 33:72)

This verse, referred to as the verse of “Amanah” or trust, instills in us the belief that humans have been entrusted with the responsibility of maintaining the balance and harmony of the earth.

Now, let’s delve into some practical ways to live a more sustainable, ‘green’ Muslim lifestyle:

1. Conscious Consumption

Allah says,

“Eat and drink, but waste not by excess, for Allah loves not the wasters.”

وَكُلُوا۟ وَٱشْرَبُوا۟ وَلَا تُسْرِفُوٓا۟ ۚ إِنَّهُۥ لَا يُحِبُّ ٱلْمُسْرِفِينَ

(Quran, 7:31)

As Muslims, we must aim to consume mindfully. This means reducing, reusing, and recycling whenever possible, and opting for eco-friendly products.

Choose reusable bags over plastic ones, consider second-hand items, and recycle your waste correctly.

The concept of Israf, or wastefulness, is discouraged in Islam.

“Indeed, the wasteful are brothers of the devils, and ever has Satan been to his Lord ungrateful.”

(Quran, 17:27)

We should always remember that every item we use has a lifecycle. From its production to its disposal, it impacts the environment in various ways.

As Muslims, we are encouraged to be conscious consumers, questioning where our products come from and how they are made.

For instance, selecting items with less packaging, purchasing clothes made from sustainable materials, or supporting businesses with ethical practices.

2. Sustainable Eating

Eating locally sourced and seasonal foods is a great way to reduce our carbon footprint. Halal meat is also a more sustainable choice, as it often involves more humane treatment of animals.

Plant-based diets have a lower environmental impact too, so incorporating more fruits, vegetables, and grains into our meals is beneficial for both our health and the planet.

Adopting a sustainable diet goes beyond just the type of food we consume. It also encompasses how that food is produced and delivered to our plates.

In the Quran, Allah says:

“And it is He who produces gardens trellised and untrellised, and date-palms, and crops of different shape and taste…”

(Quran, 6:99)

This verse emphasizes the diversity in nature, reminding us to appreciate and consume a variety of foods that our earth provides. By supporting local farmers and choosing organic produce, we can ensure we are not contributing to harmful farming practices.

3. Water Conservation

The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) advocated for water conservation, even when water is abundant. Anas reported:

“The Prophet (PBUH) used to perform ablution with a small amount of water and take a bath with a Sa’ up to five Mudds (a measure of volume).”

(Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
islamic water conservation

A small, mindful step such as turning off the tap while brushing our teeth can go a long way.

Water is a divine gift, with its preservation strongly emphasized in Islamic tradition. Allah says,

“And We have sent down blessed rain from the sky and made grow thereby gardens and grain from the harvest.

(Quran, 50:9)

This verse reminds us of the blessings and life-giving properties of water. It’s crucial to respect this resource by using it wisely.

In addition to mindful usage during ablution or household chores, we should also be aware of indirect water consumption, such as the water used to produce the food and products we consume.

Related: Dua while making Wudu

4. Energy Efficiency

Lowering energy consumption is an effective way to contribute to environmental sustainability. Simple actions like turning off lights when not in use, using energy-saving bulbs, and limiting air conditioner use can make a significant difference.

Using solar power, and electric cars in place of petrol can also help.

islam electric cars

Energy efficiency isn’t just about saving on utility bills, it’s about reducing our overall energy consumption and, consequently, reducing our carbon emissions.

Allah says in the Quran,

“That is so. And whoever honors the symbols of Allah – indeed, it is from the piety of hearts.” .

(Quran, 22:32)

Energy sources such as coal, oil, and gas are finite, and their extraction often results in damage to the earth.

Switching to renewable energy sources, like solar or wind power, if feasible, is another effective way to reduce energy consumption.

5. Planting Trees

The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said,

“If a Muslim plants a tree or sows seeds, and then a bird, or a person or an animal eats from it, it is regarded as a charitable gift (Sadaqah) for him.”


Planting trees and nurturing them not only provides shade and oxygen but is also a form of ongoing charity in Islam.

Related: 11 Benefits Of Sadaqah And Its True Meaning

Trees are mentioned numerous times in the Quran, symbolizing life and growth.

Allah says,

“See you not how Allah sets forth a parable? A goodly word as a goodly tree, whose root is firmly fixed, and its branches (reach) to the sky.”

(Quran, 14:24)
planting trees sadaqah in islam

Planting trees, therefore, is not just a Sadaqah Jariyah (ongoing charity) but also a step towards restoring the balance of our ecosystem. It’s a simple yet profound act that can reduce carbon dioxide levels, conserve water, and provide habitats for numerous creatures.

6. Community Initiatives

Join or start green initiatives in your local community. This could be a cleanup drive, a community garden, or an awareness campaign about sustainability.

Encouraging others to care for the environment amplifies our individual efforts.

Community holds a significant place in Islamic teachings. The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said,

“The believers, in their mutual kindness, compassion and sympathy, are just like one body. When one of the limbs suffers, the whole body responds to it with wakefulness and fever.” .

(Bukhari and Muslim)

By engaging in community-led initiatives, we can drive collective action for environmental sustainability. These could range from community recycling programs to nature conservation projects.

muslim woman riding bike

7. Education and Advocacy

Learn about environmental issues and share your knowledge with others. We are reminded in the Quran that those who are knowledgeable are held in high regard:

“Allah will raise those who have believed among you and those who were given knowledge, by degrees.”

(Quran, 58:11)

The role of education in Islam is paramount. The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said,

“Seeking knowledge is obligatory upon every Muslim.”

(Ibn Majah)

As Muslims, we should strive to learn about the state of our planet and the implications of our actions. We should also share this knowledge with our families, friends, and communities, advocating for sustainable practices.

This could involve conducting workshops, joining environmental organizations, or simply using our platforms to raise awareness.

Living sustainably as a Muslim is not just about reducing our carbon footprint or recycling. It is a comprehensive lifestyle that involves making conscious choices every day.

It involves recognizing that we are Khalifah, custodians of the Earth, who have been entrusted with its care.

In conclusion, the pursuit of sustainability is a noble endeavor in Islam and a true embodiment of our faith. It’s time to acknowledge our role and take positive, effective steps towards living a more sustainable life as a Muslim. After all,

“Indeed, Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves.”

(Quran, 13:11).

We must remember that sustainability in Islam is not a destination but a journey, a conscious and continual effort to live harmoniously with the world around us. Our individual and collective actions can make a significant impact on our planet’s health.

As we strive to become ‘Green Muslims’, we fulfil our role as the custodians of the Earth and strengthen our connection with Allah, the Creator of all things.

In the spirit of our shared responsibility, let us move forward on this green journey together, guided by the wisdom of our faith and our love for Allah’s creations.

May our efforts be a beautiful expression of our faith and a beneficial legacy for future generations.

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