Importance of Wildlife Conservation from Islamic Perspective
H.S.A. Yahya credits the inspiration to write this book to Dr. Sálim Ali, under whose guidance he completed his Ph.D.
A scholar with a passionate interest in wildlife and nature, the author writes of the intricate link between Islamic teachings and nature conservation.
For those practicing Islam, their entire code of conduct is governed by the norms prescribed by the Quran and Hadith, which is a collection and compilation of the sayings and practices of the Prophet Mohammed. At a time when the wanton and rapid destruction of natural habitats is the norm, the author reminds us that religion can play a pivotal role in guiding us to protect our natural biodiversity. Islamic teaching and philosophy has strong codes of conduct of nature conservation. The book highlights the essence of wildlife conservation from the perspective of the Holy Quran and the Hadith.
The Quran has more than 1,000 verses, which deal with natural history, wildlife and science, and the author interprets the techniques of the holy books on biodiversity conservation and of man as part of the biological world. The book also highlights the teachings of Sufism. A number of Sufi poets and spiritual leaders greatly supported the cause of nature and wildlife conservation and the author highlights the work of some of them such as Fariduddin Attar, Jalaluddin Rumi and Saadi of Shiraz. The author says, “Islam views protection of the environment as a sacred duty of humankind. Any act that leads to any destruction or degradation of life on earth is categorically forbidden in Islam.” The book blends scientific and religious approaches and is a significant addition to the existing literature on Islam and the environment.
By H.S.A. Yahya, Published by: Published by Authorspress, Hardcover; Price: Rs. 250/-