Even before Islam, environmental protection existed here. Now - most people, almost all, in the Middle East are Muslims. Islam is what has most shaped people, society, cultures and values here. Islam is green. Islam, preaches green. Alas, very disappointingly - very few in this part of the world, have an ecological or environmental ethic at the center of their awareness or actions. Today, more than ever before, we are seeing many environmentally friendly undertakings and projects, Muslim initiated, not only in the Muslim World, but in other parts of the world too. But these are a few, government, corporate or community lead projects; we need to have the same initiatives on personal, individual levels, too. Each of us, needs to be environmentally aware and concerned.
Of all living things - we Muslims and humankind as a whole, have been given the very difficult role of taking care of the Earth. We are the custodians who have been trusted with this Planet: "I will create a vicegerent on earth....." ~ Al'Baqarah - 2:30. We have been commanded so; and yet we have failed being responsible, active vicegerents. “Mischief has appeared on land and sea because of (the meed) that the hands of men have earned, that (God) may give them a taste of some of their deeds: in order that they may turn back (from evil).” ~ Ar-Rūm - 30:41. Indeed, we, Muslims have been most mischievous in not being environmentally conscious and caring.