Islam’s View of the Universe

  • | Thursday, 30 April, 2015
Islam’s View of the Universe

The Grand Imam Dr. Ahmad Al-Tayyeb, Sheikh Al-Azhar met with Nicolas Hulot, special envoy of the French President for the Protec­tion of the Planet, and his accom­panying delegation. During their meeting, Hulot emphasized that he is assigned by French President François Hollande to discuss the challenges facing the world on all levels, political, religious and ethi­cal at this critical phase in history.

He added that human activity on earth began to pose a threat to hu­manity and is a source of harm and great concern that will especially affect the more fragile population on earth, emphasizing that the glo­bal community began to realize the issue of climate change, but have not reached till now a solution to this crisis which is difficult to deal with.

The French President special envoy requested from the Grand Imam to have a significant par­ticipation in discussing the issue of global climate change during the conference which will be held in Paris in December 2015, as the voice of Al-Azhar is heard all over the world and could increase awareness of the gravity of the is­sue and the importance of protect­ing the planet, religiously and ethi­cally.

On his part, the Grand Imam Dr. Ahmad Al-Tayyeb, Sheikh Al-Azhar welcomed the French President envoy and his ac­companying delegation at Al-Azhar, emphasizing that the issue of climate change is very serious and requires unified efforts from the wise leaders of the world to prevent the de­terioration of the climate situ­ation in the universe, which would be harmful to man.

His eminence added that Is­lam does not view the universe as an inanimate object or in a material sense. Islam views the universe as an animate creation which worships Allah and prais­es Him, but man does not com­prehend this worship or praise. Allah almighty says: “…There is not a thing but celebrates His praise; and yet ye under­stand not how they declare His glory!...” (17:44). Moreover, there are Qur’anic verses which show how man caused mischief in this universe in land and sea. Allah almighty says: “Mischief has appeared on land and sea because of (the meed) that the hands of men have earned…” (30:41)

The Grand Imam stated that Al-Azhar will play an effective role in showing how man treats the uni­verse, on which western civiliza­tion had a negative effect. Sheikh Al-Azhar expressed his apprecia­tion to France for paying attention to this issue and for its leadership in humanitarian issues.   Edited and Translated by:Dr. Gihan Shaban

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