A Center of Christian-Muslim Engagement for Peace and Justice: News and Views

40841WHILE science and religion seem to have opposing views when it comes to the origin of life, the two appear to stand on a common ground when talking about biodiversity.

Generally, religious scriptures focus on the importance of living in harmony with nature. Different religions—such as Islam, Christianity and Buddhism—all have teachings about nature, which serve as guidance for their respective adherents in dealing with the environment. Considering this connection, religion does not just affect the spiritual perspectives of people, but their views on environmental ethics, as well.

Islam’s teachings

TEACHINGS from Koran say that disrespecting Allah’s creation is tantamount to disrespecting Him. The Koran essentially identifies a set of principles that guide Muslims in defining the relationship of man to Allah and of Allah to the environment.

The relationship of Islam with biodiversity shows that each generation should efficiently use existing biological resources so future generations would not bear the…

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