Islam is a complete way of life for those who are spiritual, peace loving, modest and follow the guidelines of the Supreme Sustainer of nature and beyond. It is the dominant religion of 45 countries and an estimated 20% of the world’s population. Despite the deeply rooted sustainability principles in this religion, the lifestyle adopted by its followers varies widely. The paper investigates how the sustainability concept can be reinforced through Islam in light with the Quranic guidelines in the Sharia (system of divine low; way of belief and practice) and Sufism (perfectionism, mysticism). It depicts the Quran as the tree of sustainability visible through the state of social and ecosystems’ health as a tree is visible through its roots, stems, branches, leaves, fruits and seeds. The Sharia laws highlight the general ways as to how to practice sustainability actions for protection, restoration and conservation of the natural resource-base. Sufism shows how to practice spiritual perfectionism, which informs a sustainability ethics. The Sharia literature, mysticism, sayings and doings of Sufis, including the mystic Baul singer-philosophers of Bangladesh are reflected in the discussion. The paper concludes that Islamic spirituality can inform, enrich and guide the millions of its followers towards sustainability as a concept, understanding, educating and practicing.
|Keywords:||Spirituality, Sharia, Sufism, Sustainable Development|
Associate Professor and Head of School, Institute for Sustainability and Technology Policy (ISTP), Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Australia
Honourary Researcher, ISTP, Curtin University of Technology, Australia
PhD student, ISTP, Murdoch University, Australia
There are currently no reviews of this product.Write a Review