The Koran contains a mandate from Allah to protect the natural environment and numerous references to environmental protection, including the line: “Don’t do destruction upon this earth.” The Koran equates a human life with that of a tree: “Do not kill women, elders, children, civilians or trees.” There are
references to the precious resources of air, water, and land, and Mohammed is said to have “encouraged the planting of trees, banned destroying vegetation even during war, loved animals and displayed great kindness to them.”
The Earth is considered to be a sacred and special thing in the Koran. For example, the book says to “walk on the Earth in humility (25:63).” In one poetic verse, the text says, “And it is He who spread out the earth, and set thereon mountains standing firm and (flowing) rivers; and fruit of every kind He made in pairs, two and two; He draweth the night as a veil over the Day. Behold, verily in these things there are signs for those who consider (13:3).” Another line states, “Greater indeed than the creation of man is the creation of the heavens and the earth (40:57).” There are many more examples of the Koran preaching reverence for the Earth, these are only a few.
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