The interfaith community of South Carolina has been celebrating January as 'Interfaith Harmony Month' for many years and PICNA has always taken the opportunity to represent Islam and Muslims by organizing educational and informational programs during this month.
This year, too, PICNA came up with a unique subject 'Islam and the Environment Challenge' and held the program in collaboration with Masjid Noor Ul Huda on Saturday, January 28, 2023. Mouhamadou Niang, Founder and Executive Director of 'Muslims 4 the Environment' based in Raleigh, NC, was the Guest Speaker.
In his address Mr. Niang quoted extensively from the Quran, the holy scripture of Islam, and from Prophet Muhammad's sayings and traditions to illustrate how Islam laid emphasis on preserving the environment. The speaker reminded his audience that God Almighty created human beings on this Earth as His 'successive authority'. Our Creator also commanded us through the Quran 'to eat and drink from the provisions of Allah and not to act corruptly in the land making mischief'. Mr. Niang quoted a verse referring to a balance 'And the Heaven He raised, and imposed the balance so that you do not transgress beyond the balance.'
Most appropriately, the Speaker asserted that at the root of global environment challenges are the forces of greed, mass production, consumerism, overconsumption, and the rapid and irresponsible exploitation of the Earth's gifts at unsustainable rates.
Echoing the guest speaker's passionate appeal for preservation of our environment, Chaudhry Sadiq, who is also President of Masjid Noor Ul Huda, shared with the audience, Masjid Noor Ul Huda's vision and initiatives regarding environment and cleanliness. Sadiq reminded the gathering that 'In Islam, cleanliness is considered half of faith' and prayed for the success of their recycling and beautification plans for the Mosque campus. Finally, it would be very pertinent to state here that the development project of Masjid Noor Ul Huda includes the creation of a 'Community Garden' within the mosque campus.
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