“Al-Mizan: A Covenant for the Earth” will be Share with Public Opinion on September 26
“Al-Mizan: A Covenant for the Earth” led by United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) will be shared with public opinion in Türkiye on September 26. The covenant is a call for an action by the Islamic world on climate crisis which our planet currently experiences.
This joint call aims the Islamic world to act towards climate crisis that our planet experiences. “Al-Mizan: A Covenant for the Earth” will be shared with Türkiye’s public opinion in Üsküdar University (ÜU) Nermin Tarhan Conference Hall on September 26, at 10.30 am.
“Al-Mizan: A Covenant for the Earth” led by United Nations Environment Program was prepared by Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO), Islamic Foundation of Ecological and Environmental Sciences (IFEES), Üsküdar University Environmental Ethics Platform, Qur'anic Botanic Garden in Qatar and Qatar Hamad Bin Khalifa University.
Prof. Nevzat Tarhan will do the opening speech of the program. Then, ÜU Humanities and Social Sciences Dean and Environmental Ethics Platform Director Prof. İbrahim Özdemir will do his speech with a title of “Al-Mizan for Your Future”.
Climate Change and Global Cooperation
Cooperation on understanding and finding solutions for the problems caused by climate change, developed increasingly among religious organizations, scientific research forums, non-governmental communities and international organizations. Members of different religions and cultures living in the same planet began to talk, discuss and share joint problems and ethical sensitivity. UNEP Faith-Based Organizations Strategic Certificate was published in 2018.
One of the important success of the initiative is the Faith for Earth Coalition launched in October 2020. The work is shaped in this process to examine Sustainable Development Goals and a common framework with faithful agents. An idea of Islamic Environment Agreement that will be named later as “Al-Mizan: A Covenant for the Earth”, was born in the 8th Islamic Conference of Environment Ministers held by UNEP- Faith for Earth Coalition and Islamic World Education, Science and Culture Organization in Rabat.
It is aimed that 1.8 Billion Muslims will Adopt Sustainability
ICESCO, IFEES, Üsküdar University, Qatar Qur'anic Botanic Garden, Qatar Hamad Bin Khalifa University, the Faculty of Islamic Sciences and Faith for Earth Initiative gathered to present the Islamic doctrine within a framework in order to make 1.8 billion Muslims in the world to adopt sustainability as a part of their everyday life. The text is named as “al-Mizan” which is the main notions of the Qur’an and mentioned in the Rahman surah which is the 55th surah of the Qur’an. It is seen as a pact and testament that Muslims made with the world. Therefore, it is named as “Al-Mizan: A Covenant for the Earth”.
The covenant firstly will present to the Islamic World Environment Ministries Conference and then it will be presented to the United Nations. “Al-Mizan: A Covenant for the Earth” was translated into languages of Turkish, Arabic, German and French. Translation into other languages is continuing.
The first draft of the Covenant is shared with over 300 Islamic institutions for feedbacks and consultation. The covenant is expected to establish a network of efficiency and partnership between research centers and scientist that work in the topics of religion, environment and sustainable development beyond the Islamic world.
It presents an Islamic Approach to Environment
“Al-Mizan: A Covenant for the Earth” presents and Islamic approach to environment in order to enforce the local, regional and international actions to fight against climate change and threats towards the planet. It stands out as a global endeavor to include Islamic scholars and Muslim institutions in order to improve and adopt the call. The text aiming to reframe the principles managing nature protection in a way that meets the current challenges, examines the ethical aspect behind the social order of human existence.
The text begins with the evaluation of the current state of the earth and invites its addressees to contemplate, that is, to reflect on it. The consequence of global climate change is highlighted by alluding to the architecture of humanity. Moreover, the covenant calls all Muslims for an action on an individual responsibility to find a solution to the problems within a civilian and democratic approach without losing their hope.
Main titles of the covenant are as follows:
- Indicators on Cosmos and World: An Integrated Approach
- Allah as the Compassionate: Cosmic Balance
- Al-Mīzān: Balance and Mutuality
- Hilafet fi ‘l-Ard (Caliphate under the Sun): Substitute Allowance under the Sun: Holistic Welfare,
- To Work for the Ultimate Wellness for Everybody: Ethos and Morals
- Ethical Aspects of the Monotheism
- God's Compassion: Mercy,
- Thanksgiving: Gratitude
- Answering the Signs by the Compassionate,
- To Understand the Omens of the Compassionate,
- Our Role Model for the Environment: A Prophet who is a Grace to the Universe: Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H)
- Equality and Equity: Re-think of the Welfare, Developments and Lifestyle, Resources of Life, Accountability in the Use of Life Resources,
- Welfare of Animals and Animal Rights,
- Hunting and Fishery,
- Ecological Planning: Designing Inspired by the Nature,
- Ecological Design: The Tradition of Islamic Garden Design,
- Environmental Activism: The Road Ahead