Staff Writer, July 11, 2007
The environment is perceived as the place where the signs (e.g. rivers, plants, and birds), pointing to God exist:
"Verily in the heavens and the earth, are Signs for those who believe. And in the creation of yourselves and the fact that animals are scattered (throughout the earth), are Signs for those of assured Faith. And the alteration of Night and Day, and the fact that God sends down Sustenance from the sky, and revives therewith the earth after its death, and in the change of the winds,-are Signs for those that are wise." (Quran, 45:3-5)
As a result, any destruction occurring to the environment is tantamount to destroying these signs.
The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) told his followers that they would be rewarded by God for taking care of the Earth. He said: "If any Muslim plants any plant and a human being or an animal eats of it, he will be rewarded as if he had given that much in charity." (Sahih Al-Bukhari)
Paramount Classics and Participant Productions film directed by Davis Guggenheim, "An Inconvenient Truth," featuring Al Gore, the former Vice President of United States and produced by Laurie David, Lawrence Bender and Scott Z. Burns won Oscar for Best Documentary.
With wit, smarts and hope, "An Inconvenient Truth" ultimately brings home Gore's persuasive argument that we can no longer afford to view global warming as a political issue - rather, it is the biggest moral challenges
facing our global civilization.
The documentary's official website (www.climatecrisis.net) recommends ten simple things that one can do. Replace regular light bulb with fluorescent light bulb, carpool or take mass transit more often, recycle household
waste, keep tires inflated, use less hot water, avoid product with a lot of packaging, adjust thermostat during winter and summer accordingly, plant a tree, simply turn off television, DVD player, stereo and computer when you are not using them and finally spread the word and be part of the solution.
On June 29, 2007 the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) presented its 16th annual Media Awards to the creators of this Oscar-winning documentary during a gala dinner in Los Angeles, California - including the groundbreaking hit Canadian sitcom "Little Mosque on the Prairie", and the Oscar-nominated foreign film "Indigenes" / "Days of Glory".
Accepting his award, Lawrence Bender thanked MPAC for alerting him to the existence of a vibrant Muslim community that is both socially and politically active. The American Muslim audience laughed when Bender told
them, "Somebody asked me what does global warming have to do with Muslims?" His answer was short, "they live on the earth."
In a recent interview with CNN, Al Gore urged everyone in every country to put pressure on their leaders and every party to make global warming a top priority and solve the climate crisis.
Kevin Wall, the executive producer of the "Live Earth" concerts, saw the documentary and he and his wife were moved by it and they contacted Gore and they got to know each other well and pulled off the "Live Earth" concerts on all seven continents to create awareness on global warming that took place on July 7, 2007. Gore indicated that it was absolutely amazing and had great fun working with Wall as his partner.
The Hamburg edition (Germany) of the Live Earth climate change concert featured a lineup of international stars and ended nine hours later with a performance by surprise guest Yusuf Islam, formerly Cat Stevens. The
estimated crowd was believed to be 30,000. It is worth mentioning here that Yusuf played before his biggest audience in 28 years.
Yusuf said, "I have been away from music for a long time but it is great to be back, back on earth, back on stage and with a cause like this, it's really an honor. There are many people around, in the world today who are
building and many people who also (are) destroying. Unfortunately for many children who just arrived in this world, as they look around, their world is in ruins." He dedicated his song "Ruins" for that.
His other songs included "Midday", "Wild World" and Stevie Wonder's "Saturn," a brilliant song. Yusuf finally closed the event with his signature number "Peace Train." The crowd gave him a standing ovation.
Also, visit www.liveearthpledge.org to sign a seven-point pledge that embodies the solution to the climate crisis and join an international treaty within two years that cuts global warming pollution by 90% in the developed countries and by more than half worldwide in time for the next generation to inherit a healthy earth.
In conclusion, "An Inconvenient Truth" is a MUST-SEE documentary for the people of all faiths and especially for the high school students, who can really make a difference for taking care of the Earth that we share.