Ours is the period when an environmental crisis threatens the very existence of all life forms on the planet; indeed from some perspectives, the future of human life itself appears threatening. From resource depletion and species extinction to pollution overload and toxic surpluses the planet is struggling against the unprecedented assault. Therefore, the basic elements which sustain life—fresh water, clean air, and arable land—are at risk. Our existence is entirely dependent on the nature.
Religions, Islam, help to shape our attitudes towards ecology/nature in both conscious and unconscious ways. Religious life and the earth’s ecology are inextricably linked, organically related. Religious worldviews are all-encompassing because they fully absorb the natural world within them.
Only in the religious world can nature be compared and contrasted to other kinds of being—the supernatural world or forms of power. Religious perspectives enable human beings to evaluate the world of nature in terms distinct from all else. In the struggle to sustain the earth’s environment as viable for future generations, environmental studies have thus far left the role of religion unproven.
Religion Islam gives the status to nature as sacred nature, thus needing to be reexamined in light of the current environmental crisis. The traditional concern of Islam has a broader relevance that embraces concern for the natural environment, protection of land, and proper treatment of biodiversity.
The objective of Āyāt Environmental Society is to showcase the sacred/revered/sanctifying view of the Cosmos/Nature. The Society would present the Divine interpretation and understanding of the cosmic ambiance to the public in general and students in particular through seminars, lectures, and publication of creative texts in this regard.