SHAFAQNA -Â Muslim leaders in Senegal called for a “green jihad”, that is to fight against rising pollution in the Western African country.
“Islam is clear. Any form of pollution or aggression towards the environment is a sin and clearly forbidden,” Imam Youssoupha Sarr said. “People need to be reminded of this.”
Imam Sarr urgedÂ attendants at a mosqueÂ to solve problems such as waste crisis and rubbish choking the streets, rivers and sea coast of their country.
“This isnâ€™t just a local problem, itâ€™s a global issue. One the Muslim world is ignoring,” Imam Saar said.
For Muslim leaders like Saar, the issue reflects the failure from the leaders to contain the situation.
“Protecting the environment is a moral calling; a message worth spreading.”
Calls for declaring â€˜green jihadâ€™ comes as the Islamic Foundation for Ecology and Environmental Sciences has also prepared a draft declaration that will be finalised at a summit in Istanbul later this month.
“As we are woven into the fabric of the natural world, its gifts are for us to savour â€“ but we have abused these gifts to the extent that climate change is upon us,” the draft read.
Muslims are concerned with this initiative because its inhabitants in Africaâ€™s Sahel region are among the hardest hit by global warming, with increasingly unpredictable rains harming livelihoods and lack of proper medical care.
TaharahÂ (purification) referred to the act of cleanliness in Islam, According to the consensus of scholars, whoever prays when he is not in a state ofÂ TaharahÂ has to purify himself and repeat the prayer, even if that happens out of forgetfulness.
Islam enjoined all Muslim to protect the environment in which he lives and keep it free from the causes of illness, which harm individuals and communities.
Muslims make up nearly 94 percent of Senegalâ€™s 13 million population, while Christians account for 5 percent and the remaining follows indigenous beliefs.