Environmental Sustainability : Worldview, Philosophy and Teachings

Salman Ahmed Shaikh, Abdul Ghafar Ismail
  • Islam and Civilisational Renewal, October 2016, Al Manhal FZ, LLC
  • DOI: 10.12816/0035220

What is it about?

This paper explains how Islamic economics can help in bridging the gap. The paper explains the teachings of Islam on different environmental issues and shows how the Islamic worldview can help to encourage and reinforce environmentally friendly behaviour and choices.

Why is it important?

More than ever, economics as a discipline of knowledge needs an ethical base in order to rekindle a spiritual rationality that can enable us to take into account equity considerations more explicitly in economic choices, both at the individual and at the societal level.


Dr Salman Ahmed Shaikh
Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology

Economic choices influenced by animalistic instincts in an ethically neutral framework have not only resulted in huge disparities in distribution of income, wealth and standards of living, but, as we now realise, they have also resulted in an unprecedented loss to ecology and environment with catastrophic consequences for future generations. This paper has attempted to explain how Islamic economics, with its distinctive ethical principles, can help rectify this problem and reinforce environmentally friendly behaviour and choices.

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The following have contributed to this page: Dr Salman Ahmed Shaikh and Professor Abdul Ghafar Ismail