A New Resolve


Samreen Awan-Khayyam

ظَهَرَ الْفَسَادُ فِي الْبَرِّ وَالْبَحْرِ بِمَا كَسَبَتْ أَيْدِي النَّاسِ لِيُذِيقَهُم بَعْضَ الَّذِي عَمِلُوا لَعَلَّهُمْ يَرْجِعُونَ

Corruption has appeared throughout the land and sea by [reason of] what the hands of people have earned so He may let them taste part of [the consequence of] what they have done that perhaps they will return [to righteousness].
[Al-Quran – Ar-Rum (The Romans): 41]

When I reflected on my habits in light of the teachings of the Qur’an, I realized that many of my habits can be categorized as “environmentally unfriendly.”

 The one area I especially want to focus on to reduce waste is conserving water as a resource. Alhamdulillah, we belong to the niche segment of this society whereby we can afford clean water tankers and branded mineral water without giving much thought to the cost. Hence, we tend to take this blessing of Allah for granted. This is inspite of the fact that we live in a country where majority of the population is deprived of clean drinking water.

 My Resolve

My resolve is to make sure I limit wasting water during wudhu, bathing and while carrying out other kitchen chores.

 How I Will Achieve This

  • Not opening the tap to full gush of water and not relaxing under hot shower for ages will help me achieve this goal.
  • Moreover, I aim to inculcate this habit in my children starting now as they are under the age of 3 years.
  • Additionally, I will try and convey this to the domestic staff as well but this time in a polite way giving rationale from deen and Qur’an teachings so that the message is more effective.

 

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About Quran Reflections

Al-Huda's branch at Khayaban-e-Sehar is one of the few Quran courses being regularly conducted in Karachi, Pakistan, where the mode of instruction and examination is English. The students and teachers have decided to upload their reflections on the Quran and class notes on this blog, in order to be available to a global audience for the latter's benefit and inspiration.
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One Response to A New Resolve

  1. It’s so important to inculcate environmentally friendly habits within our children and domestic staff/helpers! When we collectively adopt good habits then we can also provide each other with useful reminders and tips. Even when writing or drawing we should encourage our children to use all the paper or cut just as much as needed and to recycle/reuse whatever we can.

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