Islamic Foundation for Ecology and Environmental Science

Islamic Foundation for Ecology and Environmental Science (1994; Birmingham UK; ~20-50 volunteers; www.ifees.org.uk)

A center for research on conservation practice that seeks to work toward the revival of Islamic environmental norms through programs designed to re-educate Muslims in Shariah-based conservation practices, such as tawhid (unity), amana (entrustment) of the Earth to khalifa (the stewardship of humankind), and a system of ethics grounded in the Qur’an and Sunnah (the guidance) of the Prophet Muhammad. The main objective of this multi-dimensional organization is to set up a center for Islamic research on conservation practice which would serve as the primary training site for practical and theoretical subjects based on the principles of Shariah. The center serves as a demonstration and promotional site for experimental projects on sustainable land resource management and traditional and non-industrial farming techniques (e.g., organic farming) as well the development of alternative low energy, low cost technology (e.g., water wheels, solar panels, and waste recycling).

IFEES networks globally with NGOs, international organizations, academic bodies, and grassroots organizations, and invites collaborative efforts with organizations and individuals who are dedicated to protecting the Earth for future generations.

Projects:

  • Indonesia I: a national seminar on the revitalization of the Indonesian environmental movement through the application of Islamic ethics
  • Indonesia II: a community-based ecological resource management project
  • Nigeria: a project that sensitizes Muslims in the northern region of Nigeria to the ethical dimensions of Islamic environmental practice
  • Pakistan: a project focused on the re-greening of the Upper Jehlum Canal, based on Islamic conservation principles
  • Yemen: rehabilitation of traditional water conservation systems through application of Islamic conservation principles
  • Zanzibar: provides a foundation for Islamic environmental practice through two main venues: the creation of Shariah based institutions and various publishing efforts (e.g., Guide Book for Ulema and Madrasa Teachers)

Programs:

Publications:

  • A small library of resources, papers, essays, reviews, reports, tutorials, videos, etc.
  • Produces collaborative instructive materials (e.g., the Muslim Green Guide, and The Qur’an, Creation and Conservation, 1999, by Fazlun Khalid).
  • HIGHLIGHT: The Islamic Declaration on Global Climate Change (Aug 2015).

Leadership: Fazlun Khalid (Founder)

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