Published On:12 June 2013
Posted by Indian Muslim Observer

Muslims advised to avoid a life of extravagance

By Matovu Abdallah Twaha

Dubai: Muslims have been advised against change in their lifestyle, particularly on use of water and food.

The warning during the Friday sermon comes two days after marking the World Environment Day (June 5), which was marked under the theme “Think. Eat. Save”, and barely 30 days to the beginning of fasting in the Holy Month of Ramadan.

The Muslim clerics told their followers that life should be lived by following a middle course in everything. “What goes beyond is excess and Allah loves not extravagance.”

An Imam at Al Majaz mosque narrated that the message of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) passed by one of his disciples, Saad, when he was performing ablutions, said, “What is this extravagance?” Saad said, “Can there be any extravagance in ablutions?” the Prophet (PBUH) said, “Yes, even if you are on the banks of a flowing river.”

Regarding food and other lifestyle, the Imam said that the extravagance is “seen while buying things he has no need of and increase in the consumption of food, more than he needs. Thus he hurts himself and disregards our Prophet’s (PBUH) instructions.”

While marking the World Environment Day, the Abu Dhabi Environment Agency (EAD) organised a number of activities to increase the community’s awareness on the environmental impact of the food choices and encourage public to make wise decisions while buying their groceries and cooking their meals in order to waste as little food as possible.

According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), 1.3 billion tonnes of food are wasted every year.

Quoting a 2011 report by the Centre of Waste Management - Abu Dhabi (CWM), the Director of Environmental Outreach Division, EAD, Fozeya Ibrahim Al Mahmoud, said, “Around 39 per cent of the Emirate’s municipal solid waste is organic material.”

(Courtesy: The Gulf Today)

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