The Qur’an shows the way to conservation


The world’s first Islamic conservation guide has been launched by IFEES and the Directorate of Fisheries in Zanzibar. The pioneering instruction manual, written and published by IFEES, uses lessons from the Qur’an to show how vital fishing resources can be protected.

Launched on 29th February 2008 in Weshe on the island of Pemba, the manual is part of a project to protect the Misali conservation area, where fishing provides direct livelihood for 11,000 people. Like many traditional communities the island’s growing population faces challenges like depleting resources and the threat of industrial development.

In its senior consultative role, IFEES developed an Islamic environmental education programme that works by bringing the fishing community together with local institutions, government officials and religious leaders in an effort to promote sustainable practices within the designated conservation zone. This has brought to a successful conclusion IFEES’ historic initiatives in this phase of an ethics based conservation programme based on the ethical foundations of Islamic teachings.

Founder and director of IFEES, Fazlun Khalid said, “This is a really exciting project, and the first of its kind. At a time when the Shariah is being misunderstood in some parts of the world it is good to demonstrate how it can contribute to protecting the environment. I hope this will be the first of many projects that use the Qur’an to promote conservation.”

The release of the Teachers Guide Book in Zanzibar was in 2008.  Click here to read the Teachers Guide.


For more information contact:

Amour Omar, Programme Officer, CARE International, Zanzibar. email:

Mizan Raja, Media Relations, IFEES UK. email: