Our endeavours are directed towards raising awareness about the endless possibilities Islam opens up for us in relating to the natural world and changing our attitudes and behaviour towards it.
Although the human race is irrevocably woven into the fabric of the natural world it would seem that our attitude towards it is largely one of indifference at best and outright hostility towards it at worst. The community of Muslims is no exception to this rule.
So, how do we change things round to get a better understanding of our attitudes towards the natural world? We need information to build strategies for change and it would seem that the obvious thing to do is to ask the people themselves – hence surveys. As an example of what we are suggesting we introduce this section with a survey on Islamic Gardens in the UK conducted by Cardiff University, Wales hoping that this would be the forerunner of many other interesting surveys to come.
Islamic Gardens UK
The Centre for the Study of Islam, School of Religious & Theological Studies in the UK at Cardiff University was commissioned by Botanic Gardens Conservation International to undertake research on Islamic Gardens in the UK, and especially ways in which their design and ethos might amplify messages about biodiversity conservation and sustainability to Muslims. The title of the project managed by Mark Bryant, Researcher at the centre is “Islamic Gardens in the UK: dynamics of conservation, culture and communities”
IFEES are pleased to have been consultants to this project which was the first significant research project on the environment conducted amongst British Muslims.
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And He has subjected to you, as from Him, all that is in the heavens and on earth: behold in that are Signs indeed for those who reflect
Qur’an, The Crouching (Al-Jathiyah) 45:13