The “Call to Conscience – Abu Dhabi Interfaith Declaration for COP28

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By His Eminence Dr Ahmad Al-Tayeb

In the name of Allah, the Most Merciful and the Compassionate

Praise be to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allah and his companions prophets and messengers.

Your Excellency, dear brother and honorable friend, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence

Distinguished gathering!

May the peace, mercy and blessings of Allah be upon you!

Allow me first of all to send my greetings and gratitude to my dear brother, Pope Francis, head of the Catholic Church, to whom I wish a speedy and complete recovery, health and well-being. I would also like to express my gratitude and respect to my dear brother, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, for his sincere efforts to promote human fraternity, as particularly demonstrated by the exceptional commitment of the brotherly UAE, under his leadership, to confront one of the most serious challenges facing humanity today, namely climate change and its worsening adverse effects. I believe that the important step and exceptional initiative taken by the Council of Muslim Elders (MCE) to invite personalities of different religions to sign the “Call to Conscience: The Abu Dhabi Interfaith Declaration for COP28” and to create the first ever Faith Pavilion at COP28.

This step aims to cooperate with the United Nations and the United Arab Emirates to raise the voices of religious leaders in the face of challenges, including climate change. This is a valuable opportunity to strengthen efforts to protect our shared environment from imminent destruction, which is likely to get worse with each year.

This threat is embodied in natural disasters, including an unprecedented rise in temperatures, massive floods, devastating forest fires, severe droughts, the extinction of many living species and the spread of epidemics and diseases. UN Secretary-General António Guterres was right when he said: “The era of global warming is over; the era of global turmoil has arrived.

Distinguishes the gathering,

Islam has a specific position on the environment and its elements, from the earth, through all terrestrial living species, to all marine and aerial species. This position is succinctly embodied in the divine command to every human being, believer and non-believer, to reform the earth and everything in it, and in the prohibition and warning not to cause corruption on it or on one of its elements. The Noble Quran is full of verses that call for respect for the environment and its elements, based on two perspectives:

Firstly, the environment and natural elements are the clearest evidence that guides the mind towards knowledge of and belief in Allah Almighty, which is indeed the best blessing ever bestowed upon mankind.

The second perspective is that all kinds of beings share with the believing man his servitude to Allah Almighty. Thus, in Islamic logic, humans are responsible for the environment, just as they are responsible for themselves and their fellow human beings. Also in Islam, special legislations address this specific issue.

However, it can be briefly stated that the earth, and everything on it, is a trust in the hands of humans, and that humans will be responsible to Allah on the Day of Resurrection to repair and protect it. of corruption. Allah Almighty has warned humans that if they commit misdeeds on earth, they will suffer from diseases, calamities and disasters of an intensity proportional to the corruption inflicted.

In this regard, the Almighty says: “Corruption has arisen on land and sea because of what people’s hands have earned. He can therefore make them taste some of the consequences of what they have done so that they may return (to righteousness).” (The Quran, 30:41)

I should not conclude my speech without making a heartfelt appeal from an ordinary Muslim, who mourns the suffering of vulnerable, poor and oppressed people. Mine is the cry of a human being alarmed by the horror of the relentless terrorist killing machine, wielded by the merciless against the innocent citizens of the world, encompassing men, women, children, infants and even children. to be born. I am also disturbed by the acts of violence, sabotage and destruction observed in the occupied land of Palestine.

This is why I implore the world: it is time to put an end to these atrocious and criminal wars. I am convinced that if they persist in this way – God forbid – we will end up with neither a viable environment nor a livable climate for our children or future generations.

Thanks everyone!

May the peace, mercy and blessings of Allah be upon you!

The writer is the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Al-Sharif and President of the Muslim Council of Elders

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