Monday, May 14, 2007

Mass Extinction

Mass extinction is a phrase we normally associate with the epochs of millions of years ago, something mentioned with the demise of dinosaurs. It's quite possible that each of us will have a front-row view of a mass extinction now. It is said that by the end of the century, "half of all species on Earth may be extinct due to global warming and other causes." Please read this article in Mother Jones about what I think is the biggest problem we face today, an issue that far eclipses the political machinations of our day and the artificial urgency of such things like madhhab strife (the desperate attempt to find identity and psychological comfort by attaching ourselves like barnacles to this or that school of sacred law with hardly a speck of thoughtfulness or intellectual engagement). I really wonder how a people who eagerly claim to represent the prophetic mission be so uninvolved with (or superficially aware of) the stewardship of the earth in a way that goes FAR beyond the silly mantras, "In Islam, the environment is important," followed by dead quotes of the past, as part of the feeble and terribly abused and misunderstood concept of da'wa (inviting).


Anonymous irving said...

Accoring to science, the last mass extinction happened about 70,000 years ago, with 90 percent of the known species dying off. Some humans survived, and they are the forefathers and mothers of our race as it is now.

Ya Haqq!

5/15/2007 12:09 PM  

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