LAHORE - Justice Qazi Faez Isa of the Supreme Court on Saturday said Islam has strongly emphasised preservation of nature and environment and made it clear to its followers not to litter streets and fell trees.

“This universe belongs to Allah. And what value we Muslims have given it. Can anyone show me a single nullah clean anywhere in the country?” 

He was speaking on the topic of climate change, conservation of water and environmental principles in Islam at the 1st Lahore High Court Environmental Conference” held at Dr Javed Iqbal Auditorium at Lahore High Court Bar Association.

“Plantation of a tree is a perpetual virtue for a Muslim who gets its reward even after the death,” said Justice Isa.

However he said that he never saw such concept in any other religion except Islam which ordains us to preserve fruit plants even during a war.

Justice Isa gave a number of references from Holy Quran and Sunnah to describe very close connection between nature and the human beings, saying that Islam strongly emphasizes over preservation of nature.  He defined climate change that it is increasing temperature which is turning our environment into a threat.

“The temperature has increased from 2 degrees Celsius to 3 C that if continued to increase will be a looming threat to human life,” said Justice Isa. He said he personally observed that how Climate Change has turned disastrous for Pakistan and how fast the glaciers have been melting down in northern areas of the country.

“Insects, trees, pigeons, camel and horses are very important. And we know that how a spider built a net outside the cave where our Holy Prophet (PBUH) stayed during his migration to Madina to save himself from the enemies. That tiny insect provided a great service,” said the senior judge while philosophically contending on preservation of nature and environment.  He said human being is “Naib of Allah” on earth and he is not Naib only for the fellow human beings and Holy Prophet (PBUH) is ‘Rahmat-ulil-Aalmeen,” (blessing for the Worlds)—which also indicates that the Holy Prophet (PBUH) is not “Rehmat” only for human beings but for the entire universe.  Islam clearly orders its followers not to waste water, he said.  Justice Isa also gave presentation on climate change, presenting the facts of a German Research in which it was claimed that there would be more plastic in water than fishes in 2050.

The use of plastic is the major reason of environmental pollution and that glaciers store 75 per cent of the world’s fresh water. He showed many nullahs filled with plastic bottles in his presentation, saying that it was very unfortunate that entire Indus water was going directly into sea and there was no system yet to save it.

“Pakistan is a very beautiful country but we are not caring of it,” said Justice Isa.  Karachi has worst water crisis and the adjoining sea has turned into a threat for fishes and other animals there.  He urged every citizen to play his role to protect the environment. 

Former Chief Justice of Pakistan Tassaduq Hussain Jillani, LHC Justice  Muhammad Farrukh Irfan Khan, Justice Ali Akbar Qureshi, Justice Ali Baqar Najfi,  international law expert Ahmer Bilal Soofi, known environmentalist Dr. Pervez Hassan and Lums School of Law Dean Martin Lau also spoke on the occasion.

A large number of lawyers were also present there on the occasion.