An examination of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) shows that although these have not been developed on a religious basis, most goals are aligned with the spirit of Islam. Allah has created a perfectly balanced world and has enjoined upon man to preserve and to not cause mischief on it. The Holy Quran highlights many principles and guidelines on ‘Sustainable living’, which were enforced and demonstrated by the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ . Through this calendar, we aim to raise awareness on the most pressing environmental and social issues, the relevant UN SDGs and how these were promulgated more than 1400 years ago through the Holy Quran & Sunnah.
The importance of education in Islam has been repeatedly emphasized in both the Holy Quran and Sunnah. The Prophet ﷺ said: “Indeed Allah, His Angels, the inhabitants of the heavens and the earths - even the ant in his hole, even the fish - say Salat upon the one who teaches the people to do good.”
Health is one of the greatest blessings to have been given to humans by Allah. Muslim scholars laid the foundations for advancements in the field of medical knowledge; introducing revolutionary treatments such as cataract-operations and even development of the institution of the hospital.
There are numerous Islamic traditions from both the Holy Quran and Sunnah that clearly indicate the extreme significance of the rights that neighbours have over each other.
Islamic injunctions and traditions prohibit both 'Israf' (extravagance) and 'Tabdhir' (wastage) in every aspect of life, whether it be time, energy, food or money.
Islam considers each individual as a steward of the environment to the extent that planting and maintaining trees is considered as an act of faith.
Trade and the Islamic world are closely intertwined, because trade was one of the main channels through which Islam spread across the world. Islam encourages people towards trade and commerce.
Cleanliness is one of the important factors to judge a civilization or society’s development. Islamic culture attaches great importance to cleanliness through explicit guidelines in the Holy Quran and Sunnah.
Justice is one of the principal values of the Islamic faith. For a peaceful society, justice must be applied to all without any differentiation or favoritism.
Implementing socio-economic justice is one of the most important teachings of Islam, which allows societies to develop homogenously and with equitable distribution of wealth and resources.
One key pillar of the Islamic Economic System is just and equitable distribution of income and wealth. Through Zakat, elimination of Riba and laws such as those of partnership and inheritance, Islam has created a system that prevents concentration of wealth in a society.
As climate change threatens our freshwater resources, drinking water scarcity has become a concern in many parts of the world. Islamic values consider water a community resource and a right of all living beings.
Islam provides basic human rights to an individual including the right to life, safety and protection of honour.