Follow the Islamic way to save the world,’ Prince Charles urges environmentalists

Prince Charles yesterday urged the world to follow Islamic ‘spiritual principles’ in order to protect the environment.

In an hour-long speech, the heir to the throne argued that man’s destruction of the world was contrary to the scriptures of all religions – but particularly those of Islam.

He said the current ‘division’ between man and nature had been caused not just by industrialisation, but also by our attitude to the environment – which goes against the grain of ‘sacred traditions’.


Outspoken: Prince Charles speaks to Islamic studies scholars at Oxford. He argued that man’s destruction of the world was particularly contrary to Islam

Charles, who is a practising Christian and will become the head of the Church of England when he succeeds to the throne, spoke in depth about his own study of the Koran which, he said, tells its followers that there is ‘no separation between man and nature’ and says we must always live within our environment’s limits.

The prince was speaking to an audience of scholars at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies – which attempts to encourage a better understanding of the culture and civilisation of the religion.

His speech, merging religion with his other favourite subject, the environment, marked the 25th anniversary of the organisation, of which he is patron.

He added: ‘The inconvenient truth is that we share this planet with the rest of creation for a very good reason – and that is, we cannot exist on our own without the intricately balanced web of life around us.

‘Islam has always taught this and to ignore that lesson is to default on our contract with creation.’

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Impressive setting: Charles spoke at Oxford University's Sheldonian TheatreImpressive setting: Charles spoke at Oxford University’s Sheldonian Theatre

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  • I am happy to hear that Prince Charles said that :
    ” man’s destruction of the world was particularly contrary to Islam ”
    But I am also sad to two realities:
    1)Many/almost all Islamic countries have no contribution to save the environment and earth
    2)The students who were attending the class look so tired, bored and sleepy 🙁

  • Saqib

    Bored? Maybe because he spoke for an entire hour..!
    But other than this, it was a good topic.

    We should certainly consider the environment (and nature) around us.

  • HRH PRICE CHARLES is just a very Exceptional man he is an Erudite as such he sees things with his brain not with his feelings , the world is lucky to have such calibre

  • It’s just a matter of time. Let the mankind understands Islam and it will become a Universal religion. Prince Charles is a reasonable person. We like him.

  • Masha Allah – It is a wonderful speech and a lesson to learn by the Muslim world. It is a wake up call specially for the Muslim countries

  • cınar cetinbaslar

    charles perns love with the world of thought has been created as common areas for people who agree with STB.

    ideas of Islam that there is not only the love of green foliage in which there is no human being is wrong I do not believe this is not the love of the wrong ideas

    defeatist ideas about human values ​​should stay away from expiry regards

    sevgi li perns charles dünya insanlar için ortak kullanım alanı olarak yaratılmıştır düşünce nize katılıyorum.

    ancak islamın yeşil sevgisi olmadıgı düşünceniz yanlış hiçbir insan yoktur ki içinde yeşillik sevgisi olmasın buna inanmıyorum bu düşünceniz yanlış

    insan degerleri hakkındaki bozguncu fikirler lerden uzak durmalı saygılarımla