'Follow the Islamic way to save the world,' Prince Charles urges environmentalists
By Rebecca English
June 10, 2010
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'.
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"The Prophet said that he who is kind and merciful towards animals, Allah will be kind and merciful towards him.... We must deal with animals with utmost beneficence and compassion and strive to ensure the preservation of the different species, Imam Alhilaly instructs. "It is forbidden in Islam to kill an animal for mere play. Islam has forbidden wastage of animals and plants in peacetime and in wartime."Nice, but what about Islam's other sacred traditions?