Tuesday, 30 October 2012

150 mosques join climate change awareness drive

IHSANYOUSEF

DOHA FAITH leaders in Qatar are joining community efforts in raising awareness about climate change as the COP18/CMP8 Conference to be held in Doha draws closer.

As part of the drive to raise awareness about environment issues among the public and to make the United Nations Climate Change Conference all-inclusive, more than 150 mosques in Qatar will deliver sermons on people’s responsibility towards the planet.

Islamic preachers will cite more than 1,500 Quranic verses focusing on the environment in their effort to drive home the point that everyone has an important role to play in saving the planet.

According to Mohamad al Missifri, administration affairs expert in the Minister’s Office at the Ministry of Awqaf (Religious Endowments) and Islamic Affairs, verses from the Holy Quran and the sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) will be used to urge people to abide by environment-friendly practices.

The sermons will also focus on promoting less water consumption and fight against tree felling.

On November 27, state mosques will host lectures about preservation of the environment and natural resources, as well as reducing energy consumption. On November 30, other mosques will host lectures about climate change. Advocacy groups will meet on December 4 to further convey the message.

The Ministry of Awqaf (Religious Endowments) and Islamic Affairs will also raise awareness among its employees about energy and water consumption at homes, offices and at the mosques.

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