Subjecting the environment to man
As regards the subjection of the environment by God to man’s use, it is certainly a manifestation of God’s immeasurable mercy over man. Lest he shall become unable to smoothly and responsibly carry out his duties as khalifah, God did not send man to earth until he became fully prepared for his life mission; nor did He send him before earth became fully equipped and set to accommodate him. The Holy Qur’an says: “O ye people! worship your Guardian Lord, Who created you and those who came before you that ye may become righteous; Who has made the earth your couch, and the heavens your canopy; and sent down rain from the heavens; and brought forth therewith fruits for your sustenance; then set not up rivals unto Allah when ye know (the truth).” (al-Baqarah 21-22)
Dr. Hassan radoine is delighted to invite you to attend the official opening of the exhibition he is curating at the Center for Architecture with AIA (American Institute of Architects) New York Chapter in New York city under the following title:
CHANGE: ARCHITECTURE AND ENGINEERING IN THE MIDDLE EAST, 2000 TO PRESENT
The invitation extends to the Symposium parallel to the exhibition which program, date and place is provided by the exhibition web page:
Change in the Middle East: Preserving the Past, Inventing the Future.
The concept of the environment in Islam
In Islam, all things have been created with purpose and in proportion and measure, both qualitatively and quantitatively, (al-Qamar 49). Concerning the environment, which is God’s creation too, its role is dual: to worship its Lord and Creator, and to be subjected to man whom it surrounds. As for the former, Allah says: “Seest thou not that to Allah prostrate all things that are in the heavens and on earth, - the sun, the moon, the stars, the hills, the trees, the animals, and a great number among mankind? But a great number are (also) such as unto whom the chastisement is justly due. And such as Allah shall disgrace, - none can raise to honor: for Allah carries out all that He wills.” (al-Hajj 18)