Reflections

IMASE Reflections 1: The Role of Man

The IMASE Reflection (No. 1) - The Role of Man 
 
We are told in the Quran that God created the universe in 6 days. He also created the only living planet known to us, Earth. On this living planet, He created soil, air, fire and water, all of which are lifeless. He then created life from water and all kinds of life forms; from those which live in water to those which live on land; from those which are small to those which are large; from those which live in solitude to those which live in communities; from those which are fast to those which are slow. Yet our Lord is not a passive creator, for with every breath we take, He is continuously creating, and maintaining that which He has created.  
He created a precarious human entity, and made him the custodian to His creation on this living planet. So what does this custodian of the creation on Earth, past, present and future do? 
 
The custodian diminishes the earth’s ability to continue to produce food in the future, the world looses about 10 million hectares of arable land per year to soil degradation. The world's fisheries are more than 70% fully fished or over fished, being depleted where they spawn, where they grow, and where they decompose and become food for other beings in the sea. 
 
The custodian pollutes land and water by intensive livestock production to feed his every need. Feeding to continuously consume, eating more then his body can handle until he become obese. This activity then creates problems of manure disposal and water pollution via river run-off, spreading sickness to many areas. 
 
The custodian’s greed and need to continue to consume is causing a global water shortage. Excessive irrigation accounts for 70% of the water withdrawn from freshwater systems and has created an unprecedented situation in human history. 
 
The custodian needs to produce food and products faster and cheaper. In his logic this justifies the use of poison to kill what his logic calls a 'pest'. In the process he also kills everything in the soil, water and air. These poisons then come back to haunt him. Recent studies have linked pesticides with childhood leukaemia, kidney tumours, brain tumours, and learning and memory problems. 
 
The Creator in His wisdom crafted many varieties of living entities in perfect harmony but His custodian, in his rage against this harmony, uses every method predisposed to him to decrease this biodiversity. About 30% of the world’s potential area of temperate, subtropical and tropical forests has been converted for agriculture, and land conversion to agriculture continues at a rate of approximately 13 million hectares per year. Each year tropical forest the size of Ireland is removed. Many living entities created by the Lord of the Universe are converted into a new lifeless creation, furniture. The Lord of Universe creates life, His custodian brings death. 
 
The custodian creates a demon called the ‘market’, which produces cheap food for the rich, and expensive food for the poor. In developed countries such as the US, they spend 14% of their income on food. In developing countries the poor spend as much as 75% of their total income on food. 
 
This custodian creates new form of economy, which diminishes the return of the farmers, those who work directly with living entities, created beings for the Lord of the universe. Farmers today are earning less of the money people spend on food. In 1900 farmers received 70% of every dollar spent on food, by 1990 farmers received an estimated 3 to 4% of every food dollar spent. About 80% of the world's hungry live in rural areas and depend on agriculture to make their living and yet most wealth is concentrated in cities, in the hands of bankers who work for a lifeless, often  
meaningless and almost always merciless entity called paper money or finance. They can often become just like that which they deal with, separated from all living beings. 
 
So what can we do? What should we do? First learn, than change, for if the custodian do not change and fulfil the role for which he was created, then He who creates will act to rectify this imbalance, for our Lord is an active God. We aim to explore some of these issues in future editions of "IMASE Reflections" and use the tool that He has given us, science and technology, to fulfil our role and the purpose of creation.  This is so we might return to He who creates, with peace and amity.

We are told in the Quran that God created the universe in 6 days. He also created the only living planet known to us, Earth. On this living planet, He created soil, air, fire and water, all of which are lifeless. He then created life from water and all kinds of life forms; from those which live in water to those which live on land; from those which are small to those which are large; from those which live in solitude to those which live in communities; from those which are fast to those which are slow. Yet our Lord is not a passive creator, for with every breath we take, He is continuously creating, and maintaining that which He has created.

He created a precarious human entity, and made him the custodian to His creation on this living planet. So what does this custodian of the creation on Earth, past, present and future do? 
 
The custodian diminishes the earth’s ability to continue to produce food in the future, the world looses about 10 million hectares of arable land per year to soil degradation. The world's fisheries are more than 70% fully fished or over fished, being depleted where they spawn, where they grow, and where they decompose and become food for other beings in the sea. 
 
The custodian pollutes land and water by intensive livestock production to feed his every need. Feeding to continuously consume, eating more then his body can handle until he become obese. This activity then creates problems of manure disposal and water pollution via river run-off, spreading sickness to many areas. 
 
The custodian’s greed and need to continue to consume is causing a global water shortage. Excessive irrigation accounts for 70% of the water withdrawn from freshwater systems and has created an unprecedented situation in human history. 
 
The custodian needs to produce food and products faster and cheaper. In his logic this justifies the use of poison to kill what his logic calls a 'pest'. In the process he also kills everything in the soil, water and air. These poisons then come back to haunt him. Recent studies have linked pesticides with childhood leukaemia, kidney tumours, brain tumours, and learning and memory problems. 
 
The Creator in His wisdom crafted many varieties of living entities in perfect harmony but His custodian, in his rage against this harmony, uses every method predisposed to him to decrease this biodiversity. About 30% of the world’s potential area of temperate, subtropical and tropical forests has been converted for agriculture, and land conversion to agriculture continues at a rate of approximately 13 million hectares per year. Each year tropical forest the size of Ireland is removed. Many living entities created by the Lord of the Universe are converted into a new lifeless creation, furniture. The Lord of Universe creates life, His custodian brings death. 
 
The custodian creates a demon called the ‘market’, which produces cheap food for the rich, and expensive food for the poor. In developed countries such as the US, they spend 14% of their income on food. In developing countries the poor spend as much as 75% of their total income on food. 
 
This custodian creates new form of economy, which diminishes the return of the farmers, those who work directly with living entities, created beings for the Lord of the universe. Farmers today are earning less of the money people spend on food. In 1900 farmers received 70% of every dollar spent on food, by 1990 farmers received an estimated 3 to 4% of every food dollar spent. About 80% of the world's hungry live in rural areas and depend on agriculture to make their living and yet most wealth is concentrated in cities, in the hands of bankers who work for a lifeless, often  
meaningless and almost always merciless entity called paper money or finance. They can often become just like that which they deal with, separated from all living beings. 
 
So what can we do? What should we do? First learn, than change, for if the custodian do not change and fulfil the role for which he was created, then He who creates will act to rectify this imbalance, for our Lord is an active God. We aim to explore some of these issues in future editions of "IMASE Reflections" and use the tool that He has given us, science and technology, to fulfil our role and the purpose of creation.  This is so we might return to He who creates, with peace and amity.

He created a precarious human entity, and made him the custodian to His creation on this living planet. So what does this custodian of the creation on Earth, past, present and future do? 
 
The custodian diminishes the earth’s ability to continue to produce food in the future, the world looses about 10 million hectares of arable land per year to soil degradation. The world's fisheries are more than 70% fully fished or over fished, being depleted where they spawn, where they grow, and where they decompose and become food for other beings in the sea. 
 
The custodian pollutes land and water by intensive livestock production to feed his every need. Feeding to continuously consume, eating more then his body can handle until he become obese. This activity then creates problems of manure disposal and water pollution via river run-off, spreading sickness to many areas. 
 
The custodian’s greed and need to continue to consume is causing a global water shortage. Excessive irrigation accounts for 70% of the water withdrawn from freshwater systems and has created an unprecedented situation in human history. 
 
The custodian needs to produce food and products faster and cheaper. In his logic this justifies the use of poison to kill what his logic calls a 'pest'. In the process he also kills everything in the soil, water and air. These poisons then come back to haunt him. Recent studies have linked pesticides with childhood leukaemia, kidney tumours, brain tumours, and learning and memory problems. 
 
The Creator in His wisdom crafted many varieties of living entities in perfect harmony but His custodian, in his rage against this harmony, uses every method predisposed to him to decrease this biodiversity. About 30% of the world’s potential area of temperate, subtropical and tropical forests has been converted for agriculture, and land conversion to agriculture continues at a rate of approximately 13 million hectares per year. Each year tropical forest the size of Ireland is removed. Many living entities created by the Lord of the Universe are converted into a new lifeless creation, furniture. The Lord of Universe creates life, His custodian brings death. 
 
The custodian creates a demon called the ‘market’, which produces cheap food for the rich, and expensive food for the poor. In developed countries such as the US, they spend 14% of their income on food. In developing countries the poor spend as much as 75% of their total income on food. 
 
This custodian creates new form of economy, which diminishes the return of the farmers, those who work directly with living entities, created beings for the Lord of the universe. Farmers today are earning less of the money people spend on food. In 1900 farmers received 70% of every dollar spent on food, by 1990 farmers received an estimated 3 to 4% of every food dollar spent. About 80% of the world's hungry live in rural areas and depend on agriculture to make their living and yet most wealth is concentrated in cities, in the hands of bankers who work for a lifeless, often meaningless and almost always merciless entity called paper money or finance. They can often become just like that which they deal with, separated from all living beings. 
 
So what can we do? What should we do? First learn, than change, for if the custodian do not change and fulfil the role for which he was created, then He who creates will act to rectify this imbalance, for our Lord is an active God. We aim to explore some of these issues in future editions of "IMASE Reflections" and use the tool that He has given us, science and technology, to fulfil our role and the purpose of creation.  This is so we might return to He who creates, with peace and amity.