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A Band-Aid For The Ozone

The ozone "hole" over the Antarctica is a phenomenon whereby the stratosphere is thinned out (it's not really a hole). It w...


The ozone "hole" over the Antarctica is a phenomenon whereby the stratosphere is thinned out (it's not really a hole). It was caused and is still under attack by refrigerants: CFC's, halons and freons. These have been banned since the 1970s but we still lose a few percentile of ozone each year due to atmospheric pollution, and the increased thinning means the earth is losing its protective layer.
Islam's 14-hundred-year-old book mentions the existence of an umbrella-type atmosphere in embracing language:
"And We made the sky a protected ceiling (canopy), but they, from its signs, are turning away." (Qur'an, 21:32)
"It is Allah who made for you the earth a place of settlement and the sky a ceiling and formed you and perfected your forms and provided you with good things. That is Allah, your Lord; then blessed is Allah , Lord of the worlds." (Qur'an, 40:64)
Finding a band-aid
Allah informs us that He has wrapped the earth with a multi-layered atmosphere but people have burned it away. Restoring it requires global diligence and commitment to neutralising toxic gases and radiation. It is asking a lot from billions of people yet I believe it is the only way to go about it.

In spiritual paths of Islamic teaching "Dhikr" - a type of frequent remembrance, refills an empty container with the natural light it burnt out. For Muslims, the first step to healing any wound is to call on God - to do His "Dhikr". Likewise, to patch up the atmospheric damage, one has to acknowledge it is there and its damager, remember the Healer and act to repair it.

Fight existing organisations that pollute the most and get politically involved to shake up government awareness. Environmental action is always on the agenda but not many have the courage to follow-through. Nuclear plants and factories have protected legal rights to emit certain amounts of pollution and waste; we cannot always defeat those. But doing our individual part can collectively heal the "hole" in the sky over the years. Begin small, begin with yourself and your family.

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