God will not intervene to prevent humanity from wreaking disastrous damage to the environment, the Archbishop of Canterbury has warned.
In a lecture, Dr Rowan Williams urged a “radical change of heart” to prevent runaway climate change.
At York Minster he said humanity should turn away from the selfishness and greed that leads it to ignore its interdependence with the natural world.
It’s called the diseases of the heart my brother of another faith.
And God would not guarantee a “happy ending”, he warned.
Dr Williams has often spoken out about environmental issues.
The “happy ending” is yawm al qiyaamah. It’s happy for some and unhappy for others.
Speaking on Wednesday he said just as God gave humans free will to do “immeasurable damage” to themselves as individuals it seemed “clear” they had the same “terrible freedom” as a human race.
“I think that to suggest that God might intervene to protect us from the corporate folly of our practices is as unchristian and unbiblical as to suggest that he protects us from the results of our individual folly or sin,” he said.
Word. It’s called riba (usury, interest). This is result of it. On to the rest of the article:
I have noticed a fascinating phenomena between the Muslim world and the non-Muslim world when it comes to Muslim women seeking Islamic knowledge. It is well known by anyone active in any Muslim Student Association (MSA), or institute (AlMaghrib, Zaytuna, etc.) that sisters are almost always more than brothers when it comes to volunteers, activists and the students themselves. In fact, the majority (probably all) of the events/seminars/classes/lectures/etc. that I have attended, there were more sisters than brothers both participating and volunteering (and no the hadith about the man to woman ratio of 1:50 isn’t happening anytime soon; see population statistics).
Let’s swtich it up and move from America to Saudi Arabia or Pakistan. The top Islamic universities have little or no representation from the sisters. Maybe it isn’t necessary for them in these countries or maybe there are dedicated schools just for the sisters and I don’t know about them. My point is that if an Islamic university similar to the major ones in the Muslim world were to be started here, it is clear that sisters would be part of it in great numbers compared to the Muslim world.
It could be that living in this American society that our sisters have the freedom to seek knowledge but if they were placed in the socities of the Muslim world, would they be able to do the same? Is there even a need for active sisters over there?
It’s probably easier for a sister to seek ilm in America or Canada than in Egypt or Bangladesh.