In an hour-long speech, Prince Charles has urged the world to follow Islam in order to protect environment. The prince was speaking to an audience of scholars at the Oxford Center for Islamic Studies which attempts to encourage a better understanding of the culture and civilization of the religion.
His speech, merging religion with his other favorite subject, the environment, marked the 25th anniversary of the organization, of which he is patron.
He said the current ‘division’ between man and nature had been caused not just by industrialization, but also by our attitude to the environment which goes against the grain of ’sacred traditions’.
Prince Charles, who is a practising Christian and will become the head of the Church of England when he succeeds to the throne, spoke in depth about his own study of the Koran which, he said, tells its followers that there is ‘no separation between man and nature’ and says we must always live within our environment’s limits.
He added: ‘The inconvenient truth is that we share this planet with the rest of creation for a very good reason - and that is, we cannot exist on our own without the intricately balanced web of life around us.
‘Islam has always taught this and to ignore that lesson is to default on our contract with creation.’