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First climate-related fatwa prohibiting environmentally harmful practices issued in Egypt

Egypt’s Dar al-Ifta issued a fatwa charter promoting practices that are environmentally friendly based on Islamic law, as Egypt gears up to host the UN climate summit next month.
An egret wades in a rice field close to a pile of burning hay near the Nile delta town of Zagazig, north of Cairo, Egypt, Oct. 23, 2009.

CAIRO — Egypt’s Dar al-Ifta, which is responsible for issuing religious edicts (fatwas), recently approved the first fatwa charter for the fight against climate change based on Islamic law (Sharia) principles. 

The move came as part of Dar al-Ifta’s contribution to the implementation of sustainable development goals, resolution of climate change problems and raising awareness of the danger of climate change from a religious perspective.

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