WWF-Malaysia’s ‘Islam, Wildlife Conservation and You’ Handbook to boost Muslims’ Environmental Participation
Titled “Islam, Wildlife Conservation and You”, it is the first handbook on environmental and wildlife consciousness and protection based on Islamic principles that is ever published in Malaysia.
The handbook aims to create a larger representation of the Muslim community in the protection and conservation of all existing forms of life with special focus on Malaysia’s national icons, the tiger and marine turtle, both of which are endangered species.
“With Muslims comprising approximately 61%* of the current Malaysian population, the English edition of this publication hopes to encourage more individuals to understand their religious obligation in dealing with nature and for them to champion the conservation of diverse wildlife we have in the country,” said WWF-Malaysia’s Chairman, Emer. Prof. Dato’ Dr. Abdul Latiff Mohamad.
Since its launch in June 2o12, the handbook has been used by local communities in Kemaman, Terengganu for workshops on marine turtle conservation and has also been shared with Islamic councils and departments in Perak sub-districts, namely Gerik and Pengkalan Hulu, as well as in Kelantan.
“We hope this handbook will guide the people to find solutions to illegal wildlife trade and human-wildlife conflict through Islamic principles and ethics,” Dato’ Dr Abdul Latiff said
“We also hope that this handbook will reach a wider readership outside Malaysia as the Islamic environmental worldview is a holistic one with universal values that can stir action to safeguard our natural heritage – action that is now desperately needed more than ever,” he added.
‘Islam, Pemuliharaan Hidupan Liar & Anda” was produced after a Memorandum of Understanding was inked between WWF-Malaysia and IKIM in December 2011. Both organizations have since been working hand in hand to promote and enhance the understanding and appreciation toward the conservation of species according to Islamic beliefs.
The book is available for download in English and Bahasa Malaysia at wwf.org.my
The printed copy can be purchased starting next month from IKIM Publications at Institut Kefahaman Islam Malaysia (IKIM), 2 Langgak Tunku, Off Jalan Duta, 50480 Kuala Lumpur (Tel: 03-62046254).
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About Institute of Islamic Understanding Malaysia (IKIM)
IKIM is an organisation established to disseminate and promote the true understanding of Islam to Muslims and non-Muslims that encompass various fields related to all aspects of the human life including issues on environment conservation. Since its inception in 1992, IKIM has been actively conducting various programmes and activities in its efforts to disseminate Islamic understanding globally. Among the events are:
• Conducting various comprehensive and integrated research on the roles of Islam and Muslims in facing current challenges that arise as a result of changing world conditions.
• Producing published materials including books, magazines and journals for the masses and target groups.
• Organising conferences, seminars and forums, discussions in diversifying ideas in order to find solutions related to certain matters.
Cooperating with local and foreign organisations in conducting programmes that benefit all.
In addition to this, IKIM provides an open and free atmosphere so that every individual gets to give his views to discuss various current issues that arise.
For further information:
Nadiah Rosli, Peninsular Malaysia Seas Programme Communications Officer, WWF-Malaysia
Tel: +603-78033772 ext 6433 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Yeoh Lin Lin, Head of Communications, WWF-Malaysia
Tel: +603-78033772 Email: email@example.com
Puan Sapuah Hj. Nawawi, Head Officer - Corporate Communications, IKIM Tel: +603-62046200, ext. 6329, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org