In the 19th chapter of the Qur’an, God says, “It is We who will inherit the earth and all who are on it: they will all be returned to Us.”
It’s not uncommon for friends of ours to ask us to water their plants or keep an eye on their car while they’re traveling. It’s not uncommon to be extremely cautious and sensitive to even the smallest scratch or over/under-watering. When you apply that scenario to the verse above, in which God is saying that the earth is – temporarily – in our care, can we truly say that we conduct ourselves in the same way? Are we as hyper-sensitive about taking care of the earth as we are about taking care of something entrusted to us by a friend?