These were not supposed to be the deeds and virtues of humans who have been given the title Ashraful Makhluqat by the Creator
World Cleanup Day is celebrated all around the world every year on third Saturday of September, from the year 2018. This year too it is being celebrated on 19th of September (being the 3rd Saturday).
The motive of this drive is to clean up the mismanaged solid waste including the polluted water bodies. The slogan is: ‘Let us do it world’. Surely, we must do it. It is an important initiative in raising the awareness among the common masses all over the world against the ill effects of litter and garbage thrown openly in our surroundings and in water bodies.
Awareness through different programmes is made all over the world over this grave issue concerning everyone because everyone is bearing its sour fruits as it is by our own deeds. Better late than never as they say; so a conscious effort and will is required from everyone and is certainly a need of hour in tackling with this alarming situation otherwise if left unattended, the repercussions are going to be grave which will be alien to none.
On a serious note, these efforts are being organized for the benefit of all and to keep our atmosphere clean and green. But being a Muslim and a human we should have been doing it by our own. We are a part of a ‘Deen’ (Islam) which puts a lot of stress on the cleanliness to the extent that it is considered as half of the faith.
Sadly, we are not following these teachings in letter and spirit, though the success of this world and hereafter is guaranteed by Islam. We always tend to shy away from these responsibilities.
Garbage is seen everywhere: be it around the roads, or around our surroundings, or in the streams; it has become a normal thing nowadays in our societies. Agony is that once those streams, whose water was clean and pure and was used for drinking and house-hold purposes, has become history now in front of our eyes. Now these water bodies/streams look like new sites of diseases.
It is deplorable to see them having become new dumping sites. Everyone should hang their heads in shame because these were not supposed to be the deeds and virtues of humans who have been given the title Ashraful Makhluqat (Crown of the Creation) by the Creator.
It is our collective failure and a reason of our vested interests which is blinding everyone. When we can keep our houses clean, our parks and gardens green, why this hypocritic behavior with these natural bodies, which benefit us in every way but harm in none. The diseases caused as a result of dirty surroundings isn’t even alarming us, such is the carelessness. We can easily select a separate dumping site for this garbage collection because every responsible and conscious citizen is supposed to do that at least.
If we can do that then only can we endorse it to our younger generation and expect better from them. However, the case seems to be contrary, here the young are leading and cleaning the mess of their adults. Jannat, a Srinagar born 7-year old girl, has been cleaning the shores of Dal Lake for last two years; what could be a bigger inspiration for us than Jannat. She surely is concerned about her paradise (Kashmir); but we are not.
It is a fact that she can’t clean the entire lake but let’s appreciate her effort and good intentions. It is the will power that drives everyone, may be her drive to clean the Dal inspires everyone.
I believe it does not take a lot to keep our surroundings clean, rather a desire and a little diligence is enough. For me, small things matter a lot like throwing garbage on the roads from running cars, leaving behind packets while visiting a park, emptying your dustbins in open places, unnecessarily polluting the water bodies: all this can be easily avoided if we think and behave responsibly which in turn could be a huge gift to nature.
It is not the responsibility of government or any other organization, it is we who have to take care of our environment and in turn it will surely take care of ours. The efforts to clean the mess are minimal but its repercussions are deep.
Being good isn’t a big deal and certainly two hands are needed for making bread but here only one hand is contributing. It is for our own benefit and advantage. Fresh air, healthy environment and healthy life, good aesthetics are assured if we take care of it; otherwise common diseases, environmental catastrophes, pollution and other negative things are guaranteed. Now it is up to us what we want and how we want it.
On this World Cleanup Day, let us pledge to keep our environment and water bodies free from garbage/ litter and preserve this beautiful ecosystem which is providing a lot of means free of cost and lead by example for our coming generations.
This event aims at involving only five percent of world population to clean the surroundings, but let’s think beyond the five percent and everyone, at their own levels, should contribute towards this noble cause and try to reduce the filth and pollution for our greater good and that service to mankind is free of cost.
Not only on this particular day but every day we should contribute to the clean-up day firstly by doing it and then endorsing it in others. That truly would be a proper justification of the title Ashraful Makhluqat.
Author is pursuing Masters in Mechanical Engineering