Based on the premise that the Quran and Sunnat give solutions to all problems let us try to solve the seemingly intractable problem of plastic waste pollution.
The Quran says “O you who believe, make not unlawful the good things which Allah has made lawful for you. But commit no excess for Allah loves not those given to excess.”
Islam advocates the middle path. Just as it condemns profligacy and extravagance, it also discourages abstinence from worldly matters. In effect Islam is against all kinds of extremism.
Now let us apply this principle to the movement against plastics. No doubt the manufacture and widespread use of plastics has caused innumerable problems. Our drainage systems, our water courses are being clogged with wrappers, shopping bags and what not. But is the answer an outright ban on them?
Everyone knows that plastics have made life cheaper and simpler. To put an outright ban on them is not only impossible but would be counter productive as well. The answer to plastic pollution may be found in research, reuse and recycling.
Certainly, recycling of plastic waste was started right from the beginning, however with the passage of time a plethora of plastic waste came up which could not be easily recycled.
This problem was solved on 14th January 2018 at an open exhibition held at the Karachi Press Club where each and every kind of hitherto non recyclable plastic waste like metallic film (wrappers in common parlance) and Thermopole waste were shown reused in a brand new technology called Chandi Technology. Chandi Technology is comparable to the mobile technology which allows the user access to various services by the mere pressing of different buttons. However, the functions and services of the Chandi Technology are many more and all encompassing i.e modular. A Chandi building can be transformed into a water reservoir, bed tables chairs and vice versa in no time. Now we can think in terms of putting up high tech mobile shops, mobile universities, mobile factories etc,overnight!
The entire exercise of producing and marketing of this technology will result in all kinds of plastic waste being carefully collected and reused as essential raw material for quality goods. This will ensure that non bio degradable waste is: a) not burnt b) nor thrown into drains and water courses. Ideally, this will return mother earth to its pristine state.
The Chandi Technology is in fact a gift of the almighty for the entire world just as he gifted the mobile phone and many other inventions to us. In fact every invention is a testimony to the living presence of the Almighty who trains his beings into making the most fascinating products that people in the past could only dream of.
In olden times the Almighty used to show his presence through miracles sent to prophets. However, since no prophet is to come after the Holy Prophet Muhammad, the Almighty it seems is sending all kinds of miracles and signs through modern day discoveries and innovations.