A Qur’anic Approach to Nature

The Qur’anic approach to nature differs from that of two major approaches: the biocentric and the anthropocentric. One can most appropriately designate the Qur’anic approach as theocentric. One Qur’anic verse expresses this: “[God] is the creator of everything” [6:102]. Without Him the heavens and the earth will collapse: “Surely, God holds earth and heaven from collapsing. If they collapse, no one can hold them after Him…” [35:41]. Being the sole creator, God, is the center of everything; in the Qur’an all things point to Him. Sovereignty belongs to God only (12:67). Among God’s creatures, man is the most conscious.