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Allah Commands

Traditional Himas are helping protect fragile areas in Muslim nations

courtesy Jordan Tourism Board Early in the 7th century, soon after Muslims established themselves in what is now the holy city of Medina, the Prophet Muhammad surveyed the natural resources in the region – the riverbeds (called wadis), the rich, black volcanic soil, the high rangelands – and decreed that they be preserved and set aside as a hima, a “protected place.” “Verily Abraham declared Makkah a sanctuary and I declare Al-Madinah,…
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by: Tom Verde – Winter 2010

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