URDU –IMPORTANCE AND SIGNIFICANCE OF THE NATURAL RESOURCES IN THE LIGHT OF ISLAMIC INJUNCTIONS
The natural wealth that Allah endowed to earth at the time of its creation is called minerals and natural resources. Man is aware of the significance and importance of minerals since the ancient times and since then he has been benefitting from the minerals. But during the last two centuries, the way man has been benefitting from minerals, perhaps the ancient man had never thought of that. In future, the progress and prosperity of mankind will largely depend on the natural resources, and economy will depend on minerals; therefore, it becomes imperative that minerals and the land rich with minerals should be under vigilant protection. These should be spared from the clutches of the international powers in every possible way. The injunctions given by the Sharia regarding minerals should be followed and implemented in every humanly possible way. The lands rich with minerals should be in the control of a government instead of individuals so that people may benefit from the blessings of Allah collectively, and as a nation instead of seeking help and assistance from other developed nations, we should inculcate in ourselves the capacity to extract them, refine them, and get maximum benefit ourselves from them so that we could avoid dependence of others. The wealth got from the minerals should be used for welfare of the masses. Moreover, dishonesty and misappropriation of every sort should be avoided. Collective benefit should be supreme to the individual benefit.