Auckland Children’s Science Exhibition Highlights the Quran’s Teachings on Sustainability

The children of the Auckland Dawoodi Bohras held a remarkable science exhibition that showcased how sustainability principles are deeply rooted in the teachings of the Holy Quran. The young students presented a range of science projects focused on environmental protection and resource management, illustrating the profound connection between faith and scientific inquiry.

The Auckland students explored several scientific concepts. The Honey Bee Project emphasized the role of leadership and community in producing honey, a product globally appreciated by all. The intricate organization and cooperation within a bee colony were likened to the cohesive efforts of a community led by a wise leader.

The Magnet Project highlighted how members of a community are attracted to their leader and follow his guidance across the world, akin to the way magnetic forces attract and align.

Several sustainability and water harvesting projects reminded attendees of the need to be grateful for the unlimited bounties that we enjoy. They underscored the importance of sustainable practices and efficient resource management to preserve these blessings.

“The dedication and enthusiasm of our young participants were truly inspiring. 

“Their projects reflected an impressive understanding of scientific concepts and a strong appreciation for the teachings of the Holy Quran on sustainability and stewardship,” said Burhanuddin Kachwala, one of the event organizers.

The Dawoodi Bohras of Auckland are acutely aware that, aligning closely with the Islamic principles of stewardship and sustainability, Maori culture emphasizes the concept of kaitiakitanga, or guardianship.  Maori believe in the interconnectedness of all living things and the responsibility to protect and care for the environment. Similarly, Aboriginal cultures in Australia hold a profound respect for the land, seeing it as a living entity that nurtures and sustains life. Like Islam, these cultures teach the importance of living in harmony with nature, recognizing the earth’s gifts, and ensuring their preservation for future generations.

The Dawoodi Bohra community also believes in female empowerment and equal access to education for both boys and girls, strongly encouraging the participation of girls in science. This commitment was exemplified in the event, where young girls actively engaged in the projects, demonstrating their capability and enthusiasm for scientific exploration.

“I loved working on the Honey Bee Project,” said Hussain Kanthawala, a young participant. 

“It was amazing to see how bees work together so perfectly. It taught me a lot about teamwork and the importance of every member in a community,” he said.

The science exhibition by the children of the Auckland Dawoodi Bohras beautifully demonstrated how the study of science, guided by the principles of the Holy Quran, can lead to a deeper understanding and appreciation of the natural environment.

It highlighted the importance of integrating faith with education to foster a sense of responsibility towards the environment. The event was a testament to the Dawoodi Bohra community’s commitment to nurturing the next generation with knowledge, faith, and a sense of stewardship for the world, while emphasizing the importance of female empowerment and equal access to education for all.

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