The principal of adab, usually translated as ‘good manners’ but with a much deeper and more universal meaning, is at the heart of Islam. It means good manners towards God, including gratitude for the gift of life, our food, sunlight, even the air we breathe. It means good manners in all our dealings with our fellows, even our enemies, respecting the dignity of the human condition. It means treating the animal creation with courtesy and compassion, and no tree or plant which feeds man or beast is to be abused. The environment as such is sacred.