Noor Cultural Centre

Environmental Storytelling

Jun 6th 2010


The Animals’ Complaint Against Humanity

An environmental storytelling event for children and parents

Date: Sunday June 6, 2010
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: Lower social room, Noor Cultural Centre
Admission: No charge

Join us for a magical session of storytelling with Kasim Tirmizey from the CPAWS Wildlands League. The Animals’ Complaint Against Humanity is a story originally written by a group of Islamic philosophers in the 10th century. In their tale, a group of humans becomes shipwrecked upon an island uninhabited by humans. The humans make a settlement upon the island and quickly begin to oppress and abuse the animals. The animals make a complaint against the humans to the King of the Jinn. What follows is a fascinating story about the meaning of being human and our responsibility towards nature. In this contemporary retelling, the story is relocated to Ontario’s Boreal Forest to help us reflect on Islamic teachings about wildlife conservation in this region.