Banjarbaru, – Indonesia is one of the countries blessed with spacious fertile land with various abundant natural resources. For this reason, every inch of the land is expected to become productive land for people’s livelihoods and welfare.

“We have everything, don’t let even an inch of our land sleep (unused),” said Vice President Ma’ruf Amin when he opened the One Pesantren One Product South Kalimantan Expo 2022 event at dr. Murjani Banjarbaru, Jalan Comet Raya, North Loktabat, North Banjarbaru, South Kalimantan, Thursday (11/08/2022).

The use of this land, continued the Vice President, became an effort to prosper the earth as instructed in Islam.

“Allah created you from the earth and Allah commanded you to prosper it. This is a command in the Qur’an, meaning that you have a responsibility to prosper the earth,” he explained.

The way to prosper the earth, said the Vice President, could be by developing businesses such as agriculture, livestock, plantation, and others. However, he stated that the use of land and various natural resources on earth should not damage the environment.

“This is what God has provided for us. So Allah made the earth for you, to be used, not to be destroyed,” he stressed.

Furthermore, the Vice President reminded us that Indonesia had a lot of potential that were not given to other countries.

“We have marine, agriculture, and mining that not all countries have. Please remember that Europeans in the past looked for spices in Indonesia,” he said.

Therefore, once again, the Vice President asked that everything owned by the Indonesian people must be managed properly.

“We should utilize our resources to prosper our country, such as by trading domestically or abroad. We have everything, do not let even an inch of our land idle,” he pleaded again.

On the other hand, the Vice President hoped that in this fertile country with the abundant potential of natural resources, there were not any unemployed people.

“There should be no unemployed workers, as they are not allowed to leave their times unfilled,” he said.

Then, the Vice President explained that humans had to have a busy life to make life on earth. Making a living, he added, was also a religious commandment as it had the value of worship.

“We must interpret worship not only in the form of praying, fasting, zikir (chanting), but also in the form of making a living. Earning a living is also a worship form. A man, for example, who leaves his house to work for his children, family, and community, it also means that he is worshipping,” he concluded. (EP/DMA/LHS-BPMI Setwapres)