Green Prophet: ‘Eco-Hijabs’ On The Rise, What Muslim Fashion Bloggers Have To Contribute

What is an Eco-Hijab?
An ‘eco-hijab’ is a contemporary coined term used to describe the relationship between ecologically driven Muslims, and the Arabic word for the Muslim dress sense: hijab, meaning ‘barrier, covering or veil’. This eco-hijab fuses Muslims’ ‘green’ values with with their visual identity of modest clothing, for example organic hijabs made from bamboo.

As a lifelong eco-hijabi* I too advocate greener living by adopting the 3 R’s: Recycle, Reuse and Reduce, and upcyling my own headscarves (hijab/tichel) – more on that later! Another term I personally use is ‘eco-Muslimness’ whereby a person may not necessarily be a hardcore Muslim environmentalist, but tries to follows the Muslim principles of moderation, environmental welfare and waste-reduction.

See Green Prophet for the full article by  Zaufishan.

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Muslims are Making Significant Contribution says 350.org

As you may already know from a previous video blog, 350 is an environmental campaign seeking to lower the amount of carbon to 350 parts per million. Well, Bill McKibben the American environmentalist behind the organisation has come out in support of the controversially titled ‘Ground Zero Mosque’ and also highlighted the important role that Muslims are playing in protecting the environment.

In a blog on the website, he talked about welcoming the mosque as a sign of America’s resilience and also that Muslims everywhere are working for a better planet:

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Food Waste, Media Fasts and other Green Ramadan updates

As we head into the last days of Ramadan, A World of Green Muslims has scoured the blogosphere for the latest news on Muslims going green this holy month. First up are the Ramadan Compactors.

In case you don’t know, the Ramadan Compactors are a group of Muslim who pledge to give up consumption and unnecessary spending during Ramadan. One of the participants, Dina. B recently posted a great blog on the need to ‘un-plug’ from the modern distractions of TV and the internet and came up with some rules for a ‘media fast’.

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Green Prophet: Muslims Showcase Ethical and Fair-Trade Fashion

Many people wouldn’t normally associate Islam with fair-trade and ethical fashion but that is all set to change as a growing number of Muslim companies rediscover Islam’s fair-trade message. Whilst fair-trade fashion would generally conjure up images of well-dressed hippies, there is a new generation of Muslims who are placing ethical concerns at the heart of their work and wardrobe. Not only does this indicate rising green and ethical awareness in Muslim businesses, it also means there is a growing demand from normal Muslims for environmentally-friendly options. I spoke to some of the people behind these unique companies from across the UK, Canada and the Middle East to find out more.

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Hassan Fathy: The Middle East’s Father of Sustainable Architecture

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By Tafline Laylin at Green Prophet

Hassan Fathy, an Egyptian architect saw the value of natural building long before it became a fad in the west.

Egyptian architect Hassan Fathy died in 1989 but left behind a legacy of 160 building projects ranging from small projects to large-scale communities complete with mosques and schools.  His impact can still be felt from Egypt to Greece and even New Mexico, where in 1981 he designed the Dar Ar-Salam community.  Fathy received several awards for his work, including the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 1980, and founded The International Institute for Appropriate Technology in 1977.

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Video: Can Islam meet the Environment Challenge?

This video is of a meeting arranged by Radical Middle Way. It takes quite a while to load (and doesn’t seem to have a working pause button so you’ll have to watch it all in one go!) but is really worth watching and has some great speakers including Rianne ten Veen, Kristiane Backer, Fazlun Khaled from Ifees, Sheikh Babikir Ahmed Babikir and organic farmer Lutfi Radwan.

Click on the image to take you to the video.

Interview with Eco-Muslimah Kristiane Backer

“For me green living is part and parcel of being a good Muslim- it’s a spiritual requirement.”

Kristiane Backer has undergone various transformations in her life but none as big as the move from a rock and roll lifestyle as MTV reporter, interviewing the Rolling Stones and Lenny Kravitz, to an Eco-Muslimah promoting the green message of Islam.

A fateful meeting with famous cricketer Imran Khan at the pinnacle of her success in the late ’90s, drew her attention to Islam and also the realization that something was missing in her life. Inspired by the message of the Qur’an, travel to Muslim countries and the beauty of Sufi poetry, she decided to become a Muslim. Kristiane, who recently launched a campaign which highlights the Prophet’s respect for the environment, took time out of her busy schedule to answer some questions about what it means to be an Eco-Muslimah.

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