Green Prophet: ARC To Revive Faith In Food

ARC works with major religions like Islam, Christianity and Judaism to develop environmental programs. Now they look at food.

It might have something to with the fact that it’s almost Eid al-Adha, where halal slaughter is carried out en masse, but it feels like everywhere I look halal is getting a hard time in the press. First, the iconic Campbell’s soup was targeted for a boycott after introducing halal labelling and then the Australian government refuses to send their cattle to Egypt for the Eid sacrifice.

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Organic and Halal: Muslim Food For Thought


It’s official- Ramadan is over and so food is back on topic!

To mark this, I wanted to spread the word about RENEWAL, the first feature-length documentary film that captures the work of religious-environmental activists. It’s 90 minutes long and showcases Muslims, Jews, Christians and other religious groups’ efforts to tackle climate change and instill a love for the planet.  The segment on Muslims is entitled ‘Food for Faith’ and looks at issues of sustainable farming and ‘Eco-halal’. Definitely worth a look.

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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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.

6 Steps to a Green Ramadan!

ramadan go green guide picture ramadan gardenArwa offers a 6 step guide to greening this year’s Ramadan starting August 11.

With the month of Ramadan quickly approaching, Muslims across the world are beginning to prepare for the month of fasting from sunrise to sunset. Food supplies are stocked up (ironic, I know), appointments are rescheduled and preparations are made for the month of spiritual rediscovery. At its simplest Ramadan is a welcome reminder of the basic but invaluable blessing of food and water, but it is also a chance for Muslims to re-affirm their faith and reconnect with god and all his creations. And what better way to do this then by ‘greening’ your Ramadan.

Islam states that humans are the stewards of the earth, with a duty to protect it from harm but are we doing enough? Well, I have put together a basic list of things all Muslims from the US to the Middle East can all do this Ramadan (and hopefully the rest of the year) to protect the environment and any ideas you want to add are welcome!

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Organic vs. Non-Organic

Image via great blog Muslim’s Green Clinic

A World of Green Muslims

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