A Model of Sustainability: Eco-Mosque in Levenshulme

In 2003 the Muslim Bohra community of Levenshulme started thinking about replacing their makeshift prayer hall – a former Maternity & Child Welfare Centre in an old Methodist chapel – with a brand new mosque. However, fitted with solar panels, recycled wood, reclaimed stone, under-floor heating and other energy saving measures this wasn’t your average mosque, but an eco-mosque.

Opened in 2008, the new building was the culmination of a lot of hard work, curiosity and a belief that it is possible to create a mosque which positively impacts both the community and the environment.

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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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Friday’s News Round-up

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For all those stories that didn’t make it as blogs!

Islam and Climate Change~ A Call to Heal

Green Muslim organisation Wisdom In Nature have released a great booklet outlining the Islamic perspective on the environment. Put together by the small team of faith-inspired community activists, it explains in simple terms climate change and its effects as well as concepts such as Khalifah (stewardship), Wholeness, Fitrah and practical actions we can take.

It’s quite an easy read with lots of images and not too much text so that you don’t lose interest. Here’s what the team had to say:

Climate Change is a signal that humankind has lost its course. By drawing on spiritual wisdom, we can respond to this call – this call to heal. This booklet was produced by a team of community activists to educate, cultivate reflection and inspire holistic action to help build a fairer and more sustainable world for all.

You can download the booklet for free from HERE although contributions are invited and gratefully received by the voluntary organisation. (For details see inside the booklet).

Updated with new image via Only Sequel on 25th August 2010.

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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Cambridge Eco-Mosque Plans

England’s historic city of Cambridge, with its world-famous university and idyllic countryside, will soon count a mosque amidst its stunning skyline of spires. But this isn’t just any old mosque. In fact it is the first-purpose built mosque in the city which also happens to be environmentally-friendly!

After years of dealing with overcrowding at various small sites across the city, the growing Muslim community decided that it was time to take action. By the summer of 2008, a strip of land and an old warehouse has been purchased and plans for the new mosque were underway. However rather than simply building a mosque as quickly as possible, it was decided from the very start that the mosque would follow environmental sustainability principles.

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Ifees: Muslim Green Guide for Beginners

The Muslim Green Guide to Reducing Climate Change is a 20-page guide explaining the impact of climate change using Islamic references and encourages Muslims conserve water, heating, electricity, and consider public transport. The guide also promotes recycling and offers tips on the environmental impact of food products.

The guide can also be downloaded via the Ifees website Download Green Guide


Profile: Wisdom in Nature

The Birth of Wisdom In Nature

by Muzammal Hussain, Founder of WIN

Several months later in early 2004, I used an Islamic environmental elist I had developed over the years (later called Ecobites) as a vehicle to publicise my intention to form a network in London, which is where I felt there would be greatest potential, even though I was then living in Brighton. The first meeting of just three people took place on January 10th 2004 in my parents home, and with sustained effort the group became established. Eight months later on September 5th 2004, this new group decided on an official name: the London Islamic Network for the Environment, or LINE.

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