Profile: DC Green Muslims


While the pundits debate, eco-conscious DC-area Muslims are promoting a message of environmental stewardship to both Muslims and non-Muslims in their community.

As it turns out, a strong connection exists between Islam and protecting the Earth.

DC Green Muslims was born in October 2007 when a group of friends gathered for a vegetarian, eco-friendly iftar. In the following months, the group held more eco-friendly meals attracting up to 150-people. Today, the group, which has a blog at http://dcgreenmuslims.blogspot.com/, is an active member of Washington’s environmental awareness community.

But what is a green Muslim?

“A ‘green Muslim’ is someone who realizes that being aware of their impact on the Earth is something that is not a foreign concept to Islam but knows that it is rooted in Islam,” Ryan Strom, an organizer with DC Green Muslims told America.gov.

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Profile: Muslim Green Team

Muslim Green Team is a campaign of the Service Corps department of the Muslim American Society (MAS). It began in 2008 in the Bay Area chapter of MAS. MAS believes that living a “greener” lifestyle is not only healthier and socially responsible, but an essential and mandatory component of a Muslim’s life.

To this end, MAS Service Corps established Muslim Green Team. It is a comprehensive, grassroots (pun intended!), environmental campaign, promoting environmentally conscious and sustainable practices in all spheres of human activity.
The primary objectives of Muslim Green Team are:

  • To fulfill our duty to Allah (swt) in adopting environmentally friendly practices.
  • To contribute to the increasingly global effort to reverse the effects of environmentally-irresponsible practices.
  • To raise awareness about environmental issues within the Muslim community.
  • To demonstrate the environmental message of Islam.
  • To contribute the unique, Islamic perspective of the environment to the national and global environmental conversation.

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