Environmental Stewardship is a Virtue

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This Ramadan, Emirate seems to be making an effort to increase awareness of the need to care for the environment. As well as a campaign to reduce food waste, they recently hosted a seminar on link between Islam and the environment. And it’s just as well as, the country has one of the largest footprints in the world. In 2008 the UAE even beat the US to claim the highest carbon footprint per capita in the world.

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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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Ban bottled water… for ever!

At taraweeh this Ramdan, I couldn’t help but notice the rows upon rows of not only praying Muslims but also bottled water.  As it’s Ramadan, everyone is doing their best to keep hydrated but why bottled water?

Bottled water is one of the biggest cons of this century and not only does it divert money away from better water infrastructure, it poisons supplies due to the production of plastic bottles which end up in toxic landfills. Also,  research has found that bottled water isn’t always safer than tap water and definately isn’t tastier.

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Earth is a Mosque: Green your Deen in 30 days

Green Your Deen in 30 Days (Click on the image to download the guide)

I have already posted a blog on going green this Ramadan as well as publishing an article on the ‘Ramadan Compact’  in Green Prophet but the latest initiative by the ‘Green Deen’ author really deserves some backing.

Brother Ibrahim Abdul-Matin has put together a great little guide with some  very simple steps that you, your family, your friends, your neighbors, and your masjid can all do – steps for the individual and steps for the collective – to reduce waste, save water, conserve energy, and provide food to as many as possible.

And as its Ramadan- there really isn’t a better time to do it. Remember it takes 30 days to install a good habit so lets start now and take these positive habits forward after Ramadan too.

As Abdul-Matin reminds us:

Earth is a mosque. If we can pray anywhere, everywhere is sacred.  Protect the planet from piles of plastic and dried up water supplies.  Simple steps can make sweeping changes.
Ramadan Mubarak!

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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