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Green Deen What Islam Teaches about Protecting the Planet

ISBN-10: 1605094641
ISBN-13: 9781605094649
Edition: 2010
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Description: Muslims, like those of many faiths, are compelled by their religion to praise the Creator, take care of each other, and take care of the planet. Those are their sacred mandates, as written in the Quran. While the call to love Allah and one another  More...

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List price: $10.99
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/1/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Muslims, like those of many faiths, are compelled by their religion to praise the Creator, take care of each other, and take care of the planet. Those are their sacred mandates, as written in the Quran. While the call to love Allah and one another wonrs"t surprise many, the deep and long-standing convergences between Muslim theology and environmentalism arenrs"t widely recognized within other religious and secular cultures at large--or even among some American Muslim communities. In this unique project, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin seeks to change that. Green Deen ("deen" means "way" in Arabic) is a call to devotion, prayer, and service, a "friend-raising" project, a community-building opportunity, and a marriage of faith and reason. Abdul-Matin draws on research and interviews with prominent Muslim scholars, theologians, and community leaders to trace Islamrs"s historical and contemporary preoccupation with humankindrs"s collective role as stewards of the Earth. He reveals how Islamrs"s call to reflection specifically includes reflection on our relationship to the natural world, and he cites scriptural passages that implicitly and explicitly illustrate our collective responsibility to maintain and manage the planetrs"s delicate and intricate systems. If we all hope to save our planet and build stronger interfaith and secular relationships, Abdul-Matin argues, Muslims need to remember they have a history of a green deen, and the rest of us need to build community with eco-friendly Muslims. Advancing a mantra of "water, waste, and watts," Abdul-Matin presents specific ways in which Muslim communities and religious centers could concretely benefit from adopting green strategies (such as getting mosques off the grid and ensuring local communities greater protections against hazards like urban brownouts). And he provides practical steps individual Muslims can take to align their personal environmental practices with their aspirations for both piety and community. Green Deenarticulates an Earth-conscious, people-affirming, faith-based, justice-centered orientation that will help mainstream American Muslims and their allies promote environmentalism that is steadfast, scientific, and practical. No other book of this kind has been written for the Muslim community, in a language they can understand. No other book helps those environmentalists of other faiths and orientations understand the gifts and contributions that Islam and its followers bring to the table.Green Deen isone of a kind.

For the past ten years, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin has been at the intersection for the arts, music, organizing, activism, and philanthropy. As a linebacker at the University of Rhode Island and Political Science Major, Ibrahim was a finalist for the prestigious NCAA Scholar and Athlete award. In 2000, he became an Outward Bound instructor and by 2002 was part of the founding team of the Brooklyn Academy for Science and the Environment. He has also been published in ColorLines, WireTap Magazine, Wenited, and Left Turn. Abdul-Matin is also a full time community organizer currently working at Transportation Alternatives and within the American Muslim community. A Green for All fellow, Abdul-Matin has become a frequent contributor on NPR's The Takeaway morning news broadcast

Foreword
Preface: This Deen Called Islam
Introduction: The Earth Is a Mosque
Waste
The Problem of Overconsumption
The Environmental Movement as a Response to Overconsumption
Green Muslims
Green Mosques
Watts
Energy from Hell
Energy from Heaven
Efficiency and Green Jobs
Living off the Grid
Water
Water-Essential for Survival
Toxic Waste in Our Water
The Wonderful World of Wudu
Food
Feeding Your Family
Urban and Suburban Food Gardens
The Farmers' Market
Green Zabiha
American Halal-Setting the Stage for the Future
Conclusion: Following the Call
Notes
Glossary of Islamic Terms
Resources
Acknowledgments
Index
About the Author

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