Green Deen: What Islam Teaches about Protecting the Planet

Green Deen: What Islam Teaches about Protecting the Planet

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by Ibrahim Abdul-Matin
     
 

“The Earth is a mosque”

Muslims are compelled by their religion to praise the Creator and to care for their community. But what is not widely known is that there are deep and long-standing connections between Islamic teachings and environmentalism. In this groundbreaking book, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin draws on research, scripture, and

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“The Earth is a mosque”

Muslims are compelled by their religion to praise the Creator and to care for their community. But what is not widely known is that there are deep and long-standing connections between Islamic teachings and environmentalism. In this groundbreaking book, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin draws on research, scripture, and interviews with Muslim Americans to trace Islam’s preoccupation with humankind’s collective role as stewards of the Earth. Abdul-Matin points out that the Prophet Muhammad declared that “the Earth is a mosque.”

Deen means “path” or “way” in Arabic. Abdul-Matin offers dozens of examples of how Muslims can follow, and already are following, a Green Deen in four areas: “waste, watts (energy), water, and food.” At last, people of all beliefs can appreciate the gifts and contributions that Islam and Muslims bring to the environmental movement.

“Ibrahim Abdul-Matin not only shows the myriad ways American Muslims are contributing to the resolution of the environmental crisis that threatens us all but also goes a long way toward humanizing the Muslim community by sharing with the reader the lives of so many extraordinary, talented, and visionary people.”

—Imam Zaid Shakir, Zaytuna College, Berkeley, California

“Ibrahim blends his passion for a green economy, his love and understanding of faith, and a deep commitment to justice in this book.”
—Van Jones, founder, Green for All

“At a moment when distortions of Islam are what feed most Americans, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin has done something both practical and inspiring. He persuades us that the imperiled environment is both common struggle and common ground for people who share, it turns out, more than simply God.”

—John Hockenberry, Emmy-award-winning journalist, author of Moving Violations, and host of National Public Radio’s The Takeaway

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781605094649
Publisher:
Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
11/11/2010
Pages:
264
Sales rank:
931,105
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Congressman Keith Ellison xi

Preface: This Deen Called Islam xvii

Introduction: The Earth Is a Mosque 1

Part I Waste 19

1 The Problem of Overconsumption 24

2 The Environmental Movement as a Response to Overconsumption 33

3 Green Muslims 46

4 Green Mosques 57

Part II Watts 73

5 Energy from Hell 77

6 Energy from Heaven 89

7 Efficiency and Green Jobs 101

8 Living off the Grid 109

Part III Water 115

9 Water-Essential for Survival 119

10 Toxic Waste in Our Water 124

11 The Wonderful World of Wudu 133

Part IV Food 141

12 Feeding Your Family 146

13 Urban and Suburban Food Gardens 157

14 The Farmers' Market l63

15 Green Zabiha 171

16 American Halal-Setting the Stage for the Future 179

Conclusion: Following the Call l85

Notes 191

Glossary of Islamic Terms 209

Resources 213

Acknowledgments 217

Index 221

About the Author 229

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