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Green Deen: What Islam Teaches about Protecting the Planet Paperback – November 11, 2010
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After a nice forward by Muslim Congressman Keith Ellison, Abdul-Matin divides his discussion into four main parts: waste, energy, water and food. For each, he briefly outlines the environmental issues and tries to show how American Muslims are working to solve these issues by highlighting certain individuals as examples. He also sometimes refers to hadith or Qur'anic verses or in some other way tries to connect one or more of the six principles (tawhid, ayat, amana, adl, khalifah, and mizan) to solutions.Read more ›
He also presents major examples of efforts currently doing good things on this front.
In recent years, many politicians and environmentalists have argued the need for a more environmentally friendly lifestyle. I recall one night in the Islamic Center of NM here in Albuquerque when a nun who was visiting our center asked me what Islam says about the environment, and I struggled to answer her. I responded, "Of course it promotes taking care of our earth," but I wasn't able to give her enough evidences from the Quran and Sunnah to support my statement.
Recently, I read a book titled Green Deen: What Islam Teaches About Protecting the Planet by Ibrahim Abdul-Matin who is an environmental policy consultant and has worked for Green For All, Green City Force, Interfaith Leaders for Environmental Justice, the Prospect Park Alliance, and the New York City Mayor's Office of Long Term Planning & Sustainability. The book, which is available on Amazon, has a very unique approach to this issue of Islam and the environment.
It is divided into an introduction and four parts (Waste, Watt, Water, and Food), and serves as an educational tool for Muslims and non-Muslims alike. In the introduction the author briefly introduces the reader to Islam and its concepts, and then he talks about the motives behind writing this book. One interesting section of the introduction was "The Six Principles of a Green Deen" which incorporated the concepts of Tawheed (monotheism), pondering over the signs of Allah on this earth, humans as guardians and protectors of this planet, Muslims as being just even to the environment, and promoting balance with nature. He elaborated and articulated how Islam promotes fairness and peace to earth and what is surrounding us.Read more ›
Religion can be relevant beyond just dogma, by helping us to re-frame how we look at our problems. The author is a native born, second generation Muslim, educated, with a sense of civic responsibility, helps me to look at Islam in completely different light. Highly recommended.
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A very thoughtful book; full of wisdom and tips on how to view nature, appreciate and protect it. Recommend it to
people of all backgrounds who truly care about our world.
The book is easy to read, not dogmatic and continues examples of people doing the work. A good read for anyone.Published on April 13, 2014 by Nighet
This is a great addition to my library. Islam places the utmost responsibility of taking care of the environment on Muslims. Read morePublished on December 18, 2011 by Asif
I enjoyed reading this book. It was in great condition and does a good job of describing how Islam promotes positive interaction with everything around us in the environment. Read morePublished on September 18, 2011 by LonghornSpartan2308
I purchased this book rather casually mostly out of intrigue from the title. It covered two areas I am quite fond of and was curious to see how the author would handle it. Read morePublished on May 2, 2011 by mwcs
Author Ibrahim Abdul Matin should have included with every book a baggie of Keith Ellison's tears for watering all the plants discovered and catalogued in the Noble and Scientific... Read morePublished on April 28, 2011 by Phantomfantom