Islam and Sustainable Development, A Book Covering These New Worldviews

Islam and Sustainable Development, A Book Covering These New Worldviews

Odeh Al-Jayoussi creates a  great guidebook on Islam and sustainable development, although it’s a little overambitious in its reach at times Odeh Al-Jayoussi, the current vice president of Jordan’s Royal Scientific Society, has certainly had an interesting career. As well as working for the International Union for Conservation of Nature, he’s spent time at the City[.....]

Green Muslim Blogger Muaz Nasir Says Spiritual Connection With Nature Is Key (INTERVIEW)

Green Muslim Blogger Muaz Nasir Says Spiritual Connection With Nature Is Key (INTERVIEW)

We speak to Muaz Nasir about his faith-focused environmental work in Canada and why the Muslim community can’t afford to sideline climate change “The environment is something everyone should be concerned about as climate change, water scarcity and pollution are issues that do not discriminate based on faith:” That’s Muaz Nasir’s response to what he likes[.....]

Google Doodle Salutes Razi – the Persian Father of Modern Bedside Manners

Google Doodle Salutes Razi – the Persian Father of Modern Bedside Manners

Google does it again: sliding big history lessons into my idle internet surfing. This week in Jordan, the Google image was of Middle Eastern pharmacist, physician and alchemist, Muhammad ibn Zakariya al-Razi, the preeminent man of science of his time, and beyond. If Guinness doled out world records in Razi’s day, this 9th century Persian would best swimmer Michael Phelps[.....]

What Can Islam Do For The Environment?

What Can Islam Do For The Environment?

What can Islam do for the environment? That’s a question I have been asking myself for some years now and, in all honestly, I am nowhere near answering it fully. I have definitely enjoyed looking into the green ethics of Islam in a bid to help Muslims worldwide take up the environmentally-friendly path, but I[.....]

London Mosques Start Beekeeping Trend – INTERVIEW

London Mosques Start Beekeeping Trend – INTERVIEW

Two mosques in London have taken up beekeeping – and there are plans to encourage more to join the quest to save dwindling bee populations When Kingston mosque in London introduced between 10,000 and 15,000 bees onto its premises last summer, the congregation was naturally quite concerned. Would it be safe? Would bee swarms gather[.....]

Green Muslims Top ‘Muslim 500’ List

Green Muslims Top ‘Muslim 500’ List

Green Muslims have been nominated as some of the most influential Muslim leaders of 2011 While Green Prophet works on its own top green leaders of 2011, the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre had released a list of the 500 most prominent Muslims of the past year. The annual publication highlights the 500 most influential[.....]

All New Mosques In Qatar Will Be Eco-Mosques

All New Mosques In Qatar Will Be Eco-Mosques

Qatar is currently in the process of issuing new guidelines which mean that all new mosques built in the country will be more environmentally friendly From its humble beginnings during the time of the Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) to modern incarnations, such as those futuristic designs envisaged for the green mosque of Cambridge, the Eco-Mosque has[.....]

The Passing Of A Green Muslim – Ayman Ahwal

The Passing Of A Green Muslim – Ayman Ahwal

We celebrate the Muslim environmental campaigner and green activist Ayman Ahwal (right) who passed away last week I think it’s fair to say that Ayman Ahwal was not your average Muslim. A British Muslim convert, he worked tirelessly to support tree-planting projects in Indonesia, campaign for clean streets in his hometown of Birmingham in the[.....]

Ramadan: The Time To Go Green Is Now

Ramadan: The Time To Go Green Is Now

As the holy Islamic month of fasting approaches, why not prepare for a greener Ramadan now? There are literally a couple of days left till Ramadan starts, so I want to make a last ditch attempt to encourage Muslims to go green in the holy month of fasting. Whilst Tafline explored the darker side of[.....]

Why Islamic Banking is good for the environment

Why Islamic Banking is good for the environment

The focus on sharing profits and taking communities into consideration means that the Islamic way of banking is (theoretically) better for the planet The recent announcement by the CEO of Doha Bank, R Seetharaman, that Islamic banking is the right platform to boost ‘green financing’ as its values sustainable environmental development has got me thinking[.....]

Feasting On Fairtrade This Ramadan

Feasting On Fairtrade This Ramadan

With just over two weeks left till Ramadan the Islamic month of fasting, Muslims are being urged to go fairtrade For the typical Muslim family, the last couple of days before Ramadan, the holy month of fasting, is a mad dash to get everything sorted. Mums and dads will be finding time to do those[.....]

The Holy Land Puts Its Faith In Climate Action

The Holy Land Puts Its Faith In Climate Action

The Council of Religious Institutions of the Holy Land, which includes Palestinian and Israeli religious organisations, has officially recognized global warming and need for action Whilst the major world religions can boast some great green principles at their core such as moderation, limiting waste and caring for nature, they have been rather slow to acknowledge[.....]

A Guide To Green Blogging For Muslims

A Guide To Green Blogging For Muslims

Want to attract Muslim readers and help them switch to a green way of life? Well, here’s how. A couple more weeks of blogging will make it a full year since I joined the Green Prophet team writing on Eco-Islam. I’ve enjoyed every moment of it and learnt a lot about writing green blogs for[.....]

Book Review: Animals in Islamic Tradition and Muslim Culture

Book Review: Animals in Islamic Tradition and Muslim Culture

Arwa reviews the book by Richard C. Foltz, Animals in Islamic Tradition and Muslim Culture, Oneworld Publications Following the controversy during Eid Al-adha and allegations of animal mistreatment in Egypt, I found myself questioning how my faith which teaches compassion towards animals could become so inextricably linked to clear animal abuses. Islam, despite what many[.....]

Jordanians Urged To Pray For Rain

Jordanians Urged To Pray For Rain

An unprecedented absence of rain in the Middle East has Jordanians praying in Amman As the water crisis in Jordan deepens, the country’s ministry of religious affairs is urging citizens to hold special prayers for rain. The move comes after a significant delay in the rainy season and five successive years of limited rainfall which[.....]

The Green Mosque Puts Faith In Its Eco-Friendly Place

The Green Mosque Puts Faith In Its Eco-Friendly Place

Winner of Chicago-based contest, could this be the world’s greenest mosque? That nature and religion make good green fellows has recently been the source of much media emphasis. Since appealing to the public’s rational mind (the planet is burning up, shouldn’t we adjust our behavior accordingly?) has been wildly ineffective, then perhaps a more God-fearing[.....]

Hezbollah Chief Compares Environment To Freedom of Speech And Religion

Hezbollah Chief Compares Environment To Freedom of Speech And Religion

Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah adds environmental stewardship to its political platform. In order to reach the populace in the Middle East, where environmental awareness has not yet reached the pinnacle necessary to combat problems such as pollution and waste, Islamic leaders have met several times to suss out religious mandates to maintain ecological integrity.[.....]