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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 […]

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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 […]

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Sefirat HaOmer: 49 Steps Upward

The 49 days between the holidays of Passover and Shavuot are a stairway to spiritual renewal. Sefirat HaOmer – the literal counting of seven week’s days in Jewish tradition- is drawing to a close with the upcoming Shavuot holiday (Tuesday night). Reflecting the Biblical commandment to sacrifice a measure of the new barley harvest at […]

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Blogging about Muslims? The dos and donts

Need some ideas to help inspire Muslims on environmental issues? Here are my ten top tips… As much as I’d like to tell you that there is an easy and foolproof way to capture the imagination of every Muslim when talking about the environment, the reality isn’t so simple. Sadly, there’s no magic formula to […]

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Ohev Sholom is America’s First Jewish “Energy Star”

As California’s LEED synagogue hits the auction block, a more sustainable “light unto the nations” might be the DC synagogue’s Energy Star rating. Larry reports. Orthodox Judaism rarely gets mentioned in the same breath as energy conservation. And from the outside, there’s little to suggest that Washington DC’s Ohev Sholom — which brands itself “The […]

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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 […]

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Innovative Israeli Burials Save Land Resources

A multi-level tomb in Tiberias, Israel, shows how one space may house the remains of several family members. In Judaism, respectful care of human remains entails burial of the whole body – discussed in our previous post. Islam’s funeral requirements are almost identical. (See Zaufishan’s post on Moslem conventional and sea burial.) Use of land […]

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Are Sea Burials Greener Than Land?

A body is prepared for a “full sea burial”. Note iron weights alongside the remains. Following the killing of Al Qaeda leader Usama bin Ladin and his burial at sea, Green Prophet’s Zaufishan asks Can Muslims Be Buried At Sea? The question I am asking is whether the bin Laden’s burial at sea was as […]

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Eco-Funeral? Jewish Burial Rites Are Green.

Traditional Jewish burials: guidelines to a green farewell. The recent controversy over arch-terrorist Osama bin Laden’s burial at sea has piqued an interest in eco-funerals here at Green Prophet. It can hardly get more friendly to the environment than a biodegradable cloth  shroud in which to wrap the corpse, plus weights to ballast – then […]

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Help Save The World’s First Green Synagogue

Help save the world’s first green synagogue which is currently under threat of closing down due to financial difficulties Here at Green Prophet, nothing makes us happier than when faith embraces green ethics. From anti-consumerist Ramadans, eco Passovers and Purims to celebrating the Persian autumn festival, there really is something that everyone of faith can […]

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Make Your Own Green Purim Costume

Design your own environmentally-friendly Purim costume this year. For kids, the most important part of the upcoming Jewish holiday of Purim is the costume. There’s no shortage of stores trying to sell the latest superhero trend to your child. But why buy something that’s likely to end up in a landfill? Fortunately, young kids usually […]

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This Is What A Muslim Vegetarian Looks Like

Arwa meets three Muslim vegetarians from around the world whose views, lifestyles and paths to vegetarianism couldn’t be more diverse and distinct When I was 16, I discovered the horror of factory farming and decided to become a vegetarian. That was 8 years ago and I have been a vegetarian ever since. Thankfully, I no […]