The eco-beard. Advocated by all three monotheistic religions, the timeless beard has a comeback with Budweiser's "Grow One. Save A Million" campaign in an annual celebration to save water. Read more on why believers should grow an environmentally friendly beard. And women, recruit your men!
Panoramic view of Umm El Fahem (Mother of Charcoal) in Wadi Ara For those Israelis who use Wadi Ara a merely a way to travel on their way to other places like the Galilee, Wadi Ara itself has a lot to offer for weekend day trippers looking for an eco-touring experience. I was there recently. […]
"Work harmoniously, eat consciously, live moderately." After the successful Buddhist immersion program 'Monk for a Month', the Blood Foundation lubricates the friction between Muslims and non-Muslims in the 'Muslim for a Month' project in Turkey. Read more here.
A cool green breeze will soon sweep through a new wind-powered mosque in German. The newest eco mosque in Nordesrstedt, Germany will get the majority of its power from the wind. Although the earliest mosques did not have minarets, they have evolved as a landmark to which Muslims direct their daily prayers. They can also […]
Californian hip-hop artist 'Professor A.L.I.' is the unique voice behind Islamic Eco-Rap. Read Green Prophet's interview with the social activist to find out exactly what message Eco-Rap is rapping about.
Holland, where religious tolerance has been known since the 16th century, proposes a step backwards to the Dark Ages. Although here on Green Prophet we advocate adding more vegetables to your diet, we acknowledge the human appetite for meat. In Holland, about 45.000 Jewish and 945.000 Moslem citizens eat only meat slaughtered according to religious […]
Explore the world's five most renowned and low-key "eco mosques" - Muslim places of worship - that are either high tech or made from mud.
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 […]
For Muslims who cannot grow celebrated beards, this is for you! A brilliant tongue-in-cheek DIY post for making your own knitted, crocheted and sustainable beard.
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 […]
The world’s most wanted terrorist, Osama bin Laden, was given the ultimate green burial. Read more on how Muslims bury the deceased at land and sea.
Conservative Muslim bloggers and women’s rights activists bring harassers and inadequate legal and cultural protection to task, with women leading the charge. Women’s rights are a key environmental issue, a topic we’ve covered in recent articles about the need for a language revolution and the Arab Spring of women. Women in the MENA region are […]
Turkey has a critical role to play in a clean energy future, says former vice president Al Gore. But when is it going to start taking that role seriously? The unusual political identity of Turkey — a stable, democratic, Islamic country — serves as inspiration for democratic reformers in the Arab world. Its government is […]
Ever brush your teeth with a stick from a tree? This brother shows how it’s done Twigs for oral hygiene may seem like a curious idea, better suited for the holistic type than today’s modern lifestyle. However, before the advent of the ubiquitous plastic toothbrush, miswak, a natural alternative made from the Salvadora persica tree […]
Jisr al Zarka, as seen from Tenenim Stream estuary Anyone visiting Israel’s remaining coastal Arab town, Jisr al Zarka may notice almost immediately how different it is from its more affluent neighbors, Caesarea and Kibbutz Maagan Michael. For Jisr al Zarka, a town of almost 13,000 inhabitants, does not have a bank or ATM machine, […]
As the most iconic structure of Islam, the cuboid Ka’bah in Mecca is one of striking simplicity. Covered in black material it’s a bold yet uncomplicated structure, with bare walls and a simple interior consisting of lamps and three supporting arches. Over time, however, this simplicity has been undermined by the proliferation of luxury hotels, […]
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 […]
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 […]
Members at 2009 ECO Summit in Tehran Turkey is hosting the 11th summit of the Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO), which opened on Monday in Istanbul. The ECO Meeting is being held this week on 20-23 December 2010. The ECO was founded in 1985 by Iran, Pakistan and Turkey, and now it has also included Asian […]
Another mosque has taken up the battle against climate change and gone Eco- this time in Turkey When a nuclear plant was proposed for the Turkish village of Buyukeceli, the residents decided to demonstrate their resistance not through protest and petitions but by highlighting the viability of renewable energy. Using the support of Greenpeace, they […]
These two show how cycling thousands of miles to Mecca can be done. Every year, millions of Muslims from all corners of the world board a flight heading to Saudi Arabia to fulfill their pilgrimage to Mecca.While there are no figures on the carbon footprint of these flights, they must make up a decent chunk […]
From Aztecs and A-list celebrities, the ancient healing practice of cupping has such an diverse fanbase and illustrious history that it’s hard to credit one culture with its conception. The practice is believed to date back to thousands of years with evidence of the method amongst medicinal traditions of the Egyptians, Chinese and Greeks. The […]
Even with the completion of the “Mekkah Metro” scenes like this are bound to continue during the Hajj for years to come. As the 2010 Hajj pilgrimage begins this week, many wonder if this year’s journey of faith will be more environmentally friendly than in previous years. In previous Green Prophet articles, we have noted the […]
New parents and nursing Muslim women will be pleased to know the Islamic perspective on nursing is pro-breastfeeding. And it doesn’t cost the Earth. At Islam’s core of a stable society is a functioning family where, interestingly, the mother has a higher status than the father. And for a family unit to be healthy, mothers […]
ARC works with major religions like Islam, Christianity and Judaism to develop environmental programs. Now they look at food. It might have something to with the fact that it’s almost Eid al-Adha, where halal slaughter is carried out en masse, but it feels like everywhere I look halal is getting a hard time in the […]