On 12th of May, Imam Muhammad Habibur Rahman Khan along with volunteers from Dunfermline Central Mosque worked with local organisations, Dunfermline Delivers and Plastic-free Dunfermline, to help clean up Dunfermline Public Park as part of a community project acting upon the Islamic teachings of cleanliness and looking after our environment. At least 12 black bags full of plastic and rubbish were collected leaving the parks a lot more enjoyable for everyone!
Caring for the environment is a duty to us all and we must do more to live sustainably.
How can we do this?
Asmaa and Max, an eco-friendly Muslim couple created a blog called ‘Greenkum’. They shared some tips on how to become more eco-friendly..
IF YOU COULD GET MUSLIMS TO DO ONE THING FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
At least reduce your meat consumption! It is not just good for you (many health benefits) but it is also necessary to protect our planet. By cutting down your meat consumption, you can help tackle these issues to name just a few:
Reduce greenhouse gases
Improve animal welfare
Save the Amazon from destruction (massive cattle is responsible for 75% of deforested areas in the Amazon)
Reduce waste production (did you know that 2000 – 2500 gallons of water go into a SINGLE pound of beef!)
Reduce world hunger (80% of global soy production is used as livestock feed).
In addition of all that we should also think about the way we’re treating animals before they are slaughtered and questioning ourselves if this way is really in accordance with the advice of the prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and if so is it really halal AND tayyib?
WHAT WOULD THE DAILY LIFE OF A GREEN MUSLIM BE LIKE? HOW WOULD THEY LIVE, SOCIALISE, TRAVEL, ETC?
A green Muslim is nothing more than a Muslim who is aware of his responsibility as a Khalifah on earth. Increasing awareness about this responsibility means that you are doing the main thing for the environment. You can also reflect on your daily behaviour while travelling, socialising, working or shopping – by asking yourself, is it really necessary and good? Example: Is it necessary to buy your 12th shirt only because it cost just $5? Is it necessary to take the car for a short distance? or could I go by foot or with a bicycle? Thus, with a clear understanding of how our choices are fundamental for us and for all creations around us your awareness will change and your awareness about your responsibility as a human being will rise.
“Do not mischief on the earth, after it hath been set in order[…].”
And at the end: Pray. Make Du’a. Connect to God. Connect to nature. Remember: Paradise is a Garden!
Through the course of his life, the Prophet (PBUH) who was a shepherd just like other prophets, was concerned with the environment and its protection and has left behind an ‘ecological Sunnah’. The love the prophet’s (PBUH) had for all living beings and nature was clear in his verbal teachings as well as his acts concerning their protection.
One of his greatest efforts in this context was a forest in an area called “Zuraybu’t Taweel,” where he announced: “Whoever cuts a tree here should plant a new tree instead”. Together with this regulation, the area shortly turned into a forest. The Prophet also declared an area of 12-miles in distance from the centre of Medina as Haram (forbidden by religion) and also prohibited the cutting of trees and the killing of animals within its borders. 1400 years later, our planet is paying a huge toll due to the shift in lifestyles, overconsumption and unsustainable practices and we are desperately in need to implement the Prophets (PBUH) ecological Sunnah so we can protect our planet and conserve its resources for the next generation.
Please visit www.greenukum.com for more tips
And visit their Instagram page.. HERE
The interview with Asmaa and Max is from a longer article which can be found at: http://www.bahath.co/greenukum-interview/what-can-you-do-eco-muslim