Islamic Foundation for Ecology and Environmental Studies – Green Mosques: Educate the Congregation

Muslim Green Guide
The Muslim Green Guide to Reducing Climate Change is a 20-page guide explaining the impact of climate change using Islamic references and encourages Muslims conserve water, heating, electricity, and consider public transport. The guide also promotes recycling and offers tips on the environmental impact of food products.

The guide can also be downloaded Download Green Guide

Khutbahs
Give khutbahs using khutbah notes on sustainable living, reducing waste etc. in a Toolkit for Imams showing what was done in Tower Hamlets.

[Link to download this document]

Listen to Khutbahs by Hisham al-Awadi and others at JIMAS: Healing the Fragile EarthA khutba from the US on Islam & Environment by Dr. Awadh Binhazim

Traffic Links to documents, powerpoint presentations and
other IFEES publications

Leaflets in English, Somali and Bengali:

  • The Balance of Creation
  • Do not be wasteful
Organize traffic reduction measures by:

  • Promoting public transport: pin up a large bus map
  • Facilitating car-sharing: mark routes people take using wool and pins on map and a list of who uses which. Organize pick-up points.
  • [Mini]bus to collect madrasa children and take them home – end the school run!
  • Subsidised local and accessible parking.
  • Staggering mosque prayer times to avoid rush hour traffic.
  • Providing refreshments between Zuhr, the midday prayers, and Asr, the afternoon prayers – in winter.
  • Lifestyle seminars and walk to the Mosque days, where walking is actively encouraged.
    ‘There is a reward for every step you take towards the mosque’   (Hadith)
  • Working with local authorities on traffic calming measures.
  • Instigating a one-way traffic flow system near mosque.
Waste Useful Links

Pages

Page 1: Is your mosque an eco-mosque?
Page 2: Educate the Congregation
Page 3: How we used to live
Page 4: The Prophets (pbuh) Eco-mosque

Organize waste reduction measures by:

  • Arranging lectures by the Imam on waste
  • Get a sustainability audit done on the mosque and train young people to do Sustainability Audits.
  • Ask the local Council to provide recycling banks at the mosque.
  • Recycle clothes in banks provided by charities like Islamic Relief
  • Turn down the water taps – at the mains if possible. The Prophet (pbuh) forbade wastefulness in the use of water and used only half a litre to do wudu (ablution). A trickle from a tap is enough.
    God’s Messenger, Muhammad (pbuh)appeared while Saad was taking the ablutions. When he saw that Saad was using a lot of water, he intervened saying: ‘What is this? You are wasting water.’ Saad replied asking: ‘Can there be wastefulness while making the ablutions?’ To which God’s Messenger replied: ‘Yes, even if you make them on the bank of a rushing river.’ Extravagance is to use water without any benefit, like washing the parts more than three times.
    (Hadith: Ibn Majah)
  • Install renewable energy or switch to a renewable energy tariff.

This piece is taken from the website of the Islamic Foundation for Ecology and Environmental Studies.

See on-line at: http://ifees.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=59&Itemid=56

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