Islamic Foundation for Ecology and Environmental Studies – Green Mosques: Is Your Mosque An Eco Mosque?

Singapore

In Singapore, the country’s first eco friendly mosque was constructed in May 2009. Green perks include energy-saving solar tubes that are also skylights, a garden rooftop, motion sensor lights, and low-flow fixtures. It also has a ‘greenwall’ – injecting a sense of serenity and calm into the prayer halls. Other features include motion sensor lights and taps fitted with water-flow-regulating devices.

For these efforts, the mosque received the Green Mark certification from Singapore’s Building and Construction Authority. The mosque also features family-oriented spaces – including child-friendly toilets, a reading and play area as well as a function hall.


Manchester

In June 2008, Levenshulme in Manchester UK built an eco-mosque fitted out with solar panels, under-floor heating, low-energy light bulbs, wood from renewable sources, and reclaimed stone.


Abu Dhabi

In Abu Dhabi, students have designed a sustainable template for “mosques of the future in the UAE.” According to Khaleej Times Online, 38 students of the School of Architecture at the American University of Sharjah have designed a mosque that taps no electricity from the grid. Instead, it uses solar panels, wind towers, geothermal cooling, shading devices, wind turbines, and natural ventilation.

“We decided to focus on mosques because of the number of mosques that are in the UAE, the cultural significance associated with it, and the fact that it is pedagogically reasonable to design a green mosque,”
says Dr Ahmed Mokhtar, Associate Professor of Architecture at the school.

To read more about Abu Dhabi’s green mosque visit: www.huffingtonpost.com

These are inspirational big-money projects but…

What can WE do in our own mosques to make them more eco-friendly and do our bit to save the Earth Allah created?

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=58&Itemid=56

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