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Muslim Green Team – Islam and the Environment

April 4, 2010

Allah (swt) created humans to be stewards on this Earth. This stewardship entails upholding and spreading the message of Islam – the noblest and heaviest trust (amanah) given to humans. Allah (swt) included in this stewardship another trust – that of the Earth. Allah (swt) tells us that he has subjugated the world for our use:

It is God Who hath created the heavens and the earth and sendeth down rain from the skies, and with it bringeth out fruits wherewith to feed you; it is He Who hath made the ships subject to you, that they may sail through the sea by His command; and the rivers (also) hath He made subject to you. And He hath made subject to you the sun and the moon, both diligently pursuing their courses; and the night and the day hath he (also) made subject to you. And He giveth you of all that ye ask for. But if ye count the favours of God, never will ye be able to number them. Verily, man is given up to injustice and ingratitude. (The Holy Quran 14:32-34)

But in Islam, every right is balanced by a responsibility. Human beings do not own the Earth. It is trust given to them by its Master and Owner. Therefore, we are responsible for taking care of it in a responsible manner.

With increasingly frequent and extreme abnormal natural phenomena, the world’s attention has shifted towards climate change and humans’ role in the rapid destruction of our environment. As Muslims, we have been charged by Allah (swt) with the leadership of humankind. We have a religious and moral duty to be at the forefront of promoting environmentally sustainable practices.

This piece is taken from the website of the Muslim Green Team.

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Muslim Green Team – About

April 4, 2010

Muslim Green Team is a campaign of the Service Corps department of the Muslim American Society (MAS). It began in 2008 in the Bay Area chapter of MAS. MAS believes that living a “greener” lifestyle is not only healthier and socially responsible, but an essential and mandatory component of a Muslim’s life.

To this end, MAS Service Corps established Muslim Green Team. It is a comprehensive, grassroots (pun intended!), environmental campaign, promoting environmentally conscious and sustainable practices in all spheres of human activity.
The primary objectives of Muslim Green Team are:

  • To fulfill our duty to Allah (swt) in adopting environmentally friendly practices.
  • To contribute to the increasingly global effort to reverse the effects of environmentally-irresponsible practices.
  • To raise awareness about environmental issues within the Muslim community.
  • To demonstrate the environmental message of Islam.
  • To contribute the unique, Islamic perspective of the environment to the national and global environmental conversation.

We intend to deliver education, training and materials to address many categories of environmental concern, including:

  • Garbage/waste
  • Water
  • Air
  • Home gardening practices
  • Agricultural practices
  • Energy
  • Transportation
  • Nutrition
  • Animals
  • The Muslim Green Team holds an annual Eco-fair to draw attention to all these matters and educated the community on how they can participate in taking up environmentally responsible practices, and in a fun and informal manner.

    In addition, Muslim Green Team organizes a project every year targeting a particular area of concern. These projects are intended to rally the community behind a specific cause to have a larger environmental impact, and so that the particular positive change can become part of the culture of the community. The entire community supports each other in making permanent, productive changes.

    Finally, we would like to humbly remind ourselves and others that consciousness about the environment is an essential component of the comprehensive Muslim personality. While a Muslim may have special interests in particular aspects of Islam and life, she should be aware of all the components that Islam is comprised and that should be implemented in every Muslim’s life, even if just a little!

    ‘Aisha (radiAllahu anha) narrated, that the Prophet was asked: “What deeds are loved most by Allah?” He said, “The most regular constant deeds even though they may be few.” He added, “Don’t take upon yourselves, except the deeds which are within your ability.” [Sahih al-Bukhari, 8:76:472]

    This piece is taken from the website of the Muslim Green Team.