International Islamic Climate Change Symposium

International Islamic Climate Change Symposium

Introduction This year, 2015, is a watershed year for the climate movement. In December governments will converge in Paris where they are expected to forge a new, international climate agreement that is robust, ambitious and comensurate with the scientific imperatives outlined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. We believe...
An Islamic Response to Pope Francis’ Encyclical

An Islamic Response to Pope Francis’ Encyclical

  By Joseph E. B. Lumbard (June 21, 2015) – Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si (“Praised Be”), is a clarion call to all of humanity. It also provides an important opportunity to expand the conversation regarding the relationship between religion and the environment. Many scientists maintain that we have...
5 Ways to be more green this Ramadan

5 Ways to be more green this Ramadan

                The blessed month of Ramadan is drawing nearer by each sunset – and boy can I feel the excitement in the air. There is no doubt that in the month of Ramadan; we are able to renew and strengthen our spirituality, increase...
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Why be Green?

Why be Green?

By: Dr. M. Nazir Khan The earth and its natural resources are being ravaged by mankind. But why should people care? ​ Are there any practical ways to make a difference? And will people actually bother to change their current lifestyle to protect the environment before it is too late? Every human being must at some point...
The Forgotten Sunnah – Standing in the Rain

The Forgotten Sunnah – Standing in the Rain

By Sh. Khalid Abduroaf An unusual sound penetrated my train of thought as I sat studying at my desk. I looked up pensively from my book and a few moments passed before I realised that what I was hearing was the sound of pouring rain. A sound so common back in my hometown,Cape Town, was...
Green Tips from the Sunnah

Green Tips from the Sunnah

  This article was released in advance of Earth Day 2015 at the Islamic Institute of Toronto. For more information, please visit www.islam.ca.  By Shaikh Ahmad Kutty Today, the earth is in a deplorable state: greenhouse gases in the atmosphere from our over use of fossil fuels is creating a crisis of epidemic proportions. Rising...
Huge support for ‘Islam Is Green’ environment campaign

Huge support for ‘Islam Is Green’ environment campaign

  Earlier in March, the Islamic Education and Research Academy (iERA) launched its ‘Islam is Green’ campaign in conjunction with the ‘Time to Act Climate Change’ march in London. The ‘Islam is Green’ campaign saw iERA’s official launch of their official website, a destination designed to empower Muslims in tackling climate change, and fulfilling their religious...
It's Time We Treat Chickens as Animals and Not Products

It’s Time We Treat Chickens as Animals and Not Products

By: Ziyaad Mia, “The day may come, when the rest of the animal creation may acquire those rights which never could have been withholden from them but by the hand of tyranny…The question is not, ‘Can they reason?’ nor, ‘Can they talk?’ but, ‘Can they suffer?'” Jeremy Bentham (1748 – 1832) Introduction to the Principles...
Muslims across the world to celebrate Earth Day with Green Khutbah Campaign

Muslims across the world to celebrate Earth Day with Green Khutbah Campaign

    TORONTO, March 16, 2015 – Muslims across the world will commemorate Earth Day on Friday, April 24th, 2015, with the ‘Green Khutbah Campaign’ as religious leaders deliver a sermon to raise awareness on the environmental challenges facing humanity. “The theme of this year’s Green Khutbah Campaign is “Water – A Sacred Gift,” said...
Watchful Eyes

Watchful Eyes

  Filmmaker Aman Ali shares word of Homegrown Homies, a wonderful new internet short film series with Google about the lives of Muslim Americans. The first episode is about professor and author Dr. Ingrid Mattson and her dog Ziggy. “Dr. Mattson is one of the most prominent female leaders in the Muslim community, and was almost attacked and received several...
Alhamdulillah for Tea

Alhamdulillah for Tea

The “Alhamdulillah Series” was inspired by Ruzky Aliyar who featured a series of nature images with the tagline “Alhamdulillah”. The series was profiled on Muslim Matters during the Winter of 2012 and quickly drew praise for the simplicity of the message. Building upon this effort to remember the many blessings of Allah, Khaleafa.com has picked...
Confessions of a Muslim Vegetarian

Confessions of a Muslim Vegetarian

By: Zehra Abbas I was about 12 when I decided I should be a vegetarian — yes, a Muslim vegetarian. Naturally, my creative parents would mush up chicken and hide it in my dinner, then lie about the entire affair. Perhaps it was observing the bloody slaughters on my trips back home, or the cuddly...
Alhamdulillah for Maps

Alhamdulillah for Maps

      And to Allah belongs the east and the west. So wherever you [might] turn, there is the Face of Allah . Indeed, Allah is all-Encompassing and Knowing. (Quran 2:115) The “Alhamdulillah Series” was inspired by Ruzky Aliyar who featured a series of nature images with the tagline “Alhamdulillah”. The series was profiled...
Idris Tawfiq Dwells in the Gardens of Islam

Idris Tawfiq Dwells in the Gardens of Islam

By: Idris Tawfiq {Strongest among men in enmity to the Believers wilt thou find the Jews and Pagans; and nearest among them in love to the Believers wilt thou find those who say “We are Christians”: because amongst these are men devoted to learning (priests), and men who have renounced the world (monks), and they are...
‘Going Green’ in the 6th Century - Prophet Muhammad: the Environmentalist

‘Going Green’ in the 6th Century – Prophet Muhammad: the Environmentalist

By: Sariya Contractor An advertisement created by an organization that works for the environment shows the blood covered body of an injured baby seal. The bright red against the white snow is a jarring illustration of human callousness. The beautiful blue-black eyes of the baby seal mesmerize the viewer with its silent appeal for protection and...