What Islam Teaches about Protecting the Planet
Publication Date: November 2010
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"The Earth is a mosque"Muslims are compelled by their religion to praise the Creator and to care for their community. But what is not widely known is that there are deep and long-standing connections between Islamic teachings and environmentalism. In this groundbreaking book, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin draws on research, scripture, and interviews with Muslim Americans to trace Islam's preoccupation with humankind's collective role as stewards of the Earth. Abdul-Matin points out that the Prophet Muhammad declared that "the Earth is a mosque.""Deen" means "path" or "way" in Arabic. Abdul-Matin offers dozens of examples of how Muslims can follow, and already are following, a Green Deen in four areas: "waste, watts (energy), water, and food." At last, people of all beliefs can appreciate the gifts and contributions that Islam and Muslims bring to the environmental movement.
"Ibrahim Abdul-Matin not only shows the myriad ways American Muslims are contributing to the resolution of the environmental crisis that threatens us all but also goes a long way toward humanizing the Muslim community by sharing with the reader the lives of so many extraordinary, talented, and visionary people."
--Imam Zaid Shakir, Zaytuna College, Berkeley, California
"Ibrahim blends his passion for a green economy, his love and understanding of faith, and a deep commitment to justice in this book."
--Van Jones, founder, Green for All
"At a moment when distortions of Islam are what feed most Americans, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin has done something both practical and inspiring. He persuades us that the imperiled environment is both common struggle and common ground for people who share, it turns out, more than simply God."
--John Hockenberry, Emmy-award-winning journalist, author of "Moving Violations," and host of National Public Radio's "The Takeaway"
Keith Ellison is a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party. He is the first Black Muslim elected to the US Congress and the first African-American elected to the House from Minnesota. He is also the co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and one of the organizers behind the 1995 Million Man March.