Muslims are compelled by their religion to praise their Creator, pray, fast and give charity. But what is not widely known is that there are deep and long-standing connections between Islamic teachings and environmentalism. In this ground breaking book, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin draws on research, scripture and interviews with Muslims to trace Islam’s profound dedication to humankinds 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’s deep connection with Islam and the environment helps to make his book clear, easy to read, balanced and convincing. – Harfiyah Abdel Haleem, Islamic Foundation for Ecology and Environmental Sciences, UK.
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 he 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, co-founder, Zaytuna Institute.
Green Deen shows how the authentic religious values and practices of Islam should lead to a wholesome, healthy and compassionate lifestyle that benefits all living things. Abdul-Matin writes in accessible, intelligent and motivating language, making this an excellent book for all readers. Ingrid Mattson, PhD, President, The Islamic Society of North America