Green Deen: What Islam Teaches About Protecting the Planet
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