In memory of green deen Ibrahim Abdul-Matin: “the earth is a mosque”

In memory of green deen Ibrahim Abdul-Matin: “the earth is a mosque”

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Green Prophet green deen Ibrahim Abdul-Matin

Green Prophet and inexperienced deen Ibrahim Abdul-Matin

Environmental activist, inexperienced deen, Green Prophet, city strategist and Islamic writer Ibrahim Abdul-Matin handed away in California on June 21, 2023. He was solely 46 and leaves behind a spouse and kids. Abdul-Matin interviewed several times on Green Prophet leaves legacy of deepening democracy and environmental advocacy. 

Abdul-Matin wrote the guide Green Deen: What Islam Teaches About Protecting the Planet, labored as a Senior Fellow with Interfaith America and New Yorkers for Clean Power, and with the NYS Advisory Board member of the Trust for Public Land.    

He was a proud eco-Muslim and liked sharing his love for the planet. As an intro to his common guide, he writes: “Muslims are compelled by their faith to reward the Creator and to care for his or her group. But what just isn’t extensively identified is that there are deep and long-standing connections between Islamic teachings and environmentalism.

“Green Deen attracts on analysis, scripture, and interviews with Muslim Americans to hint Islam’s preoccupation with humankind’s collective function as stewards of the Earth.

“The Earth is a mosque.”

Deen means “path” or “method” in Arabic. And in his exploration Abdul-Matin presents dozens of examples of how Muslims can comply with, and already are following, a Green Deen in 4 areas: waste, watts (power), water, and meals.

At final, individuals of all beliefs can respect the items and contributions that Islam and Muslims deliver to the environmental motion. Proceeds from the gross sales of his guide will go towards supporting his household. 

Here is an excerpt from our inspiring interview with green deen Ibrahim in 2010:

Green Deen Ibrahim Matin

Green Deen Ibrahim Matin

Why do you imagine that Muslims have an vital function to play in combating local weather change?
Because it’s our God given obligation. Allah has entrusted human beings with the planet and all that’s in it. Creation just isn’t ours – it’s Allah’s and He has made us accountable, as one of the best of Creation, to handle it. Allah has generously given us this stuff and that we can’t overlook to be grateful. We additionally should serve with justice and never destroy, pillage, or harm any of the issues He has supplied.

What one individual or group or method of thought has impressed your Green Deen?
Definitely my father. He grew up on a farm in southern Virginia and has deep connections to the land. He’s spent the final 15 years in upstate New York and regularly takes journeys into the woods, the mountains, to easily exist amongst Allah’s creations and reward Him. My father prays exterior loads – he says that it’s good to be reminded of what we’re part of and who to be grateful to.

What do you assume is holding again Muslims from doing extra for the planet (significantly within the Muslim world)? And what will be completed to deal with these constraints?
I feel it’s the identical cause because the previous lady in Memphis. Muslims have to really feel compelled spiritually to make dramatic adjustments of their lives. They have to really feel like Allah has commanded them to do one thing – that’s what “Green Deen” is about. I argue that Allah has informed us that defending the planet is a significant precedence in our follow of Islam.

If you could possibly get Muslims to do one factor for the surroundings, what wouldn’t it be?
Become advocates for worldwide clear water. Muslims want to concentrate to and become involved in points that don’t simply have an effect on them – however have an effect on everybody. We are stewards of the Earth. Not simply stewards of Muslims. Water is each creature’s most elementary want for survival. Our Prophet taught us to not waste water whereas making wudu, even when we dwell subsequent to a flowing river. Our Holy City of Mecca exists due to the Well of Zamzam.

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