Islam and the Environment talks with Green Muslims

Islam and the Environment talks with Green Muslims

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How does a faith-based practice of Islam intersect with the atmosphere? We’ve been exploring these questions since Green Prophet was based in 2007 and if you happen to stretch again to the early days you possibly can learn tales from the United Arab Emirates’ Green Sheikh, Sheikh Abdul Aziz who was a contributor to Green Prophet.

Over within the United States, Green Muslims too have a plan and objective for sharing their love of religion and the pure world and invite the general public to hitch in on a Zoom name on the subject of Islam and the Environment. The Zoom name on Dec. 7 at Noon, Washington DC time, is a part of a month-to-month sequence with this one highlighting Islamic approaches to environmental care.

Chris Caras

In this month’s dialog, Imam Christopher Caras (above) will share the Islamic theology for environmental accountability, in addition to particular injunctions from Islamic Law. He will briefly contact on how Muslims all through historical past have labored with, and never towards, their pure environment.

Caras transformed to Islam as a highschool junior in 2001 in his hometown of Peoria, Illinois. He studied Islam formally in Saudi Arabia and Malaysia, incomes levels in Arabic, Islamic theology, historical past, and authorized idea, within the Arabic medium with honors. He labored in St Louis, Missouri for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), and taught for a non-public Islamic college whereas serving as an imam on the Illinois facet of East Saint Louis. In summer time 2019, Chris turned the Imam for the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh. Chris’ spouse of 15 years is an achieved Quran recital instructor initially from Pakistan. The introverted couple have three rambunctious kids.

Growing up in Alabama surrounded by woods and creeks, Sevim discovered at an early age that her most direct connection with God came through nature. To this day, she still finds peace in natural surroundings and holds a deep concern regarding humankind’s responsibility as vicegerent of the earth. She is involved with multiple local climate action groups and dedicated to helping educate youth about the importance of environmental awareness for spiritual, mental, and physical well-being. She holds a B.S. from Georgetown and a master’s degree from the University of Chicago and has many years of nonprofit experience in Washington, DC, and the San Francisco Bay Area. She is also a naturalist interpreter and a yoga instructor.

Sevim Kalyoncu from Green Muslims

Sevim Kalyoncu will discuss concerning the work of Green Muslims and the way in that function she helps American Muslims join with nature and acknowledge it as a e book of God in addition to perceive the function of people as khalifa, or stewards of the earth.

Growing up in Alabama surrounded by woods and creeks, Sevim found at an early age that her most direct reference to God got here by nature. To at the present time, she nonetheless finds peace in pure environment and holds a deep concern concerning humankind’s accountability as vicegerent of the earth. She is concerned with a number of native local weather motion teams and devoted to serving to educate youth concerning the significance of environmental consciousness for non secular, psychological, and bodily well-being. Sevim holds a B.S. from Georgetown and a grasp’s diploma from the University of Chicago and has a few years of nonprofit expertise in Washington, DC, and the San Francisco Bay Area. She can be a naturalist interpreter and a yoga teacher.

The dialog shall be moderated by Melinda Krokus (pictured beneath), a professor of comparative faith and a pupil within the Ansari Qadiri Rifai Sufi Order. Sufis are a department of Islam.

Krokus has been on the Board of Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light since 2018 and at the moment serves as Vice President. She is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Marywood University, the place she can be Chair of the Environmental Studies program. Her scholarly work has taken her to Turkey, the Balkans, South Africa, Mauritius, and throughout Europe, the place she has seen the results of local weather change first hand intersecting with battle and its aftermath in addition to political and social unrest.

Inspired by Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Sallie McFague, and the Dalai Lama at a 1991 convention referred to as Spirit and Nature, Melinda went on to check conservation ecology and spiritual traditions of the world at Prescott College, Harvard Divinity School, and Boston University spending a number of years working for the Forum on Religion and Ecology.

As a Muslim, she has been a pupil of Shaykh Taner Ansari of the Qadiri Rifa’i Sufi order since 1994 and at the moment serves on the Board of the Islamic Center of Scranton. She has witnessed the devastating lack of sufficient habitat and biodiversity on this planet happen inside a transparent and scientific context that more and more understands the anthropogenic nature of our collective local weather actuality. She has chosen to work with PAIPL as a result of she believes that with the intention to make the shift towards a planet of flourishing habitat, biodiversity, and justice, a morality pushed by love and information is important.

Eco Islam, Melinda Krokus

Melinda Krokus

The occasion is co-sponsored by Better Path Coalition, Delaware Interfaith Power & Light, and Green Muslims. Hosts say to convey your questions. Sign up here. The occasion is free.

Green Muslims host a Zoom name on Islam and the Environment

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