written by Theresa Corbin for Al Jumuah
Many People Associate the color green with Islam. The flags of Pakistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia all include the color green. According to the Quran, the people of paradise will wear garments of green silk. And some say the Prophet’s (PBUH) favorite color was green. I have yet to find a reliable hadith to support this favorite color claim. But I think it is safe to think of Islam as a green hued faith for another reason: The Environment.
Embedded in the tenets of Islam is an ecological imperative. “The Earth is a mosque, and everything in it is sacred. I learned this basic tenet of Islam from my father,” notes Ibrahim Abdul-Matîn, environmentalist and author, who begins his book Green Deen: What Islam Teaches About Protecting the Planet with these wise words.
We as human beings were placed on this earth as caretakers of it, as stewards.
Now, behold! Your Lord said to the angels: I am placing upon the earth a human successor to steward it. [Sûrat Al-Baqarah, 2:30]
As stewards on this earth, we have been entrusted with its care, and we will be held accountable for our actions towards it.
We will register “in the book” what they have done and what footprints they have left, and everything we have accounted for in great details in a detailed book. [Sûrah Yâ-Sîn, 36:12] (emphasis added)
Ramadan is a time for self-examination, a time to come nearer to Allah, and to become better versions of ourselves. So as we contemplate how we can become better to ourselves and to each other, let us also contemplate how we can become better stewards to our home. Let us take this opportunity to be more cognizant of the footprint we leave, and have a greener Ramadan.
Many of us don’t realize that what we eat has an impact on the environment. We are over-farming, over-fishing, genetically modifying, polluting with pesticides, and wasting the world out of resources. The more we consume ecologically demanding products like meat, dairy, and produce that has to be shipped from the other side of the world, (which we often turn around and toss out), the more the earth –and consequently we– will suffer in the future.
However, we can use Ramadan as a chance to examine what we eat, what we toss, and how we can do better.
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