Saturday, December 29, 2007

Photos from Green Muslim Dinner #2


Green Muslims!



Introductions

Mingling

Reading "How Many Lightbulbs Does it take to Change A Christian?

Talking about "Ramadan Compact"

Sifting through the compostables!

More pictures here!

Friday, December 14, 2007

Draft #2: Our Common Intention

Nature moves us. In it we feel a deep, spiritual connection to our Creator and the world around us. Our faith and our values motivate us to be more aware of our surroundings and understand the interconnections in our lives and in life. They also drive us to nourish that which is positive and wholesome (i.e. the good which brings us closer to our Creator) and to curb the negative consequences of our actions, on everything and everyone we are connected to.

Our group is one of the many networks we look to for support, inspiration and action. We aim to foster a broader dialogue around the issues of wholeness, interconnection and sustainability in our communities. Sustainability, as we understand it, is a concept that encompasses equality, social justice and human rights.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Thanks!

A big THANK YOU to all who came out to our dinner last night. It was great to see so many green muslims en masse :)

Some more information on the discussion from last night:
  • Here's a link to the Ramadan Compact blog that Sara talked about. Until the next dinner, we challenge you to try the Compact (at least in part, do as much as you can).
  • Greater Washington Interfaith Power and Light (GWIPL) works with congregations in the area to help them reduce resource consumption, buy clean & renewable energy, and incorporate energy/environmental justice concerns into teaching and worship. Visit their website to see more examples of their work. Let us know if you're interested in working with GWIPL and your local masjid or other organization.
  • If you're looking for a way to make your next trip more than just about seeing the sites and taking pictures, check out Meaningful Travel (Submitted by Terry)
  • We've created a google group for the DC Green Muslims. Visit the group page to sign-up.
  • Also, make sure to check out the general Green Muslim list, which our local activities grew out of. It was started a couple years ago by students in various fields of environmental study. To subscribe, send an email to green_muslims-subscribe (at) yahoogroups (dot) com.
  • Save the date for our next dinner: Friday February 1st!

Friday, December 7, 2007

DRAFT Vision: Our Common Intention

Nature moves us. In it we feel a deep, spiritual connection to our Creator and the world around us. Our faith and our values drive us to understand these interconnections in our lives and in life. They also inspire us to act in ways that sustain what is positive and wholesome (i.e. that which is good and what brings us closer to our Creator) and to curb the negative consequences of our actions, on everything and everyone we are connected to.

We cannot do this alone. Our group is one of many networks we look to for support, inspiration and action. We aim to foster a broader dialogue around these issues of wholeness, interconnection and sustainability in our communities. All people are an equally inextricable part of the natural world. Sustainability, as we understand it, is a concept that encompasses issues of equality, social justice and human rights.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

my intention

when i was younger, my father once told me that aside from the Qur'an, God had provided humankind with another revelation similar in its stunning beauty and call for intense reflection. by giving the natural world a closer reading, I have come more in touch with my fitra, in touch with what makes me human.

while i find discomfort in the distance I have come from my own fitra, as a teacher i find the situation of many of my students and their families ever more distressing. diabetes, obesity, asthma, and generally poor nutrition plague our inner city communities. being 'green' should not be a luxury, a yuppie fad, or a state of mind that is awakened only in the wilderness of the burbs. it is a consciousness that is lived in every setting. for me, the wholeness that environmental consciousness requires includes being an active member of a more whole community.

i embrace the environment not only as a miracle and revelation of God entrusted to me to maintain, but an equalizer humbling those of different classes, races, and religions to cooperate for our collective future.