Saturday, October 24, 2009

Day 6 and 7-Community

Salams,

Welcome to days 6&7 of No Impact Week, Sat & Sun Oct 24th & 25th! The last two days are all about how we interact with our community, friends and family.

Please use the information below in addition to the No Impact Project's Manual (alongside the DC Green Muslims No Impact Manual).

Remember each day builds upon the previous one, so keep up what you have been doing today and previous days and add to it with what you do tomorrow as well.

Notes
Community and enjoining friends and neighbors to good are keystones of the Islamic faith. God speaks of knowing your neighbors, of serving others, of building a community together. These are basic tenants of our faith, and there are multiple hadith regarding how even our daily personal prayers can be heightened in reward by joining together with a fellow friend.

God speaks of the best of people being the ones who invite others to “all that is good.” In Surah Al‐Emraan this is seen clearly:

“Let there arise out of you a band of people inviting to all that is good, enjoining what is right, and forbidding what is wrong; they are the ones to attain felicity.” (3:104)

We as Muslims are not asked to practice our faith in a vacuum. We clearly are told that what we do on a daily basis has effects on the larger society in which we live. There are countless chapters in the Quran that speak about helping others less fortunate than ourselves. These are clear calls to action to better the communities we are a part of.

Islamic Inspiration:
“O mankind! Lo! We have created you from male and female, and have made you nations and tribes that ye may know one another. Lo! the noblest of you, in the sight of Allah, is the best in conduct. Lo! Allah is Knower, Aware.” (49:13)

Allah’s Messenger said, “The reward of the prayer offered by a person in congregation is twenty five times greater than that of the prayer offered in one’s house or in the market (alone).” ‐ Narrated by Abu Hurairah

“And worship God [alone], and do not ascribe divinity, in any way, to aught beside Him. And do good unto your parents, and near of kin, and unto orphans, and the needy, and the neighbor from among your own people, and the neighbor who is a stranger, and the friend by your side, and the wayfarer, and those whom you rightfully possess. Verily, God does not love any of those who, full of self‐conceit, act in a boastful manner” (4:36)

“Let there arise out of you a band of people inviting to all that is good, enjoining what is right, and forbidding what is wrong; they are the ones to attain felicity.” (3:104)


Dont forget to relate your experiences and thoughts and comment on the appropriate days blog post at our blog, dcgreenmuslims.blogspot.com, for a chance to win organic soaps from Mosaic Soaps (http://mosaic.azam.org/)

Friday, October 23, 2009

Day 5: Water and Electricity

Welcome to day 5 of No Impact Week, Fri Oct 23rd! The fifth day is all out about the most common and ubiquitous resources available to us, that we almost never stop and think about, water & electricity.

Please use the information below in addition to the No Impact Project's Manual (alongside the DC Green Muslims No Impact Manual).

Remember each day builds upon the previous one, so keep up what you have been doing today and previous days and add to it with what you do tomorrow as well.

General Tips
  • Water Conservation:
    • Wudu is an act of purification and we can be conscious of how much water is being used, in hopes of preventing unnecessary loss of water.
    • Shorter showers, turning the faucet off when washing the dishes and brushing teeth.
  • Electricity Conservation:
    • Turn off the lights when exiting a room.
    • Unplug appliances.
    • Wear a jacket instead of turning up the heat.

Islamic Inspiration:

“And it is God who created the human being out of water.”

Water is a symbol of life. In Islam, it is also seen as an important sign of God as it is mentioned over 60 times in the Qu’ran. We are told “from water God brought everything to life.” (21:30)

“Your God is One God, there is no deity other than Him, the most Gracious, the Most Merciful. Truly in the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the succession of the night and the days, and in the ships that speed through the sea with what is useful to humanity, and in the waters which
God sends down from the sky, giving life thereby to the earth after its death, and…in all of this, there are ayat for those the people who use their intelligence.”(2:163‐164)

Water is typically described as being “sent down” from the sky, comparable to how God’s scripture and mercy came from above. Some scholars have referred to water as a metaphor for a broader meaning based on mercy and knowledge being distributed widely to mankind.

God sends down water from the sky, and [once‐dry] valleys are running high, Each according to its capacity. (13:17)

God asks Muslims to pay attention the signs around us as proof of God’s bounty and mercy and as a way to become closer to Him. Once we start contemplating the natural signs all around us, we can begin to recognize the symbiotic relationship that exists between man and nature.
And when Moses asked for water for his people, We said: ‘Strike with your staff the rock.’ And there gushed forth from it twelve springs, and everyone knew his drinking place. (2:60)

The advice that Moses’ community is given in that verse is the very ethical notion of eco‐spiritual trusteeship that we also need to heed today:

“So eat and drink of God’s sustenance, and do no evil or mischief on Earth.”

In a subsequent verse of the Qur’an, we are told that the rock that the prophets strike is not just a physical rock, but rather the rock‐like hardness of our own hearts:

‘‘Then even after that, your hearts grew hard so that they were like rocks, or even harder, for indeed there are rocks from which rivers gush forth, and there are rocks which split asunder so that water flows from them, and others which sink because of the awe they have towards God. And God is not unmindful of what you do.’’(2:74)


Dont forget to relate your experiences and thoughts and comment on the appropriate days blog post at our blog, dcgreenmuslims.blogspot.com, for a chance to win organic soaps from Mosaic Soaps (http://mosaic.azam.org/)

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Days 2, 3, & 4

Well, getting sick this week has been a double edged sword as concerns no impact week.

FOOD
As far as food goes, its always been a compromise. We seldom eat meat although there is a halal store within walking distance and owned by family, and another only 7 minutes away. We tried Organic Zabiha and LOVED it (mashallah, the simplest chicken broth adds TONS of flavor, it was extraordinary and I highly recommend it to all, even if you just splurge once every 6 months).

Since we stick to veggies, we also stick to H-Mart, which is certainly NOT local. I've tried growing my own tomatoes and without the fertilizer, but there is only a single, green baby tomatoe hanging from the vines of the plant on my terrace.

Anyway, being sick has meant tons of sunshine soup (recipe at the end of this post) and juice. No processed food (except for that graham cracker pie crust), and no excessive eating (since there is no real appetite to speak of).

BTW, since we're on the topic of food, everyone needs to read The Omnivore's Dilemma--I'm sure lots of people who write for and read this blog have heard of it and read it, but for the others who have not yet had this chance, please do it!

TRANSPORTATION
Being sick has also limited my transportation, since I have stayed home for about 2 days in my effort to not spread germs more. But in thinking further about alternative means of transportation, I come to the bike discussion. Ladies, did you ever feel that you looked goofy on a bike with your helmet on your hijab? Or, did you even grow up riding one? I think some of were in this position, obviously myself included. It wasn't really intentional, its just that I didn't really get out there as a child on a bike. And so, I found myself in the early 20's, a muhajibah and environmentalist-ish person trying to do my body and earth some good ,but stumbling over this small issue of learning to ride a bike in the first place, and getting over the whole "does this helmet make my hijab look goofy?" bit. Thanks to a supportive mentor and friend (aka Faheem), I'm slowly gaining confidence on the bike and hope to use it for errands and such instead of driving. To all the sisters out there who feel hesitant to get on a bike in public/ with their hijabs, don't sweat it. For me, there are few things as awesome as seeing a modest woman do her thang and cruise the city with her uber cool bike (might I add, she knows how to ride well!).

WASTE
Here's one of the disadvantages of being sick this week: LOTS and LOTS of tissue waste. Why? I have an upper respiratory infection. Not a huge deal, but still supposedly highly contagious. And so I resort to carrying boxes of tissues with me wherever I go. Other than that, most things that can go in the recycling end up there. I live in an apartment right now so I didn't try to buy a compost bin/ barrel, but I am looking into buying or building one as soon as we move out to a location that gives us access to land/ more of an outdoor space. In the meantime, lemon peels do double duty: rub them on your hands as my mama does to give your skin a vitamin C-rich polish, then throw them down the disposer for a lemony scent. OK thats the only doublt-duty type thing I have to share right now.... :p

Sunshine Soup (for any sick readers or for soup lovers, I hope you enjoy)
1/2 butternut squash
2 stems celery
1 large sweet potatoe or yam
2 carrots
1 large white potatoe
1 large onion
1 small turnip (optional)
1 yellow squash or zucchini
1 small bunch fresh parsely
1 Tbsp oil

2-4 tsp. turmeric (fights inflammation)
1-2 tsp. garlic powder
salt and pepper
2-3 large bay leaves

Chop all the ingredients very finely so that you can get a little bit of each in a spoonful. Heat oil, saute onions carefully. Add seasoning (all but the bay leaves). Add celery and cook for about 5 minutes. Add the rest of the veggies (except for the turnip, parsely, and yellow squash/zucchini) and cover with water (add the bay leaves now). Boil for 15-20 minutes. Add the final ingredients. Boil an additional 7 minutes and turn down the heat to simmer for about 15 minutes or as long as you like. Garnish with more fresh chopped herbs if you like. These instructions are very general, so use your own judgement while cooking and feel free to add to exclude other ingredients.

(BTW word to the wise: DONT overcook turnips or they'll become bitter!)

Day 4- Waste

Salams,
Welcome to day 4 of No Impact Week, Thur Oct 22nd! The third day is all about the waste we generate throughout our daily lives.
Please use the information below in addition to the No Impact Project's Manual (alongside the DC Green Muslims No Impact Manual).
Remember each day builds upon the previous one, so keep up what you have been doing today and previous days and add to it with what you do tomorrow as well.

General Tips

No WasteTry it out. Generate no waste and find a reusable or recyclable way of disposing all of your waste. This includes anything that can be thrown into a trash‐can.

Islamic Inspiration:

“Mischief has appeared on land and sea because of (the meed)that the hands of men have earned, that (Allah) may give them ataste of some of their deeds: in order that they may turn back(from Evil)” (30:41)

“But waste not in excess: for Allah loveth not the wasters”(6:141), (7:31)

Notes:

In the U.S., 4.39 pounds of trash per day and up to 56 tons of trash per year are created by the average person.Every year we fill enough garbage trucks to form a line that would stretch from the earth, halfway to the moon. Almost 1/3 of the waste generated the U.S. is packaging. Americans throw away 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour.Every year, Americans make enough plastic film to shrink‐wrap the state of Texas. Americans throw away enough aluminum cans to rebuild our commercial air fleet every three months, and enough iron and steel to supply all our nation's automakers every day.
Each year, Americans trash enough office paper to build a 12‐ foot wall from Los Angeles to New York City. Americans toss out enough paper & plastic cups, forks and spoons every year to circle the equator 300 times.As of 1992, 14 billion pounds of trash were dumped into ocean annually around the world. Only two manmade structures on Earth are large enough to be seen from outer space: the Great Wall of China and the Fresh Kills landfill.For more facts go to Clean Air Council:http://www.cleanair.org/Waste/wasteFacts.html

Dont forget to relate your experiences and thoughts and comment on the appropriate days blog post at our blog, dcgreenmuslims.blogspot.com, for a chance to win organic soaps from Mosaic Soaps (http://mosaic.azam.org/)

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Day 3-Transportation

Welcome to day 3 of No Impact Week, Wed Oct 21st! I hope everyone's first day has went well. The third day is all about the ways in which we use transportation and get from point A to point B.

Please use the information below in addition to the No Impact Project's Manual (alongside the DC Green Muslims No Impact Manual).

Remember each day builds upon the previous one, so keep up what you have been doing today and previous days and add to it with what you do tomorrow as well.

General Tips
  • Carpool: 2 people carpooling lessens the impact by half, 3 people carpooling lessens it by two‐thirds, etc…
  • Take the stairs instead of an elevator or escalator if possible: Good for both body & environment
  • Try more environmentally friendly commutes to school or work.
  • The higher the number, the worst the impact :
    • 1. Walking (nature’s transport)
    • 2. Bicycling
    • 3. Other non‐motorized transportation (rollerblading, skateboarding)
    • 4. Public Transportation (bus first, train/subway second)
    • 5. Multiple occupancy car
    • 6. Single occupancy car
    • 7. Private jet (mentioned just in case…)
Islamic Inspiration:

The Prophet (pbuh) declared, “The world is beautiful and
verdant, and verily Allah (SWT), be He exalted, has made you His
stewards in it, and He sees how you acquit yourselves.” (Muslim)
“And when he turns away, he endeavors about the earth to
corrupt in it and cause the tillage and stock to perish; and Allah
(SWT) does not love corruption” (2:205)

The Prophet (pbuh) said: “Prevention of damage and corruption
before it occurs is better than treatment after it occurs….The
averting of harm takes precedence over the acquisition of
benefits." (Majallat al‐Ahkam al‐Adliya)

The Prophet (pbuh) stated: “The benefit of a thing is in return for
the liability attaching to it." (Tirmidhi and Abu‐Dawud on
authority of Aisha)

Day 2 - FOOD

Welcome to day 2 of No Impact Week, Tuesday Oct 20th! I hope everyone's first day has went well. The second day is all about the ways in which we eat and drink and use food.

Please use the information below in addition to the No Impact Project's Manual (alongside the DC Green Muslims No Impact Manual), to give you an Islamic perspective to help you through your eco-conscious journey this week which hopefully will be a stepping stone to a life long journey incorporating the eco-spiritual ethics of the Qur'an and Sunnah.

Remember each day builds upon the previous one, so keep up what you have been doing today and add to it with what you do tomorrow as well.

General Tips
  • Eat Local Food: How many miles did it take for your food to come to you? Reduce your carbon‐footprint by reducing your food‐miles and eating locally. Imported perishable foods are especially bad for the environment considering that they have to be refrigerated along the way as well.
  • Eat Organic: The more it’s organic, the better it is for both your body & the environment.
  • Eat Completely Halal: Eat something that’s both raised & slaughtered in a Halal manner. In other words, in addition to finding (for example) meat that is slaughtered Halal, find something that is simultaneously raised in a cruelty‐free manner. Examples of completely Halal meat‐providers are Green Zabihah and Sumayyah’s Peaceful Poultry (see notes below).
  • Don’t Eat in Excess: Create a balance in your diet that does not take more than what you need from nature. It’s better for both your body & the environment well.
Islamic Inspiration:

O Children of Adam! wear your beautiful apparel at every time
and place of prayer: eat and drink: But waste not by excess, for
Allah loveth not the wasters. (31:5)

O ye people! Eat of what is on earth, Lawful and good; and do
not follow the footsteps of the evil one, for he is to you an
avowed enemy. (2:168)

Thus, partake of the lawful, good things which God grants you as
sustenance, and be conscious of God, in whom you believe.
(5:88)

On the authority of Al‐Miqdaam ibn Maadiy‐Karib who said: I
heard the Messenger of Allah saying: "No human ever filled a
vessel worse than the stomach. Sufficient for any son of Adam
are some morsels to keep his back straight. But if it must be, then
one third for his food, one third for his drink and one third for his
breath."

“Eat and drink, but do not be extravagant. Verily, Allah does not love extravagant people.” (7: 31)

Dont forget to relate your experiences and thoughts and comment on the appropriate days blog post at our blog, dcgreenmuslims.blogspot.com, for a chance to win organic soaps from Mosaic Soaps (http://mosaic.azam.org/)

Notes:
Green Zabiha: http://www.greenzabiha.com
Sumayah’s Peaceful Poultry: http://www.peacefulpoultry.com

Monday, October 19, 2009

Day One

I probably won't make it for the end of week potluck so I'm just sharing my little experience of No Impact Week here instead. Nothing big,

So it seems I actually started this project yesterday without knowing. I was invited to a babyshower for a beautiful mother to-be. I ended up making the card and offering a massage as the gift (but I still feel like I need to buy something--but it will be a USEFUL and organic little something).

Today, I stopped off at a thrift store looking for inexpensive wall art for my living room. Didn't find anything I was crazy for so I just left. And didn't go to an expensive store either (I actually did on Saturday, but didn't buy anything then either. So I started on Saturday! Yay for me!)

As for foods, I guess I did pretty good: bought some organic bread, cabot cheese which sports both halal and kosher labels on the front (score), canned and frozen veggies (they're not fresh or organic but they sure are cheaper when you're at Giant--btw have I mentioned that the Korean store is AMAZING for fresh produce?? So much selection and such low prices). I decided to forgoe the frozen juices my husband requested (um, first ingredient is corn syrup followed by sugar thankyouverymuch), and all the sweets. Inshallah I'll be baking something from scratch instead. My own bag? Check. The only other thing I coulda done was walk to the store from my apartment, but I was already out driving (muhahah, driving is later on in the week, so we'll see what I do about that).

This topic of consumption is important to me b/c I always used to be pretty good about not buying--I barely bought anything in fact. Recently, however, I've been feathering my nest and catching up to things I never really used to purchase. It didn't go out of hand but its been more than I have ever done before.

Day 1 - Consumption

The No-Impact guide

http://noimpactproject.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/No-Impact-Experiment-How-To-Manual1.pdf

Please use the additional information below to give you an Islamic perspective to help you through your eco-conscious journey this week which hopefully will be a stepping stone to a life long journey incorporating the eco-spiritual ethics of the Qur'an and Sunnah.


General Tips

Needs, Not Wants
Distinguish needs from wants, and act upon it.

Budget
Budget so as to identify exactly where do your resources go.

Avoid Luxury Spending
Identify the luxuries that have become commonplace. Take steps so as to wean yourself off of them.


Know what you’re buying
Develop a more intimate relationship with what you consume, and avoid blind consumption.

Aftermath
Understand the aftermath effect of your spending of money. Does this company use its finances responsibly? Does it undergo in ecologically unsustainable, or simply unethical, actions?

Islamic Inspiration

“And those on the left hand, how unfortunate will be those on the left hand. In fierce hot wind and scalding water, and under the shadow of black smoke that provides no coolness or comfort. Verily, before this they used to live in luxury.”
(56: 40-46)

“Give the kinsman, the poor, and the wayfarer their due, but do not spend wastefully. Verily, the spendthrifts are the brethren of the devils and Satan is ever ungrateful to his Lord.”
(17: 26-27)


“Eat and drink, but do not be extravagant. Verily, Allah does not love extravagant people.”
(7: 31)

“Do not make your hand as if it is tied to your neck nor extend it to its utmost reach so that you become blameworthy and in severe poverty.”
(17: 29)

Please leave comments about what you did to become more aware and/or lessen your consumption today, all week, and implemented into your daily practice.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

No Impact Week

Salaams,

Hope you are all well!

DC Green Muslims is participating in No Impact Week, starting tomorrow October 19th. For those of you who participate and write reflections on the blog, you will be entered into a drawing to receive homemade organic soaps to support family-owned businesses! (More Info below)

Each day we are paying special attention to a given topic in hopes of reducing our carbon footprint. The night before Ryan Strom will send out a reminder for the topic we are focusing on for the following day. With each coming day, our goal is to be mindful of and build upon the topics from the previous days so by the seventh day, we will be paying attention to all of the topics. We have linked the No Impact Project's guide here. Daily, we will be posting a page of our addendum with an Islamic perspective as a guide to help you through your eco-conscious journey this week which hopefully will be a stepping stone to a life long journey incorporating the eco-spiritual ethics of the Qur'an and Sunnah.

In addition to helping this week, the attached guides can be used at any time. Participating in the entirety of No Impact Week can be daunting so please do not feel as though you have to do everything. Do what you can and insha'Allah, reflect on the changes you make. Share your experience with your communities and anyone else you think would benefit from the No Impact experience. Be sure to comment on the blog with your thoughts. (More info below)


October 19th---Day 1: Consumption
October 20th---Day 2: Food
October 21st---Day 3: Transportation
October 22nd---Day 4: Waste
October 23rd---Day 5: Utilities (water/electricity)
October 24th---Day 6: Community Gathering
October 25th---Day 7: Community Sharing
  • Event Planned= In celebrating the conclusion of No Impact Week, a potluck dinner will be planned. Please stay tuned for an email from Sarrah AbuLughod.
Reflection:
DC Green Muslims' Blog

Each day, the blog will be updated with a given topic. Please comment with what you did during the day and your reflections under each blog post. These reflections can be as simple as a few words on your experience. When you respond to the blog, please be sure to put your name in the comment because you will be entered into a drawing to win the gift!!!

THE WINNER WILL RECEIVE A BATCH OF ALL NATURAL SOAPS WITH NO SYNTHETIC INGREDIENTS FROM Mosaic Soaps.

So let's be conscious stewards of this Earth!!

The seven heavens and the earth and all that is therein, glorify Him and there is not a thing but glorifies His Praise. But you understand not their glorification. Truly, He is Ever Forbearing, Oft-Forgiving. (17:44)

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Apple Picking Time

This past Sunday a group of the Green Muslims had the opportunity to get out of the city and participate in the traditional autumn activity of apple picking. Having grown up in the Midwest, I (Alhumdulilah) had the opportunity of going on family trips to the orchard and nearby farms to celebrate the season of harvest. One of my fond memories as a child is of spending an entire weekend in the process of apples. There was an orchard behind my grandfather’s farm in Wisconsin and I remember picking the apples in the morning with all my aunts, uncles and cousins and then spending the rest of the day peeling, and cutting and juicing and canning apples into many different delicious appley-end products.

As I watched the trees slowly turn color and the air slowly grow more crisp and cool as I walked to work each day in the city, I felt the urge to escape the busy day-to -day schedule that I’ve created for myself here in DC, and head out to the country to revisit those childhood experiences.

With help from friends and gracious hosting by Kevin and Munjed, the day was soon planned.

I woke with little effort the morning of, even though it was an hour or so before I normally would have. I was motivated by the promise of Belgian waffles and a breakfast gathering of new and old friends alike. Earlier in the week I had sent out an email asking if anyone wanted to come along with me to an orchard in Virginia. After receiving an overwhelming response of over 22 people, the event basically planned itself. As we all crammed into Kevin and Munjed’s apartment and feasted on the potluck breakfast, we started off with introductions and I learned that over half the people there had never been apple picking before (I also learned what kind of animal they would want to be as that was the other icebreaker question).

The orchard was only an hour drive away through the hills of Virginia. Though the leaves had not reached their peak colors, the drive was amazingly beautiful and a perfect prelude to a day in the country. The farther we got from the city, the clearer the sky seemed to get. The closer we got to the orchard, the slower time seemed to move. Perhaps it is the schedule I’ve created for myself, or perhaps it’s just the culture of DC, but one of the things I’ve noticed is that people have stopped noticing things around them. People don’t comment on the weather unless it is to complain about the heat or remind a coworker to take an umbrella in case of the notorious DC showers. People literally do not stop to smell the roses, or the other hundreds other flowering plants that grace DC’s streets. Even though our surroundings are so abundant with gifts, it takes a day’s sabbatical to allow us to count the blessings we do have.

The orchard helped remind me of those blessings. It reminded me of all the friends I have who jumped at the opportunity to share the day together. It reminded me of the blessings of being able to exit the city and experience a new environment, a blessing that perhaps not all of my neighbors can enjoy. It reminded me of the miraculous Earth that God created with nutrients and ingredients to sustain mankind. It reminded me of the blessings of my childhood and the blessings of my family.

Together with the other DC Green Muslims I enjoyed learning about the different apples and terrains on which they grow. We picked bushels and bushels to bring back to the city. We purchased cider and apple butter and learned of the different flavors of honey that come frome the orchard depending on which field the bees visit. We learned what poison ivy looked like, but (Inshallah) avoided learning what it feels like.

Soon our time there came to an end, and a group gathered together to pray noon prayers on top of a hill that overlooked much of the farm. As we gave our supplications to our Creator, we were reminded of how close we are to the rest of His creation. As we whispered the chapters of the Quran, the trees whispered along with us. As we bowed our heads in the grass, it bowed along with us as it tickled our faces. As we thanked our Creator for all the blessings He has bestowed upon us, it felt as if the entire Earth was in sync.

Below I’ve shared a number of Apple recipes that my mom gave me for all those who, like me, still have an enormous amount of apples at home.

APPLESAUCE For 1 Quart (approximately)
Wash and quarter 8-10 large apples, take out the seedy core- and peel the apples if you want it smooth (leave peel if you want the best nutrition and don’t mind chewing or if you have access to a blender to puree it after cooking).
Place in sauce pan, cover partially with water (about 3/4 cup).
Add a pinch of salt and a slice of lemon (opt.)
Cook until tender by stirring every few minutes. Puree, or leave chunky
Return to heat and add cinnamon to taste. Cook until thickened.
APPLE PIE SHAKE
From an Appleland Orchard, Belgium, WI
For a single serving, in a blender combine:
1cup of vanilla ice cream
1/2 cup apple cider
1/2 apple
a shake of cinnamon and/or nutmeg and/or cloves and/or ginger
Pour into a glass and enjoy.

APPLE BUTTER-
Place 1 quart of applesauce in a heavy bottomed (cast iron) pot and continue cooking over low heat for several hours until the sauce turns brown. Stir often so that it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pot.
Variation:
Cook with the apples-
2 cups of apple juice/cider (instead of the water when making the applesauce)
1/2 cup of honey
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon of all spice
dash of salt
juice & grated rind of a lemon
Apple Butter will be fine refrigerated for up to 2 months or you can freeze or can it.
A no-fuss, no-stir way to cook the apple butter down would be to use a slow cooker, on a slow boil, with the lid ajar, overnight. (protect the surrounding counter top from sticky splashes with towels)


NO COOK APPLESAUCE
2 tablespoons fruit juice (lemon, orange, lime, apple)
3 apples, washed, cored, unpeeled
2 tablespoons of honey
Sprinkle of cinnamon, (optional)
Wash, peel and cut apples into chunks. Blend juice and one apple in blender, add remaining apples, seasonings and blend again. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

Remember to say “Bismillah!”