“Islam is an active religion concerned with action on core ethical principles that are deeply congruent with a love of the planet. Following a Green Deen means following these principles, not only in our personal lives, but also within our wider communities, and prompting these communities into action. We have a responsibility to join with others — to become one — as a community that lives a Green Deen, treating the Earth as a Mosque.” — Ibrahim Abdul-Matin
In Arabic, “deen” is defined as a religion, a belief, a path, or a way. Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, sustainability advisor to the New York City Mayor’s Office, maps a tradition-based, and saner course for our planet’s environmental future in his new book, Green Deen: What Islam Teaches About Protecting the Planet. Abdul-Matin clearly demonstrates how a love for the earth underlies the goals and aspirations of Islam.
The lessons (and responsibilities) of the present moment are clear, or as Ibrahim Abdul-Matin writes, “Retreating from the world is something Muslims just do not do. In our Deen, our religious path, we have been taught to be present in the world, to plan for this life and for the next.”
For the Land Library it has been a fundamental (and budget-busting) decision to represent as many voices and traditions as possible for a library that is devoted to both people and nature, land and community. Green Deen is a book we can’t do without, as are these volumes, all essential in their own way:
Animal Welfare in Islam by Al-Hafiz Basheer Ahmad Masri (an examination of the Islamic principles of kindness and compassion toward animals), The Animals Lawsuit Against Humanity (a 10th century Iraqi ecological fable).
Islam and Ecology: A Bestowed Trust, edited by Richard C. Foltz, et.al, Animals in Islamic Tradition and Muslim Cultures by Richard C. Foltz, Man and Nature: The Spiritual Crisis in Modern Man by Seyyed Hossein Nasr.
For more on Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, be sure to visit his Green Deen blogsite, and we can also recommend Green Faith: Interfaith Partners for the Environment, and their information packed website.
And for more on the Land Library’s global reach, here’s a past post!