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Wednesday, 14 June 2006

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Yahya

likin that article, cool pic aswell!! im ok with my results (ignorin the fact that if every1 lived like me we would need 1.4 earths), i hav a carbon footprint of 5 tonnes, nearly half the U.K. average (again, ignorin the fact that im 15, and therefore dont own a car, and walk quite a bit... allthough i do travel around 5 and a half miles a day by bus). not bad 'eh? any1 wanna compare? wat about u Green? c'mon! lets c wat u got! *

* i dont realy know enough about football to review the game with the lads, but i do like it, n have 2 vent my competative spirit somehow. sorry. :)

Yahya

i just got checked 4 robotism... does that just apply 2 automated computers, or automated ppl aswell? has ur own 'land of the living dead' concept got a little out of hand, ARG? i think SUM1 has been readin 2 many goosebump stories before bed!

ARG comment: bro, you totally lost me there! Who checked you for robotism, and what is that, and who is SUM1?

Yahya

ur 'plz type 2 make sure not auto comp' thing cheked me, robotism is the act of bein a robot, and SUM1 is u (SOMEONE). ahh well. it was kinda funny in my mind. barakallah fiqh.

Yahya.

Leena J.

This is a great post. Much love from a fellow Green Muslim. :-)

ARG comment:I love your pics, especially the macro's. Thumbs up for managing to be a veggie and a Muslim!

Jack

Great post ARG, very interesting to read the Islamic perspective on this- it does make a lot of sense.

The comments on the 'ideal of consumerism' and mistaken paths to happiness are very familiar to me.

In a sense I can be positive about the destruction that's happening to our planet in that it gives us (society en-masse) a tremendous opportunity to wake up and examine what we're doing with our lives and what's really important.

The solution is, like you say, to fix the cause not the symptoms and it's most satisfying to see and understand how the all-encompassing solution is right there to see.

We adjust the paths of our lives towards a more meaningful existence. We re-examine what's important in our lives, we nurture our respect and love for each other, and ourselves, and we realise our ever-present responsibility.

The individual actions towards sustainability then become completely linked. Like you describe we buy local - for the economy and air miles, but also for the health of our communities and ourselves, to see, speak and engage with each other.

By taking a stand on the food we eat we utilise our respect- food grown without fertilizers and pesticides is healthier for us and for the land, both in terms of carbon emissions and the life and biodiversity of the hedgerows, rivers and all that surround our farms.

We respect life by rearing our animals humanely, this means our meat is more expensive- so perhaps we'll eat it less and appreciate it more, which in turn minimises our impact or 'footprint' on the planet.

By walking and cycling more we become healthier. By 'slow travelling' by train or even boat we have time to reflect, to talk and interact with other people, and again we minimise our footprint.

Even car-sharing makes sense environmentally and socially in terms of interaction. I've hitch-hiked twice in the UK in the past few weeks - once with my bicycle in tow as well.

I want to belive in and live in a world where I can trust 'strangers' to give me a lift, and give them a lift in turn.

And, of course, we find a way towards peace - commercialism and greed has bred international conflict, the 'wars for oil' rationale can be obliterated if we stand up and effectively say 'not in our name' by changing the way we live - forsaking the wanton excess that is so prevalent in our Western lives. One simple way to do this is to demand much less oil.

In doing this and in uncovering the essense and basis of what it means to be 'green' we will uncover what is really important in life: living with love, respect, peace, and, in order to get there from here, living with courage.

This is a truth of a most fundamental kind. I've been increasingly drawn to learning about Islam-thankyou ARG- (and other 'religions' to some extent) to understand the nature or basis for this truth. But that it is the truth, I have no doubt.

Perhaps more than ever in the history of humanity it is vitally important that our generation put this truth into practice.

ARG comment:
This comment deserves to be a post!

Sister

I think, I see everything in negative way than a positive...you see, I read your article, it was amazing...and I loved the way you spoke to Greenpeace member. One of my brother in Islam works for them....frankly goes to jail for them...you know..whichever country he goes, he never misses the jail in them :)).

But coming to the point what I noted, There is an error in your title....Am I right to inform u tat, or you wanted to leave it tat way?

ARGcomment: Inshallah, I hope your borther get rewarded with good.
Ok, where exactly is tat error!! oopps. Sorry about all the typos and errors in my works. I have mild dyslexia.

Umm Ibrahim

MashaAllah, great post.

Alhamdulilah, my family and I have been recycling for a few years now. It helps that our council send a van round to our area to collect and recycle paper-products. Everything else we just give to our local Muslim charity shop, or send to not-so well-off relatives abroad. Maybe its an idea to have a similar Muslim service, whereby someone comes round to your home and collects the things you dont need. I know my family have loaadsss of brand-new (un-opened) items at home. Even some of my friends have told me theyve got clothes and handbags theyve never even worn, or used. Astagfirullah. I know it would be time-consuming, but perhaps once every 6 months or so, a brother with a van (bit like Del-Boy, but with a conscience :D) could drive around his local area and pick stuff up from ppls homes and drop it off at a local charity shop, or arrange to have it taken to poorer countries.

Im sure many of us have books from our childhood days and from college/uni: so maybe donate them to a Muslim school (theyre usually in need of books for their students).

Another thing i do is re-use envelopes (only when i send things to ppl i know well tho, i wouldnt recommend it if you're sending some official documentation to someone important).

Also, encouraging resturaunts and takeaways to use less disposable containers and cutlery. My mother's always told me tht putting hot food into polystyrene (cups/plates, etc) is very bad for ones health, as the residue from such containers invariably gets into the food or drink. In fact, im thinking of taking a china plate with me whenever i go out to eat :)

I suppose all these things require EFFORT on our part. Im sure theres much we could do to help change things, we just need to find that "get-up-and-go".

ARGcomment: masahllah..lots of good ideas there!
Yes in the end it all about convenience, but is our fast life style really any better in the end?

Umm Khulood

Bism Illah wa as salaamu alaikum wa Rahmat Allah wa Barakatuh.

Masha'Allah, finally I'm finding like minded Muslims on this issue. Ive been promoting going back to the Sunnah for the past few years in our lifestyle and food, which is effectively "green living." In fact, I've written so much to my sisters about the earth and our bodies being an amanah from Allah, azza wa jal, and being accountable for everything we do to them, that I imagine they roll their eyes by now. As I witness the continued distance from the real Sunnah, I become very frustrated with us as an Ummah. I recently did a post about all this, which you may appreciate. It is a wake up call, if you will. May Allah open our eyes and minds to the reality and impact of our decisions and actions - ameen.
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Non-Muslim Sunnah

Why are all the non-Muslims raving about the Sunnah?

What, you ask? Is there a group of non-Muslims that have learned about the Sunnah and love it? No. There are masses of non-Muslims who swear by living the Sunnah - but they don't know it is the Sunnah of our beloved Prophet. They just know it is the best way to live.

So, I ask you...why do they know and practise, and we don't?

Why is it that when you go to the doctor, they tell you to eat whole, unrefined grains, natural foods, fruits, vegetables, like olive oil? Sunnah food! We are warned day in day out about avoiding chemical-laden, refined and processed foods like white sugar, white flour, white rice, etc? Why are they telling us to use honey, which we have ahadith and Quran ayaat about? Why are they giving us tips about how to eat mindfully, when we have extensive ahadith about the etiquettes of eating that tell us these things?

Why is it that the Green Revolution is telling us to build houses out of earth, just as they built the first masjid in Madinah? In the secular world, we are reminded that every day is Earth Day. In Islam, every day IS Earth Day because we have been given this earth as an amanah (trust) from Allah. They tell us not to use dangerous and harmful chemicals...subhaan Allah, it's as if they read the ayaat in the Quran "and do not destroy yourselves."

We turn up our noses at the "primitive" squat toilets used in the Middle East, but the west says that they are the healthiest toilets to use for proper elimination and even sell steps to use in front of western toilets to give the same effect of crouching. Subhaan Allah! We are even told that conventional toilets are a huge waste and composting toilets are the way to secure our earth's future.

Just go online and you will see articles and blogs about giving up material things, getting rid of the clutter. Non-Muslims are raving about the virtues and value of giving up unnecessary things to better appreciate what is important in life. So now, we have non-Muslims taking practical steps towards Az-Zuhd, while we are out shopping and filling our homes.

Non-Muslims are recycling, living for a year without throwing anything away to see how they can reduce their impact on the earth. They have gone back to the materials used in the time of the Prophet - iron, steel, glass, pottery - and shunned the plastic, aluminum, and teflon found to be so dangerous to our health. They even went back to the Sunnah in the cloth they use - cotton, hemp, linen, wool, silk, leather, while we buy Japanese polyester abayas and thobes.

Frankly, I think we look like a bunch of fools. What have we come to that the rest of the world is doing what was sent us by Allah, in the form of our Prophet Muhammad (salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam) and his Sunnah, as the best example of how to live?

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