In the name of Allah Most Compassionate Most Merciful

GREENING OUR RAMADAN

Allah (swt) tells us: “He is the one who made you khalifahs (vicegerents, stewards, guardians) of the earth” (6:165).


Dear Masjid and Islamic Center Leaders,
As-Salam-u- Alaikum wa Rahmat-u- Lillahi wa Barakatuhu

ISNA leadership and ISNA Masjid Committee Green Initiative requests your Masjid/Islamic Center to join us this Ramadan in “Greening Our Ramadan” Campaign. Being sensitive to the harm that we do to our environment and committed to living in harmony with nature, we, as Muslims, must seek to implement practices and policies that are environmentally friendly. Let us live up to our role as stewards of the earth by joining the “Greening Our Ramadan” campaign again this year.

We ask every masjid/Islamic center to adopt and pledge at least the following five practices during the coming Ramadan:

  • Conserve food during Iftar and avoid being wasteful by giving excess food to people in need. Conserve water, especially during wudu. Follow the tradition of the Prophet (PBUH)
  • Use relatively quick degradable paper products for Iftar and not at all use Styrofoam cups and plates
  • Recycle material, especially plastic water bottles
  • Replace all light bulbs with energy saver bulbs and thus conserve electricity
  • Give a khutbah on the Islamic imperative to conserve and protect the environment

Please fill out the online pledge form (below)  on ISNA website that your masjid/Islamic center will implement these five practices this Ramadan. Display the poster showing your commitment to “Greening Our Ramadan.”

For participating in the ISNA Green Ramadan Campaign and as a sign of our gratitude, the Pen and Inkpot Foundation (Pi Foundation) will plant trees through the Arbor Day Foundation on your behalf and a certificate will be sent to you like in the previous years by the Pi Foundation for participating in the ISNA Green Ramadan Campaign.

Please fulfil your obligation of being the Caretakers of this earth as ordained by Allah (SWT). Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Re-think.

Have a blessed Ramadan

President of ISNA: Azhar Azeez
Masjid Committee Green Initiative: Huda Alkaff, Ihsan Bagby, Saffet Catovic, Nana Firman, Uzma Mirza, S. Masroor Shah (Chair)        

      

Why “GREENING OUR RAMADAN”

  • Allah (SWT) commands us: “Eat and drink but waste not by extravagance. Certainly Allah loves not the musrifin (wasters)” (Translation 7:31).
  • “Every year consumers in rich countries waste almost as much food (222 million tons) as the entire food production in sub-Saharan Africa” (UN).
  • “40% of America’s food supply ends up in a dumpster” (Washington Post).
  • Plastics take up 25-30% of our landfills.
  • In the US, 1500 plastic water bottles are used every second (One Green Planet).
  • Styrofoam contains styrene which is classified as a potential cause of cancer by the EPA. Also it takes a long time to degrade Styrofoam. Imagine if a Companion at the time of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) used a Styrofoam cup it would not have decomposed yet.It is a well-known fact that now it takes 1 year and six months to produce non-renewable sources that we consume in 1 year. As the caretakers of this planet, as ordained by Allah (SWT), it becomes our obligation to make every effort to conserve and protect our resources. Therefore, ISNA is requesting to adopt the following practices during and Ramadan:
  • Conserve food at iftars and avoid being wasteful by giving excess food to people in need. Conserve water, especially during wudu. Follow the tradition of Prophet (PBUH)
  • Use quick degradable/paper products for iftars and not Styrofoam cups and plate
  • Recycle material, especially plastic water bottles
  • Replace all light bulbs with energy saver bulbs and thus conserve electricity
  • Give a khutbah on the Islamic imperative to conserve and protect our environment
  • Remember: “Command the good and forbid the wrong” (Translation 31:17).
Greening Ramadan Campaign Pledge Form

Greening Ramadan Campaign Pledge Form

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