Green Deen: What Islam Teaches about Protecting the Planet

Saturday, February 23rd 2013, 5:00pm

Islam & Authors series at the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California (ICCNC), conversation with author Ibrahim Abdul-Matin. 

Co-sponsored by the Center for Islamic Studies. 

ICCNC, 1433 Madison Street, Oakland 94612. 

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About the Author

For the past 10 years, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin has been a passionate voice for transforming our pollution-based way of life to one that prioritizes our planet and its people. Ibrahim's dedication to the environment is rooted in his Deen -- his religion of Islam.

Ibrahim is an environmental policy consultant and has worked with Green for All, Green City Force, Interfaith Leaders for Environmental Justice, the Prospect Park Alliance and the New York City Mayor's Office of Long Term Planning & Sustainability. He has appeared on FOX News, Al-Jazeera, ABC News’ “This Week" and is a featured regularly on public radio’s morning news show, “The Takeaway.”

His writing has appeared in The Washington Post,, The Daily Beast, GOOD Magazine, ColorLines, Wiretap and Elan Magazine.

About the Book

"How we manage waste, watts, water, and food should reinforce the moral foundations of our communities...ensure economic and social justice and create the freedom to transform our pollution-based 'gray' economy to one sustainable and 'green.'" Environmental policy consultant and youth organizer Abdul-Matin shares his love of the Earth, which he describes as a mosque, in his first book, a guide to environmentalism that speaks to Muslims in their own terms. Defining a Deen as a path, the author clearly demonstrates how environmentalism fits into the goals and ethics of Islam. Abdul-Matin seamlessly intertwines personal experiences with religious doctrine and environmental information. The author focuses on several facets of human impact-waste, energy, water, and food-and includes discussions of green jobs, political systems, and greenwashing. Though topics will not be new to those who have read secular books about green or simple living, Muslims will appreciate Abdul-Matin's clarity in relating steps to Islam, often providing quotes from the Qur'an (though tips will apply equally to non-Muslims). Less a lecture than an invitation to introspection, Green Deen is a welcome hybrid, providing a glimpse into conservation through the lens of religion.