Muslim Environmentalism Message

One of my friends in the offline world, Nandita called me half way across the country and asked me to create a public service message for a new Muslim environmentalist organization that she is a part of. (Note to the readers: Next time if you have a public service message you know who to contact). Here is the result:

(I) Introduction:
Peace be upon you. We would like to welcome you to Meem. Here is MEEM’s mission statement in a visual form.  

  

(II) MEEM:  

MEEM is an acronym that stands for “Minnesota Ecology and Environmental Muslims.” Our purpose is to create environmental awareness and promote a more humble outlook towards conserving our footprint on planet Earth. MEEM is a network of environmentally conscious Muslims centered around the Minneapolis-Saint Paul Twin Cities area where our aim is to spread awareness about the environment, help make people better and environmentally conscious choices, volunteer for environmental causes and try to make the word a better place for all.  

  

Here are the various ways in which you can help and spread environmental Awareness  

(III) Reducing your carbon footprint:  

(a) Whenever possible, instead of driving cars ….  

  

(b) Take public transportation like buses.  

  

(c) Or ride bikes if that is possible  

  

(IV) Recycle:  

(a) Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) told us that cleanliness is half of faith. Thus if you see trash lying here and there and it is in your capacity to take care of it …  

  

Then be sure to properly dispose of it. Recycle whenever you can.  

  

Use recyclable bags instead of plastic bags.  

  

(V) Planet Trees:  

Plant trees. This is good for the environment and this is what the Prophet (peace be upon him) has commanded us to do.  

  

(VI) Spread the word:  

If you are not going to take these words from me then …  

  

Take these words from scholars who have discussed the importance of the environment in relation to the concept vice-regency of humankind.  

  

Spread the word amongst other people, in chats, discussions, in masjids, khutbas etc. insha’Allah you will get blessings (ajar) for this.  

  

(VIII) Last Word:  

If we sit as idle spectators and do not do anything then our descendants will inherit a morbid planet.  

  

Or in artificial environments where they may not be able to enjoy many of the things that we have availablt is  

  

Together we can and we will make a difference, insha’Allah.  

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  1. #1 by 'liya on July 27, 2010 - 2:07 pm

    Love it! 😀
    I like the planting one, gotta love those Lego flowers hehe.

  2. #3 by Ali on July 27, 2010 - 2:32 pm

    Asalaam Alaikum
    I believe this is one of your best posts yet! I loved your lego creations. Many Muslims do not realize that the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) was an environmentalist and protected animals and plants.

    • #4 by abupokemon on August 1, 2010 - 4:10 pm

      wa’alaikum’as’salam, Thanks Ali. I am glad that you liked it. You are correct about the Prophet (pbuh), he was indeed an environmentalist.

  3. #5 by azlin on July 29, 2010 - 6:40 am

    one word – AWESOMENESS!

  4. #7 by Rukhpar Mor on July 29, 2010 - 9:37 pm

    I saw this on the original website…I think it’s a great idea=)

    • #8 by abupokemon on August 1, 2010 - 4:11 pm

      Good. Agreed, this is indeed a great idea.

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