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Imam Zaid’s Video on Green Ramadan

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Imam Zaid Shakir: Let’s Have a Green Ramadan

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Imam Zaid Shakir’s Facebook post June 13, 2014 As-salamu alaikum, Muslims should stand with other faith communities in protecting the environment. No matter what faith group we belong to, the earth is part of our common heritage and should be treated as a gift for future generations. It is critical that our communities join the environmental movement as an awareness of nature which fosters an appreciation of the signs of Allah and enhances our spiritual well-being and development. During the month of Ramadan we celebrate spirituality, brotherhood, and strengthen our connections with Allah. However, there is a disconnect between our belief and some of the practices of our local mosques and community organizations. The prevalent use of disposable products like Styrofoam containers and plastic water bottles results in a staggering amount of waste thrown away after each iftar. These...

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Recommendations for a Green Iftar

Posted by on Jun 25, 2014 in General | 0 comments

No Styrofoam cups and plates. Get paper products. Re-Cycle Plastic Water Bottles and Other Material. Don’t Throw Away Extra Food—Take it to the Homeless Shelter. No Styrofoam cups and plates. Get paper products. Styrofoam products are not healthy and they are not biodegradable. Substitute paper products instead of Styrofoam. The problem chemical in Styrofoam products is polystyrene which contains styrene which is a “probable carcinogen” (International Agency for Research Cancer). It has been shown that styrene leaches/leaks out of products that come into contact with warm food or drink—cups and plates. California is considering a ban of Styrofoam and about 50 cities have already banned it. Styrofoam also takes about 500 years to biodegrade so it adds to the enormous waste that America produces.   Re-Cycle Plastic Water Bottles and Other Material Every masjid should have a re-cycling program,...

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CAIR Offers Guide for Masjids to Hold Interfaith Iftar

Posted by on Jun 25, 2014 in General | 0 comments

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/23/14) — The nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization today urged Muslim communities nationwide to reach out to their neighbors of all beliefs and backgrounds by inviting them to take part in an interfaith “iftar,” or fast-breaking meal, during the upcoming month-long fast of Ramadan. To assist local Muslim community leaders, the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has produced a “Sharing Ramadan Resource Guide 2014” that offers step-by-step advice on hosting an interfaith iftar. The theme of this year’s “Sharing Ramadan” guide is “Understanding and Appreciating One Another.” The resource guide includes instructions on forming a “Sharing Ramadan” committee, a sample media advisory for an iftar, advice on reaching out to local media, an advertisement for the event, text for a “Welcome to Our Ramadan Fast-Breaking” brochure, frequently-asked questions about Ramadan, and a sample...

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“Mosque Friendliness” by Imam Faizul Khan

Posted by on Jun 25, 2014 in Blog, Prophetic Masjid | 0 comments

(This a brochure from the Islamic Society of the Washington Area (ISWA) which explains their policy of being a welcoming mosque) The Messenger of Allah (s) guides us saying, “Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day should be hospitable with his or her guests.” When “Welcome” Feels Like a Smile Newcomers who visit our mosques are like guests in our homes. The event of guests in our homes is special to us and becomes a special time for our guests. Guests in our mosques, whether they are Muslims or non-Muslims, when treated as family guests, are helped to feel comfortable in new surroundings amongst people who may look different, dress differently, worship differently and whose culture or language may be different; when we are hospitable and accommodate their needs including programs and literature in their language, whenever possible....

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