Wednesday April 22 is Earth Day
Here Are Some Suggestions as to What You Can Do For the Environment
In Chapter 6: On Taqwa (Piety) of Allah (Taqwa) taken from Riyad as-Saliheen by Imam Nawwi: Abu Sa’id al-Khudri reported that the Prophet Muhammed (SAAWS), said, “This world is green and sweet. Allah has put you in charge of it (as His khalifa – vicegerent) so be careful how you behave and treat it…” [Muslim]. Our Prophet (SAAWS) also said: “Never does a Muslim plant a tree, but that he/she earns the reward of charity (Sadaqah) because what is eaten from it; and likewise what is stolen from it, what the wild beasts eat out of it, what the birds eat out of it, and what people take from it (including its shade) is charity (Sadaqah) for him/her.” [Sahîh Muslim]
On behalf of Green Muslims of NJ (GMNJ), we would like to invite your organization to participate in our ongoing “Muslims Going Green” Initiative. In commemoration of Earth Day (April 22) and Earth Week (April 19-25, 2015), we are encouraging local mosques, Islamic schools, and other Muslim organizations in the NY/NJ/PA tri-state area to participate in any capacity they can for this week long environmental events. You can initiate your own event at your Center, or you may choose to have your organization participate in any number of events that are being organized and conducted in the area. You can find out about many of these activities by contacting your local township.
The following are some ideas to get you started:
- Tree/shrub planting–hold a tree/shrub planting event at your local mosque. Arbor Day Foundation provides info on where and how to volunteer: Arbor Day Volunteering. Remember Arbor Day is at the tail end of Earth Week on Friday, April 24, 2015.
- Community Environmental Education–give a “Green khutba” for jumuah. Brother Muaz Nasir Publisher/Editor of – com and member of the GMNJ network has put forth a ‘Green Khutbah Campaign’challenge to request all Muslims to commit to the 3 Cs action plan:
1) Consume less, 2) Conserve more and 3) Care for the environment. Please visit the Green Khutbah Website http://khaleafa.com/muslims-across-the-world-to-celebrate-earth-day-with-green-khutbah-campaign/ for more information and where you will find links to resources which can provide you with sample Khutbahs and resources to engage the congregation.
- Hold a green event, using reusable products to reduce waste.
- Film Screenings–show an environmental awareness film, such as: Tapped, An Inconvenient Truth, Fast Food Nation, Food, Inc., or
- Organize an Earth Day hike, walk, or other outing (GMNJ has its next Mashee – Hike Insha’Allah on May 3, 2015 – MARK YOUR CALENDAR).
- Put together a light bulb drive at your Center: Collect old, incandescent light bulbs and give away (or sell at a discount) energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs.
- Organize an e-waste recycling drive: Collect old computers, televisions, and other electronic equipment from your community and donate to a local recycling center.
- Or you can simply choose to encourage your jamaat (community) to participate in one of the following area Earth Day/Earth Week activities at these locations:
- Visit the South Brunswick Earth Center (A Branch of the Rutgers Cooperative
Environmental Education) located at Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, Riva Avenue.
Call (732) 398-5260 and join in its many environmental awareness and educational programs. You can locate a Rutgers cooperative education branch office near you for
More info by visiting (http://njaes.rutgers.edu/)
Plainsboro Preserve Family Nature Programs and other NJ Area Nature centers can be located thru the NJ Audobon Society website (http://www.njaudubon.org/Home.aspx). Visit its website to learn more about the many programs and activities offered in your area for Earth Day.
- Rutgers University – Sat. April 25 from 10-4 pm is RUTGERS DAY – Rutgers Cook Campus, New Brunswick, NJ. Not-to-be-missed fun for the whole family!! More info at the Rutgers Day Website.
In addition we are looking forward to compiling a list of local Masajid that have featured “Green Khutbas” for jumuah. Kindly post to our Facebook page the name and address of the Masjid, Name of the Imam/Khateeb and the Topic of his Khutbah.
Still undecided as to what you can do during Earth Week?
The World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) has a wonderful program in which they ask you to become an Earth-Day Clean-up champion. For more info contact (http://wwf.worldwildlife.org/site/PageServer?pagename=panda_nation_earth_day_cleanup)
The Nature Conservancy has numerous Earth Day activities and events that you can volunteer for in your area to connect with nature. Contact them at (http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/newjersey/events/index.htm?src=e.nature&lu=2757933) for more information.
Throughout the region, many more events will be organized in the coming days. Please feel free to look up other events in your area to engage your community members. Whether you choose to host your own event, cosponsor an event, or simply spread the word to your jamaat about any one of the many Earth Day/Earth Week events in the area, please let us know what your plans are! Send us a brief write-up with pictures. We are compiling a catalogue of local Islamic institutions and their plans and activities for Earth Day/ Earth Week. Post to our facebook page.
Don’t miss out on this opportunity to engage your community and to participate with local Muslims in this collaborative effort!