Fellow southern California environmentalists, if you’re looking for a fun-filled day of learning how you and your family can help better the environment and become a more eco-conscious muslims, check out the Earth Day Festival at the Islamic Institute of Orange County!

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Sh. Ibn Uthaymeen

May 21, 2008

I recently heard this over the weekend in a seminar with Shaykh Yasir Birjas, and thanks to Angie’s great note taking skills, I just couldn’t wait to share it with you all. 🙂
This is a reminder to myself of the essence of the blog, to tie in our environmental choices with Islam.

Shaykh Ibn Uthaymeen:
Shaykh Ibn Uthaymeen (may Allah (swt) be pleased with him) was very green! – He would tell the people that are in the masjid to turn the AC on 1/2 an hour before the ‘iqamah. As soon as you see me come in (to lead prayer) turn it off. This was done to save energy even though they didn’t know about global warming or “being green”. – The lights in the masjid were turned off unless there were people in the masjid using the lights. There were spotlights on the sides for the students of knowledge that would come to the masjid to study so as not to be wasteful. subhan Allah.. “If you take this as your lifestyle then it becomes your mission.. like the mission of the anbiya”’
I am now on a search for scholars, shuyukh, and other Muslim role models in our history who have paved the way to “being green.” The difficult part of the search are that the majority of resources of Islamic history have not yet been translated from Arabic to English. I ask that if you have anything you would like to share, names and examples, to please share it with us in sha’ Allah. You are more than welcome to comment or email socal.greendeen@gmail.com.
Jazakum Allahu khayran!