Islamic Environmentalities

Islamic Environmentalities

The Qur'an is rich in relating humanity's relations with the rest of creation. The difficulty in realising humanity's role  is apparent in our current political, environmental and economic situation. Given the modern ecological crisis and global environmental change there is much work to do in this area in the realms of theology, politics, science, and everyday practice.

 

Four projects are currently running in this area.

  • Fasting not Feasting is an ongoing transnational campaign to embody the spirit of Ramadan and counter the dangerous effects of consumerism and gluttony.   

  • The Green Your Mosque workshop is a community-based event through which the religious nature of human relationships with the rest of creation is linked to the practical rhythms of Muslim life.

  • Transforming the Halal Meat Industry takes issue with the industrialisation of animal rearing and the ethics of ‘meat production’. See the microsite for more: www.chickenwars.tumblr.com

  • Wudhu Area Studies focuses attention, reflection and transformation of communal ablution facilities. For more visit: www.wudhu.tumblr.com

Islam, Environment and Development Conference, 2003

An exploration of challenges facing growing communities and Islamic teachings realating to the whole environment.
with Fazlun Khalid (IFEES), Muzzammal Hussain (LINE), Tariq Masir (Muslim Hands) and Muhammad Imran (Islamic Relief)


Willowbrook Farm

Situated an hour from London in the Oxfordshire countryside in the UK, Willowbrook Farm is an inspiring place to visit, study and work. This Muslim family-run initiative provides a notable example of a tayeb, halal and organic model of agriculture in the UK through which we hope a better standard of halal will improve the lives of people in the future. 

IMASE often organises group visits to the farm, to reaquaint ourselves with the livelihoods of most human beings and contribute skills and labour to its development.


Belum Rainforest Project, Summer 2003

IMASE was approached to consider and suggest technical solutions to support a project aiming to protect the social and natural life of a large tract of Ancient Tropical Rainforest in Perak, Malaysia.

IMASE researched and submitted a technical proposal for the renewable power and wireless communications infrastructures required to establish, maintain and produce a monitoring and broadcast facility in a limited part of the Rainforest.

Sustainable water solutions for the Developing World, 2002

Today over 2.4 billion people in the world do not have access to adequate sanitation and over 1 billion people do without safe drinking water. 3.4 million people, mostly children, die annually from water-related diseases. Most of these illnesses and deaths can be prevented through simple and inexpensive measures. To prevent such tragedies good water resource management techniques need to be implemented.

Given the brutal context briefly described above,  the International Muslim Association of Scientists and Engineers, held a seminar, in 2002 in the UK, on the water crisis and water resource management with the aim of disseminating knowledge and initiating a focus group to discuss and help implement sustainable water solutions in the Developing World.

A Multimedia CD containing the proceedings, audio and further articles on the subject is available.