If you haven’t heard of Green Deen: What Islam Teaches About Protecting the Planet or the book’s author, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, you may want to pay close attention. He’s one of the first Muslims in recent history to call people to live a more eco-friendly existence, all within the practical and sensible teachings of Islam. His book also serves as an incredibly great teaching tool for those who may not be familiar with the intrinsic values of Islam as it relates to caring for our planet in obedience to the commands of the Almighty.
I’m not quite sure how I stumbled upon his website, www.greendeenbook.com, but once I found it, I was stunned, excited and impressed with his common sense approach to living a more eco-friendly life while also serving as a revival of the true spirit of Islam.
I truly enjoyed the whole book, but for purposes of discussing food — gardening, shopping, eating in an eco-friendly way, I’ll briefly call attention to the points he makes about those subjects- I want you to win and read the book for yourself (see more info below)!
Not only does Abdul-Matin advocate for urban and community gardens, the treatment of animals during life and at the time of death are paid close attention to in the surrounding chapters. I was particularly moved by how he describes the proper slaughter of an animal- nothing rushed, but with a pause in between to reflect on the sacrifice that the animal has made for you and I to have food in our bellies. Not only is it the polar opposite of factory farming, it’s also a far cry from the rushed method of handling animals in some of the better facilities around the country. Pairing practical and technical techniques of these types of things related to our food with the Islamic imperative surrounding them was truly a reminder of the simplicity, natural beauty and inherently green deen we have in Islam.
Abdul-Matin also dedicates several pages in his book to some of my favorite Muslim business owners. These food producers are trying their best to do things the halal and organic way, to meet the standards of tayyib, or pure: American Halal Co. (producer of Saffron Road foods), Green Zabiha and Whole Earth Meats– not only are they producing high quality halal meat products, they’re also some of the nicest business owners you’ll ever meet, all with a social entrepreneurial spirit about them.
You’ll need to get the book to read more on the fascinating topic of living green as it relates to the Islamic imperative, and chances are you won’t be able to put it down. It’s an easy read worth your time– and a great conversation piece, too.
Here’s how you can WIN a FREE copy of Green Deen: What Islam Teaches About Protecting the Planet…
I’ve teamed up with Ibrahim Abdul-Matin to bring you your very own copy of the Green Deen book, signed by the author himself!
You just have to do two simple things:
1) If you haven’t done so already, you must be a subscriber to My Halal Kitchen (it’s free and easy to do: www.myhalalkitchen.com/subscribe)
2) follow me on Twitter: www.twitter.com/myhalalkitchen
3) Tell us your best tip for keeping a green kitchen. Just describe in a sentence or two what you do to be eco-friendly while cooking, cleaning, or stocking up in your kitchen. The author and I will discuss all the answers and choose the one we feel is the most ‘green’ and in line with Islamic principles. No need to be Muslim to enter, just show us your best tip– most green living tips are already in line with this deen, or religion!
Offer expires March 5, 2011