In the book, "Green Deen: What Islam Teaches About Protecting the Planet," Ibrahim Abdul-Matin outlines Islam's teachings about the environment, and encourages American Muslims to become more conscious of what they can do to protect the planet.
What does the title mean?
Author Ibrahim Abdul-Matin says: "Green has become the catch-all word for being environmentally friendly. Deen in Arabic means religion but can also be translated to path or way. So a green deen is literally an environmentally friendly religion." This book is filled with personal stories and inspiration to help anyone looking to further their practice of "Green Deen."
What topics are covered?
In this book, the author seeks to change the perception of Muslims as terrorists, to Muslims as environmentalists. The book is organized into four sections: Waste, Watts (energy), Water, and Food. Throughout, the author profiles several American Muslims who are committed to the environment, in their private lives and by running green businesses that serve the community. He shares Islamic verses and traditions to inspire a faith-based commitment to protecting the environment.
About the Author
Ibrahim Abdul-Matin was raised in Brooklyn, New York, the son of African-American parents who converted to Islam. He graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a degree in political science. He has worked as an Outward Bound instructor, and helped found the Brooklyn Academy of Science and the Environment. Abdul-Matin lived for some time in California, where he trained youth organizers and studied at Zaytuna College. He returned to New York as a National Urban Fellow, earning a master degree in public administration with a concentration in environmental policy. He has since consulted for several "Green Jobs Now" programs, and worked as a policy advisor to the New York City Mayor's office of sustainability and long-term planning.