Green 'Khutbah' Muslim Sermon Campaign
Muslims have been asked to encourage their spiritual leaders, imams, to devote this Friday Khutbah or sermon (19th April 2013) to celebrate the blessings, graces and beauty of all of Allah’s creation. Muaz Nasir from Khaleafa who is leading the effort is also hoping to raise awareness amongst Muslim of the environmental challenges facing humanity.
"The 'Green Khutbah Campaign' is aiming to challenge Muslims to become stewards of the environment by making changes to their daily routines," explains Nasir. "Although the evidence of environmental damage is stronger than ever, the public is starting to tune out due to the recent economic crisis and a lack of political leadership. But Muslims cannot tune out from the environmental damage — tuning out would mean that we are disregarding our moral responsibility to Allah's creation."
The campaign requests that all Muslims commit to the 3 'C' action plan:
1. Consume Less
2. Conserve More
3. Care for the Environment
Sample sermons and also resources to engage the Muslim congregation have been provided at the Green Khutbah site which includes a link to GreenProphet. There are also Quranic verses and hadiths highlighting the importance of nature, conserving water, minimising waste and recognising our role as stewards of nature. The site also has a long and useful list of practical actions that Muslims can take to green their mosques and green their lives.
Blue Mosque photo by Roger Greenway.
Read more at GreenProphet.