If you’ve ever found yourself asking this question, check out Green Zabiha. Some brothers and sisters in our area are attempting to put together a green zabiha meat distribution service and need your help with some market research.
Check out the site and their survey here: http://greenzabiha.com/
“Learn about water rights and organizations Insha’allah”
“Learn about the consequences of nuclear power”
“keep it simple~ man”
“teach kids to play outside again!!! it’s good for them and they need to respect the earth, more than their X-Boxes”
“meditation and reflection”
“my smile ”
“take my kids to sit in the grass for a few hours”
“plant a tree”
“to conserve water”
“to conserve all sources of energy- light, water”
“loss of ego”
Since it’s Valentine’s Day, you’ll probably be seeing a lot of flowers everywhere and wishing – like me – that you had a garden to grow all those pretty plants. Ok, well…maybe not. But in honor of gardens and my love for watching them grow, I’d like to direct y’all to this article in today’s Washington Post on urban gardening:
Community Gardens Need Room to Grow (link)
By Adrian Higgins
Thursday, February 14, 2008; Page H01:
“The District, like other major cities across the country, is witnessing a renaissance in community gardening as interest in fresh organic food, fears about loss of vacant lots to development and a concern for the health of the planet combine to breathe life into a staid gardening model rooted in the victory gardens of both world wars.
As they join this environmental crusade, new gardening converts are realizing what earlier generations have learned: Beyond the substantial pleasure of raising a cabbage, these collective plots push blight and crime out of a neighborhood and connect fellow residents.”
The weekend before our dinner – DC Urban Gardeners hosted a forum at the Parks Center with workshops on everything from DC’s green infrastructure to growing herb and medicinal plants. If you’re interested in helping out with various parks and gardens in area or just want to start your own and need advice, link up — visit their website and join the Yahoo Group. Their blog also has a number of great resources for the (sub-)urban gardener!
For those perhaps confused (or alarmed) at the suggestion that some vegetables may be ‘haram,’ here is some clarification.
Vegetables, like meat, come from living organisms. They are both a miracle attesting to God’s creative power as well as a blessing granted for human sustenance. So in the same way that we ought to be informed of the processes our meat undergoes and the possible inhumane and environmentally- negligent practices performed in its production, we should be similarly aware of the complex journey our produce takes from the field to our dinner tables. After all, the Islamic method of animal slaughter is meant to ensure humane treatment. Why not so for broccoli?
Upon discovering the truth behind our food, we must not only choose between what food production practices we indirectly support, but more importantly how they consequently contribute or detract from the wholeness of our own being. While deeming things halal or haram is an exercise in Islamic jurisprudence set aside for those most qualified, figuring out what we decide is acceptable or unacceptable for ourselves is a practice of personal taqwa or God consciousness.
*But you don’t have to take my word for it. If interested look into: The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan
We’re really fortunate – and very excited – to be holding our dinner this Friday at a landmark in Washington, DC, the Josephine Butler Parks Center. Here’s some information about this amazing woman, building and neighborhood:
You’ll also find directions to the Parks Center at this same website. Just click on the “Directions to…” link. See you tomorrow, insha’Allah! 🙂
We’d like to offer you some food for thought before the dinner on Friday. Something to chew on, so to speak. These posts are both previews and further reading for our dinner’s discussion themes. Glance through them if you have time. Don’t worry if you don’t. We’ll go over these same topics during dinner, and you can come back to this site whenever you’re hungry for more!
#1: Nature, Childhood and the Prophet (PBUH)
We’ll be sampling an excerpt from this popular book – Last Child in the Woods – on children and nature. Here’s a taste: “Given a chance, a child will bring the confusion of the world to the woods, wash it in the creek, turn it over to see what lives on the unseen side of that confusion.” p. 7
…and an excerpt from this book – In the Footsteps of the Prophet – on the life of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him – PBUH), by Tariq Ramadan. To whet your appetite: “This relationship with nature was so present in the Prophet’s life from his earliest childhood that one can easily come to the conclusion that living close to nature, observing, understanding, and respecting it, is an imperative of deep faith.” p. 12
#2: Climate Change
Other resources, if you’d like to learn more about climate change: