About Us

Green Muslims is a source in the Muslim community for spiritually-inspired environmental education, reflection, and action. We engage locally while serving as a national resource.

Programs  

Sharing Knowledge

Our educational programming offers a space for Muslims to learn about the environmental spirit inherent in Islam.

Community Action

Through our farm work days, planting trees, park and river clean ups, we hope to create a space where Muslims can learn about what it means to be a steward of the Earth through action.

Capacity Building

leadership

We offer one-on-one consulting to community leaders, imams, mosque executive boards, Muslim Student Associations, youth, and others to come up with ways to make green ideas permeate the communities these leaders serve.

History  

In 2007, a small group of Muslims hosted a zero-trash potluck iftar during the month of Ramadan. These individuals intended to raise awareness of global environmental issues within a Muslim community while hoping to create a language of Muslim-based environmentalism that would precipitate across communities. This group began a discussion of what unique actions Muslims could take to address environmental challenges at a local and spiritual level. Within a few months, the group held two more green iftars, reaching attendance five times greater than the initial iftar. It seems Muslims in this community were thirsty for this kind of thinking and this group was filling a void.

Since then, Green Muslims has continued to organize events to raise awareness, develop tool-kits that include practical tips on protecting the environment, and volunteer opportunities for youth.

People  

Sevim Kalyoncu
Executive Director 
sevim@greenmuslims.org

Growing up in Alabama, Sevim learned at an early age to view the earth as a book of God. She finds true peace when surrounded by nature and holds a deep concern regarding mankind’s responsibility as vicegerent of the planet. She is actively involved in 350 Fairfax as well as Sierra Club’s Virginia Chapter, serving as editor for its quarterly newsletter. She holds a B.S. from Georgetown and a master’s degree from the University of Chicago and has many years of nonprofit experience in Washington, DC, and the San Francisco Bay Area. She is also a professional editor and writer and is training to be a yoga instructor.

Sahir Jafri
Director of Operations and Finance
sahir@greenmuslims.org

SahirRaised in the Middle East, Sahir grew up in a diverse community of various nationalities which taught him how to connect with and relate to others from different backgrounds. He joined Green Muslims to raise awareness on how we can keep our planet habitable for future generations. Sahir holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Information Technology from Virginia Tech and currently works as a Business Analyst in Rockville, MD. Sahir enjoys volunteering, reading, and admiring nature.

 

Ambreen Tariq
Director of Communications
ambreen@greenmuslims.org

Ambreen

Ambreen Tariq is a seasoned strategic communications professional with a passion for environmental justice and protecting vulnerable communities against exploitation.  This passion is rooted in her immigrant experience, as well as her cultural and spiritual values. Ambreen is the founder of @BrownPeopleCamping, an Instagram blog aimed at promoting greater diversity in the outdoors community and on public lands. She currently works for the federal government and previously worked  for the Environmental Protection Agency and the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. She holds a J.D. from the Catholic University of America.

Ryan Strom
Legal Counsel
ryan@greenmuslims.org
A native of Michigan and long time resident of the District, Ryan is an avid champion for all things outdoors. He has worked at various federal agencies including the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Interior as well as working with DC youth for many years teaching all aspects of environmental protection and awareness. You can often find him hiking mountains or riding his bike in the city and beyond.