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  

Asma Mahdi
Interim Executive Director 
asma@greenmuslims.org

Asma is a native Angeleno and has been an environmental advocate for nearly a decade. Her passion for environmental justice led her back to Los Angeles to work for the Sustainable LA Grand Challenge, an ambitious research initiative at UCLA aimed at transforming Los Angeles into the first sustainable region in the US by 2050. Before returning to Los Angeles, she worked for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, in Washington, DC, where she co-wrote and hosted the Regional Emmy Award-winning education series Trash Talk. Asma received her Bachelor’s from UCLA in Environmental Studies and Geography and earned her Master’s in Environmental Science and Management from the Bren School at UC Santa Barbara.

Muna Rehman
Director of Outreach
muna@greenmuslims.org

MunaMuna‘s experiences living in the U.S. and abroad instilled in her a passion for intercultural education, wellness, and environmental sustainability. She is an educator and curriculum developer by training. Her teaching philosophy is to equip¬†learners with social, emotional, and analytical skills to think critically about different perspectives. She joined the Green Muslims board because she believes that developing critical thinking and reflection¬†are the best vehicles to mobilize our communities to address environmental challenges. Muna holds a Bachelor of Arts in Arabic Language and Literature and a Master of Arts in Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language from the University of Texas at Austin.

 

Rumin Sarwar
Managing Director 
rumin@greenmuslims.org

Rumin grew up in Wichita, Kansas, where she learned to concentrate on the small actions she can do to make the world a healthier, safer, and more love-filled place. She joined Green Muslims to inspire others to be better stewards of the planet and be inspired to do the same. Rumin holds a Master of Science in Public Health from the Gillings School of Global Public Health at University of North Carolina and currently works in public health policy research in Washington, DC.

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 American.

 

Soltan Bryce
Director of Development
soltan@greenmuslims.org

soltanSoltan is a Palestinian American raised in eastern North Carolina. Moving from farming, founding and managing a food distribution company to working in healthcare technology, Soltan is fascinated by complex systems. Soltan strives to solve at the center of socio-environmental issues: taking both a broad view of how complex systems connect and a deep dive into solutions that can be had at those intersections. Soltan graduated with dual degrees in Environmental Studies and American Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Soltan hopes to facilitate the connection of Muslims to the divinity within ourselves, our scripture, and our horizons.

Ambereen Shaffie
Development Associate
ashaffie@greenmuslims.org

Amber Shaffie

Ambereen is an environmental attorney based in Washington, DC. She currently practices international environmental law and policy, particularly regarding the Paris Agreement, the amendment to the Montreal Protocol, and energy efficiency.  Previously, Ambereen litigated federal environmental cases focused on the cleanup of large landfills in the United States and clerked at the D.C. Superior Court.  Ambereen has an LLM in International and Comparative Law from the American University in Cairo, a JD from the University of Kansas School of Law, and a BA in Economics and International Studies from the University of Kansas. In Cairo, she served as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar. In her free time, she is devoted to community building and interfaith work. Her pro bono practice includes family law (particularly in the Muslim community) and general civil law.

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.