Day 3-Transportation

Welcome to day 3 of No Impact Week, Wed Oct 21st! I hope everyone’s first day has went well. The third day is all about the ways in which we use transportation and get from point A to point B.

Please use the information below in addition to the No Impact Project’s Manual (alongside the DC Green Muslims No Impact Manual).

Remember each day builds upon the previous one, so keep up what you have been doing today and previous days and add to it with what you do tomorrow as well.

General Tips

  • Carpool: 2 people carpooling lessens the impact by half, 3 people carpooling lessens it by two‐thirds, etc…
  • Take the stairs instead of an elevator or escalator if possible: Good for both body & environment
  • Try more environmentally friendly commutes to school or work.
  • The higher the number, the worst the impact :
    • 1. Walking (nature’s transport)
    • 2. Bicycling
    • 3. Other non‐motorized transportation (rollerblading, skateboarding)
    • 4. Public Transportation (bus first, train/subway second)
    • 5. Multiple occupancy car
    • 6. Single occupancy car
    • 7. Private jet (mentioned just in case…)

Islamic Inspiration:

The Prophet (pbuh) declared, “The world is beautiful and
verdant, and verily Allah (SWT), be He exalted, has made you His
stewards in it, and He sees how you acquit yourselves.” (Muslim)
“And when he turns away, he endeavors about the earth to
corrupt in it and cause the tillage and stock to perish; and Allah
(SWT) does not love corruption” (2:205)

The Prophet (pbuh) said: “Prevention of damage and corruption
before it occurs is better than treatment after it occurs….The
averting of harm takes precedence over the acquisition of
benefits.” (Majallat al‐Ahkam al‐Adliya)

The Prophet (pbuh) stated: “The benefit of a thing is in return for
the liability attaching to it.” (Tirmidhi and Abu‐Dawud on
authority of Aisha)


  1. Sarah
    October 21, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    I will walk to the post office today to drop off packages for work.

  2. Nouf
    October 21, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    Living in DC, I only walk or take public transit but today i realized that I was overlooking something- CABS! Its terrible. I've been taking them all week without realizing the impact. I think one of the most powerful things about the week really is opening your eyes to all of the areas that you need to improve. So many Islamic themes!

  3. Umm Amirah
    October 21, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    Due to the fact that I have a dying car..I have been METRO busing it and METRO training it to work for about a week now. Its all about planning ahead and being patient.

  4. Nouf
    October 21, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    I know this is the transportation post but since its all inclusive of the days prior…I wanted to share this ayah regarding food:

    "It is He Who produceth gardens, with trellises and without, and dates, and tilth with produce of all kinds, and olives and pomegranates, similar (in kind) and different (in variety): eat of their fruit in their season, but render the dues that are proper on the day that the harvest is gathered. But waste not by excess: for Allah loveth not the wasters."

    Also I semi-cheated and had a couple of edamame…even though they are organic they come in plastic wrapping all the way from China. And for what its worth..they tasted terrible….justice I suppose…

  5. Munjed
    October 21, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    dude, i'm dying.. i want a chocolate bar…

    why can't contemporary chocolate bars be eco-friendly?

  6. Sarah
    October 22, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Munjed, try this…

    Also, walked to/from work today. But ended up taking a ride w/ a friend a mile away…probably could have walked but rides are so tempting!!