In our last post, we recapped Green Muslims’ first-ever New Year’s Green Resolutions event. We have so much to share from the event that we’re back with more highlights from our inspiring speakers Majeedah Al-Farooq and Faizan Mujeebuddin. Please see our previous post for more information on their backgrounds.
Majeedah’s Top Tips for Green Living
Faizan’s Top Tips for Green Living
How does your faith influence your green lifestyle?
Faizan: He is inspired by stories of how the Prophet Muhammad SAW sought refuge in nature to contemplate about society and it was there that the Prophet received revelations from God. Faizan also draws inspiration from Quranic verses that explain how natural phenomena serve as guidance in the outdoors. “The sun and moon separate day and night; mountains can be used as landmarks; stars can guide you at night when you can’t see landmarks. I read these verses as a child, and when I started spending more time in nature, I realized that I actually did rely on those things [to find my way].”
Majeedah: She believes that protecting the earth is part of her worship of God. Being green is a lifestyle for her—she is constantly analyzing how to make religious practices greener—from her trip to Hajj, to attending community picnics sponsored by her local mosque, and iftar during Ramadan. Throughout all of these experiences and more, Majeedah asks herself how she can reduce waste and be more eco-friendly.
Favorite places in the DC/Maryland/Virginia area to hike?
1. White Oak Canyon & Peter’s Run
2. Stony Man to Panorama (Appalachian Trail)
3. Veach Gap Trail (George Washington National Forest) (7 mile total)
Majeedah: Scott’s Run. It’s a beginner trail in Mclean, VA that I take a lot of women groups to.