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 one. It seemed Muslims in the Washington, DC area 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 environmental awareness and encourage activism. It holds Our Deen is Green! educational programming for local youth, hosts community hikes and cleanups, and provides speakers and educational material for local Islamic centers and youth groups.
To serve as a source in the Muslim community for spiritually-inspired environmental education, action, and reflection. We engage locally while serving as a national resource.
Muslims living in the environmental spirit of Islam, striving towards connection with nature and environmental stewardship.