Please join us for an onstage conversation with Ibrahim Abdul-Matin author of "Green Deen: What Islam Teaches about Protecting the Planet", followed by audience Q&A session and book signing.
Date & Time: Sat. Feb. 23, 2013 at 5:00 PM
Location: ICCNC 1433 Madison Street, Oakland, CA 94612
Tickets: $10 general, $5 students
For more info, call (510) 832-7600 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Author
For the past 10 years, Ibrahim Abdul-Matinchas been a passionate voice for transforming our pollution-based way of life to one that prioritizes our planet and its people. Ibrahim's dedication to the environment is rooted in his Deen -- his religion of Islam.
Ibrahim is an environmental policy consultant and has worked with Green for All, Green City Force, Interfaith Leaders for Environmental Justice, the Prospect Park Alliance and the New York City Mayor's Office of Long Term Planning & Sustainability. He has appeared on FOX News, Al-Jazeera, ABC News’ “This Week" and is a featured regularly on public radio’s morning news show, “The Takeaway.”
His writing has appeared in The Washington Post, CNN.com, The Daily Beast, GOOD Magazine, ColorLines, Wiretap and Elan Magazine.
About the Book
"How we manage waste, watts, water, and food should reinforce the moral foundations of our communities...ensure economic and social justice and create the freedom to transform our pollution-based 'gray' economy to one that...is sustainable and 'green.'" Environmental policy consultant and youth organizer Abdul-Matin shares his love of the Earth, which he describes as a mosque, in his first book, a guide to environmentalism that speaks to Muslims in their own terms. Defining a Deen as a path, the author clearly demonstrates how environmentalism fits into the goals and ethics of Islam. Abdul-Matin seamlessly intertwines personal experiences with religious doctrine and environmental information. The author focuses on several facets of human impact-waste, energy, water, and food-and includes discussions of green jobs, political systems, and greenwashing. Though topics will not be new to those who have read secular books about green or simple living, Muslims will appreciate Abdul-Matin's clarity in relating steps to Islam, often providing quotes from the Qur'an (though tips will apply equally to non-Muslims). Less a lecture than an invitation to introspection, Green Deen is a welcome hybrid, providing a glimpse into conservation through the lens of religion.
The book will be available for purchase and signing. You can get your ticket at the door or on-line via brownpapertickets.
"Ibrahim Abdul-Matin's deep connection with Islam and the environment helps to make his book clear, easy to read, balanced and convincing." - Harfiyah Abdel Haleem, Islamic Foundation for Ecology and Environmental Sciences, UK
"Ibrahim-Abdul Matin not only shows the myriad ways American Muslims are contributing to the resolution of the environmental crisis that threatens us all, but he goes a long way toward humanizing the Muslim community by sharing with the reader the lives of so many extraordinary, talented and visionary people." Imam Zaid Shakir, cofounder, Zaytuna College
"Green Deen shows how the authentic religious values and practices of Islam should lead to a wholesome, healthy and compassionate lifestyle that benefits all living things. Abdul-Matin writes in accessible, intelligent and motivating language, making this an excellent book for all readers." Ingrid Mattson, PhD