Islamic perspective on environmental protection- ''Role of Faith in Protecting the Earth'' workshop
Sheikh Haythem Limam

Sheikh Haythem Limam, Content Manager, Radio Zitouna FM (For Holy Quran) and an affiliate of KAICIID Dialogue Centre, spoke about the role of Islam in protecting the environment during the ''Role of Faith in Protecting the Earth'' workshop which was organized by the URI MENA under the UNEP Faith for Earth initiative in Amman on 17 December 2022.

Islam and Environmental Sustainability
Mohd Zahid Ismail
IIUM Academy

Baseerah Talk Series (BTS) is a new programme organized by IIUM Academy with its first session conducted in March 2022.  The talks in the series will be conducted monthly and delivered by industry players or prominent speakers on the topic related to their respective fields. This talk was streamed live on Nov 2, 2022.

Spotlights Clips, 2.35, Ecology in Islam
Huda Alkaff
Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology
This is a clip from the episode of Spotlights featuring Huda Alkaff, the Founder and Director of Wisconsin Green Muslims, a grassroots group in Milwaukee, Wisconsin formed in 2005 to connect faith, environmental justice, and sustainability through education and service. In this clip, she talks about the cosmological and ecological orientation of Islam, particularly as expressed in the Quran and Hadith. Details for the full episode are here.
Spotlights Episodes, 2.34 Wisconsin Green Muslims
Huda Alkaff
Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology

This week's episode of Spotlights features Huda Alkaff, an ecologist and environmental educator. She discusses her work as the Founder and Director of Wisconsin Green Muslims, a grassroots group in Milwaukee, Wisconsin formed in 2005 to connect faith, environmental justice, and sustainability through education and service. She talks about ecological values expressed in the Quran and Hadith, the cosmological orientation of Islamic practice, the importance of interfaith collaboration, solar energy development, protecting freshwater resources, and much more. More information about Wisconsin Green Muslims is available hereMore resources about the intersection of Islam and ecology are available on the Forum on Religion and Ecology website.

The Environmental Spirit of Islam
Huda Alkaff, Saiyid Shah
Sufi Center Minnesota

The environmental spirit of Islam is manifested principally in six ways: through the Oneness of Allah and His creation (tawhid), Justice (Adl), compassionate stewardship (Khalifa), signs of the Creator (Ayat), trust with the Creator (Amana), and living in just balance with nature (Mizan). We will discuss these dimensions through the optics of faith in action as manifested by the various works and activities of the ISNA Green Initiative Team, which is putting the core environmental tenants of Islam into practice. We will also discuss stewardship as a collective responsibility to care for Mother Earth and each other across all faiths, nationalities, and ethnicities through the areas of advocacy, environmental justice, and personal lifestyle choices and consumption. This webinar was recorded on December 5, 2021.

Sheikh Hamza Yusuf on Climate Change
Sheikh Hamza Yusuf
unEarth Muslims

This talk premiered on Nov 2, 2021.

Environmentalism and the Ecological Question in the Islamic Moral Tradition
Naiyerah Kolkailah, Birgit Krawietz, Munjed Murad, Mohammed Ghaly
Research Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics

This public lecture broadly examines the so-called “Ecological Question (EQ)” from an Islamic perspective. Without narrowing the EQ down to the exclusive issue of sustainability, this lecture highlights the broader picture by exploring the vast and rich Islamic tradition. Besides addressing the relevant Quranic concepts, the speakers will engage with various scholarly disciplines grounded in the Islamic tradition. Speakers: Naiyerah Kolkailah (University of Oxford, UK); Birgit Krawietz (Freie Universität Berlin, Germany); Munjed Murad (Harvard University, US); Moderator: Mohammed Ghaly (CILE, Hamad Bin Khalifa University). This lecture was hosted by the Research Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics in Qatar and was delivered on October 13, 2021.

Food Security and Islamic Ethics: Human Rights, State Policies, and Vulnerable Groups, Day 2
Dr. Abdullah Omran, Dr. Dalal Aassouli, Ms. Zinnira Shaikh, Dr. Bakri Mat, Dr. Sumaya Hassan, Dr. Ray Jureidini, Dr. Said Hassan and Dr. Dalal Aassouli
Research Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics
This 2-day seminar discusses the question of food security with three combined perspectives: the world response to the challenge of sustainable food security, the Islamic perspective in addressing food security concerns, and the most vulnerable groups who face this issue, including women, children, migrants and the displaced. This event was streamed on May 31, 2021. For the booklet, full list of speakers and presentations, please visit here.
Food Security and Islamic Ethics: Human Rights, State Policies, and Vulnerable Groups, Day 1
Dr. Emad Shahin, Dr. Ray Jureidini, Dr. Muhammed Fawzy Abdul-Hay, Dr. Mohammad Alsaghir, Dr. Faisal Ahmad Manjoo, Ms. Tessie Bundgaard Jorgensen, Ms. Naeema Halim, Ms. Wiji Utami, Dr. Jennifer Olmsted, Dr. Amjad Saleem, Dr. Irshad Osman, Dr. Abdulfatah Mohamed
Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics

CILE Online Seminar: Food Security and Islamic Ethics: Human Rights, State Policies and Vulnerable Groups. This seminar is convened from Doha, Qatar by Dr. Ray Jureidini, who directs the CILE Research Unit Migration, Ethics and Human Rights, Dr. Dalal Aassouli, Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator of the Master of Science Program in Islamic Finance at CIS, and Dr. Said Hassan, Assistant Professor at Al-Azhar University, Egypt. The seminar discusses the question of food security with three combined perspectives: the world response to the challenge of sustainable food security, the Islamic perspective in addressing food security concerns and the most vulnerable groups who face this issue, including women, children, migrants and the displaced. This event was streamed on May 30, 2021. For the booklet, full list of speakers and presentations, please visit here.

2021 Ramadan Halaqa Series: Environmental Justice, Dignity, & Our Islamic Duty
Kori Majeed, Saarah Yasmin Latif
Muslim Space

Muslim Space offers a 4-part Ramadan halaqa titled Human Dignity Series - Affirming and elevating God's honor to humankind. The goal of this episode is to elevate the notion that all creation has been granted dignity from the Divine and it is incumbent on all believers to uphold this dignity, not only to ourselves but to others, specifically focusing on environmental destruction and how it robs current and future generations of dignity. This event was streamed on May 8, 2021.

World Water Day: Water Equity and Climate Resilience
Huda Alkaff, Kori Majeed, Saarah Yasmin Latif
Islamic Society of North America

In this panel on water equity and climate resilience in recognition of World Water Day, three Muslim women environmental activists discuss the principles of environmental justice as they relate to Islamic climate action and issues surrounding water. This event was streamed live on March 22, 2021. 

“Islam, Christianity, and the Environmental Crisis”
Seyyed Hossein Nasr
University of St. Thomas, Minnesota

This Terrence Nichols Memorial Lecture event featured Dr. Seyyed Hossein Nasr, who is widely regarded as one of the leading Islamic thinkers in the world, speaking on what religion can offer for resolving the environmental crisis in the world today. This talk was delivered on March 16, 2021.

RIGHTS OF THE EARTH — Islam and the Environment
Fazlun Khalid, Hazim Azghari
Oxford University Islamic Society

Fazlun Khalid, founder of the Islamic Federation of Ecology and Environmental Sciences, and Hazim Azghari, currently researching his DPhil on the relationship between humans and the environment in the early centuries of Islam in the Mediterranean, present remarks on three broad areas of Islam and ecology. They cover: (1) evidence from the Qur'an and Sunnah that it is our obligation to care for the environment, and how we should go about it; (2) negative effects of climate change and environmental damage and its impact on Muslims around the world; and (3) current steps being taken by Muslim countries/communities to care better for the environment and tackle climate change and what steps we can take as individuals to help the cause. This conversation took place on Feb 20, 2021.

Islam and the Environment: Stewardship, Preservation and Protection
Sarra Tlili, Anna M. Gade
Bayan Islamic Graduate School

Speakers: Dr. Sarra Tlili, Professor of Arabic Language and Literature, University of Florida - Gainesville; Dr. Anna M. Gade, Professor of Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin - Madison. 

Dr. Sarra Tlili's topic is “The Ecology of Wonder.” She explores the ecological dimensions of three Qur’anic motifs: divine oaths, creation’s function as a set of signs, and creation’s inner dimension. Study of these motifs shows that through them the Qur’an fostered feelings of kinship and wonder toward nonhuman creation, thereby creating a favorable ecological impact. Dr. Anna M. Gade's topic is “Understanding Muslim Environmentalisms as Environmental Ethics.” She presents on current trends in global Environmental Ethics, offer perspectives on how Muslims have engaged these commitments in the past and present, as well as what Islamic approaches are now contributing to notions like environmental justice. This talk was held on January 25th, 2021.

Environmental Justice in the Middle East: Activism, Resistance, and Decolonisation
Carly A. Krakow, Muna Dajani, Mona Harb, Michael Mason
This roundtable focuses on environmental justice, analysing the ways in which approaches to environmental studies have traditionally overlooked and under-emphasised the critical roles of communities directly impacted by environmental injustice. Focusing on environmental justice struggles in Palestine, the Golan Heights, Lebanon, and Iraq, speakers discuss how recognising and understanding the experiences of communities contending with protracted environmental injustice at the local level are critical to fully understanding the implications of international environmental injustice and the climate crisis. How have narrow definitions of environmental justice shaped policies? And how are communities resisting this repression? This event was streamed live on October 29, 2020. 
Faith and Environment in the MENA
Iyad Abumoghli
Sustainability in the Next Era, egomonk
In Episode 1 of Sustainability in the Next Era, Ruba A. Al-Zu'bi converses with Dr. Iyad Abumoghli, Director of the UN Environment Programme's Faith for Earth initiative. Tune in to explore the tremendous potential of faith-based organizations to contribute to a green economy!
Mosques, Imams, and Climate Action Webinar
Dr Fazlun Khalid, Qari Asim, Dr Iyad Abumoghli, Naeema Hales, Fahmida Khatun, and Kamran Shezad
Bahu Trust

Muslims around the world are concerned about climate change and its impact on humanity. However, many Muslim leaders have been discussing their role, how Islam addresses issues related to climate change and how Muslim leaders can lead a concerted movement to mobilize the larger community across the globe. This webinar, organized in collaboration with the Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board of the United Kingdom, brings together Islamic scholars to discuss the role of Mosques and Imams in the decade of climate action. This event was hosted on November 5th,  2020.

Speakers include: Dr Fazlun Khalid (Founder Director - Islamic Foundation for Ecology & Environmental Sciences - The Urgency For Climate Action - An Islamic Perspective), Qari Asim MBE (Chair - Mosque & Imams National Advisory Board (MINAB) - The Role of Mosques and Imams), Dr Iyad Abumoghli (Director - Faith For Earth, United Nations Environment Programme - Faith For Earth - The Global Potential), Naeema Hales, Outreach Manager (IFEES/EcoIslam - The Role of Muslim Women in Environmental Protection), Fahmida Khatun, TBC (The Hive, Al Madina Mosque, Barking - Environmental Practices in Mosques), Kamran Shezad (Bahu Trust - Host)

"Comprehending the Challenges We Face Today" - Make or Break
Fazlun Khalid
Bibliotheque Francois Mitterand

Fazlun Khalid's reputation is well established. He is known worldwide as a tireless advocate for the environment. His thoughts are rooted in religious traditions and have made him one of the fifteen major environmental thinkers of our time (Grist magazine, US July 24, 2000). He is also one of the “500 Most Influential Muslims in the World,” according to the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center of Jordan. He is at the origin of the Islamic Foundation for Ecology and Environmental Sciences, the first Islamic NGO in the world. He is a member of the United Nations Task Force, which deals with environmental issues. This talk was delivered as part of the New Muslim Think Tanks M-talk Series on May 15, 2020.

Ethical Review of Global Environmental Status
Dr. Husna Ahmad
Research Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics

Dr. Husna Ahmad presents an ethical review of the global environmental status through the lens of the theological-Islamic perspective on climate change and environment. She discusses recent climate action by Islamic and other faith communities, as well as the linkages between ethics and environment in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This talk took place on March 23, 2019 at the CILE 7th Annual International Conference “A Global Ethical Approach to Social Justice and Environmental Issues.”

Hadith #38 - The Rights of the Environment Upon You | 40 Hadiths on Social Justice
Sh. Omar Suleiman
Yaqeen Institute

In Hadith #38 of the 40 Hadiths on Social Justice Series, Sh. Omar Suleiman breaks down the different facets of the environment that are described in the Qur'an and Sunnah, and how we can interact with them. 

Muslims Stand Up for Environmental Justice: A Conversation with Huda Alkaff
Huda Alkaff
Edge Effects Podcast
Podcast Link
In the days before the beginning of the Islamic month of Ramadan, 2018, Anna Gade of Edge Effects speaks with Huda Alkaff, a trained ecologist and environmental educator. Alkaff is founder and director of Wisconsin Green Muslims, a state-wide environmental justice group based in Milwaukee that has received national recognition for its leadership, from Wisconsin to the White House. They discuss two featured projects of Wisconsin Green Muslims: promoting access to solar energy with the “Faith & Solar” initiative, and water resource conservation and management with “Faithful Rainwater Harvesting.” Alkaff also explains the popularity of the current Greening Ramadan initiative, which extends to communities across the country. Alkaff reflects on engagement with various mosques, diverse non-Muslim faith-based organizations as well as the process of building bridges with non-religious environmental groups overall. Religious commitments such as to “stand for justice” (Q. 4:135) energize Wisconsin Green Muslims to “stand up for environmental and climate justice,” as Alkaff explains, with activism that strives for inclusion and equity for marginalized communities.
Retrospective and Prospective: Abrahamic Traditions
John Grim, Mary Evelyn Tucker, Francis X. Clooney, S.J., Hava Tirosh-Samuelson, Heather Eaton, Mohammed Rustom
Harvard Divinity School

Welcome by Francis X. Clooney, S.J., Director, Center for the Study of World Religions, Harvard University; Overview by John Grim & Mary Evelyn Tucker, Yale University; Judaism: Hava Tirosh-Samuelson, Arizona State University Christianity: Heather Eaton, St. Paul’s University, Ottawa Islam: Mohammed Rustom, Carleton University Moderator: Francis X. Clooney, S.J. “Religion, Ecology, and Our Planetary Future” advances the work of understanding and transforming the discourse of religions and ecology for the twenty-first century. The conference marks the twentieth anniversary of the Religions of the World and Ecology Conference series and subsequent book series. This event took place on October 14, 2016.

“Disaster Response and Religious Community at Mt. Merapi”
K.H. Masrur Ahmad of Pondok Pesantren “Al-Qodir’
Green Islam in Indonesia
K.H. Masrur Ahmad of Pondok Pesantren “Al-Qodir,” Cangkringan, Jogjakarta, Java, Indonesia explains the ecojustice work of an Indonesian Islamic school following the eruption of Mt. Merapi in 2010.
“Islam and Ecology”
Safei-Eldin Hamed
Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology

Safei-Eldin Hamed discusses Islam and Ecology with Mary Evelyn Tucker. “Islam and Ecology” is part of the larger “Conversations on World Religions and Ecology” project. Watch the whole “Conversations on World Religions and Ecology” series on the Forum on Religion and Ecology YouTube Channel.

The Abrahamic Response to Journey of the Universe
Rabbi Lawrence Troster, Heather Eaton, Safei Eldin Hamed
Chautauqua Institution

Rabbi Lawrence Troster, Dr. Heather Eaton, and Dr. Safei Eldin Hamed offer responses from Jewish, Christian, and Islamic traditions to Journey of the Universe. Rabbi Troster, a late Jewish environmental activist, draws from the Books of Genesis and Isaiah to suggest that the science of the universe story is offering people a vision of a new heaven and a new Earth. Dr. Heather Eaton, a theologian at Saint Paul University, highlights the need for Christians to retrieve its focus on creation, to reinterpret justice as ecojustice, and to reconstruct theologies of incarnation to encompass the entire Earth community. Dr. Safei Eldin Hamed, a scholar of environmental planning at Chatham University, interprets the Quran to suggest that there is equality between all creatures and that Islam can offer a holistic and functional cosmology for our contemporary world. This event took place at the Journey of the Universe and Our Elegant Universe Symposium on 06/26/2013.

“Islam and Ecology”
Sheikh Muhammed Amara
Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development

Sheikh Muhammed Amara offers an Islamic case for environmental action. He contends that Allah has granted humans an exalted status, yet with that status comes a responsibility to maintain the delicate balance of creation and to respect the rights of other beings. For Sheikh Amara, Muslims have a duty to cooperate with both Muslims and non-Muslims to ensure a safe and flourishing environment for all. This talk was delivered at The Interfaith Climate and Energy Conference at the Mishkenot Sha’ananim Conference Center in Jerusalem on March 19th, 2012.

Shariah and Environmental Sustainability
Faraz Khan
Wesleyan University

Contemporary Issues in environmental ethics based on Islamic paradigm, Faraz Khan discusses the practical Environmental Ethics and a review of major works in this field. This talk was recorded on February 20, 2009.

“Islam and the Preservation of the Natural Environment”
Seyyed Hossein Nasr
Georgetown University Center for International and Regional Studies

On January 26, 2009, CIRS began its Spring semester Faculty Distinguished Lecture Series with a talk by Seyyed Hossein Nasr, one of the foremost scholars of Islamic, Religious and Comparative Studies in the world. He was introduced to the audience by Mohammed Al Sudairi, SFS-Qatar sophomore and President of the Blue and Gray theater club. Nasr's lecture, held at the Al Sharq hotel in Doha, outlined daily environmental struggles within an elaborate frame of spiritual Islam. This subject, Nasr emphasized, “is of gravest importance” because people have resorted to covering up the problem without actually finding a solution. Environmental destruction however, “will not be solved by cosmetics,” but “requires a change in our way of life.”

Header photo: Bandir at the annual Maukib procession and celebration for members of Islam's Qadiriyyah tradition in Kano, Nigeria. Courtesy of ARC. ©Darul Qadiriyyah