A founding member of Muslim Climate Action, MADE is known for being a trailblazing organisation in the community when it comes to being environmentally-conscious. In keeping with this legacy, we are also continuing our Green Up Award, which teaches environmental education in schools, madrassahs and youth groups across the UK, and links this to practical action. MADE supports institutions through resources and sessions to make positive changes to be more aware of their Islamic responsibility to be stewards on this earth.
Previous campaigns Green Up My Community! and Green Up My Energy have engaged hundreds of young people in Schools, Mosques, youth groups, Madrassahs and Universities in social action and events across the UK. Through our Eco Ambassador Scheme we enabled and inspired young people to start their own campaigns and local initiatives.
To date our Green Up Award! has inspired nearly 30 institutions and Mosques to become more environmentally aware. From conserving water to installing solar panels and providing recycling facilities since 2010 we have been at the forefront of reminding the Muslim community of their responsibility as ‘Stewards of the Earth’.
To find out more and get involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Islam and the Environment
Islam teaches that human beings have been placed on the earth as khalifa (stewards), of the environment. The term khilafa (stewardship) carries with it the connotation of trusteeship – of being given something to take care of on behalf of someone else. In this instance, human beings have been appointed stewards over the earth to take care of it on behalf of its Creator and Owner, God.
He has “given you the earth for a dwelling place and the heavens as a canopy” (Qur’an 40:64)
The stories of the prophets are filled with tales that emphasise the importance of respecting the world around us and ALL its inhabitants. The Prophet Muhammad (pbup) taught us to treat animals kindly, to be moderate in our behaviour and avoid excess, both in our dealings with each other and our interaction with the environment.
“It is He who sends down water for you from the sky, from which comes a drink for you, and the shrubs that you feed to your animals, with it He grows for you grain, olives, palms, vines and all kinds of other crops. There truly is a sign in this for those who reflect.” (Qur’an 16:10-11)
Case Study: Martyna Slowikowska
“There’s no magic formula for getting a mosque on board! It takes energy, patience and time but it’s very rewarding to see how mosques start to change the way they think about the environment. For me the best approach has been to keep the mosque committee involved the whole way through but not to expect too much in terms of time commitment as they’re very busy. I recruited a few volunteers from the mosque by putting up posters and asking the Imam to make an announcement after jum’ah. I also approached the Saturday youth club to get involved. It’s really important to bring the community with you to create a truly sustainable and active eco-mosque!”
BE A COMMUNITY THAT CALLS FOR WHAT IS GOOD, URGES WHAT IS RIGHT, AND FORBIDS WHAT IS WRONG - QUR’AN 3:104