Assalaamu alaykum – It's that time of year again when Muslims around the world will begin their 30-day fast to ‘scorch' away the previous year's habits; practice patience; and realign themselves with the teachings of the Holy Qur'an, Insha'Allah. It is also a time for many Muslims to reflect on the world around them both near and far, and develop ways in which they may contribute more greatly to society. A form of Zakat, if you will.
As custodians of the earth, the Mosque Foundation has set forth a proposal to all Muslims to make a change to their daily lives during, and beyond the 9th lunar month that will lessen their carbon footprint throughout the coming year.
"Now, behold! Your Lord said to the angels: I am placing upon the earth a human successor to steward it" (Quran 2:30)
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By The Mosque Foundation
We are blessed to welcome Ramadan again this year. It is a time for fasting, spiritual fulfillment, emotional rebalancing, mental reflection and physical purification.
Ramadan is the ideal time for balancing the spirit, the mind and the body. Fasting is a universal exercise of patience, self-control and altruism, but it is only one among many important aspects of Ramadan. Traditionally, Muslims consider Ramadan the ultimate month of charity, prayer, Quran, family, community and often very rich cuisine.
Our lives are becoming more complex and our challenges are numerous. Climate changes, global warming, deforestation, loss of biodiversity, poverty, hunger, war and global diseases are realities of our modern lives. These challenges are becoming beyond the reach of international institutions and national governments. It is about time to reconsider our approach, have a Ramadan paradigm shift and think of our roles as individuals and communities of faith in tackling these global problems. Muslims believe that man is the custodian of the earth:
"Now, behold! Your Lord said to the angels: I am placing upon the earth a human successor to steward it" (Quran 2:30).
Men and women are accountable to their Lord on the Day of Judgment for what they have done during their lifetime to others and to the creation and for the legacy they have left after their death.
"We will register "in the book" what they have done and what footprints they have left, and everything we have accounted for in great details in a detailed book" (Quran 36:12)