ISNA Green Masjid Initiative Team was formed as “Green Masjid Task Group” of Masjid Development Committee in December 2014 with the purpose of creating awareness and to provide guidance to make our mosques/Islamic centers environmentally friendly and our practices sustainable. Subsequently it was renamed as “ISNA Green Initiative”.
Based upon the premise that Islam has ordained us to be the stewards and protectors of this planet Muslims need to be an eco-friendly community. As such the modest goal of the “ISNA Green Initiative Team” has been to:
- raise awareness of issues of the protection and conservation of environment and the
- catastrophic effects of climate change through various educational means,
- promote the practice of a “Green Ramadan” to reduce waste, conservation of resources, and reducing the use of products harmful to environment like plastic waterbottles and Styrofoam,
- Promote the use of Solar energy to reduce the use of fossil fuels,
- develop standards for transforming existing Masajid into environmentally friendly
- places of worship and promoting eco-friendlier environment for Muslim communities at-large,
- develop standards for building Masjid that meet the standards of green architecture, and finally,
- promote environmental social justice.
A booklet “The Green Masjid Project” produced by the team is available on ISNA website as a guide for adopting environmentally friendly practices. Annual Green Ramadan Campaign is one of the major efforts to persuade Masajid/Islamic centers to adopt environmentally friendly practices at community and individual level.
At least six environment related articles have been published by team members in Islamic Horizons along with scores of webinars. Team members also provide lectures about environment and climate issue at Masajid/Islamic centers whenever an opportunity is available.
In addition to their ISNA related activities All team members are involved in several environment related activities, especially with Interfaith groups at State or National level. Two of the members have leadership role in Climate change activities at national and international level. Sr. Nana Firman and Sr. Huda were recipients of White House Champions of Change Faith Leaders on Climate in 2015. These two Muslimas were among the total of 10 from all faith groups. Sr. Nana was invited in November by First Lady of Turkey to Speak in the Program of the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization and in December she participated in COP25 interfaith program in Madrid. Their being part of ISNA Green Initiative is an asset and I very much appreciate their participation.
Team members: Huda Alkaff; Saffet Catovic; Nana Firman; Uzma Mirza; S. Masroor Shah (chairperson)