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Tips to turn Ramadan and Eid Green
June 30, 2014, 2:04 pm
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From Eid cards that you can plant to cooking up an organic Ramadan feast, here are some tips to help you show your love for the planet during the sacred month of fasting.

The Muslim Ummah is supposed to be one of moderation and yet sometimes our daily activities don’t reflect that. From binging on food, TV and shopping, we often invest our time in things that don’t nourish the body or soul- much to the detriment of this struggling planet which can’t support our lavish lifestyles. So, in the true spirit of Ramadan, slow things down, switch off your TV and just stop. Ramadan reminds us that an entire year has passed so take time to re-assess your life and refocus on the things that you value most

Don’t Spend A Penny

There is no doubt that we are living in a consumerist age, a time when people spend more money than they have and the economy seems as fragile as a teenager deprived of an ipod. So why not go spend-free for the month. Think about all the unnecessary money you spend, the impact it has on the environment and ways you can slay that shopping urge without spending a penny.

Go Organic!

Whilst Ramadan may not seem like an ideal time to be experimenting with the food that you buy, the holy month of fasting reminds us that the food we eat is a blessing which makes it the perfect time to consider going organic. Food that is grown without chemical pesticides or hormones are labelled ‘organic’ and due to their growing popularity you will usually find a wide range of produce in your local supermarket. If you’re not ready to take the plunge and go organic just yet, why not consider shopping at your local fresh food market or even growing your own vegetables and fruits.

Ban plastic at Iftar

One of the best things about Ramadan is organising iftar at your home. However one major eco sin that is regularly committed at these events is the use of plastic plates, cups and spoons which all end up in the bin and eventually in a landfill or a small animal’s intestines. Plastic is a deeply ingrained habit but the solution is simple: ask everyone to bring along their own plate, cup and spoon.

Use your car less

Break the car habit during the month of Ramadan by walking to your local Mosque for tarawih prayers after iftar. To help you on your way, arrange to meet with fellow muslims at a specific location by a certain time and then you can all walk down together. Walking is a great way to de-stress and exercise and it will also free you from road-rage-inducing traffic jams and parking nightmares. You are also blessed for every step you walk to the Mosque.

Go Eid (Swap) Shopping

After the suggestion to give up unnecessary shopping, you may be worried that you’d be showing up at Eid prayers in rags, but fear not as there is a solution for you. It’s called swap shopping. This is basically the most fun you can have for free and consists of inviting all your friends and family members (women only!) to dig out all those clothes/shoes/bags/jewellery that have been gathering dust, and start swapping with everyone. Send out online invites, make some lovely food and it’s a mini party where you can pick up some new clothes as well as ideas for your Eid outfit.

Grow your own Eid Card

Add a new twist to your Eid card this year by making a card that you can plant. All you need to do is mix crepe paper, water and seeds into a mush which can be shaped into a flower, moon, mosque dome, etc., and stick it on your card. As well as your own personal greeting, make a note of the back of the card of the growing instructions and tell your recipient to plant the mush and watch it grow!

Use less water

Nothing reminds you of the life-giving powers of water more than a month of fasting when all you really crave is a sip of water. However, avoid the temptation to buy bottled water to keep hydrated after Iftar and use tap water in a re-usable bottle instead. Tap water doesn’t waste energy being produced or require plastic bottles which end up in landfills.

Educate yourself on the green principles

Learn some green ethics this Ramadan by learning that humans have been appointed to care for the earth and we are interdependent and interconnected with the earth’s creations. This will not only help raise your own awareness but will also mean that you can give a more informed response to people who ask why you have embraced going green.

Spread the Green

Actions speak louder than words, so following any of the above steps will naturally help spread the green message to the Muslim masses. Even so, help connect the dots for those on the receiving end of your green deeds by explaining why you have decided to cook an organic meal, ban plastic cutlery or organise a swap shop party. Explaining your actions in terms of protecting the planet might be a totally new concept for some people and may even help inspire them to follow your eco example.

 

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