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The Mudd of Prophet Mohammad

Last February, I was blessed with doing a Umrah trip to Saudi Arabia with a group from my hometown Sacramento, California. Umrah is the non-mandatory visit that Muslims do to Mecca to perform certain rituals and, unlike Hajj, can be performed any time during the year. Although visiting Medina, the city where Prophet Mohammad (peace […]

November 8th

Dear God, is Oil a Blessing or a Curse?

By calling on Oklahomans to pray for oil, Governor Mary Fallin has stretched the limits of my patience and perhaps a little bit of my better judgment. Governor Fallin would have us all believe that it’s been a really tough year for the oil industry. In fact, it’s been so bad that she sat herself […]

October 20th

Starting Forest Fires Declared a Sin in Indonesia

Hoping to end the annual blazes enveloping Southeast Asia in choking haze, Indonesia’s Islamic Ulema Council (MUI) issued a fatwa against intentionally starting forest fires. The religious edict issued by the MUI declares that it is against Islamic law, or “haram,” for Muslims to burn forests or plantation lands. Issued in mid-September, the six-point fatwa […]

October 3rd

All Morocco’s Mosques Transitioning to Solar Power

With the first phase deadline set for 2019, Morocco has launched an ambitious “Energy Efficiency in Mosques” program aiming to provide solar power for all the mosques in the kingdom. By switching to energy-saving LED lighting, solar water heating, and rooftop solar PV electricity generation, significant savings are anticipated for the Moroccan Ministry of Religious […]

September 14th

Greening the Hajj Pilgrimage to Mecca

The Hajj season of 2016 is underway in Saudi Arabia and the world’s attention is finely tuned to the environmental impacts of four million pilgrims converging on Mecca. The pilgrimage crowd is phenomenal and attempts to “green” the hajj, as we’ll cover in this update, are continuously improving and as innovative as ever. Taking place […]

September 12th

Going Solar Together at a Temple, Mosque & Church

Interfaith solidarity in Malaysia’s culture is so strong it extends to providing free solar power, “regardless of creed or race.” A recent donation sees a Chinese temple, a Christian church, a Muslim mosque, and a Chinese primary school going solar together in the town of Kota Belud, Sabah. These four special locations were chosen by […]

July 20th

What are the Environmental Costs of Pork?

Producing more than enough poop to fill over 15,000 Olympic-size swimming pools every year, hog facilities and other animal operations in North Carolina are placing an atrocious strain on the environment. A recent report by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and the Waterkeeper Alliance (Waterkeepers) outlines the high environmental costs of producing nearly 10 billion […]

July 12th

Cairo Climate Talks Inspire Rare Interfaith Dialogue

“Pollution and global warming pose an even greater threat than war,” stated Egypt’s German Ambassador H.E. Julius Georg Luy, as he opened the 41st round of Cairo Climate Talks on June 27, 2016. “And,” he added, “the fight to preserve the environment could be the most positive way of bringing humanity together.” Expressing a heartfelt […]

July 6th