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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

Buddhist Holiday in Sri Lanka Honors Buddha With Trees

According to Buddhist tradition, just before Buddha died he saw his faithful attendant Ananda weeping. Buddha advised him not to weep over the natural disintegration of his physical body, but follow his teachings and pass them on because only truth is eternal. Buddhists remember this advice on Vesak, their lord’s birthday, by refocusing¬†on his teachings […]

June 1st

Rosh Hashana Is a Time to Reflect on Bees

According to the Mishnah, there are four “new years” in Jewish tradition: one for the trees, one for the kings, one for tithing, and one for the years. Rosh Hashana, which ends this evening, is the New Year of years and marks the anniversary of the creation of the world. To celebrate, Jews around the […]

September 15th

Muslims Worldwide Mark Earth Day With Green Khutbah

Challenging all Muslims around the Earth to commit to protect the environment, Islamic religious leaders worldwide are planning to deliver a Green “Khutbah,” or sermon, at the traditional Friday prayer service on April 24 to mark Earth Day. Founded in Canada in 2012, the Green Khutbah Campaign takes place to commemorate Earth Day, which is […]

April 21st

Is France Ready for Islamic Finance?

France is the fourth-ranked financial market worldwide and number one in the Eurozone. In order to remain competitive with other European nations and the world, the decision-makers in France have realized the importance of entering the global Islamic finance markets. Camile Paldi, CEO of the Franco-American Alliance for Islamic Finance (FAAIF), believes that there is […]

February 6th

Plants From Quran Showcased at Islamic Park

This year, the Islamic Educational, Cultural, and Scientific Organization (ISESCO) named Sharjah “Capital of Islamic Culture 2014.” The history of Sharjah, the third largest emirate in the United Arab Emirates, dates back approximately 6,000 years, so it’s not surprising that it is filled with amazing, Islamic cultural landmarks. But just over a month ago, Sharjah […]

May 5th