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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

Mosque Water Conservation Provides Food During Ramadan

Converting water savings into food, GROHE is continuing its “Green Mosque” water conservation CSR initiative this year during Ramadan. The initiative, part of GROHE’s global water conservation program ‘Watercare,’ is once again teaming up with the NGO Sharbatly Foundation, as it did in 2014. Last year, the “Green Mosque” water conservation program saved the mosque […]

July 6th

Fasting’s Spiritual and Environmental Benefits

Our environment is more than trees, water, land, and air. It is a sense of peace, an understanding of our place in our society. It sustains our satisfaction in life and our interest in caring for the life around us. Recognizing the sustaining forces that make up our environment sometimes requires a time of deep […]

July 31st

Ramadan’s Struggles and Blessings

Ramadan, the month Muslims go without food and drink during daylight hours, is coming to a close Monday evening. I don’t know whether this will be a relief or a burden to practicing Muslims. As a non-Muslim who has spent long, warm, July days happily drinking lemonade and munching on all the juicy fruit the […]

July 25th

Islam and the Environment @ First Church of Berkeley

This Sunday, I had the chance to talk to Ameena Jandali form the Islamic Networks Group, as part of the First Congregational Church of Berkeley’s three-part series titled, “Interfaith Perspectives on the Environment.” Jandali is a founding member of Islamic Networks Group (ING), a non-profit organization whose mission is to counter prejudice and discrimination against […]

July 21st

Divine Dates and a Beetle from Hell

An evil red beetle is threatening to destroy the most beloved fruit in Islam. The Arabic word for “date” is mentioned in the Holy Quran more than 20 times, more than any other fruit mentioned in Scripture. The Prophet Muhammad (God’s peace and blessings be upon him) especially loved the date palm and its fruit, […]

July 9th

Heavenly Honey: Understanding the Muslim Love of Honey

As Muslims enter the Holy Month of Ramadan, food receives more attention than any other time of year, and our love of honey blossoms generously. However, recent attention by the U.S. White House to declining pollinator populations indicate the natural supply of both honey and crops is endangered. This is alarming news for everyone, especially […]

July 2nd