CAMP-NY April Power Hour

Date: Apr 21, 2010 19:00:00 to 21:00
Location: Empire State Studio 41 W 36th Street, Floor 5 (buzzer #5) between 5th and 6th Avenues
Ticket Cost: Free - Please RSVP on Facebook

Event Details

Salaam CAMP-NY members,

We are starting a new intiative to have a power hour the third Wednesday of every month featuring a guest for everyone to meet. Essentially these will be professional networking events that give new and old members an opportunity to not only mingle with each other but also with notable members of our community. This month's power hour is on short notice (April 21st) but we hope you can make it as we wanted to align our guest with getting our members ready for Earth Day.
Guest: Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, author of Green Deen
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Ibrahim's bio:
ibrahim abdul-matin is author of the acclaimed book, "Green Deen: What Islam Teaches About Protecting the Planet."  For the past ten years, ibrahim has been a passionate voice for transforming our pollution based way of life to one that prioritizes our planet and its people. ibrahim's dedication to the environment is rooted in his Deen - his religion of Islam. ibrahim is an environmental policy consultant and has worked with Green for All, Green City Force, Interfaith Leaders for Environmental Justice, the Prospect Park Alliance, and the New York City Mayor's Office of Long Term Planning & Sustainability. ibrahim is also a youth organizer and co-author of "Future 500: Youth Organizing and Activism in the United States." He is the brains behind the blog, Brooklyn Bedouin and media personality on WNYC's nationally syndicated radio show, The Takeaway. Abdul-Matin has also been published in ColorLines, WireTap Magazine, and Left Turn.
Blurb about the book: 
Muslims praise the Creator, take care of each other, and take care of the planet. Those are their sacred mandates, as written in the Quran. While the call to love Allah and one another won't surprise many, the deep and long-standing convergences between Muslim theology and environmentalism aren't widely recognized within other religious and secular cultures at large -- or even among some Muslim American communities. In this unique project, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin seeks to change that. Green Deen ("deen" means "path" in Arabic) is a call to devotion, prayer, and service, a "friend-raising" project, a community-building opportunity, and a marriage of faith and reason. Abdul-Matin draws on research, scriptural analysis and interviews with Muslim American environmentalists to outline Islam's historical and contemporary preoccuption with humankind's collective role as stewards of the Earth. He reveals how Islam's call to reflection specifically includes reflection on our relationship to the natural world, and he cites scriptural passages that implicitly and explicitly illustrate our collective responsibility to maintain and manage the planet's delicate and intricate systems. If we all hope to save our planet and build stronger interfaith and secular relationships, Abdul-Matin argues, Muslims need to remember they have a history of a Green Deen.
ibrahim abdul-matin and his Green Deen Dream Team is organizing a "Green Ramadan" campaign where mosques across the country will be recruited to participate by adopting "green" principles. Stay tuned on how to get involved, how to turn your neighborhood mosque "green" for Ramadan, and how to change the conversation about Muslims in America - from "jihadists" to environmentalists! 
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