Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar when Muslim set themselves into a daily routine of rising above their physical needs and wants in order to embrace greater spirituality. The month is filled with extra acts of worship, an emphasis on being a source of goodness, and an avoidance of any action that is of harm to one’s surroundings. 30 days of fasting, 30 Juz of Quran, 30 sets of Taraweeh, 30 Sehris, 30 Iftaars…So why not 30 acts of environmental service to our Creator?

This Ramadan 2015 sister Fatima Ragie, coordinator of Green Deen South Africa, has challenged herself to do her daily remembrance (dhikr) of her Creator outside – while practicing on a Sunnah! She will InshaAllah be picking up 30 packets of waste in her not-too-clean home suburb of Zinniaville, Rustenburg, North-West.

Green Dawah on our streets! Join her on her journey, wherever you are, whenever you can. Do it silently or spread the word. Follow her pickups on twitter and Instagram (@fhragie, @GreenDeenSA). Also, do share with us your pictures of your #30PacketsofGreeness by tagging us on social media or emailing it through to us.

2015 30 Packets of Greeness

Our duas (prayers) are with you as this special month of spiritual and self-discipline dawns upon us. Contemplate the higher purpose and deeper meaning of life! Connect to your Creator! May you emerge from Ramadaan spiritually uplifted, humbled,  more conscious of the divine, more compassionate, and a better human being as a result of your worship. Aameen.


One thought to “#30DaysOfRamadan, #30PacketsOfGreeness”

  • Amina Desai

    Please help me spread the message of help needed for Duas and Istisqah Salaah to be made.

    This is our article in the North Coast Courier this past week.

    Preparing for the worst
    Sembcorp Siza Water expects the taps to run dry in the next 60 days and enforce more water restrictions.

    Jacqueline Herbst | about 1 hour ago
    Hazelmere Dam.Hazelmere Dam.
    The Dolphin Coast is preparing for the worst water shortage on record, as drought continues to shrink the embattled Hazelmere Dam.The dam has dropped to 30 percent on Monday this week and if there is no rain, Ballito’s taps will run dry in August.The dam level is dropping at about 1 percent every four days, creeping ever closer to the 15 percent level which is basically just mud and can not be purified. The dam is effectively left with 15 percent usable water before it fails and Sembcorp Siza Water (SSW) expects that to happen within the next 60 days or so.This is in contrast to Umgeni Water, which according to its Facebook page still believes water will last more than 100 days (three and a half months) until it rains again in spring.On Monday SSW announced that all service providers, including themselves, Ilembe district municipaity and Ethekwini Water Services, were now carrying out water restrictions of 50 percent that applied to domestic and commercial consumers. Areas that have to tighten their water belts include Ballito and Dolphin Coast, Westbrook, Seatides, La Mercy, Umdloti, Tongaat, Groutville, Shakaskraal, Ndwedwe, Etete, Waterloo and Verulam.While Umgeni Water remains confident that it will rain in September, the South African Weather Service forecasts that the drought may last until January 2016.

    SSW said this week that to prolong water supply from Hazelmere Dam, Umgeni Water will now allocate limited daily quotas of drinking water to service providers and once that was finished, no more water will be released.

    If taps run dry, consumers will have to collect their own water, using their own containers from water tanks placed at strategic points.

    Full details of the new water restrictions and SSW’s contingency plan, including restrictor washers, supply cuts and fines, appear on in the newspaper on page 16.

    This appeared in Sunday News 24.

    Water rationing kicks off in some KZN municipalities

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    By: Giordano Stolley, News24
    22 minutes ago
    Durban – Sunday was the first day that water rationing kicked in at a number of municipalities in KwaZulu-Natal in a bid to conserve water resources in the province.

    The drought is the worst that has been experienced by the province since 1992, Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube said.

    Dube-Ncube last week warned that the province was suffering water shortages and that mandatory water conservation measures would have to be implemented.

    eThekwini Municipality (Durban and surrounds); Ilembe (Stanger, Ballito, Ndwedwe); uThungulu (Richards Bay, uMfolozi) and Mtubatuba will be most affected.

    In a statement released on Sunday, Dube-Ncube said: “Today some municipalities will commence with radical water rationing programmes as part of managing the available water resources.

    “Water rationing means that water production will be reduced and, as a result of this water reduction, less water will be supplied to municipalities. This will have a knock-on effect on consumers who will be given a set of amount of water per day once the water quantum allocated to households is consumed, there will be no water available until the following day when a new amount is allocated.”

    The northern areas of eThekwini and the southern areas of Illembe, which are supplied by Hazelmere Dam, are expected to be the worst affected.

    Last week Dube-Ncube said Hazelmere Dam had a mere two months supply of water remaining if restrictions were not implemented.

    “We require major changes in policy and consumer behaviour to manage the current water crisis in our province. Today, not tomorrow, is the time to begin to change the way we treat water by conserving every drop,” she said.

    “Water rationing timetables will be issued on a weekly basis and consumers and municipalities are urged to take note of water allocations available and use water sparingly. The less prudent we are with water, the higher the risk of water shortages we will face,” said Dube-Ncube.



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