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Islamic Farming – A toolkit for conservation agriculture

Islamic Farming - A toolkit for conservation agriculture

Download the Islamic Farming Toolkit as a pdf

March 2014 – the first manual in conservation agriculture specifically designed for Muslim farmers in Africa was launched in Nairobi, Kenya. “Islamic Farming: A Manual for Conservation Agriculture” integrates Qur’anic scriptures and teachings about caring for the Earth as a religious responsibility with practical training in conservation agriculture.

This manual speaks to Muslim farmers in the language of the Qur’an and the Sunnah and as such offers significant potential to bring sustainable farming principles and practices to millions of Muslim farmers in Africa for the first time.

The creation of this handbook was undertaken under ARC – The Alliance of Religions and Conservation. ARC is a secular body that helps major religions develop their own environmental programmes, based on their own core teachings, beliefs and practices. Particularly they help religions link with key environmental organisations in their areas – creating powerful alliances between faith communities and conservation groups.

Vist ARC’S website

Download the Islamic Farming Toolkit as a pdf

Guiding Waters: An Introduction (post 1)

In the name of Allah SWT, the Creator, the Controller, and The Cherisher of all the worlds and all that they contain. Rab-ul-Alamīn.

Setting the Scene

Guiding Waters, Introduction, Green Deen South AfricaSince the inception of Green Deen South Africa  in 2013 by a handful of university students, our task has been simple —revive and remind our Muslim community of the environmental consciousness and stewardship that is spiritually inherent in Islam. We had launched through the national MSA Union and associated campus MSAs, and have since grown into a separate entity with the guidance of Allah SWT and through the voluntary assistance of everyone on our team and on our extended Green Deen network. As an organisation and as a movement, Green Deen South Africa puts the focus on sound Islamic scholarship and sound science.

We are becoming the networking, educating, empowering and activating environmental organisation that serves the needs of the South African Muslim community in service of our Creator and all of His creatures and creations.

The community responds: #drought, #savewater, #prayforrain

It truly has been inspiring to see the various ulema organisations, Muslim media powerhouses and various individuals heed the current water crisis in South Africa and respond. Overnight, our phones have been flooded with verses from the Quraan, duas and saving-water posters that have been made by almost every local Islamic organisation. WhatsApp broadcasts have been circulating with water facts and saving tips. Salaatul Istisqaa (prayers that ask Allah SWT to bestow rain) call-outs have been made by energetic youth*, local masaajid and our ulema councils. Indeed the list of towns participating in the Salaatul Istisqaa has been steadily building up. There has been Jumuah pre-khutbah talks and radio shows on water-and-Islam issues.

All in all, it has been a watery good time.

*(a #greendeen shout-out to the youth of Lenasia for their Salaatul Istisqaa callout. The callout was not according to the prescribed method that encourages mass community involvement. However, it was encouraging to know that our youth care and get worried when communications in the community are delayed).

#guidingwaters

Green Deen South Africa has been speaking about environmental issues, including water, in light of the Islamic teachings for over some time already (though our current pro-bono status makes it difficult to provide the level service that is needed by the community of South Africa). Through our regular online media activity, we often cover aspects of water scarcity in our country. The environment needs to be conserved as a whole to care for our water resources i.e. polluted lands and polluted air means polluted water systems. Climate change is threatening our country’s (and world’s) water supply. Poor management and failing infrastructure in our towns, industries and homes are responsible for daily water wastage. We have too few qualified and capable water caretakers (engineers, scientists, teachers, plumbers, etc). We lack active citizenship.

We need to proactively and continuously care and act for water as individuals, communities and as a global society. First and foremost, we need to guide and power our actions with the spirituality, understanding and responsibility of water that are embedded in Islam.

The recent drought, increased awareness and accompanying problems in our communities has become a time for deep-pool thinking for many at Green Deen South Africa. Our culture as an organisation is to emphasise the long-term, sustainable changes that we need to make, especially at times of crisis.

We are taking this time of drought to do a reality check. A serious reality check.

#guidingwaters is a series that we will be developing in real time over the course of the following weeks InshaAllah. With the help and mercy of Allah SWT we are trying to redirect the current energetic discussions in our communities.

We would like to guide the waters of interest in our communities into long term commitment to change. We would like to encourage systems-level thinking and action that accompanies our prayers, charity, spiritual rejuvenation and behaviour rectification, InshaAllah.

This #guidingwaters journey will require the input of our South African community. To get us started on this journey, we have dug out a slightly old set of resources for our younger children to learn from. We hope that they enjoy it!

Download as a pdf:

 

Green Deen Guiding Waters Ages 4-7

 

 

Green Deen Guiding Waters Ages 8-10 aGreen Deen Guiding Waters Ages 8-10 b

Green Deen Guiding Waters Ages 11-13 a

Green Deen Guiding Waters Ages 11-13 b

 

#HiraHike – The Basics

Tawassum, tadabbur and tafakkur – the understanding , remembrance and reflection of God through his signs scattered across the world.
(Read more about the three Ts)

Throughout the Qura’an, mankind is reminded and called upon to witness the universe and its contents. We are reminded to use these ayah, these signs, as a source of spiritual inspiration. This spiritual nourishment by meditating on the creation of AHira Hikellah (God) is an essential part of being a Muslim.

In our everyday lives, we tend to get cut off from the remembrance of Allah (God) through his creations. In light of this , the Green Deen SA would like to invite you to have your own #HiraHike. “Hira” refers to the Cave of Hira where our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) used to retreat every year in the wilderness before receiving prophethood to contemplate on the creator and his creation. The Cave of Hira was where the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) received the first Quraanic revelation – the first five verses of Surah Al-Alaq:
“Read in the name of your Lord who created -created man from a clot. Read: for your Lord is Most Bountiful, who teaches by the pen, teaches man that which he knew not.” (Quran 96:1-5) Read more…

 

So how to have a Hira Hike?
  1. Remember why you are undertaking this journey, define your intention e.g. to witness Allah (SWT) ‘s creation, remember him and contemplate.
  2.  Choose your location. It could be in your back garden for ten minutes, the local botanical gardens or park for an hour or two, or a day trip to a hiking trail or fishing spot.
  3.  Take a friend or two with, your family, or somebody you know who has not really been out in nature.
  4.  Do not forget essentials (especially if you are going for a serious hike). Good walking shoes, snacks, sunscreen lotion, a sunhat, water and lunch.
  5.  And yes, especially for a full day hike – do not forget your musallah! Use your smartphone or the sun (with your analog watch) to locate Qiblah.

Have a #HiraHike anytime, anywhere! May Allah (SWT) forgive us all and guide us in our attempts at being a better Muslim. Ameen

Please do share your experiences with us through email, or on facebook or twitter or Instagram. Send through your photos of your#HiraHike!