The Qur'an is rich in relating humanity's relations with the rest of creation. The difficulty in realising humanity's role is apparent in our current political, environmental and economic situation. Given the modern ecological crisis and global environmental change there is much work to do in this area in the realms of theology, politics, science, and everyday practice.
Four projects are currently running in this area.
Fasting not Feasting is an ongoing transnational campaign to embody the spirit of Ramadan and counter the dangerous effects of consumerism and gluttony.
The Green Your Mosque workshop is a community-based event through which the religious nature of human relationships with the rest of creation is linked to the practical rhythms of Muslim life.
Transforming the Halal Meat Industry takes issue with the industrialisation of animal rearing and the ethics of ‘meat production’. See the microsite for more: www.chickenwars.tumblr.com
Wudhu Area Studies focuses attention, reflection and transformation of communal ablution facilities. For more visit: www.wudhu.tumblr.com
Wudhu transforms us, and readies us to speak with our Lord.
As part of our group of activities in environmental relationships, IMASE would like to invite your participation in Wudhu Area Studies. Its goal is to qualitatively improve our wudhu performance and facilities, particularly those in western European settings where Islamic built environments are relatively young and pose specific challenges.
Design and maintenance of appropriate wudhu facilities is a practical problem. It is not always straightforward to get social and technical aspects working harmoniously amongst complex communities. Wudhu Area Studies will get into the meat of this issue, but first we need to crowd source some good, live data.
Please consider this your invitation to participate in this collective research process. We have prepared a survey form for this purpose. It requires a simple site visit and conversation with a suitably informed community member.
The survey can be downloaded in MS Word format here
and is available in GoogleDocuments format here.
The micro-site for the project can be found on www.wudhu.tumblr.com
Once sufficient data has been gathered and analysed, we will publish findings and recommendations as well as create an on-line reference facility.
Ramadan Mubarak to all.
Last years Fasting not Feasting pilot was a success, and is back this month with an improved collaborative web platform. We feel that a campaign against gluttony and consumerism, and for piety and transformation is an important one in the family of Ramadhan initiatives.
The new site, which can be found on www.fastingnotfeasting.org is intended to coordinate campaign related activities, carry notice of similar events around the world and host practical, inspirational and educational resources for families and organisations. Activities will include Flashmob Iftars with the homeless, strangers and refugees, Tarawihs with trees, Camping with Qu'rans.
We invite readers and visitors to have a look, discuss and get involved
IMASE in conjunction with the International Peace Varsity South Africa (IPSA) presents the following workshop
“Reflecting on Allah’s creation in the midst of an environmental crisis”
Facilitated by Dr Yunus Yasin, Global Co-ordinator of IMASE
6, 7 and 8 December 2010
8.30 am to 1 pm (8.30 am to 3.00 pm on the 8th)
At the IPSA Conference Room, Cnr of Johnson and Duine Rds, Rylands Estate, Cape Town