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WEEK 23: THE GREEN SHOW – Everything you ever wanted (or didn’t want) to know about the colour and what it means

    

Host: Omar (GreenKufi)

Quran

ArRahmaan [ch. 55 | Recited by Abdullah Basfar -عبد الله بن علي بصفر ]

Discussion

Tropical FlowersGREEN:
In England we painted the town Green on Eid. Most Muslim flags are either green or contain green in it. Many minarets and domes on mosques around the world are green. The pulpits are often coloured green. We wear green clothing, and green kufis. We bind our books, most notably the print of the Quran, in Green.
Why is this? What is so special about this colour?

Well, the colour itself is a one we see very often around us. Almost every plant is green or some shade of it. Green is restful to the eye. Studies show that a green environment can reduce fatigue.

Green In the Quran:
If we look up in the Quran (try Quran.com), you’ll find the prescription of green in many places. And I’m just talking about the colour. Not plants.

Most importantly is that Allah subhanahu wa taala describes many of the blessing and rewards of paradise as green. HE says in Surat Al-Insaan:
{Their garments will be of fine green silk, and gold embroidery. They will be adorned with bracelets of silver, and their Lord will give them a pure drink.} 76:21 and in Surat ArRahman He says: {Is there any reward for good other than good? [] Then which of the Blessings of your Lord will you both (jinns and men) deny? [] And besides these two, there are two other Gardens (i.e. in Paradise). [] Then which of the Blessings of your Lord will you both (jinns and men) deny? [] Dark green (in colour).} 55:60-64. And as I said, this in only referring to the colour green. Not to plantations, which are mentions many time more.

Apparently, many Muslims nations choose green in their flags to represent the greenery of nature. Since it is a responsibility that Allah has entrusted us with, and He often commands us to ponder His creation. In fact, similar to many colours, that are given a distictive name, the green often used in Muslim symbols and the likes is referred to as Islamic Green.

Abu Ramthah said: “I saw the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) wearing two green garments.” (Reported by al-Tirmidhi, who said, this is a ghareeb hasan hadeeth, and by al-Nisaa’i, 5224).
Green is definitely something we often dress in, but why must this symbol of green simply be a garment. Why can’t we BE GREEN, as opposed to simply wearing it. I would go as far as to say that we should be like nature. Be like a tree. And leave others business alone. Now, before you tune out saying, “Phtt. Look at this Muslim Hippie, go hug a tree bro.” Listen to this what the prophet peace and blessing of Allah be upon him Had to say about this.
Narrated Ibn ‘Umar: The Prophet said, “The example of a believer is like a green tree, the leaves of which do not fall.” The people said. “It is such-and-such tree: It is such-and-such tree.” I intended to say that it was the datepalm tree, but I was a young boy and felt shy (to answer). The Prophet said, “It is the date-palm tree.” Ibn ‘Umar added, ” I told that to ‘Umar who said, ‘Had you said it, I would have preferred it to such-and such a thing.” (Book #73, Hadith #143) Always green.

Why aren’t we always green. Why must our greenness be deciduous like our kufis and hijabs in the evening when we reach home. Why aren’t we like the date palm, giving shade, beauty, fruits, shelter to all of Allah’s creation all of the time.

WHY MUST WE BE GREEN?
1- The environment, is Allah’s creation. The creation of this earth and all its natural resources is a sign of His wisdom, mercy, power and His other attributes and therefore serves to develop human awareness and understanding of this creator. (Ar-Ra`d, 13: 2-4; 21:79)

2- Muslims should seek to protect and preserve the environment because by so doing they protect Allah’s creatures which pray to Him and praise Him. Humankind might not be able to understand how these creatures praise Allah but this does not mean that they do not do so, Allah says: (The seven heavens and the earth, and all beings therein, declare His glory: There is not a thing but celebrates His praise, and yet ye understand not how they declare His Glory!) (Al-Israa’ 17: 44)

3- The environment contains Allah’s creatures which the Muslim scholars consider to also deserve protection.

4- Also among the reasons why Islam seeks to protect and preserve the environment is that Islam, as a way of life, is established on the concept of good (khayr). Therefore it is expected that Islam will protect the environment once it is understood that such protection is good by itself. The Qur’an states: (He whoso do good an atom’s weight will see it. And whoso do ill an atom’s weight will see it.) (Az-Zalzalah 99: 7-8)

In Islam, humans are expected to protect the environment since no other creature is able to perform this task. Humans are the only being that Allah has “entrusted” with the responsibility of looking after the earth. This trusteeship is seen by Islam to be so onerous and burdensome that no other creature would ‘accept’ it. Allah says: (Lo! We offered the trust unto the heavens and the earth and the hills, but they shrank from bearing it and were afraid of it and man assumed it Lo! he is a tyrant and fool.) (Al-Ahzab 33: 72)

Community News

Ottawa – A Muslim boy, Zaid, came in third place in the two kilometer race last weekend. He participated in the race from his school, from among over 1000 other runners from around Ottawa. We will be talking to him next week insh’Allah.

The relationship between human beings and his environment – Yousuf Estes [IslamicTube.net

Muslim News

Omar Khadar’s hearing: http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/643886

Nasheed

How can you deny? – No Beats Necessary
Hamza Robertson & Sami Yusuf – The Mountain
Dawud Wharnsby – Alhamdulillah
Our Creation – Hamza Robertson
The Lord of the Worlds – Labbyk

Upcoming Action

Come and get inspired!

Faith and the Common Good, in cooperation with

local faith groups,

invites you to a viewing of the

environmental documentary

 “Be the Change”

The film, produced locally by David Chernushenko,shows us 

how to

live green and enjoy the journey.  

Participants are invited for a post viewing discussion and refreshments

–         an opportunity to share ideas and fellowship.

David Chernushenko will be in attendance

Doors open at 6:30pm
Film Screens at 
7:00pm

JUNE 8th, 2009
at 
Temple Israel

1301 Prince of Wales Drive 

Yasir Naqvi MPP (Ottawa Centre) and the Ontario Trillium Foundation will be special guests to present the Trillium Foundation Award and support the launching of the third phase of the program to help faith communities Green their Sacred Spaces. Go back to the top

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June 2, 2009 at 10:57 am 1 comment

Muslim Character + Earth Hour + Easter

Host:Omar (GreenKufi)

Discussions:
EASTER – The Reality.
On Easter Sunday, Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is typically the most well-attended Sunday service of the year for Christian churches.

Christians believe according to Scripture, that Jesus came back to life, or was raised from the dead, three days after his death on the cross. As part of the Easter season, the death of Jesus Christ by crucifixion, is commemorated on Good Friday, always the Friday just before Easter.
(From about.com)
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Sheikh Ahmed Deedat (rahimahu Allah) travelled around the world for 40 years trying to educate Christians on Islam. When he was in Australia he gave a lecture on the Islamic viewpoint of Easter.
There he used the bible to argue the death of Jesus. Ahmed Deedat quoted a verse from the chapter of Mathew to claim Jesus’ only prophecy of what was going to happen to him. In this verse we read the Jews mockingly say to Jesus, “‘Master, we would like to see a sign from thee’. But he (Jesus) answered and said unto them ‘An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the Prophet Jonah; for as Jonah was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly, So shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.”
Here is an excerpt from this very interesting lecture where Sheikh Ahmed Deedat explains this example of Jonah:
Easter a Muslim Viewpoint (5/14): [Youtube] (START @: 2:55)
continue till Easter a Muslim Viewpoint (6/14): [Youtube] (END @: 3:00)

Earth Hour – March 29th.
To see what Islam has to say about the environment click here!
Earth Hour is an international event that asks households and businesses to turn off their lights and non-essential electrical appliances for one hour on the evening of March 29th at 8PM local time to promote electricity conservation and thus lower carbon emissions.
It is promoted by
World Wide Fund for Nature Australia (WWF), an environmental lobby group, and the Sydney Morning Herald.

As of 24 March, over 11,900 businesses and 188,000 individuals had indicated their intention to participate at earthhour.org.

Earth Hour 2008 will include the following “partner cities”.
Aalborg, Denmark, Aarhus, Denmark, Adelaide, Australia, Atlanta, United States, Saginaw, United States, Bangkok, Thailand, Brisbane, Australia, Canberra, Australia, Chicago, United States, Christchurch, New Zealand, Copenhagen, Denmark, Dubai, UAEDublin, Ireland, Lautoka, Fiji, Manila, Philippines, Melbourne, Australia, Miami, United States, Montreal, Canada, Odense, Denmark, Ottawa, Canada, Perth, Australia, Phoenix, United States, San Francisco, United States, Suva, Fiji, Sydney, Australia, Tel Aviv, Israel, Toronto, Canada, Vancouver, Canada, Exeter, England

Nasheed:

Outlandish- “When Angels Lower Their Wings” (NEW NASHEED)
Noor – “All for You“: (GOOD SONG) NEW
Outlandish: “Keep it Halal“: (NEW)
Iman – “Just Remember“: (NEW NASHEED)
Native Deen – “Not Afraid to Stand Alone“: (AWESOME)
786 “Dua“:
Hamza Robertson & Sami Yusuf “The Mountain“:
Hamza Robertson “Every Day” (NEW)

Comedy:

Muslim Character at Work: [Ummah Films]

March 25, 2008 at 2:31 pm 1 comment

February 12, 2008 (Black History and Valentines Origins)

Host: Omar (GreenKufi)

Assalamu alikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

InshAllah all of you are doing well, are in good health and in an increasing state of iman.

So, we are in the month of February, and you may have already noticed the big heart shaped chocolate boxes, and the influx of red roses, and teddy bears in your local malls, and stores. Yes, Valentines day is just around the corner. Sure, it may seem like an innocent occasion, but how many of you know where it originated from?

Lets hear from Abdullah Hakim Quick about where Valentines Day came from.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edUDnGn3I-o&feature=related (approx 6 mins)

So, inshAllah don’t get you involved in this as it can also lead to a lot of fitna.

Living in this society, sometimes it’s difficult to stand up for things you believe in such as not celebrating Valentines day and not being involved in it, but as Native Deen beautifully puts it in their song..Don’t Be Afraid to Stand Alone.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAfUMfCtcDA&feature=related (approx 5 mins)

February is most commonly for being Black History Month. Usually during this month a lot of Muslims remember El Hajj Malik El Shabbaz, widely known as Malcolm X for his remarkable story and social activism. MashAllah Malcolm X really brought the truth of Islam to light amongst many blacks and whites in America during the 1960s, and his story continues to inspire many till this day.

However, Malcolm X was not the first to introduce Islam to the blacks in America. Islam came to America long before Malcolm X, and as Muslims in North America we should really make dua for all those black slaves who brought the truth to this land.

Here’s a clip by Br. Sulayman Nyang from meccacentric.com entitled The History of Islam in America: Columbus to Slavery

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxgLQtd1qY0&feature=related (approx 15 min)

An excellent book about the first Muslims in America is by Abdullah Hakim Quick entitled “Deeper Roots.”

MashAllah just like our African brothers before us spread the knowledge and truth of Islam, we should continue their efforts and spread the message of Islam, which is one of the greatest responsibilities of Muslims in the west. Even if it’s through small deeds, the one thing to be mindful of is to ensure that our intentions are pure.

On that note here’s Native Deen’s Intentions followed by Small Deeds

NATIVE DEEN: Intentions

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9IXs9qOUL4&feature=related (approx 5 mins)

NATIVE DEEN: Small Deeds
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5Uzc_G542E&feature=related (approx 4 mins)

Songs/Anasheed: Title – Artist- Album – Source (if public)
M-U-S-L-I-M – Native Deen (3:21)(Listen – mp3)

The Mountain – Hamza Robertson – Show Me (4:19)http://www.youtubeislam.com/view_video.php?viewkey=f9021694f6e51cc07fe3

You can’t take it with you – Wharnsby, Bhikha, Abdul Malik (4:10)http://tv.muxlim.com/video/7GghsFyfPDz

Oh Allah – Hamza Robertson

Discussions:

Funny: صوت صفير البلبل The Story of the famous poet “Al-Assma’ee” who wrote a poem that stumped the most tallented of linguists. Here is the Arabic Poem digitally remastered.

Announcements:

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ISLAMIC SOCIAL SERVICES ASSOCIATION INC
One Day Seminar “Muslims – Their Faith & Culture:
How to Give Culturally Competent & Spiritually Sensitive
Services to Muslims.”
8:00 am to 4:00 pm, February 21, 2008
Monterey Inn Resort
2259 Prince of Wales Drive Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K2E 6Z8
Speakers Shahina Siddiqui & Aneesah Nadir _____________________________________________________
Business Planning Workshopsfor Immigrants and Ethnic Minorities Ottawa A series of free workshops from February to June 2008 Application deadline is Friday February 15th. The program starts the following week, February 21st in English and February 26th in French. All workshops will be held in the evening. There will be one workshop per month from February to June 2008, with opportunity for additional networking events. There are limited spaces for this program. To apply fill the application form. For more information please contact by emailing at http://us.f504.mail.yahoo.com/ym/Compose?To=cednet@spcottawa.on.ca or calling at 613-236-9300 ext. 304.
__________________________
OTTAWA MUSLIM ASSOCIATION
LIGHT UPON LIGHT: A Time to Reflect on our Book
Given by: Sheikh Abdurrahman Al-Hejazy, the Deputy Imam of the Main Ottawa Mosque When: Every Friday at 7:00pm
Where: At the Main Ottawa Mosque, 251 Northwestern Ave. ____________________________________________________
MAC Youth Learn – Under His Shade: Exploring the Names of Allah (swt) – Trailer
Description: This is the trialer for the new series that starts January 11th, 2008…
The first session features Al-Azhar Scholar Dr. Hadeer Abo El Nagah __________________________________________

Miscellaneous:
Deeper Roots
Dr. Abdul Hakim Quick

February 12, 2008 at 12:44 pm Leave a comment

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