Green Muslims Presents: BYOP Iftar

Assalamu Alaikum,

“O Children of Adam! Wear your beautiful apparel at every time and place of prayer: eat and drink: But waste not by excess, for Allah loveth not the wasters.” – 

- (Quran 31:5)

Please join us for the last MSA iftar of the summer this Thursday at 8:40pm in Rackham. There will be deliciously catered free food as usual, but here’s the catch- your ticket to this iftar is the plate you bring!
 
As you may know, Green Muslims was just launched as a long-term, comprehensive MSA project. In an effort to steadily build our way to becoming a more ethical and environmentally conscious community, we hope to start right away by taking small steps to reduce our waste. At this iftar, please bring a reusable plate with you and we’ll provide biodegradable cups and utensils. In addition, we’ll have recycling bins, composts bins and tupperware so that nothing goes to waste.
 
Asking you to bring your own plate to a campus event might sound absurd, but what’s really absurd is that Americans throw away enough paper and plastic cups, plates, forks and spoons every year to circle the equator 300 times. Unlike most other kinds of paper materials, paper plates that are contaminated with food residue aren’t usually recyclable and often end up in landfills. Currently, plastic accounts for approximately 10-12% of all generated waste, most of which is landfilled. Simply dumping plastics in landfills does not solve the problem- the chemicals in these plastic materials often sink into nearby land and contaminate our ground water, making it toxic and hazardous to the ground water community’s biodiversity. 
 

In a groundbreaking report called “Plastics, the environment and human health,” by the scientific journal, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Science, the lead editor of the report, Richard Thompson, concluded that plastics, if used wisely, “have the potential to reduce mankind’s footprint on the Earth.”

In the long run, we hope to always hold zero-trash events so that doing so becomes intuitive, but it takes practice and learning to get there. We can start with small steps now so that we can reach this goal in the near future, inshaAllah. So please do your part and bring a plate to this iftar! And don’t worry- we’ll be happy to wash them for you after dinner so that you can take it home clean! If you feel like any of these ideas could work in your own community or at your hometown mosque, feel free to take it there, too!

Go Blue. Live Green.

The Green Muslims Team

Have any tips for cutting down during Ramadan? Feel free to share them by adding your comments below!

Ramadan Mubarak, Campus Iftars & More!

As-Salamu Alaykum,

Baihaqi reported on the authority of Salman Al-Farsi that the Prophet (PBUH) delivered a sermon on the last day of the month of Sha’ban. In it he said,

“O People! The month of Allah (Ramadan) has come with its mercies, blessings and forgiveness. Allah has decreed this month the best of all months. The days of this month are the best among the days and the nights are the best among the nights and the hours during Ramadan are the best among the hours. This is a month in which you have been invited by Allah (to fast and pray). Allah has honored you in it. In every breath you take is a reward of Allah, your sleep is worship, your good deeds are accepted and your invocations are answered.”

Beloved Michigan Muslims, Ramadan Mubarak!

We pray that this special month brings you continuous blessings and benefits. We pray that God makes this special month smooth for you and accepts all your worship. We pray that it is a productive, joyous and tranquil month for you and your families. We pray that this Ramadan is your best one yet, and that you are able to experience and nourish yourself through many more Ramadans to come insha’Allah. Jazakum Allah Kheir for being an integral part of this community that, for many, provides a sense of family.

Speaking of family, they say that the family that prays together, stays together- and eats together! The MSA will be hosting a campus iftar every week during Ramadan, insha’Allah. Please save these dates and be on the lookout for emails with location details. We would love to see you and break our fasts with you!

Thursday, July 26 (East Hall – co-sponsored with the Michigan Muslim Alumni Foundation- a reunion!)
Thursday, August 2 (East Hall)
Thursday, August 9 (Rackham)
Wednesday, August 15 (Rackham)

On these nights, will also hold taraweeh prayers on campus. For all other days of the month, we are organizing carpools to the local Muslim Center of Ann Arbor (MCA). If you need a ride or can offer others a ride (even if just once a week), please e-mail Omar Hadied (mhadied@umich.edu) or Nour Soubani (nsouba@umich.edu).

To use public transportation, TheRide #2 city bus can get you to the MCA in about 15 minutes. Riding the bus is free with your M-Card!

MCA website: http://mca-aa.org/
Bus #2 route schedule: http://aata.org/rideguide.asp?route=2
From downtown (to MCA): http://aata.org/rideguide/2out.pdf
To downtown (back to campus): http://aata.org/rideguide/2in.pdf

Also, stay tuned for blog posts from MSA’s soon-to-launch Green Muslims project for tips on how you can make this month a Green Ramadan!

Peace and blessings,
Your MSA Board