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In Jakarta, Indonesia, the grand Istiqlal Mosque is leading the charge in embracing renewable energy. After a major renovation in 2019, over 500 solar panels were installed on the mosque’s roof, providing a significant portion of its electricity needs. This Ramadan, the mosque is encouraging energy waqf – a type of donation in Islam that bears fruit over time – to further expand its renewable power capacity.
This is just one example of “Green Ramadan” initiatives spreading across Indonesia and around the world. These initiatives promote sustainable practices during the Muslim holy month, such as using less water for ritual washing, opting for reusable items instead of plastic, reducing food waste, carpooling to mosques, emphasizing recycling, and supporting clean energy projects through donations.
Although individual actions may be small, experts believe that growing momentum behind climate goals can make a difference. Islamic-based groups often highlight environmental interpretations of Quranic verses and sayings of Prophet Muhammad related to the earth, water, and against wastefulness.
From Indonesia to South Africa, mosques worldwide are heeding the call to be more eco-friendly. The Nizamiye Mosque in Johannesburg has installed solar panels to supply over a third of its energy needs, while Masjid Al-Wali in Edison, New Jersey, has taken steps to reduce plastic use and installed solar panels as well.
In the United Kingdom, the charity Projects Against Plastic is leading a plastic-free Ramadan campaign, urging mosques to raise awareness about plastic Pollution and reduce reliance on single-use plastics. Meanwhile, Ummah for Earth, an alliance-led initiative, encourages Muslims to adopt eco-friendly practices during Ramadan.
Many Muslims may not realize that there are environmental teachings in the Quran and the sayings of the prophet. Climate campaigners, like Nouhad Awwad from Greenpeace MENA, are working to change the narrative and emphasize the role Muslims can play in protecting the planet.
So, what can you do during Ramadan and beyond to Support a greener future? Adopt eco-friendly habits, spread awareness of sustainable practices, and Donate to clean energy projects. Together, we can make a difference and take meaningful action to protect our planet for future generations.
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