MUHAMMADIYAH.ID, JAKARTA – ‘Aisyiyah Environment and Disaster Management Center (LLHPB) conducted a talk discussing Green Ramadan: Ramadan yang Ramah Lingkungan (Environmentally Friendly Ramadan) on 11 April 2021.
At the Green Ramadan, Chair of the LLHPB Dra. Hj. Nurni Akma delivered a remark, a founder of the Green Ramadan Kori Majeed and an author of 40 Green Hadith as a speaker, and Vice Chairman of the Muhammadiyah Special Branch of the United States (US) and a senior activist of GreenFaith of the US Nana Firman.
In the US, there are many movements as the Green Ramadan which becomes global Muslims’ contributions to climate crisis issues.
Kori Majeed and Green Ramadan
One of the Ramadan traditions is iftar or breaking the fast. Many mosques provide free meals for Muslims who stop by to break their fast. For American Muslims, the iftar tradition becomes a momentum to maintain brotherhood and to promote as well as implement Islamic teachings regarding environmentally friendly.
Noticing the culture, Kori Majeed, a women from Maryland, initiated to create a movement in 2013, called Green Ramadan.
The movement is addressed to raise Muslims’ awareness and care of applying Islamic teachings about environmentally friendly.
“I began the Green Ramadan because I was disgusted by garbage and food waste at the mosque during Ramadan,” she told at the Ramadan preaching organized by ‘Aisyiyah and the Muhammadiyah Special Branch of the United States on Sunday (11/4).
She saw that the number of disposable cups and plates increased during Ramadan. People also put their food waste in the disposable plate.
If the condition’s going on, Muslims added environment issues. Ironically, it occurred in Ramadan whereas Al-Qur’an and hadith command Muslims to preserve environment.
“Ramadan is a right moment to enhance the awareness so that I decided not to be a part of the problem,” she expressed.
She also brought her own cutlery to avoid using the disposable one. Some people started wondering Kori’s habit and asked her why she did it.
Green Ramadan Program
The Green Ramadan is Kori’s effort to shift a lifestyle of Muslims to be more care about environment.
She also promoted an action to sort out types of waste.
“We try to campaign to reduce plastic and do recycling. Thus, the mosque can be a center for environment preservation,” she stated.
Besides, the Green Ramadan presents preachers to talk about environmentally friendly in Islamic teachings.
Kori believed that Islam has many teachings dealing with environment. For instance, Prophet Muhammad shows us to take ablution with a glass of water.
It inspired Kori to wrote e-book in English and Arabic about 40 hadiths mentioning environmental sustainability and good attitudes to animals, plants, and nature.
Vice Chairman of the Muhammadiyah Special Branch of the United States (US) and a senior activist of GreenFaith of the US Nana Firman wished that Indonesian Muslims, particularly Muhammadiyah, could be a pioneer as what Kori Majeed did.
Even though the use of the disposable plates in Indonesia is not as much as the use in the US, Nana agreed that Ramadan is a right moment to educate Muslims about environmentally friendly.
“We have many environmental Muslim activists, but why don’t we learn environmental issues from Islamic teachings?” questioned Nana.
He considered Islamic is ecological. “A British friend of mine was surprised to know Al-Qur’an mentions many environmental aspects,” he said.
He hoped that many Muslims could impersonate Kori Majeed to initiate a movement as Green Ramadan because they’re now responsible for reducing bad impacts of the climate crisis.
“Ramadan is a right time for us to refrain ourselves from doing bad habits,” expressed Nana.