1. GREEN DEEN – WHAT ISLAM TEACHES ABOUT PROTECTING THE PLANET – BY IBRAHIM ABDUL – MATIN
This book, divided into four parts is a very informative and educational tool for Muslims and Non- Muslims alike. In the first part of the book, the author talks about waste by posing a thought provoking question; “How do you relate to trash, to waste and to consumption?” He also talks about the industrial practices that stripped the environment of its natural resources while suggesting other renewable sources of energy like solar and water. The author also tells us about how toxic our water is and how to conserve water while practising our deen. Solutions on how to pick our food and stay halal are also proffered. I highly encourage reading this book
2. WILD PLAY – PARENTING ADVENTURES IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS – BY DAVID SOBEL
In this book, David Sobel shares his experiences with his children and nature. While preparing for fatherhood, he knew he wanted to accomplish two goals; to be a good dad and to build his children a bridge to the natural world. This book focuses on how to use nature to help children grow and to teach children that bonding with the earth and creating a natural relationship with the world is an imperative part of life. The book speaks to readers of all ages as Sobel describes “play” in childhood as necessary for adulthood. Playing with natural things such as the trees and the grass prepares the child for playing with ideas in the workplace when they enter adulthood. Sobel gets his passion from exploring the outdoors as he describes his many eco – experiences with humor, affection, dedication and an extraordinary knowledge of nature.
3. CABIN FEVER – A SURBURBAN FATHER’S SEARCH FOR THE WILD – BY TOM MONTGOMERY FATE
This is an adventure about how a man built a cabin in the wilds of south – west Michigan and then began a search for balance and a closer connection to nature. Fate recounts his experiences in these delightful personal essays. Inspired by awareness of the most powerful things; a backyard bird feeder, a bowl of lake glass and the death of the family cat, each essay explores some parts of human experience. The author watches children lost in play and wonders when he lost his own faith in the present moment. With each foray into his busy world, Fate comes closer to understanding how he might use nature to achieve balance in his hectic modern life.
THIS ARTICLE WAS FIRST PUBLISHED IN YOUNG MUSLIMAH MAGAZINE