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World's First Green Hajj Guide Launched By ARC

ARC launch the Green Guide to Hajj at Assisi, Italy. A world first guide to an environmentally su...

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ARC launch the Green Guide to Hajj at Assisi, Italy.

A world first guide to an environmentally sustainable Hajj was launched earlier this month, which was taken to Makkah in Saudi Arabia for this year's pilgrimage, to encourage Muslim pilgrims ot reduce their impact on Earth.

The Green Guide for Hajj was launched by Dr Husna Ahmad of Global One 2015 and Omar Faruk of EcoMuslim at the Sacred Land Launch and Celebration of the Green Pilgrimage Network, in Assisi, Italy, organised by the Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC)

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Dr Husna Ahmad with The Green
Guide for Hajj and Islam and Water
As well as practical tips for pilgrims, the Guide invites Muslims to use their Hajj experience as an opportunity to reflect on their own lives and move away from material culture and the waste it leaves behind.

Also launched at Assisi is Islam and Water - The Hajjar (ra) Story which accompanies the Guide and is aimed at women and families.


The story of Hajjar, second wife of the Prophet Ibrahim, in particular her search for water, is commemorated every year in the Hajj.

As well as practical tips for pilgrims, the Guide invites Muslims to use their Hajj experience as an opportunity to reflect on their own lives and move away from material culture and the waste it leaves behind.

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Omar Faruq of
EcoMuslim
Omar Faruk said it was highly appropriate that the Guide was being launched in the first week of this year’s Hajj pilgrimage and at an event to launch the world’s first network to green pilgrimage.

The Hajj - one of the five pillars of Islam - is the biggest annual pilgrimage in the world. By November 1st, nearly 1.8 million pilgrims had arrived for this year's Hajj, according to the Hajj authorities.

Dr Husna Ahmad said it was very important for people of faith to address the problem of environmental destruction and degradation: “In times of climate change, threats to the environment are the biggest threats to us all, and if the religions can come together, we think they can do anything.”

Environmental Impact
However, such massive human activity inevitably has an impact on the environment, said Dr Husna, with over 100 million plastic bottles left behind at Hajj sites after the annual pilgrimage, as well as other rubbish.

The Green Guide for Hajj (pdf) offers pilgrims the chance to be mindful of the potential environmental impact of their journey and to make choices to limit any damage. This includes:
  • Considering the carbon footprint of transport choices they make and avoiding or off-setting the impact of air travel;
  • Choosing travel companies with environmentally conscious policies regarding travel and accommodation for pilgrims;
  • Avoiding the use of plastic bags and bottles, especially for traditional items such as misbahah (Dhikr beads) and sajjadah (prayer mats);
  • Clearing up your own and other people’s litter and rubbish.

The Guide contains relevant theology clarifying the responsibilities of all Muslims as Khalifas – vice-regents – to take care of the natural world and urges pilgrims to become advocates for green living amongst their families and communities on their return.

While individual actions and awareness are vitally important The Green Guide for Hajj recognises that governments and institutions are needed if all pilgrimages are to become green.

The book concludes with recommendations to governments of the Muslim world including preventing non-degradable rubbish, avoiding water wastage, use of sustainable energy and encouraging the use of green transport.

Other translations are underway, including a version in Hausa, aimed at Nigeria’s large Muslim population.

Ms Ahmed said there was also interest in a Bahasa translation for some of the 220 million Indonesian Muslims, all of whom will hope to go on Hajj during their lifetime.

+ Download The Green Guide to Hajj
+ Or email info@globalone2015.org + info@ecomuslim for hard copies of the guide.

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  1. the authorities are really doing a good job by providing a environmentally sustainable Hajj.

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  2. Mohammad Wasim10 Sep 2012, 08:48:00

    In the Name of Allah Most Beneficent and Most Merciful







    GLOBAL AWARENESS CAMPAIGN FOR HUJJAJ-E-IKRAM







    USE OF
    MOBILE PHONE (CELLULAR) IN HARMAIN SHAREEFAIN


    FOR
    PROTECT THE SANCTITY OF HARMAIN SHAREEFAIN





    AWARENESS CAMPAIGN FROM 2007 TO 2012 IN UMRAH
    AND HAJJ SEASON








    Dear Brothers and Sisters





    As'Salâm Alaikum Wa'Rahmatullâhi
    Wa'Barakâtuh





    By the grace of Almighty Allah the Global
    Awareness Campaign for misuse of Cellular Mobile Phones in Harmain Shareefain
    has been successfully completed in the month of Ramadan this year. I hope you
    will do your best for the promotion of this Awareness Campaign in forthcoming
    Hajj.


    (I earnestly
    request you to please show the messages in front of your facebook/website till
    the Hajj season)


    “As you know more than 2.5 million pilgrims gathered in
    Makkah for Hajj. Most of the pilgrims use different musical tones in mobile
    phone when receiving calls in Al-Haram Al-Sharif's other pilgrims get disturbed
    in their prayers. This act is unethical and unacceptable for Muslim and against
    the respect of Al-Haram Al-Sharif's”.









    http://www.arabnews.com/al-sudais-uphold-harams%E2%80%99-sanctity





    https://www.themuslimtimes.org/2011/09/religion/islam/mobile-ringtones-camera-flashes-disturb-grand-mosque-tranquility





    http://www.go-makkah.com/english/news/001018/umrah-pilgrims-warned-not-to-violate-the-sanctity-of-haramain-al-shareefain.html





    http://www.arabnews.com/node/327934


    MESSAGE IN ARABIC, ENGLISH, AND URDU
    LANGUAGES:


    English:


    http://postimage.org/image/l5thga7lz/


    Arabic:


    http://postimage.org/image/q5jt5kg97/


    Urdu:

    http://postimage.org/image/60v5ystx5/





    http://www.facebook.com/pakwasim





    http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-abroad/travel-advice-by-country/middle-east-north-africa/saudi-arabia


    Photographs


    The Saudi authorities have issued instructions forbidding the
    taking of photographs (still or video, including mobile telephone photographs)
    at the Holy Mosque at Makkah or at the Prophet's Mosque at Madinah. This
    restriction also includes the courtyards surrounding these two holy sites. Any
    violation of these instructions is likely to lead to the confiscation of either
    film and/or camera.


    http://go-makkah.co.uk/english/news.html


    Letter from Saudi Embassy Islamabad:


    http://img201.imageshack.us/i/letterj.jpg/


    May Allah Subhanawatallah will give you the best reward for this noble
    cause.


    Mohammad Wasim

    pakwasim@hotmail.com


    SOME SELECTED
    RESPONSES:


    http://www.go-makkah.com/english/news/001281/awarness-compaign-for-use-of-mobile-phone-cellular-in-the-harmain-shareefain.html


    http://muslimmedianetwork.com/mmn/?p=546


    http://www.saudiinfocus.com/en/forum/showthread.php?t=12623


    http://the-saudi.net/hajj/mobile_phone.htm

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