The Uganda Muslim Supreme Council will this year plant trees to increase the absorption of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere in an effort to fight climate change.
The project dubbed “Green Friday”, which was launched yesterday in partnership with British Council and National Forestry Authority (NFA), will see 10,000 trees planted by Muslim communities.
“Climate change is a great threat to humanity today with many adverse effects on lives and property through the shift in rainfall patterns, droughts, flooding and landslides and has accelerated the spread of diseases like malaria,” said Hajjat Sebyala Aphwa, British Council climate change icon.
She said the recent increase in industrialisation and deforestation has accelerated the rate of global warming. She said the problem of climate change, which is worsening every day, needs a combined effort from all partners including religious leaders, who should spread message of environmental conservation.
‘Green Fridays’, according to Hajjat Sebyala, will be dedicated entirely to planting trees in different parts of the country starting with the central region.
The British Council, in partnership with Makerere University and NFA, has already scheduled to plant 30 million trees in two years and NFA will plant 33 million trees in the next one year.
From Seekers Guidance
Videos from Healthy Hearts Webinar: Habib Ali, Shaykh Hamza Yusuf and Imam Mohamed Magid.
This webinar was conducted jointly with Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad and the Cambridge Muslim community in commemoration of the memory of Imam Ghazali and looking forward to the future, in establing a new mosque for the Cambridge Muslim community
The Cambridge Mosque – Past and Present from Cambridge Mosque is Moving on Vimeo.
Imam Mohamed Magid :: Adab with Allah, Others & Oneself from Cambridge Mosque is Moving on Vimeo.
Heart has to be sound, and there is no life in the heart without dhikrillah. Diagnosing these problems was the specialty of Imam Ghazali, curing from the vast pharmacy of Muhammad salallahu alayhi waslaam…What makes us human beings is the heart that Allah has put in our chests.
-Imam Muhammad Magid
Shaykh Hamza Yusuf :: On Cambridge New Mosque Project from Cambridge Mosque is Moving on Vimeo.
The Muslim leadership in Cambridge is the highest caliber in the country. The mosque is not going to be your average run of the mill Islamic center, but is really going to have an important impact. Any initiative he (Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad) is involved in should be supported by the community
– Shaykh Hamza Yusuf
From Muslim Voices | July 29th 2010
The British Heart Foundation and QUIT are working together to encourage the Muslim community to stop smoking and lead a healthier lifestyle this Ramadan.
Statistics suggest that South Asians in the UK are 50 per cent more likely to die from heart disease than those in the general population .
As part of the Ramadan campaign, the BHF will be training 300 imams in major cities across the UK.
Trainees will receive information they need to help their congregation make positive lifestyle changes including stopping smoking, improving their diet and exercising more. The initiative will take place in Manchester, London, Blackburn and Bradford.
Qaim Zaidi, Ethnic Strategy Manager for the BHF said: “During Ramadan Muslims do not eat, drink or smoke from sunrise to sunset for 30 days. For many it’s the ideal time to kick the smoking habit and lead a healthier lifestyle. Stopping smoking is one of the most important things you can do to benefit your health.
“This campaign aims to give anyone looking to quit the help and support they need to make a change for the better. Imams can play a vital role in encouraging their congregations to make small changes now, in order to protect their heart health in the future.”
Imams will refer people in their congregation to health services, such as their local free NHS Stop Smoking Service, for advice and support on health matters. With local partners BHF will also be providing support to smokers in local mosques across the UK.
The Asian Quitline, a stop-smoking service funded by the BHF will have extended opening hours and offers advice in Urdu, Punjabi and Bengali to help smokers quit during Ramadan.