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Najma Mohamed

Najma Mohamed is a freelance environmental researcher and writer residing in Cape Town, South Africa. She completed her M.Sc. in Environmental and Geographical Science at the University of Cape Town and has been involved in both print and broadcast media. She can be reached at [email protected]

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Plants in Qur’an: Date Palm

“And tall (and stately) palm-trees, with shoots of fruit-stalks piled one over another” (Surat Qaf 50:10). From lush tropical rainforests to stark desert lands, from lofty mountain tops to shimmering seashores, we find an array of plants that scientists have estimated to be in the range of 422,000 species. The astounding diversity of the plant …

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Plants of Qur’an (Part 3): Pomegranate

The pomegranate (ar-Rumman in Arabic), is mentioned thrice in the Qur’an. In the Qur’anic verse quoted to the right, pomegranates are mentioned as one of the fruits that will be found in paradise. This article, the third and final part of a series on Plants in the Qur’an, will discuss the characteristics of this red …

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Green hajj

Can We Make It Green Hajj?

[And proclaim to mankind the Hajj. They will come to you on foot and on every lean camel, they will come from every deep and distant mountain highway.] (Surah Al-Hajj 22: 27). About three million pilgrims responded to this proclamation, traveling to the sacred city of Makkah for the performance of Hajj. For many pilgrims, …

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Raising Green Banner of Islam

Raising Green Banner of Islam

Initiating river conservation programs premised on Islamic teachings, taking to the street in an ‘eco-jihad’, clean-up and hygiene campaigns, and learning why the practice of dynamite fishing is against the ecological message of Islam. These initiatives, premised on the ecological teachings of Islam, are indicative of the growing environmental movement amongst Muslims. This burgeoning ‘green’ …

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