“Food, waste, water and transport… a guide to an eco-sustainable Ramadan”

Viterbo – Written by Kamran Shezad and translated by Manuel Olivares of Fabrica di Roma – The month of fasting begins today for over 7,000 Muslims across Tuscia

by Daniele Camilli

Viterbo – “For an eco-sustainable Ramadan”. This is the title of the guide written by Kamran Shezad and translated by Manuel Olivares of Fabrica di Roma which, from today to the beginning of May, will accompany the Ramadan of many Muslims, also in the region of Viterbo. There are around 2,000 Muslims in the capital. More than 7,000 throughout Tuscia.

The guide was published by the Bahu Trust, an English Sufi-inspired and environmentalist Islamic organization that works in synergy with the Muslim Council of Britain (Mcb) in England, an organization that involves over 500 British Islamic organisations, including mosques, schools, charities and professional networks.

Viterbo – The Islamic Community of Tuscia

“Ramadan – explains Olivares – is the month in which fasting (Sawm) is practiced, from dawn to dusk, in commemoration of the first revelation of the Koran to the Prophet Muhammad. In addition to abstaining from food, practicing Muslims, during Ramadan, refrain from smoking and sexual intercourse from sunrise to sunset, trying to behave as closely as possible to the Koranic and Sunnah prescriptions.In the evening, since the abstentions mentioned above are lacking, c t is traditionally a time of celebration as well as prayer. We often dine together in private homes, mosques and in open spaces. There is a togetherness that yet often lends itself to miscellaneous waste and misuse of materials not environmentally friendly like plastic”.

Ramadan 2022 times

Ramadan 2022 times

The guide is divided into 5 thematic areas: food, waste management, water conservation, transportation and charity.

Viterbo - The Islamic Community of Tuscia - The Koran

Viterbo – The Islamic Community of Tuscia – The Koran

Food. “Don’t overdo the shopping – explains the guide – Ramadan has no impact on the amount of food we can eat during iftar. Eat simply and sparingly. Be aware of all marketing and advertising techniques used to condition you to buy more than necessary. The marketing of Ramadan is now commonplace, as happens for Christmas, Easter and other religious holidays. Take the opportunity of Ramadan to try new vegetarian dishes and a diet based on cereals, dates, water, milk, honey, fruits and vegetables. Finally, try to eat locally produced foods which are certainly more environmentally sustainable, if only because they are zero miles. It’s also a way to support small entrepreneurs in your area.”

Viterbo - The Islamic Community of Tuscia

Viterbo – The Islamic Community of Tuscia

Waste Management. “Evaluate well – continues the guide for an eco-sustainable Ramadan – the amount of plastic you need when you organize an iftar. Primary sources of plastic are most important to your waste reduction message during an iftar, as they can visually make a difference. This way you can prove that a plastic-free iftar is possible. Also think about possible alternatives to plastic for the same uses, in order to be able to eliminate its use”.

Viterbo - The Islamic Community of Tuscia

Viterbo – The Islamic Community of Tuscia

Water conservation. “Turn off the tap – underlines the guide – while brushing your teeth after sahour and after iftar. During Ramadan it is easy to find plastic bottles still half full of water in the mosque which the cleaners have to remove. Try not to leave plastic bottles behind and make an effort to run out of water. Choose to bring non-disposable bottles with you to the mosque. For example water bottles. Do wudu (ritual ablutions before prayer) only when needed and be aware of water that can be wasted. Open the faucet only partially to avoid excessive water flow.

Viterbo - The Islamic Community of Tuscia

Viterbo – The Islamic Community of Tuscia

Transport. “Let’s commit – explains the guide written by Shezad and translated by Olivares – to use the car less during the month of Ramadan. To the extent that we abstain from food and water, it is an act of ibadah (service). Let’s take this pledge to protect the health of others. We are exploring the feasibility of other modes of transport, such as public transport or cycling for short distances”.

Celleno - islamic prayer

Celleno – Prayer

Charity. “Your actions – concludes the guide – are as important as the gift of money. Think about your lifestyle and try to reduce your consumption of food, transport, energy and other resources. Do this with the intent to preserve the environment which in turn, if well protected, cares for the world’s poor. This in itself is an act of ibadah (service). Consider giving charitable works to organizations that promote projects that fight against environmental degradation and climate change or that help those who are particularly affected. Finally, consider planting a tree during the month of Ramadan. Trees provide shelter, food, medicine and resources. They clean the air of pollution and regulate the temperature in urban environments. They play a crucial role in the quality of human life and the environmental well-being of our communities. ‘There is no one among the Muslims that i plant trees or seeds which they then eat birds or other animals which is not considered a benefactor’”.

Daniele Camilli

Guide for an eco-sustainable Ramadan

April 3, 2022


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