On June 1, the Illinois House passed the Green Ramadan resolution allowing the ninth month of the Islamic calendar as a “Green Month” for all faith communities in Illinois.

“It is a great day for people of faith and for Illinois's Muslim. Illinois is the first state in the nation that recognizes the month of Ramadan, the month of fasting in Islam, as the month of protecting our environment and our earth for all faith groups.” said Dr. Zaher Sahloul, Chairperson of the CIOGC. “It is incumbent on us to translate the great teachings of Islam, especially during the month of Ramadan, into serious and practical steps to address the challenges that are facing our world like poverty, hunger, wars and global warming. Let us reflect during the month of fasting, not only on how to decrease our calories, but on how to shrink our carbon prints.”

CIOGC is proud to be the principal force in this accomplishment as stated in the resolution. “We recognize the leading role of the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago in raising awareness about green issues and the environment within the faith community… we designate the month of Ramadan, the 9th month of the Islamic lunar calendar, as a Green Month in the State of Illinois in order to promote awareness among faith communities about environmental issues, the reduction of carbon production, and the reduction of wasted water.”

To show appreciation, the Council asks the community to again thank the sponsors of this resolution.

Here are 7 simple steps to form a Green Ramadan Committee in your masjid.

9 Responses

  1. Haleh

    This is an excellent way for Muslims to add value in the community. I really hope that we all can embrace Green Ramadan and pass it on. Good job Hena!

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  2. sana

    this is a good step. inshAllah it can inspire our masjids to stop resembling styrophome and waste factories as a result of the way the iftars are run (sans environmentally friendly materials)

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  3. Nayma

    Mashallah! What beautiful news to get at ISNA!!! Have been enjoying so much creativity and hard work by Muslims in Chicago the past few days. But this really puts a smile to my day! May Allah help us carry this thru and make our masjids truly green. I hope everyone shares how they plan on making their masjid green in this platform so we can learn from each other.

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  4. Christiana Emrich

    I ws born and raised in Illinois and am a proud, free Christian American. We are proposing that December, the 12th month of our Christian calendar and important to all Christians, be marked as the White month to celebrate the color and purity of solar energy, the color of Light against the darkness of this world. Thank you to all Muslims who will be supporting this.

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