Abdul-Matin began his workshop by sharing the process of developing the content and writing Green Deen. He shared snapshots of the many people, networks and communities that did not make it into the book, but that are living a Green Deen. He continued by listing just a few of the perils posed to the environment by irresponsible industrialization, carbon emissions, energy waste and various human practices.
Next, while providing an overview of environmentally conscious lifestyles within the context of Islam and traditional cultures, Abdul-Matin had the audience engage and share verses, hadith, or traditional learning that has an ecological or environmental focus. Audience members from various parts of the world chimed in with personal and religious anecdotes of their connection to the environment, both ideally and realistically.
One audience member noted that awareness led to being overwhelmed by the scope of the problem. Abdul-Matin agreed, but shared that small acts of consciousness on the part of one individual or their community can make a difference. He critiqued the simple act of breaking fast during the month of Ramadan, and the amount of Styrofoam cups that one person will use in a single sitting, in what should be a month of mindfulness. As God placed human beings as trustees on earth, it is important for people to take an active role in their environment starting in their homes and in time, their community.
Abdul-Matin was able to connect and enhance the love people have for their faith with a commitment to social justice. Audience members left inspired to meaningfully engage themselves and their community in environmental stewardship.