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Wardah Abbas’ Top Three Nature Focussed Books for the Summer

Summer evenings are great for reading – Wardas Abbas shares the books on her shelf this year

1. GREEN DEEN: WHAT ISLAM TEACHES ABOUT PROTECTING THE PLANET – BY IBRAHIM ABDUL–MATIN

Wardah Green DeenThis book, divided into four parts, is a very informative and educational tool for Muslims and Non-Muslims alike. In the first part of the book, the author talks about waste by posing a thought-provoking question: ‘How do you relate to trash, to waste and to consumption?’ He also talks about the industrial practices that stripped the environment of its natural resources and suggests other renewable sources of energy like solar and water. The author also tells us about how toxic our water is and how to conserve water while practising our deen (religious path). Solutions on how to pick our food and stay halal are also proffered. I highly encourage reading this book

2. WILD PLAY: PARENTING ADVENTURES IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS – BY DAVID SOBEL

Wardah Wild PlayIn this book, David Sobel shares his experiences with his children and nature. While preparing for fatherhood, he knew he wanted to accomplish two goals: to be a good dad and to build his children a bridge to the natural world. This book focusses on how to use nature to help children grow and to teach children that bonding with the earth and creating a natural relationship with the world is an imperative part of life. The book speaks to readers of all ages – Sobel describes ‘play’ in childhood as necessary for adulthood. Playing with natural things such as the trees and the grass prepares the child for playing with ideas in the workplace when they enter adulthood. Sobel gets his passion from exploring the outdoors. He describes his many eco-experiences with humour, affection, dedication and an extraordinary knowledge of nature.

3. CABIN FEVER: A SURBURBAN FATHER’S SEARCH FOR THE WILD – BY TOM MONTGOMERY FATE

Wardah Cabin FeverThis is an adventure about how a man built a cabin in the wilds of south west Michigan and then began a search for balance and a closer connection to nature. Fate recounts his experiences in delightful personal essays. Inspired by awareness of the most powerful things: a backyard bird feeder, a bowl of lake glass and the death of the family cat, each essay explores some parts of human experience. The author watches children lost in play and wonders when he lost his own faith in the present moment. With each foray into his busy world, Fate comes closer to understanding how he might use nature to achieve balance in his hectic modern life.

The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wasallam – may peace and blessings be upon him) so much bonded with his environment. His entire life in the deserts of Arabia and his years of meditation in the caves and mountains of Makkah are indications of a perfect example of eco love which was so evident when he said concerning the mountain of Uhud that:

“This is a mountain that loves us and is loved by us.” (Sahih Bukhari, Book 52, Hadith 139)

Wardah Abbas is the Earth Care writer for Young Muslimah Magazine, she writes for SISTERS Magazine, and she celebrates Islam and highlights issues affecting women on her blog: http://therosespen.wordpress.com/

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