Green Deen: What Islam Teaches About Protecting the Planet
Ibrahim Abdul-Matin’s timely book, Green Deen: What Islam Teaches About Protecting the Planet, blends spirituality with environmental responsibility, teaching each of us how truly necessary it is to care for our planet. His enthusiasm about the subject is infectious! Ibrahim does a marvelous job of explaining how Islam and other faith traditions require followers to care for our planet. He teaches us easy steps to be more conscientious in our daily living choices. His presentation is perfect for anyone who cares about the state of our planet. He skillfully addresses global issues like waster, water, energy and food – tying our responsibility to care about these back to Islam and other faiths. You do not need to be Muslim or to know anything about Islam to appreciate the lessons that he shares – you simply have to have an interest in the world around us.
US Sports Culture
As a former college football player, Ibrahim has a deep passion for US sports. His presentation is a commentary on US sports culture blended with a bit of history and current events on the subject. It is a superb presentation for athletes as well as those who are new to the US and in need of a deeper understanding of our customs and traditions around sports and play. Ibrahim is a regular contributor on the subject of sports for The Take Away.
“Everyone was blown away by your insight, enthusiasm and vision, and we will all be talking about your words for months to come. You pushed everyone to view the world in a new way just up to their comfort zone, and pulled it back again. It was masterful and I hope you noticed the sustained standing ovation you received!” – Eric Corey Reed, VP, Global Outreach, International Living Future Institute
“The students, faculty, and staff loved Ibrahim’s engaging, informative presentation.” – Staff, Wake Forest University, North Carolina.
“Having Ibrahim on our campus was an honor. He drew crowds like we didn’t expect! The event was a huge success.” – Faculty, Univ of Wisconsin (Madison)
“Ibrahim breaks down the connection between Islam and the environment so that my 8-year-old cousin and my 80 year old grandma can understand and contemplate. Having him on campus was a breath of fresh air!” – Doctoral Student, Univ of Florida Jacksonville
“We are so grateful Ibrahim was so generous with his time. He made quite an impression on our students. He planted “green deen” seeds and now our students see faith and environment differently.” – Faculty, New Horizons School, Pasadena, California
Ibrahim Abdul-Matin has been a passionate voice for transforming our pollution-based way of life to one that prioritizes our planet and its people for over 15 years. Raised between Brooklyn and rural Upstate NY, Ibrahim appreciated environment and sustainability at an early age. His father, a devout Muslim, taught 5-year-old Ibrahim that the “Earth is a mosque,” that every inch of the planet is sacred and to be protected. Ibrahim retells this moving story in his Amazon Environmental Bestseller, “Green Deen: What Islam Teaches About Protecting the Planet,” a one-of-a-kind expose of the positive contributions of people of faith to the environmental and environmental justice movements. “Green Deen,” has catapulted Ibrahim to expert status around the globe. Translated into 4 languages, Ibrahim can now be found on book tour in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Middle East, and Western Europe. But here in the States, Ibrahim is completely committed to making his birth city of New York into a global leader of environmental policy and practice. Ibrahim has served in several civil service roles since 2001. He started as Youth Programs Director with the Prospect Park Alliance. He was a founding committee member of the Brooklyn Academy of Science and Environment. He advised former Mayor Michael Bloomberg on PlaNYC – the City’s sustainability blueprint and he currently directs Community Affairs at the NYC Department of Environmental Protection. Ibrahim’s head is all policy; his heart is all organizing. He merges the two consistently, bringing marginalized communities into City Hall conversations. In an era where NYC is being dubbed “silicon alley,” Ibrahim is interested in using the crowdsourcing capabilities of technology for building a more efficient and effective environmental justice movement. He can be found on the pages of PCmag.com supporting and questioning a variety of tech-based solutions to environmental problems. He’s also a contributor to Thought Catalog where he writes about environmentalism as part of urban etiquette. Ibrahim can be heard on WNYC and WBAI and seen on Al Jazeera, AriseTV, and ABC News. He still manages his humble blog, “Brooklyn Bedouin.” Ibrahim has a Bachelors in Political Science from the University of Rhode Island where he was also a linebacker on the football team and NCAA scholar-athlete. He also holds a Masters in Public Administration from Baruch College in NYC with a focus on urban environmental policy.