Ibrahim Abdul-Matin

Ibrahim. How to best describe him?

Faith + activism + sustainability + political + history with a dash of football. Yup, that’s Ibrahim Abdul-Matin!

Speaking Options

US Sports, Courage, and Resistance

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 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, courage, and politics around sports and play. Ibrahim played football in college and was a regular contributor on the subject of sports for The Take Away.

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.

Selected Media

Here is an interview with Ibrahim on “The TakeAway” :  “If Tim Tebow Were a Muslim”

Another interview with Ibrahim on “The TakeAway” at 5:50: “NBA Bans Sterling for Life”


“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

About Ibrahim

Ibrahim Abdul-Matin is the author of Green Deen: What Islam Teaches About Protecting the Planet. 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 has advised two New York City mayors on sustainability policy, among other issues, and has also worked with Fortune 500 companies as a consultant on sustainability and innovation. He has spoken and written for a variety of outlets on diverse topics including Islam and sustainability, organizing and activism, and land use process. A former on-air sports contributor to WNYC’s The Takeaway, Abdul-Matin has appeared on CNN, Fox News, and Al Jazeera, among others. And in 2015 he was named one of the 40 Under 40 Rising Stars in New York City Politics by City & State Magazine. Ibrahim holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Rhode Island where he was also a linebacker on the football team and NCAA scholar-athlete. His MA in Public Administration is from Baruch College in NYC with a focus on urban environmental policy.

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