"What do we care about these Green issues? Why should we be involved?"
Yasir Qadhi on Prophetic guidance on conserving water to perform wudu, ablution: "...The Prophet (Muhammad - peace be upon him) is telling us to conserve water, conserve food, conserve our resources and we extrapolate from this a simple qiyas - analogy that our shari'a tells us to be responsible to everything - our communities, our families and yes, even to our environment and nature around us. It [conserving resources] is something that is a requirement of being a good Muslim."
"The bottom line is that what organizations like yours [ThinkAsGreen] and others are doing which is to educate Muslims about being green, conserving energy, recycling, there's no problem in saying this is a part and parcel of the message of Islam as well. This [green effort] too is part of our religion and it shows that we are responsible and humane and we are educated citizens and we understand that Allah has blessed us with these resources and we need to show that blessings by taking care of it to the greatest extent possible." Shaykh Yasir Qadhi on Islam and the environment in conversation with Faraz Khan, www.ThinkAsGreen.com
Bio: Yasir Qadhi, born in Houston, Texas; graduated with a B.Sc. in Chem. Eng. thereafter studied ten years of Islamic Theology (B.A. and then M.A.) at the University of Madinah. After the horrific events of 9/11, he felt compelled to return to America to try to build bridges of understanding between the two religions and cultures. Presently he is finishing up his PhD at Yale University.
Yasir Qadhi is an active Instructor in the Al-Maghrib Institute and is a popular speaker at the annual Islamic conventions in the West. He appears on a number of Islamic satellite channels (Islam Channel in England, Al-Huda Channel in Saudi Arabia and Al-Fajr Channels in Egypt), where he teaches theology, biography of Prophet Muhammad, recitation of the Quran, and other topics. He gives regular Friday sermons and lectures.