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Green Deen by Keith Ellison, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin

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Part III Water

We made from water every living thing.(Qur’an 21:30)

Water is the medium of understanding, faith, and wisdom and a key to the practice of Islam. Prayer opens the heart, and preparing for prayer, physically and spiritually, requires water. As prayer opens your heart, you will be more in tune with the signs of Allah (ayat) that are all around us. Water is one of these signs. Whether it is in the gentle mist that cools your lips or between your toes as you walk barefoot through long grass tipped with morning dew, water is important to how our path of Islam is a faith in concert with protecting and cherishing the planet—a Green Deen.

Water is an integral part of most faith traditions. Most Christian congregations are baptized by ...

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