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Green Deen by Keith Ellison, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin

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Chapter 9Water—Essential for Survival

What we know from our Deen, the path or the way of Islam, is that we are not the owners of anything in the universe. This includes a molecule made up of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom: water. The Earth is 70 percent water.1 The somber trust that we have with our Creator (amana) to be stewards (khalifah) of the Earth means that we will be held accountable for our actions. These actions include those related to water.2 If the Earth is a mosque, then 70 percent of our mosque is water. Our mosque is oceans, streams, rivers, lakes, springs, and wells. It is our right to benefit from water; indeed, we need it for sheer survival. However, we negate that right if we contaminate, poison, or withhold water ...

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