BH: I’ve read that one of the inspirations for the beekeeping project was the threat of colony collapse. Could you briefly [...]
Asiila Imani is a mother, midwife, doula, and writer who home schools and teaches language arts to children in her community. For the past five years she’s been trying her hand at backyard gardening, getting involved with community gardening as well as permaculture. Two years ago she began raising chickens.
Beyond Halal: Why did you [...]
By Humera Afridi
This piece originally ran on AAWW’s Open City February 21st, 2013.
On an overcast October afternoon on the 2nd day of Eid ul-Adha, the Muslim Festival of Sacrifice, a lamb nuzzled its mother’s flank as she munched lazily on hay in an airy chamber of the 15,000 square [...]
In our first podcast, Krystina sits down with Rhamis Kent, a Permaculture consultant who travels all over the Middle East and North Africa advising governments and organizations on how they can engage in ecosystem restoration in order to increase biodiversity and sustain plant, animal, and human life. In this interview, they discuss his [...]
You may remember last year’s halalapalooza over Butterball turkeys spurred by Islamophobe Pamela Geller, the result of which, for many of us, might have been a shared “huh, Butterball is halal you say?” Of course, Butterball is not beyond halal. As Kristin Wartman put it last year in an article for
The eggplants in the small corner patch of the front yard have begun to put out purple and yellow flowers, hanging down like little lanterns. In a few weeks we’ll have fresh eggplants. The beans I planted in May have provided us with a handful a week of sweet, crunchy string beans. The kale was [...]
Green Faith, an interfaith organization that helps members of religious communities become better environmental stewards, is hosting a free webinar with Imam Zaid Shakir on the subject of a “Green Ramadan.” This is the second year that Imam Zaid has worked with Green Faith to promote environmental awareness among Muslims. A recording of [...]
Western Massachusetts is a different place. So many of the houses have farm stands out front that our friend Kamran, who grew up in the area, told us “in the summer, you never have to go to a grocery store.” Everywhere you look there is food, and people who care about food. Bilal also came [...]
There have been a couple of blog posts lately dealing directly with the issue of whether we should eat something just because it is halal, without taking into consideration the wider ethical implications.
Hijabman writes about why he opts for organic and local over halal, explaining that “halal” only addresses the manner in [...]
Last night we sat down to watch the recent documentary Forks Over Knives. The film makes a simple but rather revolutionary statement, that “most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods.” The film follows The China [...]
- "Direct your face to the upright way of life - the nature created by Allah upon which He has instituted the innate nature of humankind. No change is permissible in Allah's creations: this is the proper way of life and yet, most people do not even know of this." (Qur'an, 30:30)