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Africa Muslim Environment Network

The Africa Muslim Environment Network - AMEN - operated as a network of Muslims and Muslim Organisations in Kenya, Zambia, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and South Africa. The programme is awaiting new funding. Muslim faith groups are continuing the work in their own ways by drawing up long term action plans on the environment.

The vision: African Muslims helping African Muslims helping the Earth.”

The primary purpose of AMEN was to share information about successful environment friendly development initiatives by Mosques, Islamic organisations (such as youth groups and women groups) and the diversity of Islam communities around Africa.

Link here for the full brochure, including AMEN’s seven key pledges.

The History of AMEN

The network came about after a unique gathering in Mombassa, Kenya in 2005 which drew together Muslim organisations from around East Africa. It was organised by ARC and the Muslim Civic Education Trust (MCET), and was sponsored by the World Bank. Islamic groups who would not normally be in the same room together found many areas of common agreement, and the Muslim organisations began to see that their traditions and teachings could help preserve the environment and contribute to the welfare of many communities. That gathering also brought together secular groups, many of whom had never before thought of exploring how Islam understands the environment and sustainable development.

”Religious groups, because of their own nature, have always been on the ground and responded to people's needs,” said ARC’s project manager, Paola Triolo. “Mosques and Churches provide networks that reach almost every village and they have often proved to be one of the most enduring of social structures. “

"The Qur'an says that humanity's role is to be Khalifa - the vice regent on earth for God. This does not mean we therefore have the right to do as we wish with God's creation. Our role is to protect all life and to use it thoughtfully and carefully so that on the Day of Judgement we can report back to God that we have been true and faithful Khalifas."
CONTACT ARC if you would like to help fund this network.

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