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May 14, 2009

My book '199 ways to please God, how to (re-)align your daily life with your duty of care for Creation' has reached a nice milestone: it's now available, thanks to God! You need PayPal for the above link and delivery in UK only. From next week or so it should also be available via Amazon and from two weeks or so can be ordered in book chains in the UK. If people in US or Australia might buy it (via Amazon), it will be printed locally (part of why I chose PrintingOnDemand Worldwide, as they have strong environment policy).

The book is arranged in four sections: beliefs (aqaaid), worship (ibadah), transactions (muamalat) and moral character (akhlaq). Within each section there are several chapters, e.g. under beliefs there are chapters about unity (tawheed) of Creation (which is wider than unity as in 1 God) and our duty of guardianship (khilafa). The section on worship includes chapters about prayer and fasting. The section on transactions includes chapters on shopping and investment (including info on what banks do with our money & reflect on whether that is something we might want to have on our record as it's our money). The section on moral character includes chapters about supplication (dua) and etiquette of eating (impact on environment of pesticides, quantity of food we eat).

Each chapter gives a background of the matter from 'secular'/ factual perspective (e.g. water shortages and unfair trade on malnutrion), shares from life of the Prophet PBUH (e.g. how little water he used for making wudu), his companions and others over time (from Ibn Rushd, Al-Ghazali to President of Pakistan Ecology Council), then examples of actions (e.g. make supplication for species at risk of distinction, use only the amount water the Prophet PBUH used) based on my ideas, but also on the many good examples already out there ('Green Muslims in the District', Washington DC, USA, and London Islamic Network for the Environment). I also include several anecdotes from my own experience (e.g. my time in Argentina, my experience with an allotment, organising organic iftars).

The 4 sections are preceded by an introduction about Creation, with bad and good news (e.g. climate change and natural resource exploitation, but also opportunities of renewable energy and permaculture).

The book has a total of 362 pages, but due to structure, is accessible to just flick through and/ or pick a relevant chapter as and when needed.

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Posted: May 14, 2009 12:03pm
Apr 26, 2009

May this message find you in the best of health and spirits.

After several years hard work (outside full time job, green jihad/ struggle and life in general), I would like to share that I am happy I finally managed to finish my manuscript for '199 ways to please God, how to (re-)align your daily life with your duty of care for Creation' (a kind of 'save cash & planet' from Islamic inspiration). Publisher tells me it'll now be 3-4 weeks until it's available for sale (it's self-pubishing via printing-on-demand as I wanted full control on content and also a printer with high green credentials). Do let me know if you have any advice on what to do next.

In peace, Rianne/ Globalnomad

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Posted: Apr 26, 2009 3:17pm


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