WHOLE FOODS AND THE ENVIRONMENT
By Karimah bint Dawoud , Muslim chaplain and well being writer of Amazon Number 1 halal cook book, “Heavenly Bites” .
Today was one of those days, a very very let’s be good to the environment day, with my friend Queenie ,we set out to look for fish to compliment some tarragon and samphire grass I bought recently.Samphire is a type if edible plant that grows in costal regions, and a bit trendie foodie at the moment and I thought I must buy,try and taste. Inshallah we thought to make something Thai with Charlotte potatoes, an eclectic combination but the invited friend is a bit of an elcletic dude who is coming to put a mirror up for us inshallah.
So off we went, trashy boots and warm coats,out to face the elements in Kensington and Chelsea.
First stop Meanwhile Gardens , where I’m a member and regularly take my kitchen waste there, to be dumped in the compost heap by the horticultural muscles of James, whose in charge of volunteers.
You just have to go along to any community garden and ask them if you can bring you peelings , tea bags and eggshells ,to be put in the compost, there are a few boroughs that do this but I notice the bins they give people are sooooo tiny, still from little acorns big oak trees grow.
In the Quran, Islam’s revealed text, men and women are viewed as God’s vicegerents on Earth. (2:30) God created nature in a balance (“al-mizan”) and mankind’s responsibility is to maintain this fragile equilibrium through wise governance and sound personal conduct.
The Quran also describes the believing men and women as those who “walk on the Earth in humility.” (25:63) Scholars have interpreted this verse, and others like it, to mean that Muslims are to protect nature’s many bounties given to them by the Almighty. Preservation is therefore more than a good policy recommendation – it is a commandment from God.
There are more than 700 verses in the Quran that exhort believers to reflect on nature.
For example, the Quran states: “And it is He who spread out the earth, and set thereon mountains standing firm and (flowing) rivers; and fruit of every kind He made in pairs, two and two; He draweth the night as a veil over the Day. Behold, verily in these things there are signs for those who consider.” (13:3)
Next stop was High Street Ken, the Whole Foods Market…this place is like a food wonderland for me,
the basement has books, vitamins and loose pusles, nuts, etc.
Dr Gillian Mackeith has her own range of vitamin!
The ground floor has cheeses, bread, flowers, and loads of salad bars and cook food bars…hmmm definately worth another research trip inshallah.
And flavour of my month at the moment is a sushi bar upstairs , one of the mnay restaurants, once you have had enough of shopping.LOOK at this place, promoting Islamic qualities “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle” and what are we doing? over eating , wasting, throwing away and shopping till we drop!
I managed to get the fish from Golborne Road, the best Mauritian fish shop mashallah, Golborne Fisheries where the owner bought one of my books alhmdulilah
Watch this space and inshallah I’ll let you know what to do with king fish fillets, got to go , we have things to do … have positive productive afternoon inshallah
QURANIC QUOTES FROM http://islam.about.com/od/activism/a/earth_day.htm