Why would a Muslim start homesteading? Our most cherished values are easily expressed through homesteading. Homesteading can increase our appreciation for Allah’s gifts and even awaken the spiritual being within us. Homesteading is a very practical use of time, it helps us meet our essential needs and benefits people and the planet we share.
When you see people becoming too greedy, following their own desires, and sticking each to his opinion; then stay at home, keep silent, take what you know and leave what you do not know. Care only about yourself and forget about the common people.
In the last decade we have witnessed unprecedented greed. We have consumed vast stores of the earth’s treasures and yet our desires remain unsatiated. Political parties are at odds, religious strife abounds, and war is on the rise.
Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me:
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.
― Emma Lazarus
Building community is a process. We cannot will it into existence, rather we craft community slowly over time, experience by experience. It’s a dynamic process that can be guided by bylaws but best realized through love.
I see community as a place where people have the time, space, and support to discover their purpose and pursue their potential as a human being. Not a place where people reside but revive, nor a place where people retire but renew.
That’s our narrative, building communities that revive and renew the human being. Building communities that repair and restore the natural world. Building communities that respect diversity and human dignity.
February 13th and 14th is Global Divestment Day. On these two days the divestment movement intends to send a message to the world. To avoid catastrophic climate change, we must divest from fossil fuels.
If one deplores the destructiveness and wastefulness of the economy, then one is under an obligation to live as far out on the margin of the economy as one is able: to be as economically independent of exploitative industries, to learn to need less, to waste less, to make things last, to give up meaningless luxuries, to understand and resist the language of salesmen and public relations experts, to see through attractive packages, to refuse to purchase fashion or glamor or prestige.
— Wendell Berry
For me hijrah means realizing my potential as a human being. It means rectifying my heart, refining my character, and taking account of my actions. It means living as a baraka upon the earth.
There will be afflictions during which a sitting person will be better than a standing one, and the standing one will be better than the walking one, and the walking one will be better than the running one, and whoever will expose himself to these afflictions, they will destroy him. So whoever can find a place of protection or refuge from them, should take shelter in it.
— Messenger Muhammad
Afflictions are appearing everywhere.
Life in all it’s diverse forms, is in deep pain and suffering.
I would like to share with you a video from Flowering Tree Permaculture Institute based in Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico. The video is 26 minutes long and in my opinion worth watching twice. In the first two minutes of the video you are introduced to Roxanne Swentzell who has lived 26 years without a refrigerator. Further into the video you learn about their Pre-Contact Diet Project, an experiment to measure the impact on health and well-being by returning to traditional foods. I think there’s something here for all of us to learn from.