Eco-mosques: Past, present and future

Date: Friday 24 January 2020

Time: 18:45 doors open. 19:00 start. Ending at 20:30

Venue: Abrar House, 45 Crawford Place, London W1H 4LP

Join us for our first event of 2020 - a panel discussion on getting our mosques to go green!

Last year saw the opening of the UK’s first eco-mosque in Cambridge – a £23m development providing a space for prayer and community projects. But while it’s great to see a mosque being designed with zero on-site carbon emissions and rainwater harvesting, how much further can and should Muslims go in ensuring that our places of worship are as environmentally sustainable as possible? Islam is a religion which teaches Muslims to care for our natural environment, and with the climate crisis and the need to reduce carbon emissions set to be big political issues which will define this decade, how much of a difference does an eco-mosque really make?

To help us understand these issues, we will hear from two speakers with practical experience of helping mosques in the UK to go green. Kamran Shezad of the Bahu Trust will talk about what an eco-mosque should look like, and give examples of how mosques in the UK are innovating to reduce their environmental impact. Shahida Rahman of the Cambridge Mosque Trust will then go into more detail about how the new eco-mosque in Cambridge came about, and the challenges they had to overcome in both the building and management of the mosque. She will also talk about lessons learnt along the way.

Join us for this exciting discussion, and let’s make the coming decade one of sustainable mosques!

This event is being jointly organised with the Muslim Council of Britain and the Islamic Foundation For Ecology And Environmental Sciences (IFEES)

Panel

Kamran Shezad, Bahu Trust and Faith For The Climate  @bahutrustuk

Kamran Shezad is the Sustainability Lead for the Bahu Trust and the Climate Change Adviser to the Mosques & Imams National Advisory Board (MINAB). His passion for climate-friendly living has developed a number of faith-based community toolkits, video messaging campaigns and resources to promote sustainability and positive environmental behaviour specifically in the Muslim community.

He holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Sustainability, has been awarded chartered environmentalist status by the Society for the Environment (SocEnv), and is a member of the Institute for Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA). His is a Community Capacity Builder for 'Faiths For The Climate', the Director of Training for the IFEES, and he has 'consultative' status with the United Nation's Environment Assembly.

Shahida Rahman, Trustee, Cambridge Mosque Trust  @shahidarahman

Shahida is a trustee of the Cambridge Mosque Trust which built Cambridge’s first purpose-built mosque and Europe’s first eco-mosque. It opened to the public in early 2019.

Born and raised in Cambridge, Shahida is an award-winning author and publisher of historical fiction, non-fiction and short stories. Her first highly acclaimed novel ‘Lascar’ published in 2012 is a work of historical fiction inspired by a paternal ancestor, a lascar meaning seaman. She has also published a series of children’s books.

Chair: Muntasir Sattar@muntasir27
Muntasir is a freelance researcher and anthropologist based in London. He is a volunteer for his council's waste and recycling team through which he engages the public as an educator and advocate.

Additional details

Free entrance. All welcome. Prayer space available. Street parking free from 18:30. Doors open at 18:45 and the talk begins at 19:00. If you have any questions, please contact the event organiser ben@thecitycircle.com.

Photo credit: Rumman Amin on Unsplash