Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, a U.S. environmental policy consultant and one of Feisal Abdul Rauf’s spokesmen for the new mosque being contemplated near Ground Zero, surprisingly announced in August that it will be the first “green mosque” in the United States. Not only will this structure comply with very strict LEED green standards (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), but it will also become an interfaith cultural center that will emphasize “the intricate relationships between Islamic teachings and environmentalism.” As such, this new mosque will not only be built green, but it will also become an environmental Islamic community center. In fact, the project has been renamed “Park 51” to reflect this green emphasis.
In The Daily Beast, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin went on to say that “Islam calls upon people to be stewards of the earth and to treat all things in nature as sacred. The new name…invokes images of trees, creeks, and children playing. Parks are for the public. Parks are fun. Parks are green. And parks are not controversial.”
Contrary to such an innocuous suggestion is that injecting environmentalism into Islam is hardly uncontroversial. In reality, it only multiplies the dangers by stuffing more flammable material into a rich concoction of explosive anti-western civilization sentiments, all in the name of green moderation. Both Islam and environmentalism loathe western financial institutions, all of which was best represented by the Twin Towers—the bastion of international free trade—before they came crashing down in flames on 9/11. Thus to suggest that a green mosque is uncontroversial is naïve at best, and in reality, completely disingenuous. New York’s Ground Zero area might be better served by a typical mosque with plenty of prayer rugs on hand for its worshipers. That environmental regulations have already played a large role in stalling the rebuilding of Ground Zero is not something that should go unnoticed, especially now with a green mosque going up nearby.
Blending environmentalism with Islam can only serve to strengthen the totalitarian ideals of the green movement. With modern environmentalism’s fixation on ecological holism that strictly views people and their economic activities as expendable, unbalanced, unsustainable and cancerous—this will only be greatly bolstered and strengthened by the totalitarian will of Allah. If modern western man is way out of line with regard to the environmental movement, just think what it will mean when Allah enters into the equation.
In fact, sounding very much like one of Prince Charles’ eco-fascist paupers, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin believes that the Earth is one giant mosque, and that everything in the universe is an interconnected balance of continuity, which of course, western materialism under American capitalism has violated with their greedy, consumption habits. With such a passionate environmental stance, the Twin Towers can only be a symbol of American greed and arrogance over Allah’s natural mosque. Even more troublesome is that Ibrahim Abdul-Matin claims that he has three sides to him, “the social justice part of me, the environmental part of me, and then the Muslim part into one sort of tightly woven expression of what’s happening today.” Tight indeed. Could it be that the destruction of the Twin Towers was evidence of Allah’s environmental social justice upon the stronghold of international finance and trade, which was allegedly fueling the rape and pillage of the planet’s natural resources?
In an interview in February 2010, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin even went so far to say that “science and religion mix in Islam, so we’re not having a debate about whether climate change is real or not.” How convenient. With Allah and Al Gore running the science department together, inconvenient scientific facts can much more readily be stymied and denied by two jack boots rather than just one. Under Allah and Greenpeace, debates about what is truly scientific would become redundant and unnecessary. This, in turn, would save the climate research programs from embarrassing fiascos like Climate-gate.
In fact, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin views science and religion in a unified, faith-based, symbiotic relationship. He has also written a book, due to be released in October called “Green Deen: What Islam Teaches About Protecting the Environment.” According to Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, “deen” means “creed.” On his webpage, which promotes his book, he believes that “living a green deen means treating the world with justice. The first step is to recognize that humans can have a negative impact on the Earth. The second step is to reduce and stop that negative impact.”
“Science,” environmentalism, earth first justice, and Allah are all wrapped up into one tight wholeness for the sustainable future of mankind—right at the doorstep of Ground Zero.
Like a foreboding omen is that Ibrahim Abdul-Matin even touts Malcom X as an early environmentalist. He grew up listening to his tapes, and he strongly pointed out in a speech at the Schomburg Center in Harlem in February of 2010, that Macolm X lived an “off-grid lifestyle.” This, of course, is the environmental pipe dream for all—a sustainable, future paradise, off the grid of modern energy, that the green economy is all poised to take advantage of. Malcom X is thus another good example for environmentalists to follow. He grew his own vegetables and was dead serious about blacks being healthy and nationalistically self-sufficient in their own tight bio region where the corruption of international Jewry and American capitalism is to be avoided. One of the professors who attended the event noted that “it was good to hear a variety of perspectives on Brother Malcolm’s life. Ibrahim Abdul-Matin’s connection between Malcolm’s activism and environmentally conscious upbringing was an interesting addition to Malcolm’s sphere of influence.”
While it is true that Malcolm X later softened his racism after he became a converted Sunni Muslim right before his previous pals from the Nation of Islam assassinated him, black nationalism was still a critical pillar of his beliefs. Furthermore, his softening on racism was largely due to the fact that he noticed that many Muslims and Africans were not black. In other words, he became color blind only as it related to Islam. Otherwise, much like Hitler’s white Aryan racism before him, which was rooted in Ernst Haeckel’s Social Darwinian ecology, Malcolm X never disavowed his belief that the blacks were the cradle of civilization and should also be segregated from the whites to keep the races pure. That the Nazis had also adopted a green camouflage for their own anti-Semitic and anti-American Capitalistic views has never received the scrutiny that it most assuredly deserves.
Last, but not least, is that Ibrahim Abdul-Matin also worked for the organization “Green for All,” and thus also has connections to Van Jones, not to mention Al Gore. “Green for All” is a national organization that promotes the so-called up and coming clean and green economy, which is allegedly designed to help people come out of poverty through assistance from other like-minded groups, business leaders, and government subsidies. Here is seen the combination of environmental social justice with the redistribution of wealth where “Green for All” means that environmental greenbacks and green jobs will be available for all, i.e., the poor. Here, environmentalism is being harnessed to provide yet another excuse to redistribute wealth.
Perhaps worst of all is that it was Van Jones who infamously once said that “the white polluters and the white environmentalists are essentially steering poison into the people-of-color communities, because they don’t have a racial justice frame.” Here, Van Jones, a self-proclaimed communist and a fairly recent convert to the environmental cause, mixes his black nationalism/communism with ecological views that, shockingly enough, can be traced directly back to the socialistic labyrinth of Nazi Germany where race and nature, blood and soil, ethnicity and environmentalism were the rage of the 1930’s and 40’s.
While some environmental historians have recently been forced to write books on the connections between National Socialism and the early German greens to help prevent their pet movement from being smeared with Nazi blood, a green mosque being pondered at Ground Zero under the shining light of Allah’s Anti-Semitic and Anti-American crescent moon, only serves to demonstrate the clear and present danger of eco-fascism in power and the great threats that the United States is currently facing as the western sun sets on the horizon.