Exploring the Muslim Canadian Environmental Philanthropy Narrative

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Memona Hossain


Climate changes are happening at an unprecedented rate, as identified in the 2021 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Environmental philanthropy, those acts of contributions toward the conservation and preservation of the environment, need to be better understood, as research suggests there is insufficient literature in this area. For Muslims living in Canada, the concept of charity, khalifa (a sacred entrustment whereby Muslims strive to support and preserve all of the Earth and what is in it), and worship take root and have developed within a context of immigration, identity formation, and broader Canadian contexts. The Muslim Canadian identity is informed by the social, political, economic, and historical elements of the Muslim Canadian experience. In turn, this informs the Muslim Canadian environmental philanthropy narrative. This paper explores the
relationship between Islam, eco-consciousness, and its manifestations in environmental philanthropy in Canada and how this is informing the climate change crisis. Centered on the
narratives of ten Muslim Canadians currently leading and involved with environmental philanthropy, the paper also offers insight on future considerations for environmental philanthropy within the Muslim Canadian context.

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Hossain, M. (2022). Exploring the Muslim Canadian Environmental Philanthropy Narrative. Journal of Muslim Philanthropy &Amp; Civil Society, 6(2). Retrieved from https://scholarworks.iu.edu/iupjournals/index.php/muslimphilanthropy/article/view/4353
Author Biography

Memona Hossain, a:1:{s:5:"en_US";s:75:"Project Nature Connect, PhD Student, in affiliation with Akamai University";}

Memona is a mother, wife, and learner.  She is pursuing her PhD in Applied Ecopsychology and working to complete her certification in Eco-Art Therapy through Project Nature Connect, in affiliation with Akamai University.  Ecopsychology is the area of study that explores the connective, holistic relationship of humans and the Earth.  Memona has also completed her Master’s in Education at the University of Toronto. Memona has been working in the field of mental health, addictions, and developmental disabilities for over 15 years.  Memona occasionally teaches Applied Ecopsychology and the practise Eco-Art Therapy through the University of Guelph Arboretum and at the Riverwood Conservancy in Canada.  Memona is involved in Eco-diverse conversations, engaging with individuals and groups of Indigenous and diverse background as it pertains to climate action. Memona is currently working on a global research project exploring the personal narratives of Muslim women from around the world and their connection to the Earth and environmental activism.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Muslim Association of Canada (MAC).