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Passion Islam I July 2009 ORLD NEWSW I 17
Abu Dhabi plans to
recycle Quran pages
Green is a symbolic colour of the specific individuals, and will hold an
environment, but also of Islam. In internal shredder that will reduce the
a program uniting the environment holy texts into thin strips. A sensor will
and religion, the Abu Dhabi waste go off when the container has reached
management centre is preparing a capacity and a special mobile unit will
new system, the first in the world, to collect the ‘’sacred waste’’, which will
collect and recycle sacred texts and be recycled and reused, since it will
all paper with religious content. be ‘uncontaminated’.
Islamic tradition dictates that copies Still in the planning stages, the
of the Quran, like other religious texts, project is making use of funds from
should not be thrown on the ground or about 250 mosques in the Abu Dhabi
thrown away when they are worn out. area, and will be discussed with the
‘’We are preparing a system that will Religious Affairs Ministry. But the
allow for these texts to be destroyed original ideas of the ‘green’ revolution,
and reused according to Islamic law,’’ which with billions in investments, are
out ablutions before each prayer, use
explained the manager of the Majdi transforming the working arrangement
large amounts of water. The mosques
al-Mansuri waste management centre in the United Arab Emirates (UAE),
have also been studied to exploit the
to ANSAmed, ‘’paying attention to will not stop here.
solar potential of the country, making
Islamic and ecological practices’’. A pioneering group of young
use of solar panels and wind, by
Currently, in all mosques, there is architects, led by Professor Ahmad
using ‘’wind towers’’. Older mosques,
a specific container for sacred texts, Mokhtar of the American University
open on all four sides due to the
but the waste management centre is of Sharjah, inspired by Masdar City,
architectural style in the UAE, have
proposing to guarantee the complete a self-sustaining and zero pollution
allowed for cool air to enter naturally
separation of the text from all material city which is taking shape near Abu
and for warm air to exit, keeping
starting with the initial phases of Dhabi, has developed a series of
them cool for centuries. This style
recycling. Mosques will be equipped projects for ecological mosques. The
disappeared with the creation of air
with specific containers to deposit first objective is to optimise the use
conditioners, the towers will be used
the materials. They will be closed of electricity and water in mosques,
in mosques in various ways, starting
from the outside and usable only by which, due to the requirement to carry
with the high minarets.
Germany Muslim population grows
Germany has discovered it has food and drink practices. Muslim girls skipped swim class and 10
more Muslims than suspected, with The rate among Shiites was 60 per cent did not take part in overnight
a government survey concluded per cent and among Alawites 49 per class excursions, often with a polite
that about 5 per cent of the entire cent. excuse, because schools refuse to
population was Islamic. Berlin opened the talks in 2006 with provide single-sex arrangements.
The poll was funded by the Interior a range of Muslim and secular Turkish In a summary, the ministry said
Ministry for a series of conferences groups amid concerns about home- access for Muslims to well paid jobs
between officials and Muslim groups, grown terrorism, but officials soon remained a problem, with many
after complaints that there was no found at the meetings that Muslims Muslim young people, especially
reliable information on the Islamic had concerns of their own, especially Turkish youths, leaving school without
population or their views. about German public schools. qualifications, but social integration
The survey report, released Muslim parents are annoyed that was better than most Germans
in Berlin by the Interior Ministry, Christian children receive doctrine believed.
calculated that about 4 million people classes at schools during school More than half of Muslims
in the country were Muslim, well up hours, whereas religion teachers were members of German-run
from the past estimates of 3.1 to 3.4 for the Muslim children are rare. Of organizations such as sports clubs or
million based on immigration data. those polled, 75 per cent said all parents’ associations.
Germany’s overall population is Muslim pupils should be offered Islam The survey also suggested that
around 80 million. classes. Muslims may have some weight in
Pollsters phoned 6,000 households Some parents also object to German elections, since 45 per cent
with 17,000 residents. To understand daughters being compelled to don of the minority are German nationals,
how observant they were, families bathing gear for school swimming either by birth or by naturalization.
were asked if they ate pork or drank classes or sleep in dormitories with The rest have kept the nationality of
alcohol. Among Sunni Muslims, 91 boys present. their country of origin.
per cent said they followed Islamic The survey found 7 per cent of
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