Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, a visionary leader and champion of environmentalism, social justice, and interfaith collaboration passed away suddenly this week. He leaves behind his wife and three young children. His funeral service (Janaza) takes place today at the Islamic Society of Orange County, Garden Grove, California following the Friday service (Jumuah) at 1 p.m.
As the author of "Green Deen: What Islam Teaches About Protecting the Planet," Ibrahim Abdul-Matin explored the intersection of Islamic teachings and environmental responsibility, inspiring countless individuals to embrace sustainable practices.
Beyond his acclaimed writing, Abdul-Matin co-founded Green Squash Consulting, a New York-based management consulting firm specializing in dynamic strategic planning, stakeholder management, and partnership development.
Through his work, he collaborated with people, organizations, companies, coalitions, and governments committed to promoting equity, justice, and environmental sustainability.
Abdul-Matin's passion for fostering dialogue and understanding across faith traditions led him to serve as a Senior Fellow with Interfaith America and New Yorkers for Clean Power. His involvement in these organizations exemplified his commitment to building bridges and finding common ground to address pressing environmental challenges.
Recognizing the power of collective action, Abdul-Matin served on various boards and advisory boards. He was a board member of Sapelo Square, an organization dedicated to celebrating and analyzing the experiences of Black Muslims in the United States.
Additionally, he contributed his expertise to The Scherman Foundation, supporting the arts and organizations that use community organizing and advocacy to build a more just and equitable New York.
Abdul-Matin's dedication to empowering the next generation of environmental leaders led him to serve on the board of Green City Force, an organization that trains young leaders to contribute to a green and inclusive economy. He also lent his expertise to Collective Diaspora, a global initiative focused on developing cooperatives throughout the African diaspora.
Recognized for his insights and expertise, Abdul-Matin provided guidance through his advisory roles with organizations such as the Trust for Public Land (NYS), The Union of Concerned Scientists, and the International Living Future Institute. These roles allowed him to contribute to environmental conservation, scientific advancement, and the promotion of sustainable living practices.
The loss of Ibrahim Abdul-Matin is being deeply felt by those who have been touched by his wisdom, passion, and dedication. His multidimensional approach to environmentalism, social justice, and interfaith collaboration has inspired a generation to take action towards a more equitable and sustainable future.