Posted by: Dawud Israel | May 22, 2009

DLR: The Everyday Activist

Everyday Activist: 365 Ways to Change the World

By Michael Norton

Its been a while since I’ve discussed some good books. Here is a book you should definitely take a look at. Its not exactly Dawah Literature but, it is all about Dawah in terms of being practical, creative and utilizing new methods to spread the word about Islam.

In this small, snappy and detailed book you can find loads of ideas to implement and use in your own community. Its one of the very first books that inspired me and its not even too difficult to wrap your head around.  Some of the ideas aren’t quite Islamic (like prostitutes stagging nude protests demanding rights for sex workers) but they are definitely creative and provocative. If anything you can use this to help you brainstorm new ideas for projects and initiatives.

Here are some cool ideas:

October 2- Conservation Holidays: You go on vacation to a really beautiful place that needs help in some way or another. You help them out part of the time and the rest your on vacation. Visit: EcoVolunteer for more info.

August 5- Compost your Waste: Instructions and information on composting so you can get busy at it. Visit this website to get started.

July 6- Chemical Soup: Talks about chemicals are polluting our environment. There is a section that details how to make your home toxin-free by using more natural alternatives. Try this one for an All-Purpose cleaner: 3tsp. liquid soap, 1/4 cup vinegar, 1/4 cup lemon juice, 1/4 cup borax (per gallon of water). Here is another one for a Stain Remover: soak fabrics in water mixed with borax, lemon juice, hydrogen peroxide or white vinegar.

There is even a section dedicated to Muslims and how to learn about Islam! Each page mentions Internet links for more information and ways to get started helping others instantly. Overall, this is a book you should have on your shelf so you can open your mind to new opportunities and actively come to engage with society positively as a Muslim.

You want to become a Muslim Activist? Well, here’s where you start. 🙂

Subhana kallahumma wa bihamdika ash-haduana la illaha illa ant astaghfiruka wa atubu ilayk, ameen.


  1. “There is even a section dedicated to Muslims and how to learn about Islam!”


    and the natural stuff for cleaning is really cool – some people go all out and even make their own shampoo!

  2. How effective is that stain remover?

  3. I’ll try out the stain remover hopefully tomorrow and will reply here letting you know how it goes. I got LOTS of stains!

    I’ve seen homemade desi toothpaste. Its super spicy but works really well! Ask some aunties and uncles if they know the recipe, they call it “munjhun.”

  4. Munjhun? Okay i’ll try that.

    Test that stain remover on oily stuff too yeah? Coz some idiot dropped curry on my abayah and its I haven’t been able to wear it since.

    JazakAllah khair

  5. desi toothpaste …. erm…. i don’t know about that one.

  6. Oh shoot. I forgot to test that stain remover out.
    Hopefully, I’ll get to it today or tomorrow, in sha Allah.

    Sorry for the wait.

  7. OK so I didn’t have all the ingredients so I couldn’t try it. I gave it a shot anyways instead using, lime juice, white vinegar and water…but nothing happened. I think the borax is the key ingredient- which I couldn’t find, although I know I have some somewhere!

    I’ll post here again, if I do give it another whirl…but I suggest you try it yourself and buy this book!

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