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God is in the garden: a conversation with Shaykh Mustafa Umar




Shaykh Mustafa Umar at his office in the Islamic Institute of Orange County.
Shaykh Mustafa Umar at his office in the Islamic Institute of Orange County.
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To mark Earth Day this year, we’ve been exploring how the faith of Southern Californians shapes their attitude towards nature.  We’re calling our series, “God is in the garden,” inspired by a quote from George Bernard Shaw:  "The best place to seek God is in a garden. You can dig for him there."

RELATED: See more reporting from our God is in the Garden series

On Tuesday I profiled Rabbi Noah Farkas of Valley Beth Shalom in Encino. On Wednesday, it was Father Christian Mondor of Saints Simon and Jude Catholic Church in Huntington Beach.  Today  it's Shaykh Mustafa Umar, head of education at the Islamic Institute of Orange County.