As a Muslim, I was taught to respect the plants. My elders told me to take care of plants because plants can sense us; and, they demonstrated this care through their actions as well. Thus, I grew closer to plants.

I saved a plant from being destroyed once. It belonged to a colleague of mine. She gave the plant to me because I asked her not to get rid of it; it was getting old and she wanted to throw it away. I named it “Rudie”; and, I grew it and kept it safe in my room. I remember that when I looked at this plant for the very first time, I just felt pulled towards it somehow. Over time, I bonded pretty well with Rudie. Rudie even inspired me to draw; see below.

Aah! I still recall that I experienced pain when I eventually threw it because it got too old and withered. Furthermore, I usually appreciate them a lot as I walk or stare out of a window. I feel very scared when plants get destroyed due to bad weather. Not to forget that I receive lots of dreams about them.

In one lucid dream, I connected with a tree to find something important. The tree from the dream world literally made me stay connected with an online acquaintance who belonged to the awake dimension, the real life.

In one dream that I had regarding an online acquaintance whom I met some years ago, I utilized trees to figure out our connection. During the dream, I felt that this person was nearby. I decided not to talk and run away. The minute I thought this, the trees in the area started moving aggressively and some of the trees’ branches grabbed me, took me backwards, and threw me down. I felt this indicated that he would feel very injured if I just left without proper communication. The only reason why the trees reacted during my sleep is that he is actually very attached to the plants and nature—he has never indicated anything about how he would feel if I were to just leave. This dream is the reason why I am still connected to this person online; interestingly, he is also choosing to maintain contact with me. Read “Which Disney Princess Am I Like?”

So I used to think that I was just being creative in this particular dream, connecting abstract ideas to reach a conclusion. Just today, I came across an article “Plants Feel Pain and Might Even See“, which is written by Peter Wohlleben. This article discusses how plants can see and experience pain. The question that is now raised is how smart they really are? For instance, trees from my dreams can communicate thoughts to me. There is this story about how a tree cried when Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) decided not to give a sermon while standing underneath it. How the date palm tree was able to demonstrate to everyone that it could experience emotional pain shows that trees can feel and have thoughts too. Watch “Tree That Loved The Prophet ᴴᴰ | Shaykh Zahir Mahmood”. Oh, the story includes a reference to some slave. Having slave(s) was usual back then; as Islam spread, it abolished slavery.

So next time, someone makes fun of Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) or Islam, bring up this story and discuss how Science is just finding out that trees are actually intelligent creatures but this knowledge was already available in Islam due to Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him). Islam is not an outdated religion; it is an advanced religion. There is no way that back then they would have known that plants can experience pain because the Science to explain this properly wasn’t there; they must have seen this happening in real life because Prophets are granted miracles that allow a deeper penetration of different dimensions and truths.

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