My Poem “Open Letter to Climate Change Activists” Is Published In Bilingual Art Anthology “Ottawa Inshallah”

Some months ago, I came in touch with artist Aquil Virani who told me that he was planning to publish a bilingual art anthology titled “Ottawa Inshallah”. This project is designed to represent Muslims and strengthen the communities through pluralism, futurism, and arts. “Ottawa Inshallah” project has received the “City of Ottawa’s Diversity in the Arts” fund; and, it is sponsored by the City of Ottawa, Silk Road Institute, and Canadian visual artist Aquil Virani.

Now here is a little bit about my poem “Open Letter to Climate Change Activists”. This entire poem is based on visions that I received through multiple lucid (clear) dreams—I receive creative and precognitive (true) dreams. It is a fact that climate change is influencing everyone’s dreams. There are times when I fly out of my body while asleep; and, then instead of getting to the desired destination, I end up getting trapped inside bad weather. I have seen so many things through such visions including the locust plague, coming of coronavirus and its aftermath, Dorian flood, burning of some regions in Malaysia, and dying birds. Read blog posts “Lucid Dream About Dead Birds“, “Did I Receive Some Sort Of Warning From Malaysia?” and “Link Between Plagues and Freedom“.

When the time came to figure out what to publish for this anthology, I composed three submissions; and, only one of these was a poem. I created this poem by reviewing some of my dreams. This poem has a couple of sections namely Locust Plague, Coronavirus Pandemic, Climate, and The Beginning. Aquil has posted a video about this anthology here; see Aquil’s website.

The launch event for “Ottawa Inshallah” project is on Oct 21, 2021 at 6 pm EST. You may join the Zoom party by clicking on the link found on Aquil’s site under heading “How can I purchase a copy? When is the launch event?” And, don’t forget to get your own copy so that you may be able to see the arts created by Ottawa-based Muslim artists.

Enjoy!

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Lesson Gained From Prophet Mohammad’s Cousin Ja’far bin Abi Talib

I learned about Ja’far Bin Abi Talib by reading the book “Child Companions around the Prophet (Peace be Upon Him)”; this book is prepared by Darussalam Research Division. I have gained two very important lessons from his example. Here is a summary of the relevant content of Chapter 5, “Abdullah Bin Ja’far’s (May Allah be Pleased with Them Both)”.

Ja’far Bin Abi Talib was Prophet Mohammad’s cousin. He chose to migrate to Abyssinia to help Muslims of Mecca escape harsh conditions. He eventually made friends with the Christian King of Abyssinia, King Negus. His wife Asma suckled and weaned both their son and King Negus’s son. Also, both of the sons were named Abdullah. This is a great example of friendship and Pluralism.

Ja’far Bin Abi Talib was known as “Father of the Needy”. And, his son Abdullah followed his footsteps until people started calling him “Sea of Generosity”. He used to give away his wealth without fearing anything. Once one of his servants told him that he saw his three hundred dinar silk coat, which was embroidered with gold, when he slept after Abdullah asked him where it was. After hearing this, Abdullah did not punish him for taking his coat; instead he gave this expensive item to his servant. Which current leader does that? Nowadays, leaders and people are kept far away from each other by security, gatekeepers, and laws. I know that such examples of generosity are very hard to find.

Overall, I have understood that Islam has really taught us how important it is to know each other well so that one may react well when the other is in needthis is the basis of Pluralism. Not to forget that Islam has also shown how generosity is the backbone of every society; this is something we have forgotten given how wide the rich poor gap really is and how most folks are selfish or have been forced to act selfish. If we really want our current societies to flourish, we should learn from such examples that are taught in Islam.

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How Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) Tackled COVID-19 For Us

I learned these two ahadith (sayings) of Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) when I was much younger. I was born in a Muslim household, which is how I was exposed these two sayings.

Prophet used to say that Honey is the cure for mankind; and, that Black Seed can cure anything except for Death. SearchTruth offers some more ahadith about these Prophetic Medicines; see post “92 hadith found in ‘Medicine’ of Sahih Bukhari“.

IslamiGems’ article “22 Top Benefits Uses of Honey | Prophetic Medicine” discusses several benefits of honey. Gulf Times’ article “Black Seed (Nigella sativa): A cure for every disease” shares some benefits of Black Seed.

A recent clinical research study conducted in Pakistan, US, Canada, and Chile show that a combination of Honey and Nigella Sativa (Black Seed) can heal severe and moderate illness caused by COVID-19. Read “Study suggests honey and Nigella sativa expedites viral clearance in COVID-19 patients“.

So Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) is definitely a great prophet because God showed him how to protect mankind.

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Please Support CJ Werleman’s YouTube Channel

CJ Werleman is an internationally renowned journalist who uncovers abuse of Muslim communities around the world. Before I decided to become a patron for CJ’s Patreon account, I had a lucid (clear) dream about him. I wrote about this dream in the blog post “My Psychic Images of CJ Werleman“.

Once just before falling asleep, I heard certain sort of voices that almost made my body jerk in pain. This is because CJ reads into unfair treatment of humans especially Muslims…CJ was walking there on his own feeling very happy about something. The dream emphasized the large number of people and then the size of the land so much so that CJ appeared almost insignificant and difficult to find. My Psychic Images of CJ Werleman

My mind becomes very clear just before I fall asleep and then during the dream state as well. So when I noticed CJ’s pain and humility, I started caring more about him and his work. I must comment that being able to experience someone’s pain is a gift. According to Brene Brown, vulnerability is the source of creativity and courage; see her speech “The Power of Vulnerability“. This is why great musicians and poets feel pain while composing their works. I knew I was dealing with someone very creative after I had this dream. Seeing is believing! Thus, I became a patron and started participating in the project.

CJ’s Patreon project is very creative. So far, I have participated in podcasts by asking questions (see blog post, “Participating In CJ Werleman’s Q&A Sessions“); attended virtual events (I even participated in the virtual event “72 Years of Indian Occupation of Kashmir“); received ebooks; learned about issues that Muslims are facing; read CJ’s articles to guide my research about Kashmir for my poem on Kashmir (see blog post “Why Am I Writing A Poem About Kashmir”); wrote the Boycott BJP/RSS Toolkit (see post “Boycott BJP/RSS Toolkit” published on Oct 08, 2020); and, provided articles for the project “Database: Hate Crimes Against Muslims in India” (see Comment 1 and Comment 2). Seriously, I am learning a lot through this project!

CJ is currently attempting to increase the number of patrons so that he may transform his podcast to a YouTube channel—see the original tweet here. Select a membership plan by visiting his Patreon account. Patron packages start at $1/month. To learn more about CJ Werleman’s work, check out his website.

Thank you for your kind thoughts and support!

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Participating In CJ Werleman’s Q&A Sessions

I have been learning about Human Rights related issues as these apply to Muslim communities around the world; one day, I wish to get to the point where I may be able to compose deep and thoughtful poetry about these issues. Recently CJ Werleman started Q&A sessions for his Patrons where he takes questions from Patrons and issues these to other well-known figures. I have been participating in these Q&A sessions in order to learn. Make sure to bookmark this post because I will be updating it every now and then.

I am finding the Q&A sessions very interactive and helpful. Many thanks to CJ and his team for making this possible!

Please support CJ Werleman! He is trying to make this world a better place by preventing abuse of Muslims. Some politicians and their supporters have learned to take things by force; and, they have learned how to punish people even if those individuals are innocent. You know something as simple as grading can create risk-averse behaviour, which is risky since humans cannot grow properly this way. What do you think all this abuse of Muslims is creating in the long run? Please support CJ Werleman!

Q&A Session: A Far-Right Politician Converts to Islam

Discussion with Arnoud van Dourn

CJ’s original tweet

Q&A Session: History of Islam in the United States

Discussion with Khaled Beydoun

CJ’s original tweet

Q&A Session: Human Rights Apocalypse in Kashmir

Discussion with Mr. Masood Khan, President Azad Jammu & Kashmir

More upcoming…

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Understanding Hadith “There Will Be More Women In Heaven And Hell Than Men”

I was going over Dr. Shadee Elmasry’s blog post “#SafinaQ&A: Insight behind Women Being the Majority in Jannah & Jahannam?” where the hadith “There will be more women than men in both Heaven and Hell” was being discussed. I was not content with the explanation that was being offered here so I looked up more information. I volunteer to run a Facebook page, “Forgotten Femmes” as well as counsel abused women if they approach me for advice; I have also survived domestic, workplace, and sexual abuse. I know that comments like the one mentioned here can cause abuse of women when left without context and explanation⁠—this happens due to the teaching that men get more than women for some reason. This is why I am looking into this in detail!

After a bit of work, I found an explanation that makes more sense to me.

There will be more women in Hell.

According to SeekersGuidance’s article, “In What Context Did the Prophet Say ‘Women Make up the Majority of the Inhabitants of Hell’?” this hadith was meant to be playful since the Prophet was just encouraging women to issue charity. Its like when a great writer makes fun of someone just for the moment in order to get something important done. Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) was just a guy like other guys! He had a sense of a humor which he used while communicating with both men and women.

There will be more women in Heaven

The answer to this question is quite simple. I know that some scholars think that this refers to the fact that houris are only females. However, my personal experiences have taught me otherwise. I am a lucid dreamer. I have learned from Islamic text that lucid dreaming is halal; dreams can come from angels and God and not just the self; and, our souls are not in our body when we are asleep. During my lucid dreams, I have been able to form sexual relationships with multiple male dream characters who are very smart and handsome; whether the relationship will form or not is not always in my control since other energies are playing a huge role in making this happen. Having sex during dreams is rare; but, it still happens sometimes. Most of the time, I connect with male dream characters to just chat or hang out. I have discussed this phenomenon clearly in blog post, “Be Moderate About Lucid Dream Sex“. If this is happening while my soul is not in my body, then this will definitely happen when I die and (God willingly) enter heaven. Here is another relevant explanation of this hadith. Read “Are all ‘houris’ female?

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A Live Q&A Session With IslamInSpanish

I participated in a live Q&A session with IslamInSpanish, which is an educational non-profit organization that offers Latinos education about Islam in Spanish language. I find it interesting that this organizationfounded by Mujahid Fletcherwas created after 9/11 because some of my work including some upcoming poetry is also created in an effort to combat an increase in Islamophobia that occurred after 9/11. I was introduced to Dr. Craig Considine in year 2018I had a lucid dream about this encounter in 2017. Since this event was preceded by a lucid dream, I realized that our meeting was important somehow. So I kept reviewing the online content provided by Dr. Considine and eventually came across IslamInSpanish. When I reviewed this organization, I felt particularly impressed by the fact that Latinos are one of the fastest growing Islamic groups in America.

To answer some of my curiosity about Latino Muslims, I ended up joining one of their live Q&A sessions; the two speakers for this session were Isa Parada and Mujahid Fletcher. During this event, I learned of a story about how a woman failed to convert because of mixed messages: she was told by someone that she is not required to cover herself in order to convert; but, when she ended up at the place where she was going to convert, they asked her to cover herself. After hearing this, I recalled how due to mixed messages even born Muslims are leaving the masjids and Islam. There are plenty of these mixed messages in our lives nowadays and the human brain is simply not designed to handle the distortions offered to it through structures and norms that are embedded inside our societies. Read article “Our world outsmarts us”.  So I posed this question to the speakers: “I feel what was said to her (the woman who chose to not convert to Islam) was extreme. This is what I am noticing in Canada as well. Islam teaches one thing but we don’t see it in practice. People are leaving Islam due to mixed messages. How do we combat mixed messages that are being conveyed to us especially when these relate to something as personal as one’s choice of clothing?”

So here is a bit of the reply that was given by Mujahid Fletcher. He explained that the above mentioned misunderstanding took place because the people who are running the masjid are predominantly from an area of the world where it is natural to expect someone who is coming inside to be covered. However, he further noted that God does not expect perfection and that it would have been better to engage this lady differently than to attempt to ask  her to do something that she does not know about. See full conversation on this topic starting at instance 1:32:11 of video of this live event.

I really like brother Mujahid’s answer. He discussed the importance of moderation while teaching Islam or interacting with people. I feel that more we try to hack into parallel lives (living next to each other without communicating properly) in order to promote effective Interfaith Dialogue, more moderate we need to be. A good therapist will tell you that acknowledging something like an emotion or incidence is the first step of healing. Asking this question and then receiving a proper answer caused an acknowledgement, which will help the world around us heal gradually.

Many thanks to IslamInSpanish for creating and sharing this interesting event!

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Falling In Love Feels Like A Heart Attack

Note: I am sharing this here because a lot of times Muslims are portrayed as dull and boring people who lack the intellect to do creative things like falling in or out of love. The mainstream media has played a big role in twisting the image of the Muslims—even historic acts that were issued to demonstrate kindness and love have been manipulated as something evil. Storytelling is a powerful tool for helping people visualize the reality, which is why I am sharing a very private part of my life with my readers.

To me, falling in love feels like a real heart attack. I am even in love with some of my dream characters. How much do you think I love my loved ones with whom I interact on daily basis?

Once I fell in love with this Belgian Muslim revert (convert)I was around 25 years old back then. I still distinctly remember feeling very anxious about things going the right way for both of us; I still recall I used to keep his picture at my workplace and used to hold it when I was stressed; and, I distinctly recollect even considering elopement if we needed to. He was also very much in love with me; and, I could tell that this was the case because he used to pay a lot of attention to me. He was Dyslexic, which means that he was extremely fast in certain tasks. We used to play Chess for hours; and, he used to beat me in seconds. I loved to write; and, he loved to edit my stuff and offer advice. I wrote this poem for him, “In Love, They Waited Patiently—at the time I wrote this poem, I had already decided that I will eventually marry him. Reality is that we considered ourselves engaged to each other although there was no official ceremony for this—we didn’t wear any engagement rings. It was a long distance relationship; so most of the time, we connected online. Despite all our efforts, things did not work out as we expected; and, so we did not get married. We took our time before we made the final decision; I was engaged with him for a couple of years. Even after making my decision to move forward, I worried a lot for him. Thus, I prayed for his well-being; and, today I am still grateful to God that he successfully married another woman and created his family. I briefly saw his family pic on Facebook, which is how I knew this. As for my intriguing mental state…well, it disappeared on its own over time.

All this was quite an experience! I strongly feel that God allowed this relationship to occur because getting him distracted by me would have kept him chaste, which is what he really wanted compared to what other women were offering him. He was still a new revert (convert); and, I was still learning how to date and whom to marry. The fact that both of us worked on ourselves and never made any physical contact still shines in my mind as evidence of our dedication to our religion Islam regardless of what we felt towards each other. He was safer with me, which is why God made us stick around for long until we both matured enough to figure out our next steps.

So what I went through can be explained with the help of this article:

Am I having a heart attack or am I in-love?

What your heart and brain are doing when you’re in love

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My Attachment To Sociology Taught Me How Crushes And Love Work

When I was studying at University of Toronto, I experienced strong psychological need to learn as much as possible. My need was so massive that I could not focus on one particular program. I started out with a Major in Biological Sciences. After one year of studies, I realized that I was simply not performing the way I had expected myself to perform. Thus, my marks were lower than I expected. Anyways, I went home and thought and thought about how to solve this issue. I started reviewing what I studied in my high school and realized why I was enjoying myself a lot in school; this was because I was studying multiple subjects in high school instead of focusing on one particular type of course. So for my second year, I chose wisely. I added more courses including English, Mathematics, Philosophy, Chemistry, and Linguistics. Pretty soon, my mood and marks both improved dramatically.

While I was going through this amazing change, I actually enrolled in a Sociology course as well. I was very excited about studying this course. But within a couple of days, I got super-bored. The thoughts that kept bugging me were that I was learning from a White professor and studying inside a university that had mostly White teachers and a racist environment—there were some good guys and gals though. I felt neglected and clearly realized that I could not learn because I could not trust the teaching environment. I kept asking myself that given all this, why am I studying Sociology, which is the study of how society develops and functions. I kept this thought at the back of my mind while I went to the classroom. But soon enough, the most obvious happened! I ended up leaving the class permanently and never came back.

Over years, my crush on Sociology intensified; so I kept some books related to Sociology and other relevant subjects like Communication and Criminology in my library. In addition, I met Sociologist Dr. Craig Considine and also purchased one of his books, “Muslims in America, Examining The Facts”. Before I proceed, I must comment that my meeting with Dr. Craig was a very blessed and destined event since it was preceded by an extremely beautiful and vivid precognitive lucid dream—occurred several months before we met—during which one’s guardian angels visit.

During my spare time, which is rare to have, I was able to learn a bit of this particular subject. I felt very absorbed in learning whenever I would open a book, which is how I realized that I was always in love with this subject and just happened to realize it late.

And, drum rolls….

And…

This is how I learned how crushes and love worked. I mean if your crush or loved one is not paying you appropriate attention, then what is the point of going through all this.

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Reverts (Converts) To Islam Bring Guidance To Muslims

I like the stories of those who revert (convert) to Islam! I have read some interesting stories online; and, all this started out when I read about the first set of new Muslims who were companions of Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him). To my young mind, these stories taught a sense of adventure and courage. When I grew older, I kept learning about reverts: I had access to people in Canada; and, I had the net.

One of my best friends is a revert (convert) to Islam; she used to be a Christian. My second ex-fiance whom I couldn’t marry due to circumstances was also a revert (convert) to Islam; he used to be Atheist. Both of these individuals changed their belief system totally on their own and without any pressure—this explains a lot about my need to follow Islam. When I came across them, they were already Muslims. I have learned a lot of new things by interacting with them; and, I am thankful to Allah (God) that they played a role in  improving and changing me.

I have even read about how some people are afraid of reverts (converts) because they feel that they are looking at people who are still not close to Allah (God) and Islam. I disagree with them because I have seen even Muslims do this. Through Islam, I have learned that there are different levels of faith; and, Allah (God) sees the reality clearly about one’s level of faith. Reality is that I learned this teaching afterwards; and, what made me close to reverts (converts) are the stories of Prophet Mohammad’s companions, which I read when I was a teenager.

Here are some interesting stories of those who chose religion of Islam to guide them in this world:

The life of Abdullah Quilliam: One of Britain’s most famous converts to Islam

Islam in Women – Women converted to Islam in the world- Documentary 2015

Scientist Atheist Converts to Islam | YOU will cry | “Live” – Part 1

Scientist Atheist Converts to Islam | YOU will cry | “Live” – Part 2

Famous Converts To Islam

These Muslim Convert Stories Will Challenge Your Perspective Of Islam

Choosing Islam – Converts Tell Their Stories 1/3

Choosing Islam – Converts Tell Their Stories 2/3

Choosing Islam – Converts Tell Their Stories 3/3

Story of four Americans who became Muslim

Stories of people who converted to Islam

The British Victorians who became Muslims

The life of Abdullah Quilliam: One of Britain’s most famous converts to Islam

Tell Me About Islam: Yvonne Ridley

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