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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Memories and Aftermath of Sep 11

Sep 11 of year 2011 was a scary day for me because that day I saw some buildings collapsing on TV as a plane hit it. At this odd sight, I screamed with shock and almost started crying. My telepathic instincts just got triggered and I knew something really big had happened.

I was just very unsettled after this attack; and, I researched it thoroughly. I realized that there is no way that America would have missed an attack on her people so I blamed the government of America for allowing this disaster.

After Sep 11 many things happened to the Muslims including genocides that just started in other countries like India.

The need to manage the consequences of this atrocity is one reason why I started this blog and “Lucid Dreaming” and “Telepathy” projects. God has a way of gifting me. Just yesterday, on Sep 11, I attended IFCO’s (Independent Filmmakers Co-operative of Ottawa) grant writing workshop to which I was invited by my employer. See the date and name of workshop here⁠—this is proof that all of this took place on Sep 11. I was introduced to a couple of filmmakers during a workshop. At the end of the workshop, one of the filmmakers agreed to connect with me next month.

On my way back home, my mind ran a telepathic signal. I imagined doing a riveting and creepy dance of some sort the details of which I don’t wish to share. Then I got home and fell asleep. When I woke up, I received a message from a female filmmaker who agreed to help me make my first film. I love the fact that a woman is willing to work with me because I have always supported the womenI run the Facebook group, “Forgotten Femmes”.

I cannot believe all this happened on Sep 11! God is signalling to me again! I mean how is this possible that I was supposed to find a job at a specific company at a specific time and thus be in time to meet these filmmakers? God is making these moves on His own!

All of this was like a Super Nova explosion!

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Why I Think Observing “Rights of Neighbors” Are Critical For Creating World Peace

I have been recently learning whatever I might have forgotten due to lack of practice; busy schedule; lack of a reminder; and, younger age.

I am usually a quiet person, so this is one reason why I don’t hang out too much; another reason is that intelligent people usually make fewer friends.

Recently, I read an article “Interfaith Dialogue: Seven Key Questions For Theory, Policy, and Practice“. This article discusses the notion of “parallel lives” where people who live next to each other rarely interact in beneficial manner. The article states that this needs to be stopped in order to create proper Interfaith Dialogue, which should lead to social change including World Peace.

I thought about things maturely after learning this. I realized that I already was in the process of achieving this change; however, I lacked complete understanding of why the neighbors are important.

See I was already connected with a couple of my neighbors. I used chat with them; get to know them and their families; and, always made sure to smile and wave at them. When one of my neighbors got injured, I made sure to visit the family. I also eat with one of my neighbors; they are Indian so its easier for me to understand their food. And, I have gifted a couple of my neighbors on special occasion.  I have learned that although a friendly chat helps a lot, it does not break one out of living “parallel lives” since its a much deeper notion.

After realizing that I can now easily accomplish some of these tasks—I am older and mature now—I decided to study what Islam has taught us about rights of neighbors. After reading article, “Rights of Neighbors In Islam”, I have learned that some rights of neighbors include sharing meals, ensuring safety, exchanging presents, and being good and generous towards the neighbors. Al-Islam’s article “Rights of Neighbours” state that both non-Muslim and Muslim neighbors have so many rights that they can be considered heirs.

I know its tough to observe these rights in this world; and, that it is even more challenging to observe these rights in Canada because of racism or other relevant issues. However, I am still going to give it my best shot according to my mental, physical, and economic capabilities. For instance, one of my relatives did not like the fact that I was visiting an Indian family so I had to ignore her comments and still connect with them; this is very difficult for me because I am kind of close to that relative and because India and Pakistan have ongoing conflicts. Thus, I realize that managing these rights won’t be easy but it has to be done in order to save the society and its members as well as gradually world peace.

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How “One World Film Festival” Raises Awareness About Global Issues

Canadian youth and adults are challenged by a fast-paced system and a politically charged environment where many are aware about the need to promote awareness of relevant international and local issues. A film festival like One World Film Festival (OWFF) thus plays a pivotal role in shaping opinion by empowering citizens. People who are dwelling on Planet Earth in today’s world are pressured to absorb information fast, which is how the new generation is being shaped to work and think more quickly by retrieving data from various stimuli and resources.

One of the very first films that I watched—in grade 11, I think—to learn about issues surrounding mental and physical health was Tennessee William’s “The Glass Menagerie”. This fiction movie shares the story of Laura Wingfield, her brother Tom Wingfield, and their mother Amanda Wingfield. What struck me as stunning about this movie was the fact that Laura limped and was also mentally fragile; and, the use of a glass menagerie to symbolize Laura’s refuge in her imaginary world as well as her sensitive memory. I remember feeling very moved after watching this picture; and, I promised myself to keep learning through such expressive broadcasts. As I grew older, I became more familiar with the world around me; and, finally found a festival that helped me fulfill the promise I had made many years ago.

One World Film Festival (OWFF) is Ottawa’s longest-running documentary film festival that seeks to use media and performing arts to educate people about several global issues including women empowerment, identity, migration, indigenous rights, social justice, human rights, and environmental issues—specifically, it connects marginalized communities and Third World population with Canadians. Its a very historic event! Its interesting to see how One World Film Festival’s poster has changed over time. See Past Festivals – 1989 to 2016.

Nowadays, people have access to many learning platforms including social media, open learning services, and free libraries. So why would someone want to spend their money to watch films? My experiences with the world of movies have taught me that motion pictures teach faster because they offer multi-sensory and collective experiences where one may feel one’s emotions as well as those of the audience and movie characters; learning can be completed in an incognito and relaxed environment; and, it becomes possible to focus on multiple issues and literary techniques and not just one or two. Now imagine going to the One World Film Festival (OWFF) and being bombarded by many educational pictures!

Come join this memorable adventure! One World Film Festival (OWFF) is coming to Ottawa again this year. Don’t forget to support their 30th Anniversary by donating to their crowdfunding campaign. Hurry Up! Campaign ends on June 2nd—they have only 7 days left to raise funds.

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How Gotham’s Dr. Hugo Strange and Arkham Represent The Grating Realities of Canada

Dr. Hugo Strange manages Gotham‘s asylum for criminally insane, “Arkham“. First viewers may think that Dr. Strange is the good guy because he does all the normal things like smile, laugh, work, and read books. But, soon his speech becomes distorted enough to show his real side. I am making up the following dialogues after studying Dr. Strange; Dr. Strange actually says a little bit of these or indirectly implies the rest. My attempt is to show you the similarities between Arkham and Canada as well as Dr. Strange and some Canadians.

Scenario 1

Dr. Strange: We are all here to celebrate and experience the anguish of being wronged;  we are here to feel the fatality and reality of things. Why only feel these things! Why not some firecrackers for all of us! What do you think Ms. Peabody?

Ms. Peabody: You are right!

Dr. Strange: What a nice gal!

Scenario 2

Dr. Strange: These patients are very very happy here. Ms. Peabody is in charge of their rehabilitation; and, we have no complaints so far. I assure you that when all of this is over, they will be back to their “real self”.

Scenario 3

Dr. Strange: She is such a talented and beautiful woman. That one is peculiar! Shall we see how she is holding up in there? That brave rascal! (turns switch on and we see a 13 or 15 year old girl, Firefly, standing in a desolate and dark room holding a torch. She has been trained to light anyone who approaches her.). What do you think Ms. Peabody?

Ms. Peabody: Yes! You are right.

Scenario 4

Dr. Strange: What do you mean? I am not in need of you. It is you who need me. All you have to do is stick with your promise.

Scenario 5

Dr. Strange: We are all mad here; we are all bad here; we are all rad (radical hippie style) here. C’mon, that’s the plan. Ahh! What would I not do to ruin that smile?

Arkham is an asylum that was created to manage and assist criminally insane. In Canada, colored people are treated as criminally insane. In some workplaces, one is treated as a villain who is not allowed to move up and is constantly questioned about things that he/she have already overcome. Canada wrongly and openly boasts of being a leader in human rights; but, the reality is that this country runs sick experiments on colored people. Canada is one of the most racist countries in the world; its mostly White media does not properly reflect the needs of the colored people; police of certain cities are anti-Black ; phobia against certain groups is normalized by mainstream media; the income gap is very wide, especially for coloured people and most Canadians somehow end up justifying why they have multiple degrees and really insignificant savings; war refugees that are at risk of developing Stockholm Syndrome are brought into Canada and they are not warned that sex trafficking is a well-hidden crime in this country; sex is so much in everywhere that even fundraisers or annual dinners are being run with the help of performers who are dressed like strippers (I saw this with my own eyes); the fact that a lot of colored graduates from university campuses, which can be dubbed “Brown Campuses“, don’t want to work with these white-lead universities is hidden under arrogant claims like “these people are just visiting Canada” or “these people aren’t qualified enough”; and, living here and having a family is almost impossible for many colored individuals. Colored humans are forced to see the White Saviour Complex as something good just like the inmates of Arkham are forced to realize that there is nothing wrong with becoming more evil or going back to the same city that initially corrupted them.

In “Gotham”, Dr. Strange attempts to recreate what he considers is “normal”. Mind you, Dr. Strange is very selective just like some narcissists and criminals who work and live in Canada. He totally picks who is going to become the “real self” and who needs to be “freed” into the hell offered by Gotham. When I wrote some of the dialogues about Dr. Strange, I used the word “real self”, which is an idea I learned in Philosophy and English classes. You must have wondered what Dr. Strange means by “real self”? “Real self’ is the one that is created by Dr. Strange after harsh experimentation. This new person is actually very much brainwashed and is even more criminal than before. In Canada, “real self” is conceived after considerable brainwashing. They are using many ways to reprogram colored people. Not giving colored people suitable jobs that match their qualifications and skills; talking to them in a demeaning manner, such as expecting that that colored researcher the cops just happened to stop is working in India and not Canada; offering more barriers, such as the glass ceiling effect and the color coded labour market; unjustly detaining them with the help of the Security Certificate and not granting the lawyers any access to human evidence; and, assimilating them in a senseless way, such as expecting everyone to dance and discuss or engage in sex rather openly (discussed in schools and offices) regardless of their religious background. The last option in the aforementioned list might baffle some readers because predators like these are selective people who don’t attack everyone. Even when you feel nothing is happening, something is happening. For example, Dr. Strange speaks by using puzzling words like “real self”; even some Canadian employers use similar confounding terminology and methods, such as telling a job candidate that he/she is not maintaining sufficient eye contact while failing to recognize the fact that this is being done to manage eye contact with the rest during a panel interview.

Scenario 3 is about Firefly who was introduced to crime through ongoing neglect and mistreatment that was offered to her by her brother. This is similar to a typical domestic abuse situation where a young Canadian woman eventually snaps and tries to let’s say run away from her home; she finally finds a new place and is harassed there as well. The right kind of people never find out in due time because Canada is like a pitch black and deserted place where attempts to seek help are nullified by almost everyone including those who are jealous; those who are well-meaning; those who are educated; those who have no education; those who care; and, those who don’t care. As usual, there are always lots of Ms. Peabodys in such cases because every abuser needs someone who can validate that person. Now, just like Firefly, this young woman can be further torn and gradually changed into a hardcore and even more hideous monsterby “monster”, I mean an “outcast”. If you feel that I just told you a big fat lie, then know the following facts: 2 out of 3 Canadians are not aware about sexual consent; rape kits are failing the victims and rape crisis centres are being failed by the Canadian system;  not to forget that victims of domestic abuse are also being failed by the Canadian system. Justice is sometimes or perhaps most of the times really slow in Canada, which is what this particular story is telling us: According to CBC, in 1900s, the CIA conducted brainwashing experiments on Canadians at the McGill University; now, in 2018, the Fifth Estate is collecting stories of people who were affected by this experiment. Its really that late? Do you still think there are no Fireflies in Canada?

Scenario 4 is a common example of abuse and intimidation that takes place in Canada. Narcissists are running Canada; a lot of these narcissists are well suited for positions in lecturing, management, and medicine. Nobody goes near them because just like Dr. Strange, these people are control freaks; this is signified by phrase, “All you have to do is stick with your promise”. I have some experience with Canadians who are narcissists. I have learned that there are different kinds of narcissists; for example, there are those who like to devise errors and attempt to place those delusions in the brains of the victims and the rest of the audience; and, others who just use verbally loaded language to scare their victims. It is very easy to find male and female managers who are using pornographic terminology or the F word inside officesyou will see people talking about this in close circles but most people do not want to worry about reporting these atrocities to the media. It is a fact that Canada coddles criminals; you might be sitting right next to a real whacko while you are studying or working. It is a fact that in Canada racism is sometimes a very hidden thing; and, this is why it takes a lot of time and thoughts to just realize what has happened. This concept is represented by Arkham’s concealed basement where monsters are created through abusive research and experiments. I have experiences with such covert form of racism; there have been times when some people have made friends with me only to leave me after using my connections and resources; even some strangers have told me that something similar has happened to them as well. Furthermore, real and credible authorities are never made available on mainstream media; and, when they do arrive, they arrive in lesser number owing to Canada’s integration issues.  Additionally, reality is never represented properly through media simply because it is being run by domineering individuals who want us to be okay with being labelled inappropriately and misrepresentedthis is the promise they think we owe them. For example, Ezra who is telling a lot of lies about Islam is always summoned by Canadian mainstream media; but credible and globally known authorities like Imam Dr. Delic are not invited. Last but not least, the government authorities like RCMP are wasting a lot of effort in creating racist guides to target certain groups; for example, the RCMP interview guide unfairly targets Muslim migrants. Overall, colored people especially the ones who need to be targeted due to political reasons are expected to complete the promises they made to Canada because Canada is not in need of them but they need Canada. The fact that whistleblowers can get fired and abused in Canada sometimes shows at the lowest levels of authority like when students are warned unfairly if they decide to speak out against abusive teachers or professors. This reasoning is how Canada is getting away with using the resources of the colored people while making it look like that Canada does not owe them anything. The misuse of the Chinese employees is one example. Mistreatment of Muslims is another excellent examplenot many Canadians are aware of the fact that the Muslims have been living in Canada since 1800s.

In Scenario 1, I stated that Dr. Strange has a need to use “firecrackers”. Here, I am referring to hate crimes and racism as firecrackers that hit the victims on their already wounded heads every now and then. Lastly, Scenario 5 is everywhere. We are expected to mix, mingle, and laugh even after having our heads shaved owing to the frustration offered by the current state of Canada. Thus, Canada is as civil and productive as Arkham.

My Last Thought: Can you easily see now how groups like ISIS can attack lonely Canadiansthey are already doing this to lonely Americans. All they have to do is find some lonely and poor Canadians; tell them that they have a chance to get rid of the West and its methods by participating in a war; love them by sending them daily messages, showing affection, and providing a “supportive” online group; and, then wait for the “Stockholm Syndrome” to set in. That’s all! They can build an army like this; and, given the entire picture, it should be easy to do so. Lastly, after reading stories of how young Americans become willing to do what ISIS is asking them to do, I have started thinking that ISIS is very educated in psychological brainwashing torture; this is why I have started believing that ISIS is linked into powerful Western countries like America and not poor countries like Afghanistan. James L. Trainum’s book “How the Police Generate False Confessions: An Inside Look at the Interrogation Room” shares the techniques that are used to brainwash victims into believing that they are the “real hard-core criminals” or the “new, protected, and loved informants”. If you have any questions about ISIS, read this book. Maybe, it will help a lot!

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Covert Form of Islamophobia is Very Much Canadian in Nature

Some years ago, a colleague of mine argued with me about the Quran and Islam; he hung up after one call. I met him at work; and, I found him to be very friendly and approachable. When we informally talked over phone for the very first time, things changed. His first comment was about why the Muslim women cannot have multiple husbands but Muslim men could—he then said that the Western women are more free because they have multiple partners. I first told him that I would not want multiple partners and never at the same time if there is a need for me to have more than one husband. I told him that the female body is not designed to handle multiple male partners at the same time simply because doing so would be very tiring. Furthermore, I explained to him that the ruling about four wives is actually pretty old; and, such rulings are subject to the rules of the country as well as current demands of the people. Having multiple wives was something very common in old times; however, Islam reduced the total number of allowed wives to only four. This allowance came with another ruling, which specified was that a man may have four wives only if he can deal with them in a just manner. Yet another critical law was that the wife can dictate in her prenuptial agreement whether she is going to allow her husband to have a polygamous relationship or not. The daughter of Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him), Lady Ayesha (praise be upon her), specifically mentioned in her prenuptial agreement that her husband may not wed another woman while he is married to her. All of this is from ancient Arabia. Again, marriage is something that is defined by the country and its rules as well as the people. It is a ruling that relates to the society and how the society functions. Read Samia Rahman’s article “Polygamy Is Not A Muslim Problem” to learn that most British Muslims prefer Monogamy. I am originally from Pakistan; and, I can easily state that 99% of the Pakistani families I met and knew were monogamous in nature.

Now I must comment that he still hung up after I hastily reviewed the most significant parts of the context behind ruling about four wives. Before he hung up he said that he has read the Quran in detail; and, it is clearly inconsistent in nature. I strongly feel that he used the web or mainstream media to learn the Quran; and, this is how he drew his own conclusions about Islam. I can say this because he is a non-Mulsim and because some pushy things that he said to me did not make any sense to me. Can you see how hidden all of this is? Many individuals and organizations are running Islamophobic campaigns while there are several corrupt religious and political leaders; Internet is the most accessible and inexpensive learning tool Westerners possess; people do not want to visit reliable religious figures while the Canadian mainstream media offers them fake ones like Ezra; thus, even the friendliest people can become Islamophobic. Can you see now why Hadeel Abdel-Nabi stated in her article “Islamophobia: The Very Real Monster In Canada’s Closet” that Islamophobia is a very hidden issue in Canada.

Its freaky to see that Islamophobia is a hidden issue in Canada. Read article “The moral cowardice of Canadian media is leaving racism unchallenged“. Its very scary to observe this up close because the attackers or instigators act very friendly until they get in your comfort zone; then, they attack with whatever they have got. There are times when colleagues who act very loving towards you end up saying a lot of negative things about you at your back. Emotional blackmail is one of the most common things you will find in Canada; and, what’s cunning about it is that there are more bystanders due to the fact that somebody is injuring somebody’s feelings or emotions. Some Canadians are not wired into thinking that this attitude could lead to psychological and physical abuse if left unattended. Canada is a country where Human Rights complaints are continuously being shoved under the rug.

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