Mosques Really Need More Unity

My dear Muslims, Rumi would be so sad today…to see so much separation.

Islam really is a beautiful religion, but the traditions are outdated in many ways.

I went to a mosque the other day for my father in law to pray as it is part of the services of funerals. I expected it to be a beautiful experience.

But unfortunately it was not. I understand why they separate women and men, while bending down on the ground praying, almost doing sun salutations.

But as someone with a unity consciousness it was very hard for me to be there. In both mosques I went to that day, women were high up above men in a totally separate balcony behind a glass box or railing.

Women were not part of the sermon at all it seemed, we were so far away. Men shook hands down below and even hugged being very close to the imam. Women were forced to be with one another only and it was not the same feeling as the men for some reason. No handshakes or happy brotherly hugs.

How sad. My husband was down below me on the ground and I could not even be with him praying with him as husband and wife, as it is done in the Christian churches.

I am sorry to say, but that has got to end. It’s too separating for those who do not hold a perverted thought in their mind. It does make women feel like second class citizens.

I know in my heart the makers of the mosque thought it would be good for women to have a separate experience than men and to talk to one another only providing privacy, but it really does take the Unity out of the religion and makes it about sex and gender.

It’s very sad to see. I hope for the future of Islam, and all religions for that manner, that old customs and traditions will fall away and all that is left is some of the beautiful teachings.

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Allah in the Shawshank Redemption: The Law of Balance

One movie that I absolutely LOVE as a muslim woman, is the Shawshank Redemption by Frank Darabont. It is not a fantasy film by any means (which I do love the most), but there is a strong spiritual theme that glows softly in this film.

Once again, I am in home in bed, I have a pinched nerve in the back and it gave me a painful case of sciatica.  I am watching movies to try to keep my mind off the discomfort and pain, and last night I ended up finishing this movie which I have seen before, but never went through the entire end of it, until last night.

Morgan Freeman is phenomenal in this movie, I enjoy his narrative in telling the story about Andy, the banker who was convicted of murdering his wife and her lover. I do not want to ruin the movie, so I won’t give too much away for those who truly have not seen this movie yet. It’s an oldie, but a goodie that everyone should watch.

Yes, it is extremely brutal and sad in some parts, but so beautiful in others. It reminded me much about life and how you need to see the glimmers of “heaven” while on earth in order to keep you going. Cause reality is often times very cold, dense, and seems so far away from God. But when you truly look at the subtleties of human behavior and nature around you, you can see glimpses of our amazing Creator.

Although, the theme of hope, forgiveness, and redemption is very clear in this film as far as criminals and convicts finding their morality in a place that is almost void of it, there is another theme that I have not seen others talk about on the internet pertaining to this movie, that I would like to: Balance.

There is much confusion as to what or who is God. And in this movie, it is entirely clear to me WHAT is God. Although the image of God is very misty in my mind, as the creator force behind this beautiful universe, I still can see a trait shining through that has shown up in my life and in others.

It’s the LAW of truth. As Gandhi once said, “There is no God higher than Truth.”

But what does this really mean? For me it means that all things are balanced in the end. Some may call it karma and some may call it “balancing of the universe”. Either way it is clear in this movie, that when bad things happen to a good person, AND they still remain honest, kind, and patient. God will always show them the way.

Andy was in prison for a crime he did not commit for 20 years. He was patient, kind and put forth the effort to help others around him even in his predicament.  He did not judge the other prisoners for what they have done and I thought it was a beautiful moment when he asked for the name of the new prisoner that died that first night. While nobody else seemed to care, Andy was open and vulnerable to showing that he did. God showed him the way out of that prison because he did not deserve being there. It was an imbalance of the universe for an innocent man to be locked up and treated so badly.

Andy’s good fortune at the end, seemed to make up for all the bad misfortunes. It was as if the scales all of a sudden have been leveled and now for the rest of his life, he could live out his years in peace and getting back the “love” that he showed others.

Yes, Andy was a very loving person. He was not expressive, nor really a warm person, but he genuinely CARED about his fellow inmates and made it a point to give them the little moments of joy he physically could provide. Such as asking for beers for them to have on their last days of working for the guards, and playing the beautiful opera music across the prison that day for all to enjoy for a brief time. He also helped others by teaching them, and setting up a great library for the prisoners to enrich their mind while in the cell.

It is such an amazing contrast to the religious warden, who seemed to believe in God, yet he never even followed his own Bible. He was a cruel man, in lip service to God. And in the end, you see who truly was blessed by God/Allah for the things they have done for others. The warden received his karma and took the cowardly way out of it, while Andy truly did receive his redemption he so deserved.

God is the balancer. The subtle guidance towards finding a way out towards freedom. The force behind this universe, that creates the good to check the bad in the world. The force behind this world, and your consciousness that guides you to creating balance again once you make the wrong choices. If you follow the straight path of kindness, truth, selflessness, and love, you will always see things balanced out in your favor. I have seen it in mine. I have seen it in others, and now I have seen it in countless films including this one that observe the human condition of karma.

There is no escaping from the truth, just as there is no escaping from God as the Ultimate Reality. If an innocent person is wronged, they will be righted eventually. The time is not known when they will break free of the illusion of bad things happening to them. But if they remain true to themselves and don’t follow Satan (ego or dark desires), they will not help, but be able to find peace and see the rewards that they have earned in this life or the next state of existence.

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What is the Inevitable Reality?

God.

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That Day will be the sure Reality: Therefore, whoso will, let him take a (straight) return to his Lord!

What is God?

the Truth of everything hidden, concealed, manipulated, twisted, made as an illusion to oppress, hurt, take from others.

God will NOT let the truth be unknown forever. Eventually the Ultimate Reality will be known. We do not know when this will be, but we should strive to align ourselves to it by being truthful with ourselves and others.

In the end, truth will always become your redeemer and eventually your liberator.

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Happy International Woman’s Day!!

One of the things I am constantly having to fight people about is the idea that women are repressed in the Quran or in Islam. Let me just say, I or any other strong muslim woman would not adhere to such a doctrine if it truly cast women in a lesser light.

The Quran teaches me that women and men are equal in regards to worth and value in God’s eyes. There is one single part that says “woman and men are each other tilts, but men have a degree over woman”, but this is because they are physically stronger and at the time of 600AD when the Quran was being revealed, men were the protectors and financial support system of the women for all nations, not just in Arabia.

Only occasionally did you meet smart, independent women who did not rely on their body to get by. Women had it very tough back then, they were married off at young ages by their family, sold as sex and maternity slaves, and even had to sell their own body to earn their bread pre-Islam Arabia. The Quran actually is the only religious text I see that really starts putting the foot down for women in particular understanding the sensitive nature of gender inequality that men have always shown towards woman, from a lower consciousness of understanding.

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O you who have believed, it is not lawful for you to inherit women by compulsion. And do not make difficulties for them in order to take [back] part of what you gave them unless they commit a clear immorality. And live with them in kindness.

You can not sell women as slaves or marry them by force in Islam. You may not use orphaned or young girls unjustly. You must be kind and treat them right as long as the women are not murderous towards you. In which then criminally insane women need to be tried and found out if guilty or not by witness party, under the warnings of God not to lie about a woman. The Quran also makes laws to take care of widowed or divorced women too, so a man can not use a woman and then send her out to be a beggar on the street as she ages. There are rules and laws to protect women from some men’s desires and greediness, and under the fear of God’s wrath, men are made to obey them.  You may not take or confiscate woman’s property that was left for her just because she is a woman, as you can see in example here:

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For men is a share of what the parents and close relatives leave, and for women is a share of what the parents and close relatives leave, be it little or much – an obligatory share.

Mary was regarded as a precious woman in God’s eyes, and here is the verse that shows how women are favored as bringers of life into the world of prophets:

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And [mention] when the angels said, “O Mary, indeed Allah has chosen you and purified you and chosen you above the women of the worlds.

The Quran truly spoke to me as a strong woman today.

Many people want to believe the Hadiths that were written by men of what Muhammad did with young girls, and as a Muslim I know in my heart the Hadiths were warned about because they are taking the words from outside of the Quran and taken in as truth by so many muslims today. But the Hadiths are interpretations of what Muhammad did and said by other men who divided Islam into different sections, and as we know by now, the Quran says “Say:…” and THAT is what I believe Muhammad to have done and said to the people.

Muhammad was instilled with the value of women by Archangel Gabriel and I believed he carried that message out as far as he could, until he died. Some wonderful Muslim men have followed this path and have treated women with so much respect and care all over the world, I know, I am marrying one soon this year! He is the most caring, protective and supportive man I have ever met, and I am so lucky to have been brought into Islam after meeting him, on my own spiritual journey to discover the truth.

What other men may do today in their own culture and traditions, against women are not something that goes unseen or unnoticed by the angels and God.  All truth will be revealed in the end of their lives. Sex trade rings, women abuse, women force and rape against them, female genital mutilation surgeries, child brides, unequal pay and rights all these things and more will be brought to the surface, in society. It already has and will continue to be purged with the truth from God.

Many men forget that Eve and Adam were once one single soul before the divide. While we wait for many men to realize their mistakes in their own lifetimes and our oneness, we women must always stand together as spiritual sisters.

Here is a fascinating look at how International Woman’s Day begun on March 8, the day I was born into ;)…

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The Book That Weeps by Ro Waseem.

Quran: The Book That Weeps, Hidden Inside Its Shelf!
June 20, 2014
by Ro Waseem

The Quran is truly an amazing book. If there is one investment I have made that I will never regret in my life, it is the time I invested in understanding the Quran. The thing about the Quran is that it speaks to me like no other book I’ve read. Such is the magnificence of the book that there is never a hollow reading session; each time I walk away with some truly amazing insights I overlooked before.
What makes this possible is that there are, at least in my opinion, infinite layers to the Quran.
The more time you spend with it, the more it seems to give you. And so, as I went deeper into the Quran, I was just mesmerized by its structure, cohesiveness, and the
metaphors it employs that reflect my being so precisely.
What’s heartbreaking for me, though, is how Muslims have abandoned the Quran, turning it into an object of service. You don’t pay reverence to the Quran by kissing it and keeping it on the top shelf, covering it with beautiful cloths. No, that would be akin to showering your parents with hugs and kisses, but not paying any heed to what they ask of you.
Would you not call such a relationship hypocritical and selfish? Indeed, you would.
But that’s what our relationship with the Quran is: one of hypocrisy and selfishness. It is used as a tool to gain rewards by reading it in a language that most Muslims don’t even understand, and comes out of its fancy covering only at “blessed” times such as Ramadan, or at times of need – when someone has passed away.
As Ramadan is just around the corner, I implore you to read the Quran in a language you understand this time around, so that you could start disassociating cultural Islam from Quranic Islam.
Here is a passionate response I wrote,
outlining all that is wrong with the way we approach the Quran:
What was supposed to be a book that would bring mankind out of ignorance towards enlightenment–bringing with it a revolutionary message–you revolve around it, not understanding a word of what it says.
What was supposed to be a book that was meant to transform your heart, you don’t even let it cross your brain.
What was supposed to be a book with a universal message, you utter religious statements in Arabic, somehow supposing that Arabic language is holy and advocate Arab supremacy.
What was supposed to be a book that
discouraged dogmas, you drink from a glass of water that you blew Quranic verses in, expecting it to heal you.
What was supposed to be a book advocating skepticism and critical thinking, you fear that thinking in matters of faith may lead you away from Islam.
What was supposed to be a book discouraging sectarianism and promoting unity, you kill your fellow Muslims in its name, and yell “Allahu Akbar!”
What was supposed to be a book advocating freedom of belief, you disregard it and
demand blasphemers and apostates to be killed.
What was supposed to be a book advocating pluralism, you feel threatened by differences and push for uniformity.
What was supposed to be a book prohibiting child and forced marriages, you justify them through fabricated accounts of the messenger and sometimes, your culture.
What was supposed to be a book that
advocated self-control, you partially blame the women who are raped and hasten to cover your women from head to toe.
What was supposed to be a book that
encouraged you to follow the character of the messenger, you have twisted it to imply following the cultural norms that were prevalent in the time of the messenger.
What was supposed to be a book that
advocated activism, you remain passive and pray for divine intervention to happen.
What was supposed to be a book that was fully detailed, you attach numerous books to it – claiming, without these books, the Quran is incomplete and hard to understand.
What was supposed to be a book that asked you to be wary of religious leaders,you have changed it into a book that can only be
interpreted by these religious leaders.
What was supposed to be a book of values, you have changed it into a book of hollow rituals and shortcuts to heaven.
What was supposed to be a book advocating accountability for your actions, you have changed it into a book that will intercede on your behalf.
Quran is a book that is read widely, a book that is– at times– interpreted wildly, a book that is understood hardly.
Sometimes, on a quiet night, I can almost hear the Quran weeping.Will you then, embrace it holistically, and release itself from its sorrows?

The Good and Bad about the New Age.

Being born an Indigo child, makes me aware of the subtle realities around me. Born in a time of great change and evolution of the human mind, it is hard to discern from the truth of what is really light and what is really dark.

There is so many new teachings that talk about how darkness and light are really one in the same, but they really aren’t and nothing in today’s world events should be ok because you are being taught to “let the negative thoughts go…go with the flow, man”.

I will say there are some wonderful ideas of the new age that all religious people should embrace, because it allows a marriage between spirituality and religion to coexist. It is wonderful that people are starting to understand how frequency and vibration works and how we are all interconnected as Jesus was even try to tell us we are brothers and sisters at the core.

There is a fabulous revival of ancient Vedas and Gita wisdom about the centers of the body that hold different chakra centers allowing balance or imbalance to happen.

But HERE are the negatives of the New Age teachings:

While our world is under a very tight control in the economic, political and religious arena by people who really were never given the authority to do so…they are bleeding the masses dry to make themselves richer and live in luxury.

I see it. Africa’s starving children is not because of God, as atheist love to claim. It is because of a corrupt system of government in many of the countries. They think of the people as lesser than them and have their wealth and fortunes while dying children just want a drink of water.

It’s not right. It’s not love.

And what the New Age teachings are about, is not human activism and coming together in love to stand up for what is right. It is about meditating alone or with a group with you eyes closed, thinking everything will be alright. But do they not feel a deeper ping of guilt for not getting up from their pillows and actually forming together?

Praying and repenting is actually very active. Because after doing so, you find the guidance you need or Signs that move you onto the next phase of solution. It doesn’t just calm the self, it is then a gift or a message to share to others.

I have discovered that we are more powerful in groups, than we can ever be as single individuals. God made us this way, in order to learn of our unity and dependency to be kind to one another and help this planet thrive. For some reason, those in charge have been able to manipulate the spiritual arena of society and have told others that everything is ok as long as you think it.

This is a lie. It is something the faithful are aware of and that is why there is an agenda against them. They don’t want the sleeping masses to wake up and see around them the corruption from within the controlled systems.

I don’t have any fear, because I know in the end after this battle between good and evil, everything gets rebalanced once again. I know I am on the side of the angels.

I advocate for people to start to come together and not let just let poor Anonymous do all the work. Maybe it is illegal to protest without a permit and you can get arrested these days, but if we all started to speak out on the internet in a massive wave of numbers with poetry, songs, stories, posts, memes, letters etc….there could be no more doubting for those who can’t SEE things yet.

We are not creators alone, we are co-creators with God. Let’s start to physically build peace. I know you aren’t really happy inside…telling yourself this lie.

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All I Want to Say to Satan/Shaytan Today.

I have had enough.

I want to scream at Satan for all the lies he has been peddling to others that aliens are their fathers and mothers, even though they are our sisters and brothers.

I want to chastise him for using good people with good intentions to peddle the idea of solipsism.

I want to shake my fist at him for bringing this idea of “I AM GOD ALONE” to the minds of unsuspecting people.

I want to stick my tongue out at him for causing people to call the religious texts only fairytales.

I want to smack him for dividing us further into sects of religions, and branches of worship.

I want to cry to him for capturing the control of the media, entertainment, and internet to make evil seem good.

I want to give him a piece of my mind for making people believe that they can sit there and do nothing about the suffering and injustices going on.

I want to growl at him for making people think it is faithful people or religion’s fault for the wars and destruction when we have money at the root of all this evil.

I want to smash him for telling others that they can become God, if they become enlightened while humans.

I want to scratch at him for pushing immoral sin such as lust, sloth, greed, pride, and envy.

I want to tell the world that he has deceived them greatly thinking that when you come to him you open your third eye.

I want to show the truth that Satanism isn’t really love since it fills you with hate for all things shown and given to us by the One Creator.

I want to teach him a lesson of manipulating and corrupting the religious structures by putting only men in charge, and saying that they have been divinely chosen to tell others what to do and how to believe.

I want to bash him for slithering in the lie that our thoughts create all the events and everything you see. I did not poison the water of Flint Michigan, or cause the Great Depression from the greed of the bankers.

I want to shake others that he has whispered to and put them asleep….and tell them to wake up and show them that it is not about the SELF, it is about all of us.

But I won’t feed into the hate. 

We are trapped in a prison of selfish delusion, and it is time we shed this illusion.

We can do it individually, but eventually we will need to do it together….you will see.

 

And some have fell for it. Read the Signs from God and you will truly be shown the truth.

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Surah Hud: Chapter 11 (line 80-90) Hud

80. He said, “If only I had the strength to stop you, or could rely on some strong support.”

81. They said, “O Lot, we are the envoys of your Lord; they will not reach you. So set out with your family during the cover of the night, and let none of you look back, except for your wife. She will be struck by what will strike them. Their appointed time is the morning. Is not the morning near?”

82. And when Our command came about, We turned it upside down, and We rained down on it stones of baked clay.

83. Marked from your Lord, and never far from the wrongdoers.

84. And to Median, their brother Shuaib. He said, “O my people, worship God; you have no god other than Him. And do not short measure or short weight. I see you in good circumstances, but I fear for you the agony of an encompassing Day.”

85. “O my people! Give full measure and full weight, in all fairness, and do not cheat the people out of their rights, and do not spread corruption in the land.

86. What is left by God is best for you, if you are believers. And I am not a guardian over you.”

87. They said, “O Shuaib, does your prayer command you that we abandon what our ancestors worshiped, or doing with our wealth what we want? You are the one who is intelligent and wise.”

88. He said, “O my people, have you considered? What if I have clear evidence from my Lord, and He has given me good livelihood from Himself? I have no desire to do what I forbid you from doing. I desire nothing but reform, as far as I can. My success lies only with God. In Him I trust, and to Him I turn.”

89. “O my people, let not your hostility towards me cause you to suffer what was suffered by the people of Noah, or the people of Hud, or the people of Saleh. The people of Lot are not far away from you.”

90. “And ask your Lord for forgiveness, and repent to Him. My Lord is Merciful and Loving.”

My interpretation:

Gabriel is told that although the people of Lot were destroyed, Lot and Abraham and his family were saved by the angels. There is an indication there was some sort of fight and the men protected them while Lot and his family ran away from the city. His family came with, except for his wife who was told to stay back because of some secret they must have known about her. I have a theory that Lot’s wife was also immoral and part of the people of Lot’s sinfulness.

It says the town was rained on by baked stones, which to me mean stones on fire-meteorite showers. So this is how these town was destroyed. God uses laws of nature to rebalance things in the world and universe it seems.

Muhammad is told of another civilization with a messenger named Shuaib. Shuaib was chosen to be the messenger of Median and he felt something was coming. He was correct on his intuition. The people were living in sin, and there were hardly any good people left in this town. When God sent them a good messenger, they asked him about the abandonment of what their ancestors worshipped and the wealth they desired.

He told them about the civilizations that were not far from that one and how they all disappeared because of the wrath of God. He felt something deep within, that their nation was next if they did not change their ways. Shuaib told them not to have hostility towards him as a messenger only and that they should be wise to heed his warnings because it has happened before to other nations not too far from them.

Shuiab asked for the people to seek forgiveness of the One true Lord and to repent.

Ancient pagan Median was in today’s Persia

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Surah Hud: Chapter 11 (line 60-70) Hud

60. And they were pursued by a curse in this world, and on the Day of Resurrection. Indeed, Aad blasphemed against their Lord-so away with Aad, the people of Hud.

61. And to Thamood, their brother Saleh. He said, “O my people, worship God, you have no god other than Him. He initiated you from the earth, and settled you in it. So seek His forgiveness, and repent to Him. My Lord is Near and Responsive.”

62. They said, “O Saleh, we had hopes in you before this. Are you trying to prevent us from worshiping what our parents worship? We are in serious doubt regarding what you are calling us to.”

63. He said, “O my people, have you considered? If I stand upon clear evidence from my Lord, and He has given me mercy from Him, who would protect me from God, if I disobeyed Him? You add nothing for me except loss.”

64. “O my people, this is the she-camel of God, a sign for you. Let her graze on God’s land, and do not harm her, lest an imminent punishment overtakes you.”

65. But they hamstrung her, and so He said, “Enjoy yourselves in your homes for three days. This is a prophecy that is infallible.”

66. Then, when Our command came, We saved Saleh and those who believed with him, by a mercy from Us, from the disgrace of that day. Your Lord is the Strong, the Mighty.

67. And the Scream struck those who transgressed, and they became motionless bodies in their homes.

68. As if they had never prospered therein. Indeed, Thamood rejected their Lord, so away with Thamood.

69. Our messengers came to Abraham with good news. They said, “Peace.” He said, “Peace.” Soon after, he came with a roasted calf.

70. But when he saw their hands not reaching towards it, he became suspicious of them, and conceived a fear of them. They said, “Do not fear, we were sent to the people of Lot.”

My interpretation:

The people of Aad did not listen to their messenger chosen to give them the message. They failed the test of being humble enough to receive it and change their ways. They were destroyed and no longer are a strong civilization, with the karma that they have called to them.

Now Gabriel is being told about a place called Thamood and their messenger Saleh. Saleh tried to get the people of Thamood to stop worshiping the deities that their ancestors worshipped. But they did not listen, and cultural identity was more important than listening to this messenger’s revelations to help set Thamood back on track.

Saleh was given a prophecy either by dream, divine inspiration or angel visitation to not kill this one cow grazing on the land as a symbol of faith. He warned the people and they cut the cow in the hamstrings, causing it to die in torment.

God next told Saleh another prophecy that the people had three days in the home before they were destroyed in a natural way with destruction. Except Saleh and the others who believed and were good.

Line 67 is very interesting, it says Scream in this translation, and I looked in others it is “shriek”, “great sound” in other versions. So there was some type of noisy disaster that made them die in their homes the people of Thamood. When you think of Pompeii, people were killed by the ash and smoke inside of their buildings. Or when you think of earthquakes, people could be hit in the head with things and killed this way. Either way, these people were warned and now they lay dead.

Although I have great care for others, I understand where God is coming from in this. These people transgressed which is the key word. Nothing gets me more angry when I see brutal killings, sacrifices, rapes, pillages, immorality done in the name of ancient paganism as archeologists have discovered. Not all were barbarous people, but not all were peaceful at all. The Quran will get to the part of discerning between the two types of pagan civilizations later in the revelations.

Line 69 is about to go into the story of Lot and the warnings from the angels sent to destroy this immoral civilization. It is interesting to note that the angels did not eat, but must have appeared as men since they surprised Abraham thinking they would eat the roasted calf, like all humans would at that time during such gratitude of food in this area. So here we learn Angels may look human if God wills it, but they do not eat or take in physical pleasures of the material world.

This is where Thamood or Thamud is supposed to have been. There rock carved buildings are still available to see as ruins these days.

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