Peonie in Arabesque by Roya Azal

From Radical Atom, to Dancing Atom

“O God of all gods, come to the aid of the people of Light, give the victory to the people of Light, and guide the light unto the Light!” ~ Shihābuddīn Yaḥyā Sohravardī (a.s)

After a short illness Armin Medosch, an Austrian net artist and activist has died on the 23rd of February 2017. I first met Armin in Munich and later I met him again in London, when I myself was working in media and the arts and went through all the madness and light-heartedness that was the early digital age. In Germany he was a collegue of mine at the Munich media lab and worked as editor at the German online magazin telepolis, the first of it’s kind, at an age when Online Magazins were entirely unheard of (the mid to late 90s).Continue reading

Forest with Arabeske

Learning from Khidr and Trees – My Life in the Forests

“You think you are a small entity, but within you is enfolded the entire Universe” – Ali ibn Talib (as)

“It is God who splits open the seed and the fruit stone. He brings out the living from the dead, and the dead from the living.” ~ Quran, Surat 6:100

One of the great blessings in my life are my encounters with Al-Khidr, the green spirit (Khiḍr resembles the word “green” in Arabic, though others give other etymologies for the name). One afternoon in England – in a park with a small forest – I encounterd a bright green light (that’s Clorophyl) in the moss and ever since I follow this light and began a conversation with trees and everything that grows. With time I learned more about the vast interconnected natural networks that surround us and I began to venture deeper into communicating and seeking to learn from them.

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Bird Praising God

Re-Framing Psychosis and the Psychotic Muslim

“So the first step in working with the psychotic individual is to get to know the person’s psychosis – begin to understand the person’s reifications. There is ALWAYS method to the madness.”

Our mental health “issues” deserve to be treated with respect and dignity – our issues relate to our untold stories, our pain our persecution and our ancestral and present-day experiences. There is no dignity in “tricking” those who got stories to tell. I am hence not supporting to “trick” the Jinn, as Jinns are in my book, the Quran and some other books too, sacred story tellers about our sadness, madness, condemption and redemption. Almost all mental ailments require engagement, not supression. And last but not least: Psychiatric medication can be extremely debilitating and can damage our brain, our metabolism, our natural bio-energy flow and pur subtle bodies.

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Spherical Bird

About Death and our Minds

These deaths of dear friends marked the end of the last year for me and before I could even fully comprehend what had happened, many political events took place that grabbed my attention.

Two friends have died just before the end of last year whose friendship meant much to me. May their souls rest in peace.

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Street Art

Protection from Mental Abuse and Manipulation

“I seek refuge in the Lord of daybreak. From the evil of that which He created. And from the evil of darkness when it settles. And from the evil of the blowers in knots. And from the evil of an envier when he envies.” ~ Surat Al-Falaq

“I wanted to go and study the religion … hoping that Allah is gonna cure me one day from the evil inside that I used to believe. But the doctors are saying it’s not evil — it’s mental illness.” ~ Sami Osmakac

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Sacred Tree Allah

Islam and Psychosis, Part 1: The Psychiatric Dystopia

“I once read about a Muslim man who was locked up in a Psychiatric hospital by his family. He begged a young Psychiatrist for help and repeated the Fatihah over and over again. What really got to me was the response of the Psychiatrist. He brushed the man off and could not see how that the man was calling for spiritual help. The most disturbing part for me was that the Psychiatrist himself was a Muslim.”

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The Atoms are Dancing, Roya Azal

Scientific Medicine, Heroic Medicine, Wise Woman Medicine and Muslim Women Medicine

“Man is the weakest of creatures because he is empty in himself. The central place of man is his heart. This is in the image of the Supreme Name of God, the hā’ of Allah, which in Arabic script forms a circle. This circle is at once a sign of the capacity of the circle to encompass everything, and also of its essential emptiness.” ~ Paul Ballanfat

“The Scientific Tradition defines truth as measurable and repeatable. The whole is the same as its most active part. Herbs are reduced to standardized extracts; only the active ingredient is important. Healing is fixing. Linear thought, linear time. Good and bad, health and sickness are always at war. (…).” ~ Susun Weed

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Adoption (Kafalah) & Children in Islam

“In Islam we are reminded that the prophet Mohammed (a.s) himself started his life as an orphan, and that his spiritual journey began when he witnessed the murder of baby girls by his fellow Meccans.”

In Islam we are always reminded that the prophet Mohammed (a.s) himself began his life as an orphan, and that his spiritual journey began when he witnessed the murder of baby girls committed by his fellow Meccans. The welfare and protection of children is at the very heart of Islamic thought and prayer and daily conduct. To seperate a child from it’s parents is such an extreme measure and is so fundamentally cruel, we only ever consider any seperation in the context of Kafalah (community adoption) when a child happens to be orphaned. I will talk about this further in other posts.

Here is some guidance in how to raise children in Muslim conduct:

First of all: Islam prohibits rejoicing on the news of birth of a male child and not rejoicing on the news of the birth of a female child.

1. Give gifts to your daughter(s) first.

2. Play with your children. This has an important effect in the training and nurturing of your child. Our leaders in Islam have stressed the importance of this issue, and recommended it highly to Muslims.

It is narrated from the Prophet: “The person who has a child, should behave like a child with him.” It is also narrated from Imam Alī (a.s): “Anybody who has a child, should, for his/her training, bring themselves down to their level of childhood.”

3. Do not hit your child when they cry, because it is narrated from the Prophet (a.s): “Do not hit your babies since their crying has a meaning. The first 4 months of crying is professing the unity of Allāh (SwT), the second 4 months of crying is sending blessings upon the Prophet (a.s) and his family and the third 4 months of crying is the baby praying for the parents.”

4. Kiss your child. It has been narrated from one of the Imāms that: “Kiss your children a great deal because for every kiss, you will be granted a Divine heavenly rank which would otherwise take 500 years to achieve!”

It is also narrated that a man once came to the Prophet (S) and said: “I have never kissed my child.” The Prophet (a.s) said: “Surely a man like this will be a resident of the fire of hell.”

5. By saying Salām to your child, build their sense of personality and character. If youngsters say Salām, it is obligatory for elders to reply; however, it was a characteristic of the Prophet (a.s) to say Salām first, whether to elders or youngsters.

6. Do not ridicule the actions of your child, nor call them silly.

7. Do not order or forbid your child too much, as this emboldens them and leads to rebellious behaviour when older.

8. Build your children’s chracters by respecting them. We read in traditions that the Prophet (a.s)  prolonged his sajdah until his grandson came down from his shoulders, and at other times he recited Ŝalāt al-Jamā°at faster as he heard children of praying mothers crying. Likewise, Imām °Alī used to ask his children questions about religious matters in the presence of others, and even passed on people’s questions to them to answer.

When parents don’t satisfy the natural urges and desires of the child, the child then resorts to wrong ways and means (often linked to sin) to try and give himself the necessary push to build his sense of self and importance. Personality, independence, will, self-trust, and likewise, weakness, baseness and lack of self-trust are all characteristics the foundations of which are in the lap of the father and bosom of the mother. A child who has not been treated like another human being or a valuable member of the family cannot be expected to have a well formed personality in adulthood.

9. Keep your promises. Keeping promises in Islam is a sign of one’s faith, and Allāh mentions it in the Qur`an. Keeping promises is one of the pillars of the prosperity of mankind and one of the best qualities of one’s Akhlāq, its base lying in one’s raising and training. It is narrated from the Prophet (S) : “Like your children and treat them with affection and kindness. When you make a promise to them, you must keep it, because children consider you their sustainer.”

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Links:

Haiti’s Stolen Children
http://newsjunkiepost.com/2014/06/14/hommage-to-my-mothers-restavek-vodou-and-haitis-stolen-children/

Political Cover-Up of Paedophile Gangs in UK
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/07/07/a-big-political-cover-up-of-1980s-pedophile-ring-in-u-k-parliament/

Stop Forced Adoptions
http://www.forced-adoption.com/

The Forced Cesarean and Adoption Case in the UK
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/apr/15/pacchieri-baby-adopted-forced-caesarean-case-uk

How Australia still wrecks Aboriginal families
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/mar/21/john-pilger-indigenous-australian-families

Mega-charities wreck Aboriginal Communities
http://brisbaneblacks.com/2014/05/19/mega-charities-killing-aboriginal-people/

The Native American Adoption System
http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2011/12/06/native-americans-expose-adoption-era-and-repair-its-devastation-65966

Private equity buyers line up for shares in UK National Fostering Market
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/banksandfinance/privateequity/8886088/Private-equity-buyers-line-up-for-National-Fostering-Agency.html

The Child Migration Scheme 
http://www.childmigrantstrust.com/

Mega-Charity Barnado’s role in the Child Migration Scheme
https://www.opendemocracy.net/ourkingdom/clare-sambrook/oranges-and-sunshine-childrens-charity-barnardos-must-learn-from-past-mist

Against Child Trafficking (very good information on corporate/NGO child trafficking)
http://www.againstchildtrafficking.org/

Islamic Legal View on Adoptions
Kafalah, Adoption
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamic_adoptional_jurisprudence