35. Islam/Sufism – To Dream – Crown Chakra – Belief
The crown chakra aligns with the “dreams” that inspired Islam. They are based on a series of “night visits” (visionary dreams) between the Archangel Gabriel and the Prophet Muhammad. Islam is the newest of the three Abrahamic faiths. Ishmael and Isaac were sons of Abraham who were told they would be Fathers of Great Nations. Ishmael is the elder son, born of Hagar. Muhammad is believed to be a descendent of Ishmael. He was born in Mecca in 570 ACE. Orphaned as a child, he began receiving visions in his dreams at the age of 40. Gabriel serves as a messenger angel in Jewish scripture. At forty-one, Muhammad experienced what is now known as the “Night Journey,” when Gabriel asked Muhammad to ride Buraq, the winged horse of Abraham. They flew over the Holy Lands until they came to the Heavenly Lote Tree rooted in Jerusalem. Gabriel introduced Muhammad to Adam, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and others who spoke of the original stories. When he entered the 7th heaven, he saw a luminous canopy of leaves. It was here that he learned of the universal spirit and divinity in everyone.
In 630 ACE, Muhammad reclaimed Mecca and worshipped Allah as the Lord of the Kaaba. Muhammad died in 632 ACE. The Kaaba, (Arabic for cube) is in the most sacred mosque in Mecca. The Kabbalah may have influenced Muhammad to receive this information in three ways. Islam, Iman and Ihsan. Islam is the outward practice. Iman is the inward practice. Ihsan is the practice of spiritual union with the divine.
Sufism is the mystical aspect of Islam based on Ihsan. They seek knowledge through direct experience with the divine within.
Message: Your dreams are bringing important insights for you. Journal them as often as possible, even if they seem insignificant. Writing them down is the first step to making your dreams a reality. Now is the time to dream big!
“None of you is a believer until you love for your brother what you love for yourself.” – Muhammad
The symbol for Islam is a hilal (lunar crescent of the new moon) cradling a five-pointed star. The Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar the new moon represents a new month. The star is thought to either represent the archangel Gabriel or the five pillars of Islam. It wasn’t until 1453, when the Turks conquered Constantinople (Istanbul), that this image became the official symbol of Islam.