At Occupy Calgary’s GA Saturday night, a few of the organizers offered their full support for the Occupy Movement. They thanked us for being fully cooperative of their Muslim Heritage Day event, and said were quite surprised to see all our tents moved away when they began setting up at 6:30 am, they assumed they would have to help!
The organizers know that what we are trying to express is the same thing that their faith of Islam has been saying for centuries, that love and unity and peace are the ONLY way forward for our humanity. Their holy text, the Koran even states that usury (interest on debt) is a thing to be avoided if peace is to be achieved.
The organizers graciously offered a couple of trays of some delicious rice as a token of their support. They also asked for anyone in their community that had time to visit Occupy Calgary to do so, or to even camp out with us. After a big group hug, we as Occupy Calgary knew we just made some great new partners going forward. We were reinforced in our conviction that a new world IS possible. We need only connect and share as brothers and sisters.
Islam has produced some wonderful art for the world to enjoy, the poem bellow by the Persian poet Hafez, called All the Hemispheres:
Leave the familiar for a while.
Let your senses and bodies stretch out
Like a welcomed season
Onto the meadow and shores and hills.
Open up to the Roof.
Make a new watermark on your excitement
Like a blooming night flower,
Bestow your vital fragrance of happiness
Upon our intimate assembly.
Change rooms in your mind for a day.
All the hemispheres in existence
Lie beside an equator
In your heart.
In your thousand other forms
As you mount the hidden tide and travel
All the hemispheres in heaven
Are sitting around a fire
While stitching themselves together
Into the Great Circle inside of