Awards with Laudations
Dr Umar Azam BA PhD FRSA FRSSA
True dreams – 'al bushra'- are one-forty-sixth part of prophethood (see Dreams in Islam on www.dr-umar-azam.com). I feel a sense of pleasure that I see correct dreams* as this confirms that I have a righteous character! However, not all the events in this paper are due to happen; some have already happened or are happening right now – for example the expansion of the John Rylands Library. But these were predictions in the sense that a message was revealed in my dream before the actual materialisation of the situation. Nor is to present them in this paper to say that what is revealed in every dream will definitely happen (after all, I am not a prophet!); only time will tell whether they will turn out to be true! I have had to exclude dreams which are frightening (concerning crime) or politically sensitive (concerning the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the UK Immigration Service).
*The dreams presented in this paper are only the more recent ones (those after the year 2000); others are inaccessible because they are currently in the Special Collections Department of the University of Manchester, as well as that of the University of Oxford.
Dream No. 1 c. 1997
Prediction: Pollution on Earth will take its toll in the future.
I saw a farm worker using a tractor over purple (1) soil. He was wearing a mask. It was an era well into the future e.g. 2095 and the Earth had suffered severe and, apparently, irreversible ecological damage. www.foe.co.uk/pubsinfo/infoteam/ pressrel/1995/19950724105339.html
(1) The soil's purple colour suggests the presence of toxins, both in the soil itself and, when the soil was disturbed, in the surrounding air.
Dream No 2 c. 2001
Prediction: Trains in the future will go much faster than the present ones run by British Rail. Maybe they will be more
comfortable than they are now.
I dreamt that I was travelling on a train with my brother. We boarded at
Dream No 3 c.2001
Prediction: Air fares will be really inexpensive in the future!
I dreamt that my best friend, Waseem Haque and I flew to
^ At the time, this dream seemed to convey a ridiculous message but now, in 2006, such low offers have become a reality!
Dream No. 4 c. 2002
Prediction: The expansion of the John Rylands Library (
I dreamt that the
Dream No. 5 c. 2002
Prediction: Overseas students at
I dream that many overseas students cheat in their higher degree research work by copying and plagiarising the work of others. This dream was emphasising a stark contrast between their underhand tactics and my honest, original work. http://www.library.cmu.edu/ethics8.html (2)
(2) My work on my Site www.dr-umar-azam.com is honest, original research.
Dream No. 6
Prediction: There will be complicated kinds of cashpoint machines in the future.
At some time in the (near) future, I eventually withdrew £20, a long time after studying a cashpoint machine, not knowing how to use its controls. £20 came out by ………. * And the machine printed out some kind of paper strip with it (was it a receipt or detailed kind of financial transactions printout?). www.e-accessibility.com/issues/2005/jul2005.txt
* Unfortunately, I couldn't read my own writing on the original sheet, so a word has been left blank.
Dream No. 7
The dream began as I walked into an extensive hall. I was disturbed to see a very large machete. Then I noticed other knives and ammunition, including rifles. (3) It was only afterwards that I realised that I was in a mosque! There was a rather aggressive white Muslim (4) in the mosque and he was the understudy of the severe (5) Imam of that mosque. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-2029050,00.html
(4) Suggests that reverts, or converts, are being shown the extremist path.
(5) The hearts of certain Muslim 'holy people' – the custodians of mosques – are hard. Such hard-heartedness is uncharacteristic of genuine (compassionate) Muslims.
Dream No. 8
Prediction: The creation of camps such as
I had a distressing nightmare that certain Muslims were in danger of being rounded up and sent to concentration camps, as had happened to the Jews during the Second World War. www.alternet.org/rights/2003/07/001066.html
Dream No. 9
Someone gave me a CD-ROM. The content was some African election campaign – "Traore for African President!" was both the slogan of the campaign and the title of the disc. muse.jhu.edu/journals/ portal_libraries_and_the_academy/v006/6.1zazzau.html
Growth of democrarcy: www.snuipp.fr/aimprimer.php3?id_article=1260
Prediction: Jewish terrorists will infiltrate (6) the ranks of pilgrims in Holy Makkah.
I dreamt that I was reading salah in Holy Makkah,
(6) Tent fires have taken an increasing toll of casualties in recent years. Such incidents were not as common before. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Incidents_during_the_Hajj
Dream No. 11
Prediction: New Labour's lax asylum and immigration policies will fuel the rise of extremism in parts of the
A woman presenter with the voice of Sophia from Asian Sound Radio in
Dream No. 12
Prediction: Tribute to Mo Mowlam, who will be remembered as an exceptional politician.
I dreamt that a three-car motorcade made a u-turn about a significant landmark in the road in tribute to Mo Mowlam. The vehicles were noble, luxurious^ cars like limousines. The dream confirmed that this motorcade was in honour of an 'outstanding' woman – a politically 'oversize' woman – who demonstrated exceptional political qualities. (7)
(7) Ms. Mowlam did not agree with Tony Blair's
^ I couldn't read my own writing so I included an alternative, appropriate word!
Dream No. 13
Prediction: Prince Charles will become the Chancellor of The
My family and I met Her Majesty the Queen on an informal basis. Afterwards, I met Her Majesty more formally, and it was then that I found out that H.R.H. Prince Charles had become the Chancellor of the
Dream No. 14
Prediction: Anne Boleyn haunts the Bodleian Library; the Bodleian will be modernised in the future.
I was discussing the Bodleian Library with a person who was actually studying at
(8) My original, Islamic typescripts and a section of my Archive are in the collections of the Bodleian Library.
Dream No. 15
Prediction: Foreign economic investment, which will be warmly welcomed, will be evident in the British motorway system.
I dreamt that yet another commercial development would be constructed on a motorway. Nothing had been built but a major Japanese multi-national firm had erected a hoarding announcing that tenders were to be invited for the forthcoming commercial plots or units. I thought to myself: "Yes, motorists will definitely be more than happy to use these services, especially if they are driving on long journeys." business.timesonline.co.uk/ article/0, 16849-1804509,00.html
Dream No 16
Prediction: Political tension between
I dreamt that
Dream No 17
Prediction: There will be too much traffic on British roads and the associated problems of accidents and 'road rage'. Also, many thousands of square miles of 'green belt' land will make way for the building of new homes.
I was driving along a country road and so, too, was another motorist who was driving arrogantly. A lorry which was following him flashed to him to move out of the way. He reluctantly agreed. But the lorry itself then crashed, bringing down a huge tree in a field in which only two or three other trees were still standing! I noted with regret that 'green belt' land in the countryside was ruthlessly being cleared to make way for the building of houses. The government was implementing such a policy in an effort to solve the problems of the national shortage of housing and the high expense of it! There was a feeling in this dream of very many (presumably hundreds of thousands) houses being built in pristine countryside. www.foe.co.uk/resource/press_releases/ roadcharging_must_cut_traf_09062005.html Houses and green belt land: www.scalalandgroup.co.uk/ index.php?pr=news&newsID=27
Dream No. 18 c. January 2006
Prediction: Oil companies will be glad to see the price of petrol soar.
I dreamt something along the lines that a certain major oil company possessed a snake (9) which it unleashed onto its customers.
(9) The symbol of a 'snake' conveys 'enmity' to the motorist who is burdened by dramatic rises in fuel. Although the media are correct in stressing that most of the payment per litre that motorists spend on fuel goes to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the oil companies are probably keeping the price very high through price-fixing within a cartel. www.socialistworker.co.uk/archive/1714/sw171402.htm
Dream No. 19
Prediction: The mistreatment of Palestinian prisoners by the Israelis will continue.
I received a disturbing message in this dream about the appalling Israeli cruelty to Palestinian civilians. I was shown a woman prisoner who was handcuffed on one wrist. She was sitting on the floor of a jail in a hunched position and the sadistic Jewish warder told her that she had to remain in that position for two whole days! www.labournet.net/world/0408/palpris1.html
Dream No. 20
Prediction: The British public will find out that it has been deceived about the constantly-imminent threat of Islamic terrorism by New Labour 'spin'.
A British citizen armed himself with a weapon and braced himself for a terrorist assault on his home by Muslim terrorists. This person was an average Briton who was a member of some local political association such as the Conservative Club. But no terrorists came and he then realised that the Government's and newspapers' propaganda on this issue had exaggerated the terrorist threat. So he actually exchanged his weapon for some luxury consumer item (such as a lawnmower!) that would be beneficial to him. commentisfree.guardian.co.uk/michael_white/ 2006/04/charles_clarke_right_or_wrong.html
Dream No 21
Prediction: There will be a growth in tourism to
I dreamt that the
Dream No 22
My mother informed me that there would be severe electricity power cuts in the future. Mum showed me three parcels of meat which had been taken out of the freezer and defrosted. Only one parcel could be cooked before the blackout. (10)
(10) British media (newspapers such as The Daily Express) claim that asylum-seekers, and immigrants from the new European Union countries have overstretched
Dream No. 23
I had a dream in which I was thankful for the entrepeneurial spirit and consumerism which are prevalent in the
Dream No. 24
Prediction: US troops will suffer a high number of casualties as Iraqi resisters seek vengeance for acts of American armed forces' barbarity (11) on civilians.
I dreamt that the Americans used a certain weapon in 2005 and in another year prior to that. In the dream, I got the feeling that there is major trouble ahead for the American military in
(11) The American army used napalm bombs in
Dream No. 25
Prediction: More overseas cricketers will be accepted to play in English county cricket.
I dreamt the Sri Lankan team were playing a test match against
(12) At the time of this dream,
(13) Before going to sleep, I had been browsing through the records of entries submitted in the Guest Book on my Site www.dr-umar-azam.com Although it was a little exaggerated, I was pleased to read one from Aisha Aziz, 40, of Toronto, Canada from the day before this dream: This is to let you know that you have a great Islamic Website. You are helping millions of people around the globe. May Allah reward you here and in the Hereafter. Allah Hafiz.
Dream No. 26
Prediction: Traffic will travel extremely fast, with drivers being reckless on the roads and inconsiderate of pedestrians' safety.
I heroically crossed a road in an unfamiliar area. Drivers were going so fast that crossing the road was almost like dicing with death! Another pedestrian had difficulty too, and he also managed the crossing with great effort!
Dream No 27
Prediction: I will be appointed Professor at some University in the future.
A youth had been standing to attention, watchful in the hope that I might be passing that way. When he saw me, he exclaimed: 'Here's the Professor!' I felt puzzled and, thinking that he was referring to someone else, looked all around me. But I was the only other person about, so I gathered that he must be referring to me! Then I met a dignified Muslim figure, dressed informally but holding some kind of formal document written in broad Arabic calligraphy with a prominent seal of some kind at the bottom. He handed this certificate over to me and awaited my reaction. I could not read the Arabic words, but the youth had already revealed the nature of the document! I exclaimed, 'I've been promoted! I'm a Professor now!' The Muslim figure remained silent but I knew that I had guessed correctly. I also knew that he was aware that I could not read the Arabic works and had just made a lucky guess! Then he told me that I had to take the document to an administrative building the next morning to be processed; in fact, I had a choice of buildings. He told me, 'You can bring it to this building over here or that one over there!' I thought, "Ango-French revelry and partying are taking place, so my being appointed must be some kind of practical joke!" But he was adamant that it wasn't. "No!" he shouted. "This promotion is not a joke!"+ Then I was really relieved and I felt honoured. I said to him, "I've really been working hard recently (on the internet) [so that's why I'm really relieved to be promoted in this way!]." When I was being shown the buildings, I could see that the general area was interesting – it was like an 'activity' area of general obstacles – a low wall here, a sharp incline there, rugged ground yonder etc. *
+ Suggests that I often underestimate my own ability.
· To reach the rank of Professor, I have had to overcome difficult, but pleasant, obstacles. See the 'Biographical Timeline' section on my Site www.dr-umar-azam.com for a full list of my work and its chronology.
Dream No. 28
Prediction: Much of the future housing will be inexpensive but of awful quality.
My mother told me that a bill for £60 had to be paid as a matter of urgency. She asked if I could pay it. I hesitated because I knew that my bank balance had diminished to only £900 (from about £6,000 the year before). Then my mother told me it was all right, that she would pay the money - which was to reserve a place close to my father's resting place. But my mother warned me: ‘Don't expect a really good home: the houses being built nowadays don't have a roof!' I told her not to worry. I said: ‘I am going to become a very rich man, Mum.' Then I added: ‘So it won't matter!'
Cheaper housing being built in the
Sub-standard housing being built in the
Dream No. 29
Prediction: Public sector workers in the utility companies (water, gas, electricity etc.), either because of desperate time deadlines or as a result of criminal negligence, will do shoddy, incompetent work which will pose a grave danger for the general public.
I dreamt of something large (as big as a standard coffee table) falling through an open manhole cover.