The Whirlpool Effect

This Theory has a back story which I'll share with you if you ask.  Dedicated to the victims of Fukashima may Allah grant them paradise.  Also, to my beautiful Daughter Amelie Saree Manez and my family who have been very patient with me.  Lastly this work was edited by Engie Salama thank you for your support and edits. 

Note: the theory is still incomplete but I plan to make it into a thesis for graduate school under the school of Social Work in Cal State Long Beach please make Dua that I get in Inshallah. All input is greatly appreciate it and I plan to use it to help me polish the theory. 

Bismillah Ar-Rahman Ar Rahim: WE=((Z((X)+Y)) 

The Whirlpool Effect and the community and its functions. 

This theory is layered in its complexity through many different domains and expressions.  WE = Whirlpool Effect: picture a force driven from the outside, bringing in its energy to a focal point, the center. The force being driven to its center, thus providing an analogy of the prophets—be it Muhammad, Moses, or Jesus—as the blessed prophets in the center. These central figures of long-lasting religious traditions educate humanity of God’s message, and in turn were guided, inspired, driven, motivated, tried, and tested by Allah (SWT). The Whirlpool Effect is the totality of the event from which humanity can learn: the believer becomes awakened and given new ways to worship according to Allah's message and the prophets ability to convey that message through words and actions.

Z=The prophets. X=The target.  Y=The reason.

Finding X= R(reality)=f(X) in relation to Destiny

In this section the concepts become a little complicated: The prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, did not know his destiny when he was chosen-- only that he has been chosen by God as His last, and final messenger. In this event, prophets are called to act, though the path may not elucidate how or when they must execute their holy task. A prophet strengthens himself through soul searching and complete dependence on God's knowledge and his mercy; he must be reliant on Allah, recognizing that He knows best-- for Allah SWT is the best of plotters the Almighty and Wise. All of his 99 attributes are discovered and rediscovered again and again by the prophets in their parables, as prophets are ready to act and fulfill Allah and his Angels commands. 

In this scenario the Reality or the full picture is not immediately apparant as one cohesive picture, but rather as dots that the prophet must connect himself until the full vision or part of the vision is realized.  Allah communicates to them in dreams, visions, or prayers, without fully fully revealing the whole picture since He alone is the knower of the Unseen. So R=f(x) is just like a function that is used when plotting a graph; our lives are connected by dots, but each dot may be revealed slowly. We may not get to fully appreciate the meaning of the events that occur until we have overcome them, and are in a position to reflect and draw a line connecting the points and derive meaning from our lives through reflection.

When Allah (SWT) chose a prophet Z, he then chooses a target X and gives a reason through Y explaining why he has chosen that target. Due to Allah's (SWT) Mercy and Compassion, He chooses a messenger to communicate and dialogue with a misguided people. Allah (SWT) uses the prophets’ words to create a conversation, he uses their wisdom to communicate and purify Allah's message, then leaves it to humanity to use our free will to implement the wisdom and warns us if we are led astray. 

For example, the prophet Moses, peace and blessings be upon him, was chosen and taken from the pinnacle of his power and youth, brought down and humbled to liberate the Jews.  In his life, Moses learned the true meaning of Allah's 99 attributes, and then is guided by Allah or an angel to act.  When Allah (SWT) chose him to speak advise the Pharaoh (variable X) against the injustice he was doing on the Jews (reason Y), the pieces come together to illustrate the Whirlpool Effect in the liberation of the Jews. At the center of the story is a prophet the consequences of the characters in the story, as we glean wisdom and understanding from the actions and reactions of the actors. Indeed, these are the stories in which the human race must learn from and be warned about.

The symbolism of the Whirlpool is important because we see this in God’s signs from the stories of the prophets and his creation.  In the Garden of Eden, one sees the beginning of Man with the prophet Adam p.b.u.h. and his wife, Eden, both of whom are subsequently expelled. In this situation, one sees a center point and congruence between the situation of mankind; those who obey God versus those, through their own actions, are driven towards the outside of God’s presence and guidance. This is how humanity becomes misguided. In order to combat this misguidance, a major pillar in Islam commands Muslims to pray to align oneself at a center—the qibla, or direction facing prayer-- and through prayer, strive to fully immerse oneself in God’s guidance. This is also seen through Muslims revolving around the Ka’ba during hajj (major pilgrimage) and umrah (minor pilgrimage), praying and supplicating around a center or focal 

WE=(z((X)+Y)) Reality=f(x)

The primary function of a mosque is to educate, inspire its members for activism, and ultimately create members who perform good deeds, seek justice and compete with each other to exceed one another in piety.  It is a central point for a community in which not only are resources accessible, but also provides a blanket of moral, ethical, and a higher conscious of their actions and behavior. It uses examples which are the target’s(X) of ideal behavior (the messengers, the prophet p.b.u.h and his companions who themselves weren't perfect but where striving in jihad,) and if we focus and aim in that direction we can only fall short of perfection in achieving Allah's command. Even if humanity is an inch closer to Allah, then we are better off then being a whole galaxy away from Him.  

In a khutbah, a sermon presented every Friday afternoon to a Muslim congregation, the community is presented with an issue that the community as a whole must work together to resolve. From that behavior, you get +Y; the community becomes the force where the message is to be carried out. The variable Z is the social realm outside the realities of being a Muslim. Outside the community and ourselves we have dawah, which educating others about Islam. Be they Christians, Catholic, Buddhist, or Jewish—or even Muslim— at its heart, dawah is meant to open dialogue or mirror examples of excellent character for others to emulate. Though this adds an element of pressure, the idea is for dawah to makes us stronger. The action forces us to reconsider our beliefs, our answers, and our tempers; we must recalibrate our moral compass to indicate where our faith and purpose lies, and reassure ourselves that we are on the right path. When this variables function in unison, we create a whirlpool effect in which our center as Muslims lies in Allah primarily, ourselves through prayer, the ummah (general Muslim community worldwide), and the mosque as our haven for opinions and results.  

Through out the week, a mosque can have other functions such as providing halaqat, or small study circles networking of people of all levels, led by a learned scholar of Islam. This environment can provide genuine reflections on beneficial deeds to improve, how to overcome struggles, stories of people of similar background reinforced through other people’s faith and within a framework of Islamic principles.

R=f(x) In this the target is the self where the community begins to connect the dots and form a reality or a full picture of the struggles facing the community. Again, each story provides a dot each individual may give, be it wisdom or useful information that benefits all the young, the old, reverts, etc.  In this endeavor, the community has and makes use of all of its members: the mother, the sister, brother, the doctor, the lawyer, the counseler, the student, the youth— all at the same time, and valuing each for their opinion. Thus, the community creates a whirlpool which is the totality of our experiences, and can use other mosques in search for lectures, or reach outside organizations for information and services, facilitate the growth of its youth and more. The target is to encompass the self, the community and the social realm. The Islamic Center of Irvine, and the University of California, Irvine Muslim Student Union (UCI MSU) exemplify the coherent ideal explained through this theory. 

General comments: I think you might want to explain the relationship between the variables a bit more; is Z multiplied by (X+Y)? Or does it only affect X? In terms of the structure, perhaps you may want to consider reorganizing by beginning with an explanation of the variables, and then apply it to the framework of community structures. I.e. how do HALAQAS demonstrate such and such variable? Or DAWAH? And so on. 

Ricardo’s response: The center point is the self X but for us to understand ourselves or our "reality" requires thinking and reflection and our ability to "connect" the dots. R=f(X) I use this as a separate function of the formula but part of X. I use my very limited knowledge of math to see the mind as a system of infinite thoughts but it is not until we reflect and make connections and solidify the interactivity that we can develop a full picture but it would just be a small spec in your life like a graduation. It is in a sense religiously tied in a sense that we will never really know why things happen at the moment until further down the line and you are in a certain point in your life where you are like wow so this is why God planned it all along. In this case it would be like say you taking a trip to spain just for fun and you ended up in a totally boring class you meet this guy in spain you guys get a long and twenty years later his working for your or your working for him whatever. X is the self R=f(x) is our reflections which Islam asks of us to do right. +y is your community and the feedback you get from them which either reaffirms your thinking or corrects it and Z in the outside world whatever is out of your inner circle but still affects you like an event of 9/11. It is all inter related but everyone is effected differently depending how the self interprets the information.  I want to add levels like how a whirlpool has depth but that is something i'de like to develop with help of people give it a 3d model.

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  • commented 2014-11-18 13:24:11 -0800
    My knowledge is very limited but I do belief that essentially what everyone is trying to achieve is a sense of purpose, synchronicity and a center. The signs we look for in God are tied in to synchronicity; the perfect place and the perfect time and in that realization you knowing that life and moments have a purpose. Signs come down to two things which I would have to define in my paper and that what is a revelation and what are miracles and how does that tie in to destiny. We can only be certain of one destiny though and that is the day of judgement I believe may that is why God is constantly reminding us of that in the Quran. To reflect on our actions.
    Our very birth can be a sign of a miracle through the perfect process of synchronicity one fertile egg and one sperm out of millions. Same can be said about what we know about our Universe one fertile Earth and Humankind. Then our development how we are in synch with our mothers body throughout our development and in that process our bodies, personalities, are being programmed. This is a definite sign of a miracle.
    When looking for signs it depends on your frame of mind: signs are in nature, in the universe. Signs of guidance we are told to pray istikhara, but even then when a sign is present God reveals a part of his plan but he gives us free will. Our path will never be laid out completely God will just give you a sign that He is present that he is seeing. I think if he did it would lead to inaction and we would no longer have a need of Him. This is a clear error because wether we know it or not we are always in need of Allah.
    The perfect example of this is the prophet muhammad p.b.u.h. and how the qu’ran was revealed. It was a commentary on the prophet’s life p.b.u.h as he struggled to get his message across. A perfect moment would be when Umar read Ta’ha and the prophet p.b.u.h. prayed that he would join him.
    Umar was angry and had an adamant stand against the prophet p.b.u.h but then as simple as Be and he was rightly guided. That is again a perfect sign of synchronicity he was going to kill him.
    If we look for signs we have to struggle to purify our hearts and intentions. I don’t know much about the prophets life p.b.u.h. but I think that’s why we follow his sunna. When it comes down to it though Muhammad p.b.u.h. was just in constant reminder of Allah that every actions he did was a sign of worship, I could be wrong but he aligned himself with God.

    I believe satan has a way taking us out of that place by our own choices. Instead of following God’s path he replaces our center to things(work, money, goals etc). Or he preoccupies us with other goals a working out routine, a strict diet, a workaholic, etc etc. These things get in the way of our purpose we must find a balance but the center should be God and have everything else tie in to him. I fail to do this but God is constantly trying to get us in synchronicity. We muslims have that perfect time, place and purpose we must help each other. Our prayer how we line up and move accordingly, the kabbah, the friday prayer, the Qu’ran, zthicker, Fatiha etc. To align ourselves it takes a collective effort we can’t do it alone.

    Again my knowledge is limited but I think God does communicate with us in our lives: by our experiences, dreams, etc. But I quote the Qu’ran loosely we forget we are imperfect but we must be constantly striving. My convert story is a great example of how God works in subtle ways without realizing it until a certain point then I will know and again start the course. This takes time, patience, reflection, conviction of that there is only one God. I know we both liked interstellar but like that little girl we saw the signs, she had conviction that it meant something, that it was speaking to her. It was only her who believed it no one else. The puzzle came together slowly with a lot of effort and reflection. But ultimately it was through God’s mercy her dad should of been dead, He preserved him and allowed him to communicate. God is just to awesome to show himself in one sign we would not be able to stand it. If this doesn’t answer the question that maybe i did not get it sorry. Try asking it differently so I can elaborate.
  • commented 2014-11-18 09:30:53 -0800
    Hey Ricardo. I think you have tied the relationship between the physical dimensions and the unknown realities (interstellar). Can you expand more on the sings that lead to this conclusion.
  • commented 2014-11-17 22:31:03 -0800
    The Theory and its psychological explanation regarding mass murderers

    The theory’s application is universal and is meant to be used as a framework to capture a the big picture. The picture can be as simple or complex as the scientist wants it to be but what’s important is that the facilitation of communication by different scientists which opens up a dialogue with the ambition of gaining new insight. The parentheses are used to explain the relationships between the micro, macro and global effects on the phenomenon trying to be articulated and how it’s influence  can impact at any level on the organism. This example can be used using Beck’s model of depression how it’s composed of negative views of the  self, present, and future. The theory is it’s rudimentary stages but I can use empirical evidence by using attachment theory, by using the psychoanalytic approach, and other scientific models. Please excuse my writing since that is one of my weaknesses but I hope I can get the point across. I would also love some feedback and guidance, also please don’t let my religious beliefs overlook the content of the theory. I use it to add sentiment and flavor to the theory so it won’t feel so mechanical. Thank you. 
    We=(Z((x)y)) continued in naturalist field studies (Qualitative not Quantitative) and it’s universal application.  February 27, 2014 at 8:40am    So, I got some insight how this can be related to our class using the  theory. Picture yourself being a scientific turtle you start with a  question or a hypothesis in your shell then you stick your head out and  explore looking for X, or data to prove or disprove your hypothesis. Then  after collecting data you go into your shell again with one idea or two  and try to connect the dots in your shell R=f(X). You then mediate or  analyze the data and repeat; each time you meditate or connect the dots  you form picture like a parabola in a graph.  You then stick your head out with new questions or adjust your hypothesis  and you look for Y or the reasoning for your data. After that you  generalize the data to form a claim in this case Z and your can repeat the  process all over again or another turtle. It is a three step formulation  WE=(Z((x)Y)). The whirlpool effect is the totality of your research where  you have formed a center of focus and others can pick up the data and  continue the research. The imagery of the whirlpool is important because  you create a center, the waves or spirals radiates to other researchers  depending on how strong and valid and controversial your findings are.  Did this help you see the theory in its universal application this is  good science. Also the first turtle can come out of the shell when it’s  finishes and basque in the sun with pride.How I got inspired is  religiously, which i’ll share with you:    Philosophy 1 with my daughter what she taught me: so today we bought a  turtle and she named him turbo middle name David. I love the contrast of  the name. Turbo the potential in the turtle and David as in David and  Goliath. She then asked me a very Deep question: why does the turtle go  inside the shell? I answered her because its scared and it goes inside to  think and it is protected. And once it goes outside when it has meditated  on a question or trying to connect the dots it feels comfortable and it  comes out again. This is how God works! We get scared or have an idea my  thinking is organized chaos. God asks us to pray and seek help when we  feel vulnerable and he will answer when your ready and while your in the  shell or cave he is like always has been protecting you. And obviously I  thought of the prophet Muhammad pbuh and how the Qur’an was revealed to him. What a great realization. Thank you Amelie for teaching me. Allahu  Akbar.    This is where the theory gets very complex and it’s application is used  to describe a psychopathology. Although subject’s can share common  variables the outcome might be different and I use the Ying and Yang to  describe the bi potentiality of both scenarios. I use the analogy of  sound waves to create a picture which is similar to how a sonar work’s  that trying to create a picture of the bottom of the ocean by sending a  signal and it resonating back with a picture of the floor. Yes it’s  complicated but I can use scientific data to prove it’s validity.    WE= (Z((X)y))  February 23, 2014 at 9:52pm  Formula’s and Definitions.  1. We=(z((x)y))  Z= the subject  x=the target  Y=the reasons  2. R=f(x)  R= Reality: which is subjective but can be mapped such as parabolas in a  quadrant. In psychological terms these are schemas.  F= is a force which means its a way energy collected and feeds within  itself as the believe become stronger.    ((x)Y) this is a bidirectional formula which feeds off each other  generating energy. Then Z the subject has created a medium of expression  and has different ways to express it. In this case like art ((X)Y)) is  the medium or clay for the sculpture and Z is the sculpturer.    Finding X: God works like your radio station. You are looking for a signal  so you have control and can change the dial. by changing the dial the  possibilities are endless. But once you find it you turn up the volume you  amplify the sound. Then you take that energy and sing along to it, tap  your foot or your finger and if you are really moved maybe shed a tear or  carry that energy once that song is over. or you can stop and meditate on  that song or keep changing the dial until you find that connection again.  yes music was my religion at one point because it made me feel connected.  God wants us to feel connected.    Whirlpool Effect= it starts with a vacuum a center a bubble which or a  vacancy which radiates synergy. It starts with a center and then the force  pulls it and holds it together in the center. The imagery of it is  important because it can suck up good or bad energy. but when it happens  it can attract other centers which can float around what initiated but it  must first resonate with another cell, yes cells, or atoms I’m now talking  electrons. but that’s not my field back to psychology.    The theory starts with two bubbles or centers which are trying to be  congruent. 0 the self 0 the environment. 0 the self / 0 the environment.  What you don’t’ want is this 00 because that means that you and your  environment do not fit and there’s a lot of friction and tension so you  can do this 0/0 which are signs of depression or early signs of a  psychological pathology. The problem starts when you feel you lack  control and feel isolated. Or you can have some congruence, the middle  part in being like a van diagram. This means that the values of your  environment and your values are in some alignment which is a healthy  environment produces a healthy organism. But what happens when this is not  the case. Emotions are encompassed in a spectrum. In one side you have  depression on the other Mania. what you need to find is your balance.  Mania or happiness or an excited state can have to expressions either to  create or to destroy. Ying and Yang. while in depression you can reflect  on your life and come out ok after or you can stay in that state  collecting all bad energy. On the manic state you can spread happiness  through good deeds and keep building up. But if you are angry you just  want to tear things up. What you are doing basically is building up  energy.    Although we share some variables or characteristic there is absolutely no  certainty of what the outcome might generate from this common traits. This  can be explained like this a mass murder: a loner, has experienced a  recent great loss, is antisocial, wet his bed as a child, had a traumatic  experience on and on. But a lot of people share these traits. One decides  to kill the other one writes a book and is now a millionaire. The  possibilities are endless but what we are trying to capture is a framework  but we will not get the full picture.    What happens with a serial killer is that there’s a vacuum an emptiness in  themselves. Which make them feel helpless unsure of themselves the future  and the world or environment. This is because the environment has failed  to meet its expectations of himself and vice versa. Unfortunately this  people are in so much pain or in so much angry that they want to  retaliate. In this case the are tying to preserve their ego by proving a  point that they are worth it. So, the formula goes like this. Z the  subject chooses a target (X) and builds up on by his reasoning or Y. X is  the target a school a teacher a dog whatever. Then Y are the reasons  either because their in pain feel or feel unjustified because they made  fun of him made him feel ostracized from society etc. So What does the  subject want to do spread a message prove a point; he goes out and shoots.  The center of this action is fear and it spread out effecting other  organisms.  When this happens it spreads like a sound or a wave once it is picked up  it either creates fear or can invoke anger sadness etc. But what happens  when two organisms share a common background or variables it has attracted  a connection and you have a copycat effect. With each event increasing its  efficiency or planning etc. Same can be said about suicide. all I’m saying  is this people need help and they realize this too because in the end they  want to be shot down. They notice the exhibition atrocity. They are in  pain and they want to be stopped. But this is super rare thus its a  phenomenon.    What’s important is to let this energy be released therapeutically through  art or any other form. Although they share common variables they must not  be ashamed to be heard. It is worst to keep those emotions inside and  ruminate and form your world view around that bad energy then to just talk  it out and gain some understanding. I’ll Stop here because it is already  too long. ask me questions please since I’m still forming this theory.  Plus this theory has a story and it’s related to my conversion to Islam. I  wrote this as a non believer and when I first read the Qur’an. WE or Allah  was everywhere so it resonated but not about the bad but the good of this  formula. This formula can also be used to explain terrorism which is a  facade of Jihad. Which I am totally against it’s corruption. Jihad is a  struggle to understand your connection with God to achieve peace and how  to spread it healthy to other organisms and i do welcome other faiths. But  in Qur’an it says do good deeds and that’s how you spread it no matter  what or who the person is you have to spread the love. Peace.
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