During the afternoon of May 15th, 2001 while working from atop of an eight feet ladder I lost my balance when the ladder I was working on moved. Unfortunately, I fell backward through a T-bar ceiling head first landing on concrete. As I tried to brace for the impact that I had surmised was sure to come in that short space of time I could hear the bones in my neck popping upon impact. At almost the same time my mind and body seemed to separate momentarily. The 'journey' though short lived can only be described as beautiful. There is a show called 'Sliders' on the Sci-Fi channel where the characters step into a tunnel of light and travel from world to world. The visual effects used to create that tunnel closely resemble what I experienced except in my case the tunnel was black and white and seemed to travel at high speed with me and around, me all at once. I got the impression that we are all part of a much bigger picture that God (Allah) has in store for us all. One of the opening verses in the Qur'an first chapter states that God (Allah) is Lord of all the worlds. During my journey I did not feel as though I was alone nor was I scared and believe it or not I did not care about my body or how it was doing. I was conscious during this ride, remember looking both left to right, and forward, up and down all while moving through this conduit back to the source of my life. I did not feel as though I had come to the end of my journey but had been given a chance to see what else is in store from God (Allah) the ALL IN ALL.
A co-worker had apparently grabbed me after I had fallen and hit my head a few times. Others describe my body hitting the concrete as a bouncing basketball. I can vividly remember this co-worker shaking me on my return because the first senses to reconnect after my conscious was my sight and hearing in that order. I was really upset with the guy who grabbed me. I'm sure it was because I had been disconnected only to be reconnected to this body, space, and time. I knew my accident was bad because my co-worker was pulling on me as I regained consciousness in this reality I could see what he was doing and how my body was twisted like a pretzel. Then my hearing returned in increments.
Date NDE Occurred: 5-17-01
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident Other traumatic, life threatening, loss of breath, and heart pounding experience. Fell of a ladder and cracked my head and neck.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Mixed
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes I lost awareness of my body
How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal everyday consciousness and alertness? More consciousness and alertness than normal I felt as though this all happened to fast, and how could this be so vivid in such a small amount of time.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I would have to say my most consciousness moments were during my ride. Because when I returned I found myself a mess.
Were your thoughts speeded up? Incredibly fast
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning As I describe above a lot happen in a short amount of time.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
Did your vision differ in any way from normal? I could see in black and white and blues, and really bright.
Did your hearing differ in any way from normal? I could hear other entities around me asking questions, like I was asking questions, and giving or getting answers - all at peace all at once.
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? Yes, and the facts have been checked out
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? Yes
Did you see any beings in your experience? I actually saw them
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Uncertain I'm sure because I asked questions and the responses were given telepathically outside of me to me and what I assumed were others like me.
The experience included: Void
The experience included: Darkness
The experience included: Light
Did you see, or feel surrounded by, a brilliant light? A light clearly of mystical or other-worldly origin
Did you see an unearthly light? Yes Like traveling through space super-fast or at warp speed to say the least.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm described above
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Amazed, curious, at peace, explorative, happy.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Incredible peace or pleasantness
Did you have a feeling of joy? incredible joy
Did you feel a sense of harmony or unity with the universe? I felt united or one with the world
The experience included: Special Knowledge
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? Everything about the universe
Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control I learned that life is everywhere even if we can't see it.
Did scenes from the future come to you? Scenes from the world's future I won't tell though.
The experience included: Boundary
Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? No I felt I would not return if I had not been shaken and held up by my co-worker.
Did you come to a border or point of no return? I came to a barrier that I was not permitted to cross; or was sent back against my will
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What was your religion prior to your experience? Conservative/fundamentalist Al-Islam
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes I truly do believe that Allah (God) has given man many roads to get to him and none has a monopoly on Heaven. But to be steadfast hold on and go.
What is your religion now? Conservative/fundamentalist Al-Islam
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I truly do believe that Allah (God) has given man many roads to get to him and none has a monopoly on Heaven. But to be steadfast hold on and go.
Did you seem to encounter a mystical being or presence, or hear an unidentifiable voice? I encountered a definite being, or a voice clearly of mystical or unearthly origin
Did you see deceased or religious spirits? I actually saw them
Concerning our Earthly lives other than Religion:
During your experience, did you gain special knowledge or information about your purpose? Yes Like everything travels on one bandwidth back to Allah (God). Life exists in ways and places we have no knowledge of but to respect it all the same; because the sources are all the same. We, mankind, are part of a larger life force built on a big heap of love and knowledge all for one purpose to praise the Creator.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes I have changed slowly over the years since. I'm more carefree, forgiving, and more humble and I love diversity.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? No
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes Though I still won't tell.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Uncertain
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes I almost drowned three times as a child and none of that compares to this experience.
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real. I thought of myself as being on a journey right from the beginning because I knew I was hurt or had died.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real. I know it was real and do not even question it. All I do know is to compare and listen to others NDEs.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No