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Bernard Payeur

It was Thomas Paine’s Common Sense which made plain what the struggle for independence was all about. In our books and commentaries on Islam, the Koran and the Prophet Muhammad, we have tried to live up to that tradition of explaining the seemingly complicated in terms we can all understand.

May 23 - Badawi, Sampson and Taking the Easy Way Out

Canada's Global Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion has been urged to use the Saudi arms deal to press the Royals to free Raif Badawi during this week's visit to Saudi Arabia.

In an interview with the CBC after William Sampson's appearance before a committee of Parliament, Gar Pardy, then head of Consular Affairs, was asked if Sampson was correct to accuse Canada's diplomats of siding with the Saudis which is why they did not do all they could to get him released.

Pardy's answer is revealing. He said that Consular Affairs did not deal with questions of guilt or innocence. In effect, they did not take sides. This is the advice I suspect they will proffer to their boss to, in effect, support the Saudis by not taking Badawi's side during his visit to the desert kingdom.

2016

May 25 - The Allure of Scriptural Sadism

What if you could re-create the sadism that is a hallmark of Allah's Hereafter in the here-and now?

Your run-of-the mill holy warrior can only do so much. Doctors are another matter, and they are not immune to the seductive sadism which saturates the Muslim Holy Book.

Given the opportunity, trained medical personnel can do a very good approximation of the Almighty at his pitiless, cruelest  best.

And what is Allah's sadistic tour de force?

4:56 Those who have disbelieved Our Signs, We shall surely cast them into the Fire; every time their skins are burnt, We will replace them by other skins, so that they might taste the punishment. Allah indeed is Mighty and Wise!

Issam Abuanza, 37, is a doctor who left his family in the UK in 2014 to join Islamic State in Syria.

Keep revelation 4:56 in mind as your read the following:

On social media, Dr Abuanza has said he wished that a Jordanian pilot burnt alive by IS had taken longer to die … I would've liked for them to burn him extremely slowly and I could treat him so we could torch him once more.

On his Facebook page he is pictured wearing doctors' scrubs and carrying a gun in a holster. He smiles as he raises his finger in the air - a symbolic gesture to represent the oneness of God that is commonly seen in the iconography of Islamic extremism.

Another image shows him in combat fatigues, cradling an automatic rifle and reading the Koran.

BBC News May 24, 2016

Dr. Abuanza, a poster child for the banality of evil, was trained to heal and relieve suffering, not to torture and murder and he could not resist.

Imagine the Koran's impact on impressionable young minds who are expected to have mouthed, if not memorized the entire hateful sadistic liturgy by the time they are seven years old.

A (UK) mother who beat her seven-year-old son to death when he failed to memorize passages from the Koran has been jailed for life and must serve a minimum of 17 years.

BBC, January 7, 2013

A very common ceremony practiced throughout most of the Muslim world called Khatmi-Qur’an celebrates a child’s first full reading of Allah’s Revelations.

Children who should be reading Babar the Elephant (or Cinderella) are instead compelled to read the most sadistic, pitiless passages ever imagined.

When they grow up they too will be capable of doing the most sadistic, cruel, pitiless acts imaginable and many will do so, like the doctor shown here reading his Koran and dreaming of the day he will be able to honour his Creator by emulating His abject cruelty as only he can.

It bears repeating; we need an honest, straightforward Dialogue on the Koran.

May 18 - The Chibok Booty - A Prediction Fulfilled

First Chibok girl snatched by Boko Haram found, pregnant,

Lagos, Associated Press, May 18, 2016

April 14, 2015 - A Tradition of Raping and Impregnating the Booty

Nigeria’s new president-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, says he will do everything in his power to to find the 219 schoolgirls of Chibok town.

Even if he does, the damage will have been done. Most will be mothers or pregnant with their rapist's child, some because of the Prophet's stand on coitus interruptus when raping the booty.

May 14 - Believers Preying on Believers - Sweden

Doug Saunders, in "Sweden’s rape crisis isn’t what it seems" (the Globe and Mail, May 14), while denying that there is a crisis, informs us that most perpetrators and their victims are foreign-born:

What also stands out is that almost all the victims of these crimes – especially sex crimes – are also foreign-born.

This may be the surest sign that, where the crime is sexual assault, the Khalwat and retribution may be largely to blame if the French experience is any indication.

Rotherham may be a localized variation of this phenomenon which may be more common than is admitted to by countries that have not been able to assimilate a large influx of immigrants raised on the Koran.

Then, there is the new troubling Cologne Strain where targets for sexual assault were mainly non-believing females.

May 13 - A Butler's Influence?

Donald Trump's ex-butler calls for Obama to be killed … Anthony Senecal wrote in a Facebook post that Mr Obama "should have been taken out by our military and shot as an enemy agent in his first term.

Mr Senecal worked for Mr Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for president, for nearly 30 years …

He also called the White House the 'White Mosque'. Despite retiring in 2009 he has stayed at Mr Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida as 'a kind of unofficial historian.'

BBC May 13, 2016

May 8 - Investing in Pilgrims

Saudi shake-up moves kingdom down new path ... The plan, known as Saudi Vision 2030, is intended as a guide for the country’s development. It aims, in part, to reduce Saudi Arabia’s heavy dependence on oil ...

The New York Times, May 7, 2016

The Hijaz is the so-called Holy Land of Islam. The area comprises most of the western part of modern-day Saudi Arabia and is centered on Mecca and Medina. As custodian of these cities, the Saudis are in control of the metaphorical gold mine, a mine which will never run out of gold and whose production increases with every newcomer who makes the religion of peace his or her religion.

Most of us are aware that every able-bodied, financially capable Muslim adult must perform the Hajj at least once during his or her lifetime. It is not a coincidence that one of the largest shopping centers in the world, the Abraj Al Bait Complex with its five stories, 4000 stores shopping mall is within walking distance (300 meters) from the holiest shrine in Islam, the Ka'ba.

The biggest money maker for the Saudis may turn out to be the year-around attraction of Medina where they are spending an estimated 6 billion dollars on the construction of the world's largest building, a mosque capable of accommodating 1.6 million worshipers.

The attraction of Medina for the believers is not only the Prophet's tomb, but also, as revealed by its occupant, "One prayer in my Mosque (Medina) is better than one thousand prayers in any other mosque excepting Al-Masjid-AI-Haram (the Grand Mosque of Mecca)."

Expect plans to replace oil revenues to include spending even more money on madrassas and mosques around the world to get more converts to come to the Hijaz with its privileged prayer places and incidental shopping venues.

April 25 - The Law on Hacking People to Death

Julhas Mannan, a leading gay rights activist and editor at Bangladesh's only LGBT magazine has been hacked to death ...

The killing comes two days after a university teacher (suspected of being an atheist) was hacked to death by suspected Islamist militants.

BBC April 25, 2016

Hacking atheists to death is permitted under Sharia law for it is simply a variation on the punishment for apostates (atheists are assumed to have abandoned their religion) which includes hacking off of limbs then crucifixion.

For men who admit to having sex with other men, the prescribed punishment does not include this form of do-it-yourself execution, unless it is a straightforward beheading.

Ali said that his father in-law prescribed three forms of punishment when a person before him confessed to having "committed sodomy with a boy":

The Holy Prophet (S) has prescribed three methods of dealing with the situation, you may choose any one of the three deaths - by having the arms and feet tied and thrown from the cliff, being beheaded or being burnt alive.

Homosexuality - Crime and Punishment.

April 21 - Holy Warriors for Polio

Seven Pakistani policemen, three of whom were guarding polio workers, have been killed in Karachi, officials say ... Islamist militants oppose vaccination, saying it is a Western conspiracy to sterilise Pakistani children.

BBC April 20, 2016

Suicide attack on polio vaccination centre in southwest Pakistan kills 15

The Associated Press, Jan. 13, 2016

If only God had not chosen an illiterate steeped in folkloric medicine as His last and greatest spokesperson, today, we might not have holy warriors killing to stop the immunization of children against a preventable debilitating disease like polio.

I can't help but imagine what He would have revealed to someone who could have understood so much more, including how you can strengthen the immune system thought vaccines; even someone from antiquity, someone like Galen or Hippocrates. It's a shame. Pity the children.

April 20 - Destiny's Symbol Celebrated in the City of Lights

Today, less than six months after the massacre of 130 Parisians, the most visible symbol of the inroads made by the religion that is destined to triumph over every other religion will be celebrated in the French capital.

Hijab Day Paris was organized by students of The Paris Institute of Political Studies (enrol. 13,000).

The objections to the celebration voiced on French social media are not unlike those expressed during Hijab Day Ottawa.

April 13 - Transforming Children into Mass Murderers

Boko Haram’s use of child suicide bombers soaring, UN says

Globe and Mail, Apr. 12, 2016

The process of making male children raised on the Koran into mass murderers is actually quite simple, you play on the fantasy of little boys of being all grown up. You tell them that, literally, in a puff of smoke they can become a man if they are willing to help Allah get rid of the bad people.

It was narrated from Muaadh ibn Jabal that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: "The people of Paradise will enter Paradise hairless, beardless with their eyes anointed with kohl, aged thirty or thirty-three years."

al-Tirmidhi 2545 .

Turning little girls into mass murderers is slightly more complicated and brutal; but it is a challenge that more and more holy warriors appear willing to take on, with little girls outnumbering little boys as suicide bombers.

The transformation usually begins with the rape of god-fearing girls by fighters in Allah's Cause. It is meant to make them feel a heart-breaking guilt for having brought dishonour on their family and shame so intense that death seems preferable. But, that is not all!

Rape makes a shamble of a young girl's fantasy of marrying her prince charming. What nice young man would have her as his beloved bride now that she is no longer a virgin?

Only Allah, she is told, can now make her dream come true. Not in the here-and-now, but in the Hereafter, if she has the courage to kill herself and take as many as possible of His enemies with her..

April 9 - Boys Killing Boys

'He was a child and came to kill children’: ISIL suicide bomber kills 43 — most of them boys — at soccer match ... A total of 43 people died [on the evening of March 25, in Asriya, Iraq] — 29 of them boys younger than 17 who had either been participating in the match or were watching their friends play.

The bomber also was a teenager, no more than 15 or 16. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant claimed responsibility, saying the target was a gathering of the Shiite paramilitaries.

Washington Post, April 8, 2016

The Prophet set 15 as the age a male could join the ranks of holy warriors and kill and be killed in Allah's way with the killing of Abu Jahl by two teenagers.

Conversely, if the boys who died were 15 and over and Shiites i.e. heretics, under Sharia law they were legitimate targets for slaughter: .

Under Sharia Law, not only is what God's Messenger said and did a precedent, but also what was done in his presence, of which he did not disapprove such as determining if a boy is a candidate for slaughter by checking for the growth of pubic hair:

I was among the captives of Banu Qurayzah. They examined us, and those who had begun to grow hair (pubes) were killed, and those who had not were not killed. I was among those who had not grown hair.

Abu Dawud

April 5 - The Tip of the Iceberg

ISIS has sent 400 fighters to attack Europe, officials say,

Paris — The Associated Press Mar. 24, 2016

Those 400 trained fighters are the proverbial tip of the iceberg. What the Europeans should be worried about is the tens of thousands of young men who came over seeking improved economic conditions or to further Allah's Cause and have been seduced by Western ways.

At one point in their lives, they will be reminded that Hell is waiting and many will seek to atone for behaving like kuffars by joining the ranks of holy warriors and killing as many of them as they can before they are gunned down or torn to bits by a suicide bomb and gain instant access to Paradise.

Jihad as Penance

April 2 - Mecca in the Crosshairs II

Barack Obama urges global action to combat nuclear terrorism threat. Speaking at the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, Mr. Obama said nuclear terrorism was a persistent threat to the world …

Globe and Mail, April 1

A somewhat drastic solution to the threat of the holy warrior with the BOMB, Mecca in the Crosshairs, I posted almost a year ago. The question remains, however, what is to stop a holy warrior with an extra BOMB or two, after Mecca has been incinerated in retaliation for a terrorist nuclear attack on the United States, from doing the same to the Vatican.

Islam is, at its core, a ritualistic materialistic religion. This is reflected in what defines it as a religion, it's so called Pillars of Islam (four of which are about worshipping a god who cannot be worshipped enough and the zakat) and how it rewards those who seek via the sword to make this world that of Allah exclusively.

Narrated Abu Huraira:

I heard Allah's Apostle saying, "The example of a Mujahid (Muslim fighter) in Allah's Cause — and Allah knows better who really strives in His Cause—is like a person who fasts and prays continuously. Allah guarantees that He will admit the Mujahid in His Cause into Paradise if he is killed, otherwise He will return him to his home safely with rewards and war booty."

Bukhari 52.46

Christianity is in the hearts and mind, and what defines it as a religion are the Ten Commandments, six of which are moral imperatives, with the other four about worshipping God and not requiring any religious infrastructure or divinely ordained process to fulfil.

The believers could destroy every church on earth, but unless they kill or convert every Christian on earth, they will not succeed in eradicating those whom Allah considers perverts for their associating a son with His Magnificence (9:30, 5:75) from His world, as He expects them to do, sooner or later.

Le Point (France's Time Magazine equivalent) fears that we are in the early stages of an ultimate confrontation which will decide whose vision for humanity will prevail, Jesus or Muhammad.

Islam's  religious infrastructure and its immutable rituals which are meant to transform ordinary men, women and children into committed believers and cold-blooded executioners when needed, are both its strength and its Achilles' heel. 

It's true that people who fight and die for other than hedonistic rewards will find it hard to think strategically about what the other considers sacred; but, with not only Christian but every lesser believer's life hanging in the balance, is there any other choice.

March 25 - MAD in a World Gone Mad

‘I don’t rule out anything’: Trump says he would bomb ISIL with nuclear weapons if he wins presidency, The Telegraph, March 24

The 9/11 hijackers expected a medium-size harem as reward for killing three thousand innocent men, women and children.

What kind of out-of-this-world reward could the ultimate suicide bomber; the suicide bomber with the BOMB expect? How could he resist setting the world on fire.

The only experience we have in avoiding annihilation in the atomic age is the Mutual Assured Destruction doctrine, MAD for short. You try to annihilate me, I annihilate you, we annihilate each other. The ultimate pyrrhic victory.

MAD worked because people on both side of the nuclear standoff valued their lives, the lives of their children and grand-children above all else. Killing your enemy, only for you and your family to be melted in an atomic fire in a retaliatory attack was not an option.

Can MAD work its magic in a world where religious sociopaths with a death wish have the BOMB? I don't thing so. It may be back to square one.

March 28 - On the Massacre of 72 Mainly Women and Children Celebrating the Resurrection in a Lahore Park

In blowing up Christians, suicide bombers believe they are doing what Allah would do if he were here, rid the word of those He has damned as perverts:

9:30 The Jews say: “Ezra is the son of Allah”, and the Christians say: “The Messiah is the son of Allah.” That is their statement, by their mouths; they emulate the statement of the unbelievers of yore. May Allah damn them; how they are perverted!

That this slaughter occurred when it did should not be a surprise (remember the Holy Week Garissa University Massacre) considering what Allah thinks about the whole Easter celebration and what came before

March 27 - Exceeding their Licence to Destroy

Syria forces retake Islamic State-held city... when IS seized Palmyra it destroyed archaeological sites, drawing global outrage.

BBC March 26

Islamic State video shows militants destroying Iraqi antiquities ... dating back to the 7th century BC

The Globe and Mail, Feb 27

Islam considers paintings and sculptures from and after "the time of ignorance", the time before Islam, that even remotely resembles a person or an animal blasphemous, for this is considered an act of creation and therefore an affront to the Creator of all things.

Under Sharia law these blasphemies must be obliterated if there are no people within the vicinity who revere these precious reminders of who we were.

Leaders of the faithful, the caliphs, in pursuing Allah's jihad against the unbelievers, beginning with the Prophet Muhammad, have always taken the long view and it has served Islam well. Until the Saudis took a bulldozer to history, Muslims had proven themselves excellent caretakers of treasures of antiquity for more than a thousand years.

The Saudis' Frankenstein creation Islamic State has exceeded its licence to destroy in its haste to destroy these distracting treasures of antiquity until Islam is triumphant everywhere and few will have any objections – we will all be Muslims – to the systematic obliteration of what Allah and His Messenger consider ignominious creations of depraved minds.

In praise of Muslims who kill and die on our behalf

When Syrian forces first withdrew from Palmyra in the face of an assault by Islamic State, they were criticized in the West for not fighting, and dying if necessary, to protect precious Palmyra.

We are asking believers to risk their lives to defend what their religion says is of no consequence but what we consider invaluable, but not valuable enough to risk Western lives to protect it for future generations.

It is not only for our heritage we are not willing to die for, but our coreligionists. We expect the Iraqis, the Shiites and some untrustworthy rebels to topple the Assad regime and replace him as protector of those whom Allah considers perverts for claiming He has a son.

5:75 The Messiah, son of Mary, was only a Messenger before whom other Messengers had gone; and his mother was a godly woman. They both ate [earthly] food. Look how We make clear Our Revelations to them; then look how they are perverted!

We are very lucky to have believers who are willing to die to save our brethren in faith and examples of our "ignorant" past. The more reason to refrain from criticizing those who fail in what we consider their duty to kill and die on our behalf when we are unwilling to face the same risks.

March 23 - Death, Death, Glorious Death

Brussels Airport and Metro station bombed, Dead: 31+

3:143 You were yearning for death before you actually met it. Now you have seen it and you are beholding it.

Narrated Anas bin Malik:

The Prophet said, "Nobody who enters Paradise likes to go back to the world even if he got everything on the earth, except a Mujahid who wishes to return to the world so that he may be martyred ten times because of the dignity he receives (from Allah)."

Bukhari 52.72

Only a death cult, or the pathologically delusional, would praise killing yourself while killing others as an act dignified by God.

Jihad and the Prophet

A Pitch for Martyrs

March 21 - The Last Days of the Prophet

The Last Days of Muhammad (my translation of Les derniers jours de Muhammad) by Tunisian scholar Hela Ouardi is a new and controversial book on the death of God's proclaimed last and greatest spokesperson.

In an interview she gave Le Point, France's Time magazine equivalent, she said that non-Muslim sources, writing at the time of the man' death, recorded he died in Gaza, not Medina as in the traditions on which I based my account of his death.

Ms. Ouardi goes on to explain that his alleged death in Medina may have been to legitimize Abu Bakr's accession as leader of the believers i.e. caliph, instead of the one whom the Shiites claim was Muhammad's rightful heir, his son-in-law Ali.

One of Bakr's first act after being elected caliph by a coterie of Muhammad's companions while Ali, it is said, was busy making  funeral arrangement, was to deprive both Alí and his wife Fatima (and the wives of Muhammad) of their heritance, including her father's interest in the Jewish farms of Khaybar.

Fatima would press Bakr to return what was lawfully theirs to her and her husband. According to the author she was beaten to death by Bakr and Umar who would succeed Bakr as caliph.

Under Koranic law i.e. talion law, this should have led to a demand for retribution and/or compensation; unless Bakr and Umar had done Ali a favour.

Ali's father- in-law had forbidden him from marrying any other women for it would displease his daughter. Her death meant he was free to marry again, two, three or four women at one time just like every other believing man.

Ouardi also references the non-battle of Tabuk where she claims Muhammad, shortly before he died, suffered his first and only defeat at the hands of the Byzantines.

The Koran, which is to be trusted more than the traditions when they differ, makes no such admission. Yes, Muhammad did lead a large expedition to Tabuk where he expected to meet the Byzantines in battle; but, they never showed up, being preoccupied with whom they considered the greater threat, the Persians.

Ouardi's book won't be available in Canada until mid-April at the earliest. I look forward to comparing notes and getting back to you.

March 17 - When it is disgusting not to discriminate!

Trudeau, before his election as Prime Minister, said it was "disgusting" of the Conservative government to discriminate in favour of people most likely to be killed by Islamic State e.g. Christians in their Syrian refugee selection process.

If the Europeans had discriminated against the hundreds of thousands of able-bodied young men looking for better economic conditions in favour of families with young children, you would not have the heart-breaking spectacle of fathers and mothers with crying terrified children in their arms trying to cross hastily erected barriers; and of course you would not have to worry about young women being sexually assaulted as they were in Cologne.

March 12 -Unlearning the Koran

The international community must address the challenge of rehabilitating children indoctrinated by Islamic State (IS), a new report says.

The Quilliam Foundation and the Romeo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative say children are taught extreme values and desensitised to violence from birth.

The current generation of IS fighters see children as better and more lethal fighters than themselves because they have not been corrupted by exposure to other values or ideologies ...

"Schools and the education system are central to shaping the hearts and minds of the next generation," the report says.

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Boys adhere to a rigid curriculum, where drawing, history, philosophy and social studies - considered by IS to be "the methodology of atheism" - have been removed. They must instead memorise verses of the Koran.

New strategy needed for rehabilitating IS child soldiers BBC, March 7, 2016

If learning the Koran is central to the transformation of children into cold-blooded killers, then unlearning the Holy Book of Holy Warriors is the solution.

An impossible solution perhaps, but you can reduce the book's nefarious influence by stopping children from being exposed to its content and, starting here at home, teaching them what Islamic State won't i.e. history, philosophy and social studies etc .

At the very least, we should talk about why the Koran is so good at what it does.

March 11 - Who are you calling an Islamophobe?

As we accept more and more refugees and immigrants whose values and beliefs are often at odds with our own, which one will change the other for the better, and who is to define what the better is.

Today, to favour one over the other, even if you are Muslim, is to invite accusations of being an Islamophobe or of spreading Islamophobia.

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If we do not have Sharia tribunals officially operating in Canada, at this time, it is largely thanks to the Muslim Canadian Congress who, in 2004-2005, took on the promoters of this initiative, the now defunct Canadian Islamic Congress and their Liberal and NDP supporters in the Ontario legislature, and opened our eyes to what Islamic law is all about before it was too late.

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March 7 -Who you gonna save?

The UK is to send warships as part of a NATO mission to stop people smugglers ferrying migrants from Turkey to the EU.

BBC March 6, 2016

The Koran offers some protection for believers from homicidal co-religionists such as those found in the employ of Islamic State.

4:93 As he who kills a believer intentionally will, as punishment, be thrown into Hell, dwelling in it forever; and Allah will be angry with him, curse him and prepare for him a dreadful punishment.

This is not the case for Christians whom Allah considers perverts for claiming He shares power with a son.

5:75 The Messiah, son of Mary, was only a Messenger before whom other Messengers had gone; and his mother was a godly woman. They both ate [earthly] food. Look how We make clear Our Revelations to them; then look how they are perverted!

In the search for a solution to the exodus of migrants from Syria and Libya we should not forget that it is Christians who at the greater risk of being killed for their beliefs and that stopping human smuggling without substituting some other means for them to escape Islamic State is unconscionable.

Erdogan's Way

March 2 - Cultural Genocide

The international court in the Hague, for the first time, will be prosecuting an individual for the crime of "cultural destruction". 

Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi stands accused of "orchestrating the destruction of nine ancient shrines and a mosque door with pickaxes and iron bars after the historic city of Timbuktu was captured by jihadis in 2012."

The destruction of everything that might distract from the worship of a god who cannot be worshiped enough is implied in the Koran's pervasive and insidious condemnation of idols and their worshippers.

In the authenticated sayings and example of the Prophet, the hadiths, which have the same legal and moral authority of the Koran if they don't contradict Allah's revealed truths, it is a different story.

It is in the hadiths that you find much of the impetus for the wanton destruction of cultural treasures and priceless antiquities by Islamists.

More Destruction; Less Creation

On his deathbed God's Messenger specifically singled out tombs:

Narrated Aisha and Ibn Abbas:

On his death-bed Allah's Apostle put a sheet over his-face and when he felt hot, he would remove it from his face. When in that state (of putting and removing the sheet) he said, "May Allah's Curse be on the Jews and the Christians for they build places of worship at the graves of their prophets." (By that) he intended to warn (the Muslim) from what they (i.e. Jews and Christians) had done.

Bukhari 56.660

Another reason for the eradication of what Islam considers blasphemies, and why you won’t care.

February 24 - Hard does not even begin to describe it!

A 16-year-old Swedish girl rescued from Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq has described life under the jihadist group's rule as "really hard".

The teenager told an Iraqi Kurdish TV station that she was duped into going to Syria by her boyfriend last May.

She was rescued by Kurdish special forces near the city of Mosul a week ago, Kurdish authorities say ...

In the interview with Kurdistan 24, the girl said she had met her boyfriend in 2014 after dropping out of school in south-western Sweden.

"First it was good together but then he started to look at Isis videos and speak about them and stuff like that," she said in English.

"Then he said he wanted to go to Isis and I said 'OK, no problem', because I did not know what Isis meant or what Islam was - nothing."

BBC, Feb 24, 2016

It's for people like her that I wrote What Every Prospective Jihadi Bride Should Know

Feb 4 - A Celebration of Self-Mutilation

Last January, fifteen year old Qaiser was in a crowd celebrating the Prophet's birth at a mosque in a village in Pakistan.

A cleric, having worked the crowd into a state of frenzy shouted, "Who among you is a follower of Muhammad?"

Everyone raised their hands. "Who among you doesn't believe in the teachings of the Holy Prophet? Raise your hands!" he then bellowed.

The young Qaiser, thinking he was being asked if he believed in the teachings of the Holy Prophet, raised his hand. He was the only one to do so.

"BLASPHEMER" screamed the cleric!

The boy then ran home, which was only a few hundred yards from the mosque, and cut off the hand that had blasphemed God's Messenger, put it on a platter and bleeding profusely, returned to the gathering.

A birthday celebration then turned into a celebration of the boy who had cut off his hand as a show of love for the Prophet.

Bizarre, as Alice might say.

February 1 - Don't Blame the Kids!

British woman who took toddler to join Islamic State jailed for 6 years

Associated Press, Feb. 01, 2016

Stupid Women

Jan 18 - A Pope's Perilous Portrayal

Pope Francis denounces all religiously inspired violence carried out by Christians, Jews and Muslims,

Associated Press, January 16

Whether you are for one or the other we have to stop pretending. There are only two great, in terms of numbers, monotheistic religions and that is all that matters. And these two towering religions are anathema to each other, and to pretend otherwise is promoting a dangerous misunderstanding.

Muslims know much about the Gospels and the Torah for the Koran came after, and the Koran has a lot to say about both; and where the Gospels are concerned, not much good from a Christian's perspective.

Christians, on the other hand, know little about the Koran. They have only themselves to blame for this reckless ignorance, encouraged to remain clueless of the other's salvific theology by spiritual leaders, like the Pope, who perhaps for self-serving reason would have them believe that because both share a belief in the one god, they both respect the same spiritual, moral and ethical boundaries. THEY DON'T!

The Way: Jesus or Muhammad?

Jan 12 pm - No Cash! No Problem!

It has been reported that U.S. jets bombed an Islamic State warehouse full of cash.

Unfortunately, that is not Islamic State's main currency and what makes it attractive to young holy warriors for whom war and the promise of instant booty gratification is preferable, and less feared, then spending time seducing the object of their affection.

Jan 12 am - Copping a Feel in Cologne (2)

Angela Merkel says Germany has lost control of the refugee crisis amid public anger over Cologne sex attacks

The Telegraph Jan 11, 2016

Allah revealed, in His Koran, that men, when in the presence of women and girls not fully clocked and unaccompanied by a trusted male relative, will experience a Pavlovian-like reaction and want to hump the owner of what Allah calls "their finery" then and there.

The German government is largely responsible for creating a situation were large number of sexually mature males would inevitably come into contact with vastly out-numbered females and seek to understand with their hands what their religion has denied their eyes until their wedding night. Even the Hajj is not immune from such juvenile behaviour.

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It will be harder still on the Germans. Many of these young men will feel remorse, not for assaulting the women and girls whom, from their perspective, were asking for it; but for being drunk in front of unbelievers and thereby embarrassing Allah by inviting scorn on His perfect religion. Some will undoubtedly seek His forgiveness through martyrdom, and then, perhaps, the lesson will be learned.

Jan 8 - Sons killing parents, parents killing offsprings – welcome to Sharialand

Islamic State militant 'executes own mother' in Raqqa,

BBC. Jan 8

At one time Allah expected you to be unconditionally kind to your parents.

17:23 Your Lord has decreed that you worship none but Him and to be kind to your parents. If either of them or both reach old age with you, do not say to them “Fie”, nor tell them off, but say to them kind words.

17:24 And lower to them the wing of humility out of mercy and say: “Lord have mercy on them, as they took care of me when I was a child.”

Then He had a change of heart (remember in the Koran there is no timeline, verse numbering is not an indication of when it was received.)

9:113 It is not for the Prophet and those who believe to ask for forgiveness for the polytheists even if they are near relatives, after it becomes clear to [the believers] that they are the people of the Fire.

He would have even seen the Prophet's mother Amina burn in Hell, but made an exception for His favourite and greatest Messenger's mother when He saw him weeping over her tomb.

Allah changing his mind about unconditionally being kind to your parents is just one of more than two hundred revealed truths (immutable facts revealed to a mortal by a god) that a consensus of scholars agree were abrogated i.e. nullified or modified by other revealed truths such as the Verse of the Sword.

Children are expected to kill parents who deviate from the straight Path and parents their children if they fear they will abandon Islam later on in life.

There is no escape once you have joined the fraternity of those who submit to the Will of Allah; and for children born to believing parents, there is no choice.

Jan 5 - Ban v. Ban

Trump’s first TV campaign ad pushes Muslim-ban proposal

Associated Press - Jan 4, 2016

Not that I favour Trump's position, but in the history of the Muslims v. Christians/Jews conflict the first to impose a ban on the other was the second caliph (leader of the believers) Umar, second successor to the Prophet Muhammad who banned Jews and Christians from the Hejaz, the so-called holy land of Islam, which comprises most of the western part of modern-day Saudi Arabia and is centered on Mecca and Medina – a ban which remains in effect to this day.

Jan 5 - Copping a Feel in Cologne (1)

German leaders condemned a “new dimension” of crime after scores of women reported being sexually assaulted as they passed though a group of about 1,000 men during New Year’s Eve celebrations in downtown Cologne.  

Associated Press - Jan 5, 2016

As a minimum, if the Sharia was observed, these young men would suffer the pain of 99 lashes.

Jan 2 - Trumped-Up Accusations

al-Shabab uses Donald Trump clip to recruit American Muslims

Associated Press. Jan 2, 2016

Today, jihad is presented, not as a fight to rid the world of people who will not submit to the Will of Allah, but as a fight to rid the world of oppressors (and who does not hate oppressors) or to protect a community from those who would oppress it.

al-Shabab is using Donald Trump to invoke the third modern-day condition for a declaration of a holy war against a people: "To remove any government that will not allow the free practice of Islam within its borders."

The first two conditions are: 1. To defend a community or nation from aggressors. 2. To liberate people living under oppressive regimes.

Killing Unbelievers Halal

2015

Dec 25 - Merry Christmas

Allah's antipathy towards those who say Jesus is the Son Of God means that in increasingly large parts of the world, the celebration of His birth must be extremely circumspect so as to avoid a time of joy becoming a time of sorrow.

Have a safe and merry Christmas.

Dec 23 - The Birmingham Koran Fragments: A Learning Opportunity Lost

In October, Birmingham University held the first public exhibition of the four found pages of the Koran. These pages have been carbon-dated to between 568 and 645 AD; making them the earliest scientifically authenticated written revelations.

In July, when information about the existence of="margin:8px 28px; text-align: left">The University hopes to have a public showing of the found pages soon. They may want to avoid providing a translation, as one who commented on the discovery noted; "Interesting that surah 18 was preserved as it contains possibly the most physically absurd passage in the Koran claiming that the sun sets down on the earth in a murky lake"; a lake, or a spring of mud to be exact.

As anticipated, no translation was part of the exhibition and a teaching moment was lost.

The biggest obstacle to non-believers accepting that believers wish them no harm is the lack of acknowledgement that much of the Koran cannot be taken literally, from the outwardly patently nonsensical to the incendiary verses that are an incitement to pitiless violence against those who will not do as the author of the Koran demands.

In the New Year, the fragments of the Koran will again be on display at the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery "from February to July 2016 as part of their new ‘Faith in Birmingham’ Gallery." Will another once-in-a-lifetime learning opportunity be lost?

Dec 18 - Islamic State v. Islamic Emirate

The Afghan Taliban say they have unleashed "special forces" in an increasingly bloody battle with fighters from the rival Islamic State (IS) group.

BBC Dec. 18, 2105

Wars Never-Ending

Dec 10 - Crying Out Loud

"religion makes good people do bad things." Nobel Laureate Steven Weinberg

Last night, a French channel showed an interview with a hacker, whose identity of course was kept hidden, who had intercepted a conversation between a suicide bomber and his handler.

The most pathetic and moving part of the recorded exchange was that the soon to be dead young man was crying while his handler calmly assured him that he would soon be in Paradise where he, in his final words of encouragement, said he would soon be joining him, Allah willing.

The crying voice is now believed to be that of the Tunisian bus bomber.

Another cry (no pun intended) for a dialogue on the Koran,

Dec 6 - San Bernardino Slaughter

News reports now say that both Farook and his wife Malik did what is expected of holy warriors after spending time in Saudi Arabia.

They could have been radicalized anywhere, for the reach of the propagators of Wahabism extends well beyond the boundaries of the Peninsula.

Nov 18 - Paris Massacre

Paris suicide bomber blows herself up as police storm suburb in hunt for mastermind

Ottawa Citizen, Nov 18

Guys blowing themselves up and shredding the innocent and unsuspecting on a god's promise of an eternity of orgiastic sex with multiple partners including those famous female facsimiles, the houris, makes sense in a ghastly sort of way.

I cannot imagine a more unattractive life than an eternity without challenges, which seems to be most religion's idea of Paradise. Islam does offer the possibility of competitions to see who can fornicate with more houris on a given day, but that can get old real fast, especially for the cerebral types.

And for women, it's not so much a Paradise, but a constant struggle with all those heavenly sexually adept perpetual virgins, the houris, for the attention of their former earth-bound husbands.

Girls, it's not worth it!

July 22 - Found Koran

A British university (Birmingham) said on Wednesday that fragments of a Koran manuscript found in its library were from one of the oldest surviving copies of the Islamic text in the world ... "They could well take us back to within a few years of the actual founding of Islam," said David Thomas, Professor of Christianity and Islam at the university.

Reuters, July 22

Not likely! and it's not only because "Saud al-Sarhan, the director of research at the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, said he doubted that the manuscript found in Birmingham was as old as the researchers claimed, noting that its Arabic script included dots and separated chapters – features that were introduced later."

No holy book, with which I am familiar, as been has heavily revised by both God and men, in a questionable quest to make it make sense and make it readable, including adding the verb "say" everywhere to indicate that it is Allah telling his Messenger the latest reveal truth to communicate to the ignorant. 

The University hopes to have a public showing of the found pages soon. They may want to avoid providing a translation, as one who commented on the discovery noted; "Interesting that surah 18 was preserved as it contains possibly the most physically absurd passage in the Koran claiming that the sun sets down on the earth in a murky lake"; a lake, or a spring of mud to be exact.

Possibly as incongruous as the revealed truth (an immutable fact communicated to a mortal by a god)  that Paradise is just above the clouds, held up by invisible pillars anchored to a flat earth ... but I digress.

July 20 - It's A Crime!

Cameron warned that “strong, positive Muslim voices” are being drowned out by those who espouse the extremist ideology of ISIL.

Reuters, July 20

If positive voices are bring drowned out, blame the post subway bombings legislation which made discussing the root cause of what is happening in Britain a crime.

From a plea by an alliance of Muslims, Christians, humanists and secularists urging the British Parliament to reject legislation limiting the rights to criticize religious beliefs and traditions:

... we also recognize that a free society must have the scope to debate, to criticize, proselytise, insult and even ridicule belief and religious practices in order to ensure that there is full scope – short of violence or inciting violence or other criminal offences - to tackle these issues.

Before the subway bombings, a British publisher expressed a willingness to take on Pain, Pleasure and Prejudice. Their explanation for their change of heart:

With the new race and religious hate laws coming through [after the London bombings] it could be considered illegal if Pain, Pleasure and Prejudice is deemed an attack on a person’s religious belief.

What is to become of free speech if an honest critique of a religious text can be considered a crime while a public quote from that same text encouraging the faithful to hate, murder and maim those who don’t share your religious beliefs, is considered perfectly acceptable?

July 19 - Depressing!

Chattanooga shooter suffered from depression, family says

The Associated Press, July 19, 2015

It must be depressing for many Muslim men who aspire to more than a hedonistic lifestyle when they die to know that, in the end, the best that Allah’s afterlife has to offer for killing and dying in His Cause is permanent erections and non-stop, assembly-line sex with perpetual virgins and sexually adept female facsimiles, the infamous houris.

July 1 - An Overriding Precedent for Killing during a Holy Month

Fifty killed in co-ordinated Egypt attacks claimed by Islamic State ... Islamic State had urged its followers to escalate attacks during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan which started in mid-June.

Reuters, July 01, 2015

This is unusual, as the Prophet used to wait until the end of Ramadan with his followers more convinced than ever of the need to rid the world of unbelievers after a period of intense immersion in the Koran to give his army its marching orders.

Islamic State would do nothing that the Prophet or his Mentor would not approve of, therefore, it is safe to assume that Islamic State is basing its actions on a precedent set by Allah after the killing of the first unbeliever during a holy month.

July 15, 2014 - Killing During Ramadan

At least 89 people have been killed and dozens injured in a suicide attack at a busy market in eastern Afghanistan's Paktika province ... most of the bodies recovered from the rubble were women doing their Ramadan shopping and children.

BBC July 15, 2014

CNN, during the last Ramadan, lamented the fact that during the holy Month of Great Heat (the meaning of Ramadan) more than eight hundred Iraqis, Shiites mostly, were blown to bits or shot to death; most of the slaughter courtesy of Al-Qaeda’s Iraq subsidiary. 

Islam’s so-called holy months (Ramadan and the Month of Pilgrimage, the Hajj) are a vestige of pre-Islamic Arabia’s Sacred Months. During the Sacred Months all fighting on the Peninsula stopped and life was celebrated through worship, song, dance and poetry.

Islam considers the period when killing was strictly forbidden during a Sacred Month as being “the time of ignorance.” Go figure.

June 30 - Sorcery and Islam

Reuters reports that two Syrian women accused of sorcery were beheaded by Islamic State. Sorcery is 32nd in the list of 40 Greater Sins (or Grave Sins), sins where the Koran, or a saying of the Prophet explicitly state, or imply that those who commit these sins will go to Hell.

Sorcery in the Koran

June 18 - Ramadan in the Land of the Midnight Sun

Arctic mosque lands safely in Inuvik. The world's most northern mosque has arrived by barge in Inuvik, N.W.T., giving Muslims in the Arctic town a proper place of worship.

CBC Sep 24, 2010

Today is the beginning of the month of Ramadan, the month of continuous fasting from dawn to dusk for observant Muslims. When Ramadan falls at this time of year, Muslims living near or above the Arctic Circle are not required to strictly follow a ritual more suited to believers who live in latitudes where there are no extremes in the length of nights and days so as to avoid severe sleep deprivation and malnutrition.

March 4 - Et Tu New York

New York City public schools to close doors on two Muslim holidays ... Under the new policy, the city’s 1.1-million-pupil public school system will close ... for Eid al-Adha, which is also known as the Festival of Sacrifice ... [and] Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan.

Associated Press, Mar. 04 2015.

Terrorism as a force for change works on many levels, you have the British example, and now New York.

June 13 - From Bulldozing to Bombing Treasured Ancient Relics

UNESCO has condemned the destruction of "'one of the world's oldest jewels' of Islamic culture in an air strike on the old city of Sana'a, a World Heritage Site.

Having bulldozed treasures of both antiquity and Islam's founding within their territory, the Saudis are now sending bombers to destroy what is beyond the reach of their excavators. And to think Canada will be contributing to the wanton destruction by providing the Saudis with 12 billion dollars' worth of military hardware whose lethality is a State secret. Appalling!

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What is believed to be an earlier version of the Koran, the Sana'a Manuscripts, was found in 1972 during renovations of the Great Mosque of Sana'a in Yemen.

When Yemeni authorities were informed that this earlier Koran contained minor but significant differences from the version that orthodox Islam maintains is the perfect unchanging Word of God, they restricted access to the more than 40,000 pieces of parchment of which only an estimated 15,000 had been reviewed by Islamic and Western scholars.

June 12 - The Koran and Sedition

Boko Haram fighters burnt down six north-east Nigerian villages and killed 37 people near the insurgents’ Sambisa Forest stronghold … many victims of Wednesday night’s attacks were farmers who had recently returned home after soldiers earlier this year forced the extremists out of the area where they had declared an Islamic caliphate.

Associated Press, June 12.

Holy warriors live, kill and die by the Koran; so, when holy warriors do something exceptional like destroying entire villages, ostensibly in Allah's cause, I look to the Koran for the verse that gives them the right. Could that be revelation 2:191?

2:191 Kill them wherever you find them and drive them out from wherever they drove you out. Sedition is worse than slaughter. Do not fight them at the Sacred Mosque until they fight you at it. If they fight you there kill them. Such is the reward for the unbelievers.

With the words "sedition is worse than slaughter" Allah reminds the believers that He would rather see the inhabitants of a region, city or community seeking to secede put to death rather than have them abandon Islam.

June 7 - Raef Badawi's Sentence

Saudi Supreme Court upholds verdict against liberal blogger flogged for insulting Islam

Associated Press, Jun. 07, 2015

Badawi, 30, has been sentenced to 1,000 lashes and a 10 year jail sentence for expressing an opinion in a blog which displeased the ruling royal family.

The most severe whipping in the Koran is reserved for adulterers, not bloggers.

24:2 The adulteress and the adulterer, whip each one of them a hundred lashes; and let no pity move you in Allah’s religion, regarding them; if you believe in Allah and the Hereafter. And let a group of believers witness their punishment.

The arrogance of the Saudi Princes and their Sharia Court imposing a sentence that is ten times what Allah recommends, short of death, for an offence that is not even in the top ten.

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If Allah says a public whipping is the punishment for adultery, why are women accused of adultery still susceptible to being stoned to death in countries where the Koran is the law?

The Answer

May 20 - Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll vs. Sex, Booty and Blood

RCMP intercept 10 at Montreal airport suspected of wanting to join jihadist groups,

Globe and Mail, May 20

'Money, guns, girls' is how ISIS recruits in the West writes Chloe Combi a consultant on youth issues for the Mayor of London.

CNN

The struggle for young males as defined by Islam could be summarized as sex (seduction), drugs and rock and roll vs. sex-on-demand, booty and blood with the latter being associated with a higher morality and God's Will.

Most of us, even when we have indulged in too much sex (seduction), drugs and rock and roll as adolescents, grow up to be responsible adults, while retaining a fondness for seduction and rock and roll.

Holy warriors, because God's Will is largely unchanging, should they outgrow their appetite for booty and killing lovers of music and sex as seduction, they too can be hunted down and murdered. That is perhaps the greater tragedy for it perpetuates a vicious circle of rape, killing and cupidity, all in the name of God

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That young girls would want to follow their young men is understandable, even without the promise that, should they or the love of their life die a martyr, they will be reunited in Paradise and their love will be a love that will last for an eternity. How romantic is that!

For girls who could not find a boy to love them in this life, Allah promises to find them a suitable match in the Hereafter.

Stay-at-Home Warriors and Female Jihadists

May 5 – Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know about Abrogation

It is with some trepidation that I have made available what will undoubtedly be my last and most controversial book on the Koran. Welcome to Let Me Rephrase That!

May 4 - A consequence of a lack of solidarity in the defence of freedom of expression

Police kill two gunmen outside Prophet Mohammed cartoon contest in Texas

Associated Press, May 4, 2015

If more newspapers had defended freedom of expression by publishing the cartoons when they first appeared, they would not have become a symbol of a struggle between us and them, the cartoonists at Charlie Hebdo would probably still be alive, nobody would care about a silly cartoon competition in Texas, and I would not be worried about a book cover.

May 2 - More Dead Yazidis

Islamic State: Militants 'kill 300 Yazidi captives'

BBC May 2, 2015

April 26 -The Real Meaning of Boko Haram

Boko Haram is a nickname, given to it by Nigerians when it was formed in 2002. In the regional Hausa language, Boko Haram means Western education is forbidden. Its official name Jama'atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda'awati wal-Jihad in Arabic means 'People Committed to the Propagation of the Prophet's Teachings and Jihad'.

BBC April 25

This is very much the same mission as Islamic State "which accepted a pledge of allegiance from Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau in March, giving the group its first foothold in sub-Saharan Africa in its efforts to create a global caliphate."

April 18 - A Matter of Interest

A motorcycle-riding suicide bomber attacked a bank branch Saturday in eastern Afghanistan, killing at least 35 people in a deadly attack the country’s president said was claimed by the Islamic State group.

Associated Press, April 18

The bank may not have been the target of Islamic State for, like other terrorist groups with a global or regional reach, it depends on the banking system to funnel funds to where they are most needed to further Allah's Cause.

This valuable service may explain why Western and western-style banks are seldom the targets of holy warriors despite Allah's pathological hatred of money-lenders who charge interest.

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The Prophet's own aversion to the charging of interest may have had something to do with his experience as a borrower. Allah's Messenger would extend His Mentor's prohibition against earning interest on loans to the barter of goods.

April 16 - Lebensraum

Italy's migration crisis took on a deadly new twist Thursday as police in Sicily reported that Muslim migrants had thrown 12 Christians overboard during a recent crossing from Libya, and an aid group said another 41 were feared drowned in a separate incident.

CTV News

Does not bode well for lesser and non-believers sharing the overcrowded fragile craft that is our planet with willing executioners.

April 7 - Doing What He Would Do If He Were Here!

Garissa University Massacre

March 24 - Farkhunda, the Hypatia of a New Dark Age

The Mob Murder of Farkhunda

March 18 - Allowing the Veil will not appease the "Bearded Ones"

Tourists killed, others taken hostage in attack on Tunisian parliament,

TUNIS — Reuters, Mar 18, 2015

The women of Tunisia thought that making sure that not a single hair was visible when going out in public (many opting for the full body covering including the oppressive veil) would be enough to get the bearded bullies off their backs. It wasn't!

At a barbecue at our house last summer a good friend despaired of her birthplace becoming a dark, joyless place where women are nowhere to be seen; the type of place that only the men of Islamic State could love.

Imagine her surprise when she returned to Tunisia, as she does every year to visit with her husband who retired to his ancestral home on the idyllic island of Djerba, and heard a voice on the radio advising women venturing out to go to work, to do so in groups to avoid being intimidated by "les barbus" (the bearded ones) into returning home.

In less than a year the "bearded ones" have gravitated from harassing women to killing and kidnapping Islamic State style. It does not bode well for the country that ignited the Arab Spring.

August 16, 2014 - Secularism, the Saudis and the Tunisian Experience

Secularism came to us on the back of a tank, and it has remained under its protection ever since.

Rashid al-Ghannushi

The Saudis are very much to blame for needing tanks to protect secularism in the Muslim word. From Trofimov's interview with Tunisian writer and former diplomat Abdallah Amami:

In the twilight of the Bourguida era (first President of the Republic of Tunisia. In office from July 25, 1957 to 7 November 1987) Saudi Arabia's Wahhabi religious establishment flooded libraries in Tunisia—as in the rest of the Muslim world—with Qurans and books propagating its particular [virulent] brand of Islam.

Before the Saudis, there was Zeitouna

March 17 - What to Wear? Men vs. Women!

The Prophet was not only into telling people what to believe and how to behave but also what they should wear for this or that occasion. For example he mandated that a woman be veiled when answering the call of nature in nature so as to hide her identity from males doing the same thing within close proximity.

God's Messenger was not only concerned how women dressed but men as well. Take for instance his dress code for a Muhrim, a man who is not eligible to wed the females in his presence because of his suckling their breast milk.

Narrated Ibn Umar:

A person asked Allah's Apostle, "What should a Muhrim wear?"

He replied, "He should not wear shirts, trousers, a burnus (a hooded cloak), or clothes which are stained with saffron or Wars (a kind of perfume). Whoever does not find a sandal to wear can wear Khuffs, but these should be cut short so as not to cover the ankles"

Bukhari 8.362

Unlike believing women, modern believing men tend to be less concerned about what they wear, except when going on Pilgrimage, when conditions don't call for it or times have changed. It may be this practical less sheepish aspect of the believing male's personality that endeared him to his Maker.

March 11 - Why indeed!

Why did thousands have to die before Boko Haram was taken seriously?

Globe and Mail, Mar 11

Part of the problem, in my opinion, was Amnesty International which, until recently, very much painted the Nigerian military as the villain every time it engaged Boko Haram. The organisation seems to have a problem differentiating between the likes of Boko Haram and opposition from armed groups with legitimate grievances and with whom you can negotiate.

I am not suggesting that they give the military a pass, but they should understand the problems they face fighting what is very much a death cult whose members not only seek to kill you but to be killed (surrender is not an option for them) and thereby gain instant, no questions asked, access to Paradise.

March 9 - Ivana Hoffman and the Women of Sumer

German national Ivana Hoffman, 19, died Saturday while fighting with the Kurds against Islamic State. More women like her will be needed to save the civilization smart women invented and which stupid women would destroy.

Feb 15 - Copenhagen Attacks

There is a brutal logic in Islamists attacks on freedom of speech and expression for it leaves their religion vulnerable to ridicule more than any other mainstream religion e.g. abrogation.

Feb 12 - Three Murders and Two Accusations

Student killings a rallying cry for alienated Muslim Americans,

Omar El Akkad, Globe and Mail, Feb 12, 2014,

Multiple murders are almost a daily occurrence in the United States and are rarely about religion, so the police and the wife of the shooter should be given the benefit of the doubt when they say it was a dispute over a parking spot.

As to your reference to opposition of a mosque at ground zero as another sign of persecution of Muslims, the opposition was justified considering that whenever Islam achieves a significant victory over its adversaries it builds a mosque that seeks to both commemorate the occasion and dominate the site of its triumph.

Shouting at Dead People at Ground Zero

Then there was the student opposition to Duke University's plan to allow the broadcast of the Call to Prayer from the chapel bell tower on Fridays, which you again contextualize as being anti-Muslim. Islam is the proselytizing faith par-excellence, and the brazen Call to Prayer is central to that effort of getting converts.

Feb 3 - Lessons in Cruelty

ISIS ... releases lavish video of Jordanian pilot being TORCHED to death in a cage,

Daily Mail, Feb 3

Sadists in the making

Jan 21 - Shades of Things to Come

Since the massacre at Charlie Hebdo, and the implicit and explicit attacks on freedom of expression which followed, there has been an increased interest in A Bad Case of Dogmatic Distress, Act I of the unfinished black comedy Remembering Uzza.

It's now been almost five years since my discovery of the hypothetical (but perhaps not for much longer) mental disorder, Dogmatic Distress Syndrome, DDS for short.

Jan 11 - The Meaning of Silence and the New York Times

In Nigeria, new Boko Haram suicide bomber tactic: ‘It’s a little girl’

The New York Times News Service, Jan 10, 2015

Far be it for me to criticize the New York Times' reporting, but in suggesting that a ten year old girl may not have consented to blowing herself up and killing at least twenty people at an outdoor market is beside the point.

Under Sharia law, the legal age a female can make an informed choice is nine years old. If she said nothing because she did not know what was being asked of her, under Islamic law she is deemed to have given her approval. This is based on a response by the Prophet to a question about a virgin consenting to a marriage by remaining silent.

Narrated Abu Huraira:

The Prophet said, "A matron should not be given in marriage except after consulting her; and a virgin should not be given in marriage except after her permission."

The people asked, "O Allah's Apostle! How can we know her permission?"

He said, "Her silence (indicates her permission)."

Bukhari 62.67

Jan 10 - Another Faustian bargain in the offing?

Thank you for your offer to help get my manuscript published. I understand your caution about not taking anything for granted. As you explained, “With the new race and religious hate laws coming through” after the London bombings “it could be considered illegal if Pain, Pleasure and Prejudice is deemed an attack on a person’s religious belief.”

From Letter to a Publisher

French Prime Minister declares 'war' against radical Islam

The New York Times News Jan. 10 2015

Will France's war against extremism be like the one conducted in Britain after the subway bombings, a phony war to disguise a Faustian bargain?

Jan 7 - Charlie Hebdo Slaughter

Today, gunmen shouting Allahu Akbar! (Arabic for “God is great”) shot dead 12 people at the Paris offices of the magazine Charlie Hebdo for satirizing God's self-proclaimed last and greatest spokesperson, the Prophet Muhammad, and his fanatical followers.

Killed by Idiots

The Example of the Prophet

Getting to Know Allah - The Cartoon Protests

A Dedication

2014

Dec 27 Self-Radicalization: Middleman Not Required

The Koran is a short book by holy book standards, 300 hundred pages of clear, precise unambiguous instructions, give or take a page depending on the font and the translation ... more

Dec 16 - The Koran and the murder of Children

Scores of children dead in Taliban school attack in Pakistan At least 126 people, most of them children, were killed on Tuesday when Taliban gunmen stormed a school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar,

Reuters and Associated Press, Dec 16

Suicide bomber disguised in school uniform kills 48 students at Nigerian school,

Associated Press, Nov. 10

The Koran, with the story of Moses and a journey he undertook with a fellow by the name of Khidr sets out in revelation 18:80 one condition when children must be killed.

Whether the children murdered by the Taliban and Boko Haram respectively met that singular merciless criteria or were slaughtered under a more general edict pertaining to the elimination of Allah's enemies, real and imaginary, is unclear.

Dec 1 - Assad, the Lesser Evil

Mass Executions in Syria by Rebels May Be War Crimes

UN News Centre, January 16, 2014

The Assad government is the Christians' of Syria only hope of survival. They are damned by Allah, and that is reason enough for Islamic State to deal with them brutally, including crucifixion, as was witnessed in Raqqah.  

9:30 The Jews say: “Ezra is the son of Allah”, and the Christians say: “The Messiah is the son of Allah.” That is their statement, by their mouths; they emulate the statement of the unbelievers of yore. May Allah damn them; how they are perverted!

Nov 24 - Stoning Is For Inferiors

ANKARA, Turkey -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has set off a new controversy, declaring that women are not equal to men and accusing feminists of not understanding the special status that Islam attributes to mothers

Associated Press, Nov 24, 2014

2:228 Divorced women should keep away from men for three menstrual periods. And it is not lawful for them to conceal that which Allah has created in their wombs, if they truly believe in Allah and the Last Day. Their husbands have the right in the meantime to take them back, should they seek reconciliation; and women have rights equal to what is incumbent upon them according to what is just, although men are one degree above them (what is meant here is that the men have a superior authority). Allah is Mighty, Wise.

Who is more likely to be stoned to death!

Nov 22 - Knowledge To Save Your Life

Al Shabaab executes 28 non-Muslims on Kenyan bus ... three of the group led out to be killed saved their lives by reciting verses of the Koran for the militants

Reuters, Nairobi November 22

Sooner or later in may be in all our interest to heed Boom-Boom's advice and commit a few of Allah's revelations to memory.

Boom-Boom: What is your favourite verse of the Koran?

Johnny: I don’t have one.

Boom-Boom: Sure you do. In this day and age everybody does. Your life may depend on it. One day you will be walking down a dark, deserted street and a man will approach you, not to ask you for money, but to ask you to recite a verse from the Koran and your ability to correctly recite a verse from that book will determine whether you live or die. Tell me you at least know the Shahadah?

For the 79 victims (including 29-year-old Canadian diplomat Annemarie Desloges) of al-Shabab (The Youths) at Nairobi's Westgate Mall, knowing the name of the Prophet’s mother was the difference between life and death.

Anyone who said Amina was spared. It was perhaps a fitting question, in a perverse sort of way, for the Prophet's mother and father were the only pagans to whom Allah was Merciful.

Oct 16 - The Brave and the Cowardly

Pakistan’s first woman sentenced to death for blasphemy loses appeal … two top Pakistani politicians who sought to intervene on her behalf were gunned down.

Lahore, Reuters, Oct 16

YouTube and Katy Perry's Dark Horse

Oct 12 - Plagues and The Prophet

If it's any comfort, believers who die from plagues such as Ebola, if they stayed put, will be considered martyrs with all the extras that entails.

Narrated Aisha:

I asked Allah's Apostle about the plague.

He said, "That was a means of torture which Allah used to send upon whom-so-ever He wished, but He made it a source of mercy for the believers, for anyone who is residing in a town in which this disease is present, and remains there and does not leave that town, but has patience and hopes for Allah's reward, and knows that nothing will befall him except what Allah has written for him, then he will get such reward as that of a martyr."

Bukhari 77.616

Not travelling, if you have symptoms of a contagious deadly disease is definitely uncharacteristic good advice that should be heeded by believers and unbelievers alike.

Oct 2 - A Primordial Fear and Discrimination

Australian Parliament’s ban on veiled visitors insulting, critics charge. Visitors who wear face veils to Australia’s Parliament House have been restricted to enclosed galleries.

The Associated Press, Oct 2.

If someone rang my door bell wearing a mask, I wouldn't open the door.

Canadian Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs Josée Verner, March 2010.

Sept 7 - Confronting the Horrible Truth

Justice for Rape Victims - Kabul v. Rotherham

Aug 16 - Why advisers on religion should be atheists

You may remember Baroness Sayeeda Warsi from a posting about her and women like her who seek to change a society which considers them equal by giving a larger role in public affairs to a religion which does not.

The Baroness has resigned as Minister of Faith in David Cameron’s Cabinet because of what she says is a “morally indefensible responses” to the crisis in Gaza, going as far as suggesting (if not encouraging), that it could trigger more terrorist attacks on British soil.

I believe, that if you are going to have a Minister of Faith in the Cabinet, he or she should be an atheist so that every religion gets the respect it deserves and the Prime Minister impartial advice on religious matters.

Aug 14 - Crucifixions Compared

The reported Crucifixions carried out by IS holy warriors may not have been only of Christians but of apostates.

How can you tell if it was a Christian or an apostate who was crucified?

If the apostate was crucified in Allah's recommended manner, he or she would first have had a hand and foot, on alternate sides, chopped off. This gruesome punishment which is part, in one form or another, of all mainstream schools of Sharia law is based on a number of revelations including what Pharaoh said He would do to his apostate magicians in the here-and-now.

20:71 He (Pharaoh) said: “Do you believe in him (Moses) before I give you leave? It must be your chief who has taught you magic. I shall then cut your hands and feet on alternate sides, and I will crucify you upon the trunks of palm trees, and you will certainly know whose punishment is sterner and more lasting.”

June 29 - The Indecent Silence

Libya in shock after murder of human rights activist Salwa Bugaighis

Salwa Bugaighis was stabbed and shot through the head by gunmen who broke into her house in the eastern city of Benghazi, wounding a security guard and abducting her husband, who remains missing.

The Guardian, June 26, 2013

Why you may not have heard about this murder.

June 28 - Honour Killings!

Whose Honour?

May 23 - Rocks from heaven

On late Friday night into Saturday morning, North America will likely see a brand new meteor shower called the Camelopardalids – with a compelling chance that these gentle shooting stars could become a torrential meteor storm and provide quite a light show.

Washington Post

Tonight could see the greatest confrontation between angels and jinns in decades. In the Koran (37:10) meteors are rocks thrown by the angel at jinns flying up to heaven to eavesdrop on Allah's conversations with them.

April 19 - Good Friday

My wife and I, and another couple, on Good Friday, were dinner guests of a delightful Muslim hostess. She made us her country's national dish, couscous. Thinking we were observant of the old customs, she made it with fish. How thoughtful.

April 8 - Preventing Another Holocaust

From credible accounts of a Jewish woman attempting to poison God's Messenger, Islamic scholars, and I use the word advisably here, have reached the implausible conclusion that it was this attempt on their Prophet's life which caused his death four years later.

The Church, by blaming the Jews for the death of Jesus made it easier for those who perpetrated the holocaust to go about their business with a clear conscience. The Christian churches have learned their lessons, and the Romans of antiquity are now correctly identified as those who caused the death of the Christians' Jewish Messiah.

Islam should do the same and admit, based on more credible hadith evidence, that their Messiah's death was an accident and not a Jewish woman's fault. It might even prevent another holocaust.

March 16 - Limiting Brainwashing to the Sanctity of the Home

China and the Uighurs

March 9 - A Special Madness

Hollywood blockbuster 'Noah' faces ban in Arab world … Islam frowns upon representing holy figures in art …

Cairo, Reuters March 8, 2014

Actually, Islam, the Sunni variety, frowns on any type of art form where humans or animals are depicted, but you already knew that.

Noah, in the Koran is quite the power-hungry buffoon, and like most of the important people from the Hebrew Bible whom Allah invited to strut their stuff in his Koran, a mass-murderer who calls on Allah to bring death and destruction to his people for thinking him a fraud, and which the author of the Koran was more than happy to oblige.

There may be more than meets the eye in Islamic scholars not wanting to give Noah and other interlopers from the Bible too much exposure; it might get people interested in what Allah revealed they actually said and did, and who knows where that will lead.

The depiction of a life-like Noah in a movie is not expected to provoke the massive hysterical reaction witnessed after the publication of cartoons of another of god's self-proclaimed spokesperson.

March 5 - Terrorists' Trouble with Truces

Pakistani Taliban announces one-month cease-fire

Associated Press, March 1, 2014

At least 11 killed in brazen attack on Pakistani court

Reuters, March 3, 2014

One reason Islamic terrorist groups have difficulty in enforcing a truce is the Prophet granting every Muslim the equivalent of a licence to kill other Muslims at his discretion. It all has to do with your interpretation of God's Will, and a feeling that Judgement Day is at hand.

Narrated Ali:

I heard the Prophet saying, "In the last days (of the world) there will appear young people with foolish thoughts and ideas. They will give good talks, but they will go out of Islam as an arrow goes out of its game, their faith will not exceed their throats. So, wherever you find them, kill them, for there will be a reward for their killers on the Day of Resurrection."

Bukhari 54.577

The Prophet's invitation to murder young people who would think outside the box he and Allah constructed for the believers, is in keeping with his Patron's invectives against would-be-reformers.

Feb 22 - Those damn, smarter-than-asses, American college girls!

Aisha said [to Muhammad]: "You have made us equal to the dogs and the asses."

Muslim 4:1039

I do not envy the angel who has to, again, inform the Prophet in his grave, after he preached during his lifetime that women were as dumb asses, if not dumber, that another young women, a sophomore of all people, won the Jeopardy College Tournament, bettering two seniors of the gender his Patron in His Koran said were superior to females in everything by at least one degree.

You go girl, and don't let anything that hateful man said stop you!

An Islamist's Worse Fear

Jan 30 - Reaping what you sow!

About a million people in the Central African Republic - 20% of the population - have fled their homes during months of communal violence after Seleka (Muslims) rebels seized power last March.

BBC News January 30, 2014

And the killing started, and now Christians are killing Muslims. How did we come to this?

In the beginning, a man came along preaching that his father loved everyone and we should all love each other unconditionally.

600 years later, another man came along and said that the first man had not only lied about his relationship with God, but misinterpreted His message; that God only loves those who submit to His Will and hates everyone else, and so should those who submit to His Will, the most accepted meaning of Muslim.

Hate, it would seem, triumphs over love. It could not be any other way, for hate today comes well-armed and ready to kill and terrorize.

Christians, whom the Koran encourages the believers to despise, if not kill if they refuse to humbly pay the right-to-live tax (the jizya), are learning that in order to survive to love another day, they must adopt the haters' tactics.

Jan 14 - Women, why do you even bother?

Anthony Bourdain and a Female Doctor at a Libyan Barbecue

2013

Dec 29 - The most harmful affliction known to man

Female suicide bomber kills 14 at Russian rail station.

LA Times, Dec 29, 2013

Female suicide bombers kill dozens in suicide blasts on Moscow subway

Globe and Mail, March 29, 2010

[Female] Suicide bomber kills 46 in Baghdad

Globe and Mail, Feb. 01, 2010

The Prophet said, "After me I have not left any affliction more harmful to men than women." Bukhari 62.33

Allah and His Messenger may share the same low opinion of females considering the place He has reserved for them; even females who committed mass-murder on His behalf get a place in Paradise that is not that much different from the daily existence of the vast majority of women of Saudi Arabia.

I hope the girls and women who kill and die for a better life in heaven are not too disappointed.

Dec 20 - Winging It!

Angels don’t have wings, Catholic Church expert says.

Globe and Mail Dec 20, 2013

Both Allah and His Messenger would beg to disagree:

35:1 Praise be to Allah, Originator of the heavens and the earth, Who appointed the angels as messengers, having wings twofold, threefold and fourfold. He increases the creation as He wills. Allah, indeed, has power over everything.

The Prophet said: "When Allah has ordained some affair in the Heaven, the angels beat with their wings in obedience to His statement, which sounds like a chain dragged over a rock."

Bukhari 60.223

Dirty old buggers

Sept 29 - Weekend Massacres

At least 42 students killed, 18 injured in Nigeria college attack

Associated Press Sept 29

An explosion has ripped through a market in the north-western Pakistani city of Peshawar, leaving at least 33 dead and dozens wounded.

BBC Sept 29

At least 26 killed in blast in Shia mosque south of Baghdad, just hours after suicide car bombing kills 11 in Erbil.

Al-Jazeera Sept 29

Friday is Islam’s Koran heavy day of worship and exhortation to persevere in bringing about Allah's Kingdom on earth. This may explain why holy warriors tend to commit their acts of terrorisms and mass-murder the next day, or the day after.

Sept 22 - From Heretics to Christians

A pair of suicide bombers blew themselves up outside a 130-year-old church in Pakistan after Sunday Mass, killing at least 78 people in the deadliest attack on Christians in the predominantly Muslim South Asian country ... Explosions struck the historic white-stone All Saints Church in the city of Peshawar as hundreds of parishioners, many of them women and children, streamed out of the building.

Reuters, Sept 22, 2013

At least 68 people have been killed and 175 injured in an attack by militants on a shopping centre in Kenya's capital, Nairobi.

BBC Sept 22

Since the Iraq invasion al-Qaeda’s primary focus has been on killing heretics e.g. Shias. This week, it is Kenyan and Pakistani Christians that have borne the brunt of Allah’s murderous rage. Has there been a shift in strategy by al-Qaeda and its affiliates?

Most likely, it is meant to attract followers who will not kill other Muslims, but are willing to slaughter those whom Allah considers perverts for insisting He shares power with a son.

August 18 - Pro-Morsi Protests

The people who protested Saturday on the streets of Montréal for a return of Morsi to power because he had been democratically elected are deluding themselves.

In the perfect society envisioned by the perfect human being democracy has no place; and given time, Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood would have given shape to the Prophet’s vision, at the expense of whatever democratic progress Egypt made, as was done after the overthrow of the Shah of Iran.

The Challenge of Political Islam

July 24 - Vesicovaginal Fistula

Nigeria: Islamic and secular laws clash; senator married to child obstructs vote on age

“By Islamic law any woman that is married, she is of age, so if you now say she is not of age then it means that you are going against Islamic law,” declared [senator] Yerima.

Washington Post, July 23, 2013

"Every Nigerian should bow his or her head in shame because instead of crushing the head of the lustful beast that seeks to fornicate with our children, to steal their virtues and to destroy their future, what the Senate did the other day was to compromise with and cater for the filthy appetites and godless fantasies of a bunch of child molesters and sexual predators,”

Femi Fani-Kayode, chief and former Cabinet Minister, in a letter to The Vanguard, a Nigerian newspaper:

Pedophilia is more than a moral or religious issue.

July 14 - Thinking of Women with Guns

The most senior female police officer in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, and a symbol of improving women’s rights in the face of Taliban hostility, [Lt Islam Bibi, 37] has been shot dead [outside her home].

Her death came as four girls were also killed in a roadside blast in Helmand … the four girls, said to be aged between seven and twelve, were attending a wedding in Lashkar Gah and had gone to collect water from a stream when the explosives detonated.

BBC New, July 4, 2013

A more visible and orderly way will be found to execute, as was done the last time around, boisterous girls and females of all ages who dared to leave the home to work and attend classes, once the Taliban has murdered or negotiated its way back into power.

The more than 10,430 (International Crisis Group) religious fanatic factories that are the madrassas (Islamic religious schools) of Pakistan alone are sufficient to ensure that the supply of Students of the Koran (the meaning of Taliban) will always exceed the capacity of the forces sent to eradicate them. So how do we give the women Afghanistan a fighting a chance to save their lives?

Perhaps it’s time to think about arming the free women of Afghanistan so that they will be able to fight for their lives once the Students of the Koran reimpose the authority of the most vengeful of gods on that forsaken country.

May 14 - Women ...

Female fans flock to Tsarnaev

CNN May 14

The Prophet said, "Isn’t the witness of a woman equal half that of a man?"

The women said, "Yes."

He said: "This is because of the deficiency of the woman’s mind."

Bukhari

Stupid Women, Smart Women, Shambat

April 23 - Perils of being a believer's wife

The widow of Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev didn't know about the plot, her lawyer says.

CNN April 23

And if she did know, can you blame her if she did not inform the authorities.

The best a married women like the wife of Tamerlan Tsarnaev can expect in the Islamic Hereafter is to be re-united with her husband, and his harem of blushing maidens and houris, his reward for killing and maiming so many of Allah’s alleged enemies i.e. unbelievers of whatever age or sex. That is, if she did not try to discourage him from doing what he did in the name of Allah.

A not insignificant downside of being the wife of a believer is that if the husband is unhappy with a wife during their life together in the here-and-now, it’s into the blazing Fire with her; and should her husband do anything to elicit Allah’s displeasure she will share the blame and will be joining him in Hell.

March 12 - Making a non-relative huggable

Iran's Ahmadinejad draws ire for taboo hug

Senior Iranian clerics have scolded President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for consoling Hugo Chavez’s mother with a hug – a physical contact considered a sin under Iran’s strict Islamic codes.

“Touching a non-mahram [a woman who is not a close relative] is forbidden under any circumstances, whether shaking hands or touching by the cheek,” said one of the clerics,”

The Globe and Mail. March 12

Not "under any circumstances". Under another quirky disposition of Sharia Law, if the mother of the deceased Venezuelan President had, during Ahmadinejad’s friendship with her son, suckled him, as unlikely as that seems, the hug would not have been a sin.

A tearful Ahmadinejad comforts a grieving mother with a hug and clerics from another world are all over him. Almost makes you feel sorry for the guy.

2012

November 11 - Return of the Slavers

When radical Islamists in northern Mali began chopping off the hands of accused thieves and stoning unwed couples to death, the world was shocked by the brutality...

The first to be persecuted were Mali’s most vulnerable people: the descendants of slaves. As northern Mali falls under the control of Islamist and separatist rebels, traditional forms of discrimination and slavery are making a disturbing return...

Globe and Mail, November 11, 2012

March 4 - No Resting Place

British war graves in Libya desecrated by Islamist militants

The Observer, March 4, 2012

Today, it’s a cemetery containing the remains of British soldiers who died fighting in a foreign land and were buried where they fell; tomorrow it may be a cemetery closer to home.

2011

December 26 - Christians at Risk!

12 killed in attacks on two churches in Nigeria.

They were the latest strikes against Christians in the region ... More than 30 people died in a wave of Christmas Day attacks in the north last year, blamed on Boko Haram.

CNN, December 26, 2012

October 25 - The Ties That Bind

Afghanistan would support Pakistan in war with U.S., Karzai says

Globe and Mail, October 23, 2011

There are no stronger bonds than those that bind co-religionists. Not even family:

9:23 O believers, do not take your fathers and brothers as friends, if they prefer disbelief to belief. Those who take them as friends are the wrongdoers.

5:55 Your only friends are Allah, His Messenger and those who believe, performing the prayer and giving the alms, while they bow down.

2010

Dec 30 - A happy, safe and prosperous New Year

As we celebrate the end, and the beginning of the Julian year, a reminder that measuring the length of a year based on the time it takes the earth to complete a full orbit of its sun does not have the Koran's approval.

When it comes to measuring the macro passage of time, Allah is somewhat old-fashion. If His calendar, with its 354 days year was good enough for Stone Age man, then it should be good enough for us.

Dec 14 - Where Sweden's first suicide bomber became radicalized

Britain's Radical Factories

Dec 7 - "In retaliation there is life for you..."

Sohrab on the execution of Shahla Jahed

April 3 - Taliban suicide bombers kill 42 (Sufis) at Pakistan shrine AP

Sufis also worship Allah through song and dance.

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Logic and the Sharia

Abu Hanifah (b. 700 - d. 767) was once accused of using logic to arrive at his fatwas ("a ruling on a point of Islamic law") which would eventually be incorporated into a school of law named after him, the Hanafi Madhhab.

In a conversation with the great Imam Muhammad al-Baqir, related by Muhammad Mojlum Khan in his The Muslim 100 - The Lives, Thoughts and Achievements of the Most Influential Muslims in History, Hanifah refuted the claim that reason played any part in his rulings, using as an example the revealed truth (an immutable fact revealed to a mortal by a god) about a male being entitled to a larger share of an inheritance.

4:11 Allah commands you, with respect to your children, that the male shall inherit the equivalent of the share of two females…

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Hanifah: "Who is weaker, man or woman?"

Baqir: "Woman."

Hanifah: "Which of them is entitled to larger share in inheritance?"

Baqir: "The Man."

Hanifah: "If I had been making deductions by analogy, I should have said that the woman should get the larger share, since on the face of it the weaker one is entitled to more consideration. But I have not said so."

The Hanafi Madhhab is considered by many the most "progressive" of the four mainstream Sunni schools of Islamic jurisprudence and the most widely followed; noteworthy countries include India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Egypt.

The century old upstart fundamentalist Salafi school or creed, which is closely associated with the Wahhabi doctrine promoted by the Saudis and is the Law of Islamic State, incorporates the most dogmatic elements of the four mainstream madhhab.

Saudi propaganda aside, and Islamic State's successes notwithstanding, Salafism is growing in popularity because of its simple message of creating a universal brotherhood of men by returning to the original ways of Islam, to the time of the Prophet and his companions, and the willingness of its hardcore elements to to what God's Messenger did to make it so.

Narrated Abu Huraira:

Allah's Apostle said, "I have been sent with the shortest expressions bearing the widest meanings, and I have been made victorious with terror (cast in the hearts of the enemy), and while I was sleeping, the keys of the treasures of the world were brought to me and put in my hand."

Bukhari 52.220

A Medieval Way of Saving your Daughters

Planet wide, societies are undergoing fundamental changes which only those who have read the Book can fully appreciate. The Koran, in conjunction with the example of the Prophet, is slowly e.g. Europe (in some places not so slowly e.g. Africa and the Middle East) inexorably changing how people ... continue

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