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NOVEMBER 1 - DECEMBER 31
Dec 31 - An Inescapable Truth
Nigeria's most senior Muslim cleric has rejected a new gender equality bill, which proposes that women and men inherit an equal share.
The Sultan of Sokoto, Mohamed Sa'ad Abubakar, said Muslims would not accept the violation of Islamic law guaranteeing men a greater share.
Speaking at a Koranic recitation ceremony in northern Zamfara state, the sultan said: "Our religion is our total way of life. Therefore, we will not accept any move to change what Allah permitted us to do."
BBC, Dec 28, 2016
Dec 27/30 - Death of a Prophet, Birth of a Cult
Dec 27 - A Hundred Years of Nothing
Dec 28 - The Antichrist in Palestine
Dec 29 - Three Murders and Two Desecrations
Dec 30 - The Catalyst
Dec 26 - Mary and the Dome of the Rock
Mother and Messenger
Dec 25 - The Xmas Question Since 2006
Mary is the only woman whom Allan mentions by name in His Koran. This begs the question: Who Venerates Her More: Muslims or Christians?
Dec 24 - Accusations of Treachery on Christmas Eve
Following is my response to a reader who sent me a hate filledl diatribe by Anne Bayefsky the director of the Touro Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust accusing the United Nations and Obama of treachery for allowing the vote condemning Israeli settlements.
The betrayer here is Israel.
It's a betrayal of the victims of the Holocaust by a land grab which has squandered the biggest reservoir of empathy a country could hope for; a betrayal which today threatens its very existence.
By now linking its fate to a feckless, depraved opportunistic believer instead of reflecting on what its real friends, like President Obama are trying to do, it risks its imminent destruction,– what will this be, the third or the fourth – and possibly the last.
Extremism comes in many forms, and what Israel is doing here is Deuteronomy-like extremism minus the actual call to genocide. It must be condemned by all if it will bring the country to its senses before it is too late; just like Islamic extremism must be condemned by both believers and unbelievers if we are to have any hope.
I am sorry I can't agree with you on the eve of the greatest Christian celebration of the year, but Merry Christmas to you and your family. We always love to hear from you, no matter what.
Dec 23 - Of Trees & the Meaning of Christmas
Until Allah set him straight on the true meaning of Christmas (see previous entry), Muhammad, who was familiar with Christianity, might have celebrated the birth of Jesus much the same way Christians do today, except perhaps for the Christmas tree.
The Koran actually contains a reference to conifers ,the most common type of tree illuminated at Christmas time.
36:80 It is He Who produces fire from green trees for you; and behold you are kindling flames from it.
Trees in the Koran
Dec 22 - The Christmas Story in the Koran
Mary and the Birth of Jesus
Dec 21 - Why Jesus Had To Be Diminished
Allah does a credible job in His Book in reducing Jesus' status and elevating Muhammad as the apple of His eye and not the man whom Christians claim is His son and who made a complete mess of His Message.
The entire concept of the Koran is based on a simple premise: God had gotten fed up with sending his messages on how we should live and how He should be worshipped via prophets who did not communicate His message accurately or were misunderstood by a less than receptive audience.
God’s patience had run out. He would send one last messenger, his greatest messenger, with his final instructions for mankind: the Koran. Anyone who did not heed the instructions of this ultimate and unsurpassed messenger was doomed to an eternity in Hell.
There was only one problem with this latest divine plan for getting humanity to behave: Jesus. If God had already come down to earth to deliver his message personally in the person of Jesus, then sending another messenger with a final message from God made no sense.
If Muhammad’s claim to be the last and greatest messenger of God was to have any credibility, the Christian claim that Jesus was the Son of God had to be discredited.
Dec 20 - It's Christmas Time, Be Wary
The US State Department alerted US citizens in November to the heightened risk of terrorist attacks throughout Europe, especially during the holiday season. The alert, which encouraged citizens to be cautious at the holiday festivals, expires on February 20.
CNN Dec 19, 2016
So-called Islamic State (IS) has said it was behind Monday's lorry attack on a Berlin Christmas market, which left 12 people dead and 49 injured.
BBC, Dec. 20, 2016
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!
Allah's antipathy towards those He considers perverts for saying Jesus is His Son and the West's careless unquestioning acceptance of those who agree means that we all must now be vigilant so as to avoid a time of joy becoming a time of sorrow.
* The Jews used to "confer the title of 'son of God' to a person whose piety has placed him in a very near relationship to God." Encyclopedia of Judaism
6:1 Now it came about, when men began to multiply on the face of the land, and daughters were born to them, 2 that the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves, whomever they chose.
Ezra is such a figure having brought the Torah back to Jerusalem from Babylon. It does not in any way imply that the person is a direct descendent of the Almighty.
Either Allah confused the meaning of sons of God in Genesis or heard the Jews referring to one of their own as a son of God and assumed the worse.
Dec 19 - Once Upon a Time in Jerusalem
Trump moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem would not be as upsetting to the Palestinians if the city was as welcoming to the Muslims as the Muslims were to the Jews when they were in control of the city they consider their common heritage.
Numerous signs point to the existence of a primitive, inter-confessional "community of Believers" that welcomed Jews and apparently even Christians to full membership, so long as they subscribed to a simple profession of faith in "God and the Last Day."
Muhammad does not appear to have been understood at this stage as a prophet of unique stature but was viewed instead as an eschatological (end of the world) herald who have been sent to warn the descendents of Abraham before the final judgment of the Hour.
Unsurprisingly, the eschatological hopes of these early Believers looked to Jerusalem and Palestine, the Promised Land of their common inheritance, as the sacred landscape within which God would soon realize the climax of history.
Stephen J. Shoemaker, The Death of a Prophet - The End of Muhammad's Life and the Beginnings of Islam, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012
Seventh century Muslims even considered Mary, the mother of Jesus, a Messenger of Allah. Her demotion is the subject of our Boxing Day posting.
Dec 18 - A Sad Reminder in the Deplorable Murder of Two Sisters
On Friday, two Somali-Canadian sisters were murdered in Ottawa. About one of the sisters, the Ottawa Citizen reported:
Nasiba Noor was remembered as a devoted teacher of the Qur’an by those who worked with her at a west-end alternative Islamic school.
According to her online biography, Nasiba Noor taught Islamic Studies to girls in grades 5 through 8 at the Tarbiyah Learning Centre on Moodie Drive.
“She taught the Qur’an to many, including my daughter as well … Amazing individual,” wrote the school’s co-founder, Ghazala Choudhary on her Facebook profile.
“Nasiba believes that it is the right of every Muslim to have easy access to reciting and understanding the Qur’an."
A sad reminder that it is women as mothers and teachers who are responsible for beginning the indoctrination of children in the most violent hateful theology known to humankind.
Violence: The Koran v. the Bible
Dec 17 - Flat Out Smarter
Jean Soler, author of Dieu et moi ("God and Me", my translation) regretted in an interview in Le Point published December 12 that atheists, who he says tend to be smarter than believers, are ignored by the media.
Ignored by the media, absolutely. As to being smarter than the believers? Concerning those who still believe the earth is flat because their god says so, he may have a point.
Dec 16 - Saving Lives One Gamer at a Time
A Radical Deradicalization Program
Dec 15 - The Villain of Aleppo
Blame game starts as Aleppo's rebels fall
And there are those who do not want to stop. Here's a sample comment from the top JFS [Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, formerly known as the al-Nusra Front]-aligned cleric, Abu Yaqzan Al-Masri, in Aleppo:
"We won't compromise over our religion. We'll leave Aleppo on our own terms."
BBC News Dec 14, 2016
Dec 14 - If holy warriors had any decency…
Nigeria Maiduguri: Two 'young girls' used as human bombs
Two girls said to be aged seven or eight have been used to bomb a market in north-east Nigeria, killing at least one other person and wounding 18.
BBC December 12, 2016
In the last year of the war, Hitler sent teenagers, the Hitler Youth, to do a man's job. Boko Haram, Islamic State's subsidiary in West Africa is sending children, little girls.
Holy warriors everywhere should be appalled. Even Hitler did not sink this low.
The fact that children often fail to deliver on the promised slaughter of unbelievers, as happened here, makes the waste of their young lives in the cause of a cruel pitiless god even more inexcusable.
Dec 13 - Turning Down the Volume on the Adhan
Israel wants mosques to turn the volume down on the call to prayers with bill banning loudspeakers
Washington Post, Dec 12, 2016
Could it happen in Canada?
A Cautionary Tale
A number of options were considered to announce to the believers that it was again time to pray, before settling on the Adhan i.e. the call to prayer.
Narrated Ibn Umar:
When the Muslims arrived at Medina, they used to assemble for the prayer, and used to guess the time for it. During those days, the practice of Adhan for the prayers had not been introduced yet. Once they discussed this problem regarding the call for prayer. Some people suggested the use of a bell like the Christians, others proposed a trumpet like the horn used by the Jews, but Umar was the first to suggest that a man should call (the people) for the prayer; so Allah's Apostle ordered Bilal to get up and pronounce the Adhan for prayers.
You can do your own Adhan, if necessary. The LOUDER, the better!
Narrated Abdul Rahman:
Abu Sa'id Al-Khudri told my father, "I see you liking sheep and the wilderness. So whenever you are with your sheep or in the wilderness and you want to pronounce Adhan for the prayer raise your voice in doing so, for whoever hears the Adhan, whether a human being, a jinn or any other creature, will be a witness for you on the Day of Resurrection."
Abu Said added, "I heard it (this narration) from Allah's Apostle."
Dec 12 - Fear those who have not witnessed blood shed in Allah's Cause
The horrific violence experienced by many returning jihadists has done what deradicalization programs, which author David Thomson calls "a joke", could not do: transform holy warriors into pacifists.
Thomson is a former reporter with Radio France International (RFI) and author of "Les Revenants" (The Returners, my translation) a recently published book, which is reportedly flying off the shelves in France, about French citizens who joined Islamic State and who have, or are making their way back to civilization.
Dec 11 - Friends When In Need
Blast inside Cairo’s Coptic cathedral kills at least 25 ... most of them women and children, and injured 49, Egypt’s state television said.
Reuters Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016
The Coptic Church and Islam go way back. If it wasn't for the Coptic patriarch Muqawqis, also known as Cyrus of Alexandria a contemporary and admirer of the Prophet, the Muslim conquest of North Africa and Andalusia might have been stymied at the Nile.
Holy warriors are an unbelievers' friend when they need them, their mortal enemy when their assistance is no longer required. The Copts are one example, the Jews another.
Dec 10 -Could too many dead holy warriors cause Paradise to experience a shortage of virgins?
"As many as 50,000 ISIS fighters have been killed since the war against the terror group began", a senior US military official told CNN.
CNN, Dec 9, 2016
A cartoon showing a line of suicide bombers making their way up among the clouds to Paradise only to be told by a representation of the Prophet Muhammad to " "Stop, stop. We have run out of virgins" was part of the package of mostly innocent sketches of God's Messenger that got all those poor people at Charlie Hebdo massacred.
Ever since, some have wondered if Paradise could run out of virgins to satisfy a promise of 72 per holy warrior who die in Allah's Cause.
It's highly unlikely. The promised virgins i.e. the so-called houris are made to measure by Allah in the blink of an eye, as required; and unlike your natural-born variety, Allah's facsimile is a perpetual virgin whose hymen regenerates faster than any man can recover and be ready to start over.
They are also not, as you might expect, recycled after every sustained penetration and ejaculation which could cause a delay in production, but can be used and abused over and over again for an eternity and not be the worse for wear.
Dec 9 - Interpersonal Communication 101
We do not want any parallel societies and where they exist we have to tackle them.
Our laws have priority over honor codes, tribal and family rules, and over the Sharia. That has to be expressed very clearly.
That also means that with interpersonal communication, which plays a fundamental role here, we show our face.
This is why the full facial veil is inappropriate, and should be banded wherever it is legally possible. It does not belong in our country.
Dec 8 - It's Hatred Alright!
Sombre ceremonies mark 27th anniversary of Montreal Massacre
“On this sombre anniversary, let us reflect on what Canadians — women, men, and youth — can do to rid the country and the planet of the scourges of misogyny and gender-based violence,” Trudeau said.
There is never any mention of where much of this misogyny originates and the religion of the perpetrator; better to paint all men and all faiths with the same brush.
Yes, we get it Bernie, you don't like Muslims ...
A man whom I tell my troubles to today and a woman who listened to me then, know I love them.
This is not about hating people; it is about hating scriptures that demean both men and women, especially women in ways and at a level of intensity that, to my knowledge, is not found in holy writings of any other mainstream religion.
The fact that the Prophet did not let what he preached about women affect his behavior towards them, except on one reported occasion of which I am aware, is not a reason not to acknowledge the influence of his and his Mentor's words on the easily confused.
Dec 7 - Son of a Drop Dead Handsome Man
Narrated Abu Huraira:
I heard Allah's Apostle saying, "I am the nearest of all the people to the son of Mary, and all the prophets are paternal brothers, and there has been no prophet between me and him (i.e. Jesus)."
Dec 6 - Breaking the Bond
2017 promises to be a banner year for wanton death and destruction thanks, in large part, to the godsend that is Trump for those who want to end the war started about 1,400 years ago and those who want to win it once and for all.
With that grim prognosis in mind, I thought it appropriate to end 2016 with an introduction to the latest writings on the death of the acclaimed Prophet and the key events that shaped his legacy during the 100 years that followed his passing and which may have betrayed his ecumenical message. A message which at the time embraced all People of the Book, the Koran being simply the latest edition..
For example, did you know that the Muslim conquest of much of the Middle East was, except for Persia whose people were initially not considered a Book people, a relatively bloodless victory.
The non-Arab locals e.g. Jews and Christians of Palestine and Jerusalem in particular felt a kinship with the Muslims who believed in the same god they did, and offered little resistance.
This core belief of the three faiths was at the heart of the Muslim declaration of faith, the Shahadah, which in its beautiful simplicity said it all, for all of them: "There is no god but God."
It was only decades later that a caliph who, in an attempt to bring stability to an always fractious expanding empire and to increase revenues from the Jizya broke the bond between the three so-called great monotheistic faiths by making the Prophet the focus of the Faith along with Allah by adding the phrase "Muhammad is the Messenger of God"."
Yes, this is a controversial statement. But, perhaps, by more fully investigating how the first believers lived their faith and got along with the Jews and Christians, we can all learn how to live together again in at least a semblance of peace and harmony.
But before we get to those posting, which are bound to be interrupted by breaking developments where Islam is the newsmaker, the last in the series Son of a Drop Dead Handsome Man.
Dec 5 - Should Defeating the Islamists Be Like Defeating the NAZIs?
In the days following 9/11, John Stewart, on the Daily Show, speculated as to whether the attack called for a commitment of the type America made during the Second World War.
Fifteen years later, Trump, in picking retired Marine Gen. James Mattis for Secretary of Defense – a man he referred to as his "George Patton" – has obviously come around to that conclusion.
Mattis writes that the US is at a disadvantage because America's enemies are fighting "total war" while the United States is fighting "only limited wars."
CNN Dec 3, 2016
Dec 4 - Ohio State Attacker Diagnosed with DDS by Administrator
Sympathy for Ohio campus attacker's 'pain' triggers fury
Stephanie Clemons Thompson (Ohio State University) reportedly wrote on Facebook that students should "find compassion" for the "pain" of business student Abdul Razak Ali Artan.
Nearly 1,500 people had signed a petition by Friday morning calling for Ms Thompson to be fired.
Eleven people were injured in Monday's car and knife attack in Columbus.
"Think of the pain he must have been in to feel that his actions were the only solution," the assistant director of residence life wrote in the now-deleted Facebook post.
BBC Dec 4, 2016
The police, while praising Johnny MacDonald's aggressor for relieving his distress without actually killing Mr. MacDonald, would like to remind viewers that the law now provides for harsh penalties for those who would deliberately or even inadvertently cause a believer to experience a traumatic religious episode.
If it’s not too much trouble, if you are experiencing dogmatic distress because of something somebody said or wrote about your religion, please call the police and let the law deal with the cause of so much pain and discomfort.
From Remembering Uzza
It may be only of matter of time before the condition I chose to refer to as Dogmatic Distress Syndrome (DDS for short) in the long delayed sequel to The Fractured Nation Interviews becomes a defence for the most horrendous crimes done in the name of religion.
Dec 1 - Bring on Armageddon
The Coming War with Iran and the End of Israel
Nov 30 - Cartoons to Shame
There are women, who given a second chance in the West, of their own free, will chose to serve as living billboards for a religion that hates them. The latest, parading in the obscenity that is the burkini.
And then, there are the western feminists who pay it homage (see How Islamists are Smarter Than Andrea Horwath, Nov. 28) in support of the former.
And then, there are those who have no illusions.
This is the case for North-African female cartoonists who were invited by the BBC as part of its 100 Women Series to illustrate, through their art, some of the stuff that believing women here and their apologists would rather ignore.
Award-winning Egyptian cartoonist Doaa el-Adl uses a supermarket setting for her lambasting of the practice of wealthy Gulf men buying young Egyptian girls from impoverished families in rural areas to use and abuse and discard, an unwitting legacy perhaps of the perfect human being.
A cartoon from Tunisia, where lovable cats make a pathetic statement that has nothing to do with love is my favourite.