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2016

July 29 - Birds of a Feather 

The world’s at war, but not a war of religions, Pope Francis says

Krakow, Poland — The Associated Press

Of course he would say that!

Reads well, but shops would be very reluctant to stock something on this subject that isn't by a scholar or authority of some kind or other. If you could get some endorsements.

In looking to satisfy a publisher’s requirement that I obtain the endorsement of a religious scholar or authority of some type before they would consider publishing Pain, Pleasure and Prejudice, my wife's cousin, who was then Rector of Saint Paul University in Ottawa arranged for me to meet with an eminent European theologian and guest lecturer at the university who had written extensively on Islam and the Koran.

He asked if my book presented the Koran or the Prophet in a positive light. I said "no, not always". He refused to even read it and handed me back my manuscript.

His concern was that the Bible also contained questionable passages, and for him to endorse a book that contained even mild criticisms of the Koranic text was to invite retaliation in kind which would only benefit the enemies of religion.

The Pope, the archbishops, the ayatollahs, the mullahs, the rabbis ... all birds of a feather.

July 28 - Microterrorism

A priest in his mid-80s was killed with a knife and another hostage seriously wounded on Tuesday in an attack on a church in northern France carried out by assailants linked to Islamic State ... A police source said it appeared that the priest had his throat slit.

PARIS Reuters July 27 , 2016

A suspected Islamist attacker stabbed a French police commander to death outside his home and later killed his companion, a policewoman, in an attack claimed by Islamic State and denounced by the government as “an abject act of terrorism”.

PARIS — Reuters June 13, 2016

Microterrorism on a massive scale may turn out to be the most effective terror weapon of all. It's terror with only a cutting edge, or a thrusting point.

Children born into a traditional Muslim household, through observations and the performance of rituals where animals are horribly slaughtered, grow up comfortable killing with a knife.

This familiarity was evident in Islamic State being able to use raw recruits to casually behead hundreds, perhaps thousands of captives with only a knife at their disposal.

It's not enough to teach children how to kill animals, a skill which can easily be transferred to human. You have to overcome in humans a resistance to killing one's own kind even when you are told it is the right thing to do.

If you can't blow them up or shoot them, try to be alone with the infidel and crush his skull with a rock, knife him to death, run him over with your car, throw him off a cliff, strangle him, poison him … It does not matter whether he is a policemen or a civilian, the sentence is the same. They are our enemies and spilling their blood is justified. (my translation from the French)

Abou Mohammed Al-Adnani, Islamic State spokesman

That is where the Koran comes in.

Your future cold-blooded killer holding a sign in a London park demanding that those who "insult" an illiterate from the Dark Ages who would have us beleive he was on speaking terms with the Almighty tasked with delivering God's ultimate message for mankind.

July 27 - Obama's Half-Brother and Muslim Immigration

Obama’s half-brother says he will vote for Trump

Trump’s stance against Muslims coming in to the United States was understandable even to Muslims like himself, Malik said.

"I’m a Muslim, of course, but you can’t have people going around just shooting people and killing people just in the name of Islam"

Reuters, July 27

With an extended family which includes believers, President Obama is probably better acquainted with the tenets of Islam than any other previous occupant of the Oval Office. So, why is he against vetting prospective Muslim immigrants based on their support of the Sharia, as Trump would do if elected?

God's Law, the meaning of Sharia, does not recognize separation of Church and State while demanding the separation of the superior believers from the lesser until such a time that they can impose Allah's Will by force as Islam has done throughout its history as benefits a conquering religion which brooks no equal.

61:9 It is He Who sent His Messenger forth with the guidance and the religion of truth, to make it triumph over every religion ...

Islam was never a religion of peace. Islam is the religion of fighting. No-one should believe that the war that we are waging is the war of the Islamic State. It is the war of all Muslims, but the Islamic State is spearheading it.

It is the war of Muslims against infidels. There is no excuse for any Muslim not to migrate to the Islamic State ... joining is a duty on every Muslim. We are calling on you either to join or carry weapons [fight] wherever you are.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in an audio message made public May 14, 2015

Christianity's nemesis also threats women as inferiors, expects Christians and Jews to humbly pay a tax, the Jizya to Muslims for allowing them to live and breathe and expects homosexuals to be killed in the most horrible manner.

Unlike the Bible, the Koran contains no moral absolutes where unbelievers are concerned, including killing them and lying to them if it will advance Allah's Cause.

4:71 O believers, be on your guard; so march in detachments or march altogether.

4:72 Indeed, among you is one who will stay behind, so that if a disaster befalls you, he will say: “Allah has favoured me, since I have not been a martyr with them.”

4:73 If, however, a bounty from God comes to you, he will say, as though there was no friendship between you and him: “Would that I had been with them; then I would have won a great victory.”

Even if a test might prove ineffective in the majority of cases because of Allah condoning lying if it will make Islam triumph over every other religion sooner rather than later, I believe it is foolhardy not to test the level of commitment of adherents to a religion which targets all non-believers for assimilation or extermination.

Just do it, and let the Supreme Court decide if Islam is a religion which deserves the Constitutional guarantees available to non-malevolent faiths.

Muslim Immigration - 4 Questions

July 25 - Why Dead Children Don't Matter

More Afghan children were killed or injured in the first half of this year than in any six-month period since 2009, says the UN.

A total of 1,601 civilians deaths were recorded among all ages between January and June, of which 388 were children.

BBC News

Children have always been fair game in Allah's World as He made abundantly clear in holding up Khidr who kills a boy he fears will abandon Islam as a righteous example to emulate.

Indiscriminate mass-murderers in Allah's Cause may also take comfort in the words of Arnaud Amalric*, reprised by the apocryphal Muhammad Abdulla, that "god will sort out his own" should their victims be believing children who would not have abandoned the faith later in life.

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* Arnaud Amalric (died 1225) was a Cistercian abbot who took a prominent role in the Albigensian Crusade. He is remembered for supposedly advising a soldier, who was worried about killing orthodox Catholics instead of just heretic Cathars prior to the sack of Béziers, to simply kill everyone as God would sort it all out later. Wiki

July 24 - Murdering Those Who Wear Colourful Hats

Islamic State has said it was behind an attack on a protest march in the Afghan capital, Kabul, that killed 80 people and wounded 230.

The IS-linked Amaq news agency said two fighters "detonated explosive belts at a gathering of Shia" in Kabul.

The attack in Deh Mazang square targeted thousands from the Shia Hazara minority who were protesting over a new power line, saying its route bypasses provinces where many of them live.

BBC News July 23

They wore bright pillbox hats and clothes decked with silver. Rather than covering their faces, they stood still and watched me. I noticed how pale their skin was and their slender Mongolian eyes, unusual for Afghans. One of the girls smiled ... these people were the Hazara.

The Places in Between by Rory Stewart*

For a holy warrior of the Sunni persuasion, the girls colourful way of dressing and their behaviour was reason enough to murder the women and the men who will not enforce Allah's Law where females are concerned** let alone a demand for electricity and the modern conveniences that comes with it.

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* In January 2002 Rory Stewart walked across Afghanistan-surviving by his wits, his knowledge of Persian dialects and Muslim customs, and the kindness of strangers.

** Sex is a means to an end. It is Allah's way of gaining and rewarding the loyalty of men. Having come to the conclusion that men aspire to no higher ideals than to fornicate to their hearts content, He promises them sex in spades in this world and even more in the next if they will worship Him and only Him. Women’s loyalty, on the other hand, will be assured by making men their overlords ...

From Women and the Koran - A Devine Bias

July 23 - A Misconception About Suicide in Islam

A commentator on CNN said that the Munich shooting could not have been a terrorist attack for the shooter, in defiance of the teachings of the Koran, killed himself when his death would not advance Allah's Cause as is the case of suicide bombers who, in death, rid the world of a few or an overabundance of unbelievers.

Yes the Koran, in one revelation, does say "do not kill yourselves" but in the context of a commercial dispute.

4:29 O believers, do not consume your wealth illegally, unless there be trading by mutual agreement among you; and do not kill yourselves. Allah is indeed merciful to you!

In any event, whether the shooter did it because of Allah's demand that you "kill them wherever you find them" or was influenced by the murderous acts of true believers, or even Breivik who slaughtered young people to broadcast his opposition to Muslim immigration, there is no escaping the root cause.

July 22 - The New Reality

"They're Heeeere!"

From the movie Poltergeist

Munich shooting: Police say nine dead

German police are engaged in a huge anti-terror manhunt in the city of Munich after nine people died in a shooting at a shopping centre ...

The security forces have been on alert after a teenage migrant stabbed and injured five people on a train in Bavaria on Monday in an attack claimed by so-called Islamic State.

BBC News

Emigrating in the Cause of Allah

July 21 - Saudi Arabia, Pokémon No Go

Saudi Arabia renews fatwa for Pokémon Go ... Saudi Arabia's top clerics have renewed a religious edict that warns against playing Pokémon - this time as the wildly popular mobile phone application Pokémon Go.

The Telegraph, July 20

A reality game where children chase "digital critters" is not like the Prophet's child-bride playing with a winged horse, of which her husband approved knowing them to be real having flown on one to Paradise where he met with Allah and negotiated the obligatory prayers..

July 20 - Making Assad Look Good

Rebels 'filmed beheading boy' in Aleppo

Videos have emerged online that appear to show Syrian rebels taunting and then beheading a boy they say is a captured Palestinian pro-government fighter.

One video shows five men posing with the frightened child, who could be as young as 10, in the back of a truck.

One of the men grips him by the hair. The same man is later filmed apparently cutting the boy's head off.

BBC News July 19

This is again Muslims killing Muslims, and a child at that. Imagine what they would do to those whom Allah considers perverts should their protector be toppled.

Mass Executions in Syria by Rebels May Be War Crimes

UN News Centre, January 16, 2014

July 19 - The Lie About Honour Killings

The murder of Qandeel Baloch lifts the lid on misogyny in Pakistan

Shaista Aziz for the Globe and Mail July 18 

Honour killings in countries where Islam is the dominant religion seldom have anything to do with misogyny, but with the religion of peace's concept of self-respect or Ghira.

When a believer kills for honour's sake e. g. Shafia Honour Killings he is proving to Allah that he too has Ghira by murdering someone who indulged in what, out of self-respect, Allah declared sinful behavior.

This is not to say that the male-centric universe that Allah and the Prophet expound and praise, and the low esteem in which both hold females, especially God's Messenger, has not contributed to men killing women for other than to maintain their self-respect.

June 1 - The Real Obscenity

A Pakistani woman who was set on fire for refusing a marriage proposal has died of her injuries.

In February, Punjab province, where the attack on Miss Sadaqat happened, passed a landmark law criminalising all forms of violence against women. However, more than 30 religious groups, including all the mainstream Islamic political parties, threatened to launch protests if the law was not repealed.

Religious groups have equated women's rights campaigns with promotion of obscenity.

BBC June 1, 2016

The real obscenity is women advocating for a religion whose vilification of their sex promotes such a warped understanding of human rights.

What may have prompted Punjab province to criminalize "all forms of violence against women" is the rise in honour killings following the introduction of Sharia law in the 1980s. Nearly 1,100 women were reported murdered last year in Pakistan ("many more cases go unreported" under the honour pretense according to the country's independent Human Rights Commission.

Under Islamic law, a man can assuage his wounded pride by murdering the cause of his discombobulation and only have to pay the equivalent of a fine i.e. blood-money to the family of the person he murdered should they seek redress under God's law, the meaning of Sharia.

July 18 - Nice Massacre: A Quickie Radicalization

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said "the killer had apparently been radicalised very quickly" which is why  "he was not known to French intelligence services for radicalisation."

For the majority you can only be radicalized quickly if your upbringing conditioned you to heed the call to murder the unbelievers en masse. And when that call comes in earnest it may not be from a distant caliphate but from your neighbourhood minaret.

And there lies the dilemma for the West should it admit that there is a correlation between the proliferation of mosques and madrassas and radicalized youth and decide to do something about it. When it does, the clerics will have no choice but to invoke the third condition to fight the unbelievers to the death:  "To remove any government that will not allow the free practice of Islam within its borders"*.

In essence, for impeding their efforts, as demanded by the Koran, to make the religion of truth triumph over the losers  i.e. liars which are all of Faiths other than Islam in Allah's Book.

61:9 It is He Who sent His Messenger forth with the guidance and the religion of truth, to make it triumph over every religion ...

3:85 Whoever seeks a religion other than Islam, it will never be accepted from him, and in the Hereafter he will be one of the losers.

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* The other two conditions being 1. To defend a community or nation from aggressors. 2. To liberate people living under oppressive regimes.

Killing Unbelievers Halal

July 17 - Nice Massacre: Islam's Appeal to the Insecure

“He had problems with his body,” said [psychiatrist] Hamouda. “He said: ‘Why am I thin? I’m not happy with my body.’”

Reuters, July 17

It was narrated from Mu’aadh 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

The Prophet said, "Last night two men came to me (in a dream) and made me ascend a tree and then admitted me into a better and superior house, better of which I have never seen. One of them said, ‘This house is the house of martyrs.’"

Bukhari 52.49

56:22-24 And wide-eyed houris, Like hidden pearls; As a reward for what they used to do.

A made-to-measure groomed body, wide-eyed houris (sexually adept female facsimiles programmed by Allah to satisfy a holy warrior's every sexual fantasies for an eternity) and the best house in Paradise!

What insecure young man could resist committing mass-murder and dying for Allah with the reward it entails.

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* God's Messenger was very much into makeup. He liked to colour his beard using a bright orange natural dye called henna. For eye makeup (and perhaps protection from the sun) he used khol an ancient eye cosmetic made by grinding galena (lead sulfide) and other ingredients such as animal fat.

Some believers will have khol circles around their eyes and orange strands in their beard as a sign of affinity with the Prophet’s grooming habits.

Perfume, Makeup and the Prophet

July 16 - Turkey: No Exception to the Rule

By using man-made laws to further the cause of Allah we were using democracy the way it was intended, to vote God into government and to vote out those who would exclude Him. Democracy never had a more noble purpose.

Muhammad Abdullah

At this point in their history, give most Muslims the freedom to vote, and they will freely vote to tear out their political freedoms by the root.

Sam Harris author of the New York Times bestseller, End of Faith, W. W. Norton, 2004.

The election of Morsi in Egypt and his attempt to transform Egypt into the equivalent of a Caliphate with himself as Caliph (Leader of the Believers) which prompted a military intervention proved the validity of Harris' statement. Turkey, it was hopped, would be the exception to the rule, then came Erdogan.

In the perfect society envisioned by the perfect human being democracy has no place.

Democracy as Violence Against Islam

July 15 - Crushing Children to Death in Nice

France in mourning as truck attack kills 84 in Nice, including 10 children

Ottawa Citizen July 15.

The most bone-chilling assessment of your children's future you will ever read.

July 14 - Crushing Humanity to Death in Nice

Allah's Apostle said, "I have been sent with the shortest expressions bearing the widest meanings, and I have been made victorious with terror ..."

Bukhari 52.220

Again, nothing to see here, just another day and another holy warrior doing what now comes naturally!

Crushing unbelievers beneath the wheels of a truck is reminiscent of Abraham crushing an animal beneath his feet placed there by the Compassionate as an example of what you do to disbelievers.

Narrated Abu Huraira:

The Prophet said, "On the Day of Resurrection Abraham will meet his father Azar whose face will be dark and covered with dust.

(The Prophet Abraham will say to him): 'Didn't I tell you not to disobey me?'

His father will reply: 'Today I will not disobey you.'

Abraham will say: 'O Lord! You promised me not to disgrace me on the Day of Resurrection; and what will be more disgraceful to me than cursing and dishonoring my father?'

Then Allah will say (to him):' 'I have forbidden Paradise for the disbelievers."

Then he will be addressed, 'O Abraham! Look! What is underneath your feet?'

He will look and there he will see a Dhabh (an animal,) blood-stained, which will be caught by the legs and thrown in the (Hell) Fire."

 Bukhari 55.569

If learning the Koran and the example of the Allah and His Prophet are central to the transformation of human beings into cold-blooded merciless killers, then unlearning It and discrediting the tactics of its champion have to be part of the solution.

An impossible task perhaps, but maybe we can reduce the Book's and the Messenger's nefarious influence by limiting access to  madrassas and mosques, especially for children and adolescents as the Chinese have done.

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

July 12 - Doing Right by Your Religion (rev)

Bin Laden’s son threatens revenge for father’s assassination

Reuters July 10, 2016

Allah, with His account of brother killing brother (the Koran does not mention Adam’s two sons by name), establishes a fundamental difference between the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth and His Revelations.

Where Jesus said to turn the other cheek, Allah countered with repay a wrong done to you in kind and a wrong done to Me, or my Messenger, in spades.

17:33 Do not kill the soul which Allah has forbidden except for a just cause. Whoever is killed unjustly, We have given his heir the power [to demand satisfaction]; but let him not exceed the limit in slaying, for he will be the victor.

To  "not exceed the limit in slaying" Hamza bin Laden will have to limit his vengeance to killing Obama and/or his family. If what the President did is considered a crime against Allah or His Messenger, then the Compassionate will expect their murder to be of the most gruesome kind.

5:33 Indeed, the punishment of those who fight Allah and His Messenger and go around corrupting the land is to be killed, crucified, have their hands and feet cut off on opposite sides, or to be banished from the land. That is a disgrace for them in this life, and in the life to come theirs will be a terrible punishment.

The protection available to the President and his family after he leaves office will have to be intrusive and constant for the rest of their lives. To avoid punishment 5:33, perhaps this protection should include a scenario where they are swiftly killed or given the means to kill themselves in the event they are kidnapped.

Considering the uncertain future they face could you blame any of them if they submitted to the Will of Allah if it will avail them of the Mercy He is lauded for from his followers. They will say that Trump was right, that they were always one with the Religion of Peace, but that should not matter for the man who proved his metal in his pursuit of Osama bin Laden.

July 7 - Muslim Celebrity Calls for an End to Animal Sacrifice

Muslim clerics have criticised Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan over comments he made about the practice of animal sacrifice in Islam

The actor is known for his roles in The Life of Pi and Slumdog Millionaire.

Clerics advised the Muslim actor to refrain from "making random statements about our religion "

Sher Qazi Khalid Usmani, another cleric, said the actor "should keep his mouth shut as he has no knowledge about the religion"

BBC News July 7

He knows enough, and like many Muslims who are sensitive to the suffering around them, including that of animals tortured to death because of some religious ritual from the Dark Ages, he would like to see a kinder, gentler Islam, but the clerics will have none of it.

Being an Indian Muslim probably saved Khan from accusations of blasphemy and a death sentence.

July 6 - A Record-Breaking Ramadan

Ramadan, the month of conquest and jihad ... make it a month of calamity everywhere for the non-believers.

Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, ISIS spokesman in a May audiotape,

Islamic State got its wish, a likely record number of terror attacks on a record number of countries during this holy month of Ramadan, two in Turkey alone, June 7 and June 29. WOW!

Can terror-facilitated resounding victories like those witnessed during the Golden Age of Islam, that of the Prophet and the Four Rightly-Guided Caliphs who succeeded God's Messenger as Leader of the Believers, be only a few holy months away.

The Prophet must be breathless with anticipation, assuming the angels who visit his grave on a daily basis to deliver the blessings of the believers inform him of what is going on above ground.

In the Prophet's time the most feared day of Ramadan was the last day, the Festival of Breaking of the Fast. 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, God's Messenger would use the celebration of Eid al-Fitr, and that of Eid al-Adha, the Festival of Sacrifice at the end the Hajj, to give his army its marching orders

In what could pass as a metaphor for what happened next e.g. Khaibar, the gates of Hell, which were closed at the beginning of Ramadan, are opened and the devils let loose.

This still leaves one wondering who is responsible for the death and destruction that have become emblematic of holy months since Islam appropriated the concept.

Could it be that opening the gates of Paradise on other than Judgement Day encourages holy warriors to commit suicidal attacks on Allah's behalf during that most  auspicious of months?

The reason may be more prosaic.

Islam’s so-called holy months are a vestige of pre-Islamic Arabia’s Sacred Months. Then, all fighting on the Peninsula stopped and life was celebrated through worship, song, dance and poetry. All that changed with the killing of the first unbeliever, a farmer on his way to market by the name of Amr-ben-al Hadra’mi.

With His Messenger challenged to justify the cold-blooded murder,  Allah, after somber reflection, changed the prohibition against taking a life during a sacred interlude and holy months got a lot less holy.

Associating murder with what is ostensibly holy more than corrupted the meaning of sacred months. For many, where the new religion was concerned, holy became synonymous with evil.

July 5 - Believer's Remorse

Bangladesh blames local militants for killings, denies Islamic State role

Police said the militants were mostly educated and from well-off families.

Reuters July 3

A 2015 study by the Pew Research Center [found that] the profile of the average radical Muslim is a college educated male who is both financially well-off and tech-literate.

What we may be witnessing is a phenomenon which will increasingly impact societies which believe that a Western education is the answer to stopping young men from committing mass-murder in the name of the ostensibly divine. A development or a condition which, for lack of a better expression, I call believer's remorse, guilt at having been seduced by what al-Qaeda damns as the whispering of Satan.

Any study beside that of the Quran is a distraction, except the Hadith and jurisprudence in the religion. Knowledge is what He narrated to us, and anything other than that is the whispering of the Satan.

In one irrational self-destructive act, one can atone for listening to Satan instead of Allah and His Messenger and gain instant access to Paradise no questions asked.

It bears repeating in this context as well: belief in the atonement property of one's own blood shed on Allah's behalf is undoubtedly a root cause of domestic terrorism by the well-educated in other than Islamic theology.

July 4 -  Nothing to See Here, Just Another Holy Month Massacre

IS bombing kills 165 Ramadan shoppers in Baghdad

BBC News July 3

July 3 - Ramadan's Night of Power

97:1 We have sent it (the Qur’an) down on the night of Power.

Revelation 97:1 is one of a number of apparently contradictory revealed truths (immutable facts revealed to a mortal by a god) that would inform the reader as to when and how the Koran was sent down.

Tradition has it that the night of power occurred on the 27th day of Ramadan, even if God's Messenger was somewhat coy about the exact date Gabriel first met with him, on Allah's behalf, to begin the process of making known God's Will to him so that he could communicate It to the whole of mankind.

Narrated Ibn Umar:

Some men amongst the companions of the Prophet were shown in their dreams that the night of Qadr (Night of Power) was in the last seven nights of Ramadan.

Allah's Apostle said, "It seems that all your dreams agree that (the Night of Qadr) is in the last seven nights, and whoever wants to search for it (i.e. the Night of Qadr) should search in the last seven (nights of Ramadan)."

Bukhari 32.232

As to what is the Night of Power, Allah's explanation, like that of His Messenger as to its occurrence, is somewhat evasive.

97:2 If only you knew what is the Night of Power.

97:3 The Night of Power is better than a thousand months.

97:4 The angels and the Spirit (Gabriel) descend thereon by the Leave of their Lord with every Command.

97:5 It is peace, till the break of dawn.

Nonetheless, no mass-murder in Allah's Cause were recorded during the night of July 2. It seems to have been  "peace, till the break of dawn" in a holy month where almost daily massacres are the norm.

Isn't that amazing!

July 2 - Allah's Mercy in Action During Ramadan

The flattering invocation “In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful” headlines 112 of the 114 chapters of the Koran. It is also the phrase you hear believers repeating during their daily prayers and almost every time the name Allah is mentioned.

Don't be fooled!

Twenty people, most said to be foreigners, have been killed in an attack by suspected Islamist militants on a cafe in Bangladesh ...

The gunmen asked everyone inside to recite from the Qur’an ... The gunmen tortured [then killed] anyone who was unable to recite the Koran.

BBC July 2

The gunmen not only spared those who were familiar with the Words of the Compassionate, the Merciful, but fed them in observance of the daily breaking of the fast of Ramadan at nightfall.

July 1 - The Real Distinction between a Moderate and an Extremist

Canada Day and another party I will not be invited to again.

This is not the first celebration I have attended where someone who has never read the Koran will come over to me, after hearing that I wrote a book about It (more than one actually), and tell me what it's all about and that my interpretation, whatever it is, is probably wrong.

I usually try to change the subject so as to avoid another pointless discussion. But, not this time. It may have been the wine. It did not go well.

It always surprises me that those who would tell me what Muslims and the Book that defines their faith are all about  have not only not read the Book but don't have any believers as friends or acquaintances.

I am fortunate to be able to talk about some of what I write with Muslims whom I consider friends, although I am not sure, in some cases, if it is reciprocal. Nonetheless, our discussions are usually honest and never acrimonious for we both know, when the Koran is the subject matter, what we are talking about.

For us, unlike those who have never read the Koran and assume it is just like the Bible so why bother, what differentiates so-called moderates from extremists is that the former ignores (if only for now*) Allah's clear and persistent calls to murder and martyrdom and the latter does not.

11:1 Alif – Lam – Ra. [This is] a Book with Verses which are elaborately formulated and clearly expounded from the Wise, the All-Aware.

2:2 This is the Book which cannot be doubted and is a guidance to the God-fearing

It is not a matter of interpretation, or doing what YOU think is right!

33:36 It is not up to any believer, man or woman, when Allah and His Messenger have passed a judgement, to have any choice in their affairs. Whoever disobeys Allah and His Messenger have gone astray in a manifest manner.

Women, children, it didn't matter to him who he was shooting. He was shouting and smiling as he fired his AK-47 in all directions.

Witness to the Ataturk Airport Massacre

This is why extremists have no problems with joyfully killing other Muslims, for they are not real Muslims, they are hypocrites whom Allah hates as much, if not more than unbelievers, for real Muslims do what the Koran tells them to do without hesitation and without thinking.

33:48 And do not obey the unbelievers and the hypocrites, overlook their injury and trust in Allah. For Allah suffices as Guardian.

9:73 O Prophet, fight the unbelievers and the hypocrites and be stern with them. Their abode is Hell, and what a terrible fate!

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* Taqiya i.e. dissimulation is permitted if it is done out of fear of persecution and will be forgiven if once this fear is attenuated you do what Allah and His Messenger tell you to do.

June 26 - An Accapella World Booming the Praise of the One and Only and His Hatred of Unbelievers

Somali minister among 15 killed in attack on hotel in capital

“... Many residents now shun going to hotels that provide some of the few sources of entertainment available in Mogadishu,” said Mohamed Sheikh Abdi, "At hotels patrons enjoy dance music ...

Mogadishu — The Associated Press June 26

The End of Music

The Seductive Sounds of Hatred and Cruelty

June 25 - Why the Pessimism?

Visitor:

A study by the Pew Research Center found that 13% of Muslims worldwide supported al Qaeda in 2013, but experts believe this may have dropped to 10 or 11%. At 10% this only leaves a pool of about 160 million believers from which extremist groups like ISIS can draw support.

With 90% of Muslims not expressing support for extremists, this offers hope for the future that we can find a modus vivendi and live and let live.

Response:

Not really!

61:9 It is He Who sent His Messenger forth with the guidance and the religion of truth, to make it triumph over every religion ...

Both extremists and moderates, if they are sincere believers, must seek to make Islam triumphant everywhere at every opportunity.

Many authors have pointed out that it is problematic to speak of Muslim "fundamentalism" because it suggests that there are large doctrinaire differences between fundamentalist Muslims and the mainstream.

The truth, however, is that most Muslims appear to be "fundamentalist" in the Western sense of the world—in that even "moderate" approaches to Islam generally consider the Koran to be the literal and inerrant word of the one true God …

The only future devout Muslims can envisage—as Muslims—is one where all infidels have been converted to Islam, subjugated, or killed. The tenets of Islam simply do not admit of anything but a temporary sharing of power with the "enemies of God" …

Sam Harris author of the New York Times bestseller, End of Faith, W. W. Norton, 2004.

The extremists follow the example of the self-styled Prophet of God and the so-called rightly-guided caliphs.

The reign of the first four Caliphs of Islam became known as the period of the 'rightly--guided' Caliphs because they ruled in accordance with the teachings of the Qur'an and the Prophetic sunnah (norms and practices).

Muhammad Mojlum, The Muslim 100 - The Lives, Thoughts and Achievements of the Most Influential Muslims in History

Like the first Leader of the Believers, the meaning of caliph, they all made converts the hard and bloody way as he had been instructed.

Allah's Apostle said, "I have been ordered to fight with the people till they say, 'None has the right to be worshipped but Allah,' ...

Bukhari 52.196

Three of the four "rightly-guided" were assassinated by believers in bloody disputes which continue to this day as to who best exemplifies the example of the Prophet and is best suited to carry on in his absence.

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

But I digress ...

The moderates believe that Islamic supremacy can be achieved through peaceful means. These peaceful means, for the likes of the deceased Gaddafi, include drowning the West in babies.

For Tariq Ramadan, it is invading the public space with Islamic symbols such as the hijab and demanding special treatment for the superior believers from ostensibly secular governments, which must eventually give way altogether.

Harris again:

At this point in their history, give most Muslims the freedom to vote, and they will freely vote to tear out their political freedoms by the root. We should not for a moment lose sight of the possibility that they would curtail our freedoms as well, if they only had the power to do so …

There efforts to Islamisize the West through peaceful means are already causing a backlash. It can only get worse, and will drive the moderates into the arms of the extremists.

We are facing an increasingly bloody and violent future, a future made even bloodier by Islamic rituals and scriptures which condition believers, from childhood onward not only to accept that killing unbelievers is a good thing but teaches them to kill them with just a knife and to enjoy and celebrate their murder.

Militants rejoiced as Canadians were beheaded ...

Abu Sayyaf extremists rejoiced as they watched two Canadians being beheaded in the jungles of the southern Philippines, said a still-shocked Filipino hostage who was freed Friday.

Marites Flor tearfully recalled to reporters the moments when Canadians John Ridsdel and Robert Hall were handcuffed and led away to a nearby jungle clearing to be separately decapitated ...

“They were watching it and they were happy,” she said of the militants,

Philippines — The Associated Press, June 24

Can we hope to break this cycle of unending wars and massacres that seem to follow Islam everywhere?

We in the West find it incomprehensible that theological ideas still inflame the minds of men, stirring up messianic passions that can leave societies in ruin. We had assumed that this was no longer possible, that human beings had learned to separate religious questions from political ones, that political theology died in 16th-century Europe. We were wrong.

After centuries of strife, the West has learned to separate religion and politics – to establish the legitimacy of its leaders without referring to divine command. There is little reason to expect the rest of the world – the Islamic world in particular – will follow.

Mark Lilla, professor of the humanities at Columbia University in The Stillborn God: Religion, Politics and the Modern West (2007)

The End of Faith is how Harris would break the cycle and avoid the worse. He would do this by getting people to accept, what someone else said about faith, that it is believing in something we know to be untrue, and to just stop believing in what we know to be a lie.

Not about to happen. Expect the worse!

It does not seem much of an exaggeration to say that the fate of civilization lies largely in the hands of "moderate" Muslims.

Unless Muslims can reshape their religion into an ideology which is basically benign—or outgrow altogether—it is difficult to see how Islam and the West can avoid falling into a continual state of war, and on innumerable fronts.

Nuclear, biological and chemical weapons cannot be uninvented … weapons of mass destruction will soon be available to anyone who wants them.

June 18 - Dying for another Man's Sins or A Root Cause of Domestic Terrorism

Islam is very much an offshoot of primitive Judaism with a sprinkling of Christian theology modified for a religion obsessed with death.

Christian dogma maintains that Jesus' blood, which he shed on the Cross, washes away the sins of the sinners who choose to believe in Him and act accordingly and thereby gain access to Paradise.

In Islam's bizarre adaption of this piece of another religion's doctrine, it is a believer's blood shed in Allah's Cause which washes away his or her sins.

Even bone fide cold-blooded killers will be welcomed into Paradise, no questions asked, if their last murder is on Allah's behalf.

Narrated Abu Huraira:

Allah's Apostle said, "Allah welcomes two men with a smile; one of whom kills the other and both of them enter Paradise. One fights in Allah's Cause and gets killed. Later on Allah forgives the killer who also get martyred (In Allah's Cause)."

Bukhari 52.80

Expect more bloodbath like the one in Orlando (and worse) as believer's remorse at having been seduced by all a tolerant forward-looking civilization has to offer, in one irrational destructive act atones for an entire life of ignoring an embarrassment of diktats from an intolerant, misogynous, prudish deity and his equally intolerant, misogynous, prudish henchman.

This belief in the atonement property of one's own blood shed in Allah's Name is undoubtedly a root cause of domestic terrorism.

June 17 - The Perils of Being A Believer's Wife

Orlando shooter’s wife could be charged for knowledge of plot

Reuters  Jun. 15, 2016

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

CNN April 23, 2015

Can you blame the wives of believers for not trying to stop their husband from doing what for them is not worth it, by informing the authorities and risking an eternity burning in Hell.

It's not only attempting to discourage a husband from murdering the innocent in the name of Allah that will land a wife in Hell. If the husband is unhappy with a wife during their life together in the here-and-now, for whatever reason, it’s into the blazing Fire with her.

Last, but not least, should her husband do anything to elicit Allah’s displeasure she will share the blame and will be joining him in Hell.

June 16 - Obama and Clinton and the Work of Terrorists

Obama

In blistering attack, Obama denounces Trump’s anti-Muslim fervour

President Barack Obama scathingly disparaged Donald Trump on Tuesday, saying the Republican seeking to succeed him in the White House was whipping up anti-Muslim fervour that betrays the core values of American democracy and is “doing the terrorists’ work for them.”

Paul Koring, Globe and Mail, June 15, 2016

Not putting the blame where it belongs is also doing the work of the terrorists. In the words of a former jihadist:

When I was still a member of what is probably best termed the British Jihadi Network, a series of semi-autonomous British Muslim terrorist groups linked by a single ideology, I remember how we used to laugh in celebration whenever people on TV proclaimed that the sole cause for Islamic acts of terror like 9/11, the Madrid bombings and 7/7 was Western foreign policy.

By blaming the government for our actions ... [they] did our propaganda work for us. More important, they also helped to draw away any critical examination from the real engine of our violence: Islamic theology."

Hassan Butt, The Observer, My plea to fellow Muslims

Clinton

At the beginning of the week Clinton, on CNN's "New Day" finally said the words, and more; the more including the flippant manner she said them:

And it mattered we got bin Laden, not what name we called him. I have clearly said we -- whether you call it radical jihadism or radical Islamism, I'm happy to say either. I think they mean the same thing.

CNN.com

Her dismissive response betrays a lack of appreciation of the existential threat we face. Jihadism is about a war of expansion and is by definition "radical":

Jihad: In law, according to general doctrine and in historical tradition, the jihad consists of military action with the object of the expansion of Islam and, if need be, of its defence.

Encyclopedia of Islam

Islamism is a violent ideology with jihad as its instrument for propagation. They are complementary not identical. The war against extremism cannot be won with leaders who do not appreciate this distinction.

Critic:

There are over one billion Muslims in the world. Surely you're not suggesting they are all violent. Groups like ISIS have political motivations but use religion as a recruiting tool for their twisted beliefs.

My response:

Of course not, but the ideology matters, and none seem willing to address the root cause, in part because they do not, like Clinton has demonstrated, have a clue having never read, it is obvious, the relatively short violent hate-filled document that lauds the superior religion just like Mein Kampf lauded the superior race, and we know what that led to.

Theology i.e. ideology matters as does the means to make it triumph:

61:9 It is He Who sent His Messenger forth with the guidance and the religion of truth, to make it triumph over every religion ...

Allah's Apostle said, "I have been sent with the shortest expressions bearing the widest meanings, and I have been made victorious with terror ..."

Bukhari 52.220

June 13 - Clinton and the Orlando Massacre: Professor Bates Wants an Explanation

Clinton was praised in the media following the nightclub massacre for declining "to take Mr. Trump’s bait by referring to 'radical Islam'".

My response was that Clinton's unwillingness to face the reality of Islamic terrorism may cost her the election. For a majority it is the overwhelming clear and present danger. They are looking for a Churchill, even a caricature of one to tackle what they perceive as an existential threat, not a Chamberlain.

A detractor who goes by the name of Professor Bates demanded an explanation:

What does that mean? I.e., how is she not taking it seriously? Or put another way, what should she be doing differently? Do tell.

It is as if she had bought into the canard that Islam is The Religion of Peace. This would explain her reluctance to associate the religion with the atrocities committed by believers.

Taking the threat seriously would mean dealing with the root cause instead of spouting the usual platitudes that have been the staple of politicians in denial since George W. Bush first used and popularized the expression The Religion of Peace to absolve Islam of any responsibility for 9/11.

Bush junior did it, to quote the then Chairman of the British National Party “to avoid an explosion of hostility against Muslims by leaving the impression that the central message of the Koran is all about peace and love, that Islam is Christianity with a towel on its head."

What is Clinton's excuse?

June 12 - The Orlando Nightclub Massacre

Twenty minutes into the shooting, Omar Mateen called 911 to pledge his allegiance to Islamic State. What he did was in keeping with the terrorist state's exhortation to kill them wherever you find them. That they were unbelievers and gay made them a doubly attractive kill in Allah's Cause.

A regular mosque attendee, three days before the massacre he made the predictable visit, to strengthen, it is assumed, his resolve to slaughter the patrons of a nightclub catering to those Allah genetically predisposed to committing what He damns as an abomination.

29:45 Recite what has been revealed to you of the Book and perform the prayer. Prayer surely forbids the foul act and abomination. Allah’s remembrance is greater and Allah knows what you do.

This may be another case of someone claiming to submit to His Will then ignoring what His designated spokesperson said were the rightful punishment for those suspected of having committed the foul act.

The Holy Prophet (S) has prescribed Three methods of dealing with the situation (male sodomy), 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.

From Homosexuality - Crime and Punishment

This is the Month of Great Heat when fasting and immersion in "the Book" can lead to an increased desire to rid the world of people "given to excess" by whatever means at your disposal, as witnessed by the daily massacres since the start of the holy month of Ramadan.

7:80 And [remember] Lot when he said to his people: “Do you commit indecencies which no one in the whole world committed before you?”

7:81 “You approach men instead of women lustfully; you are rather a people given to excess.”

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Mr. Seddique said that his son got angry when he saw two men kissing in Miami a couple of months ago and thinks that may be related to the shooting.

Trump has called for a ban on Muslim immigration to the United States. To weed out gays' mortal enemies a simpler solution would be to follow the Dutch example.

In 2006, to counter a rise in "holy" homophobia, the Netherlands decided to assess if potential immigrants from mainly Islamic countries would be troubled by the more liberal attitudes they would encounter by requiring them to view a film in which two men are shown kissing in a meadow.

Opponents said that this was a subterfuge to limit Muslim immigration, which is telling in itself, and the practice may have been discontinued.

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Revealed Truths about Homosexuality

Holy Homophobia in Canada

June 9 - Bride Killings

A young Pakistani woman allegedly burnt to death by her mother for marrying without family consent has been buried ...

It is the third such case in a month in Pakistan, where attacks on women who go against conservative rules on love and marriage are common. Police say the body of Zeenat Rafiq, who was 18, showed signs of torture. She was doused with fuel and set alight ...

BBC June 8

The killing of brides who marry for love may have more to do with revenge for depriving their families of the expected return on investment that comes from their fathers marrying them off to the highest bidder.

A marriage in Islam is not a sacrament but a contract. The marriage is usually an arranged affair and, not unlike arranged marriages of the Middle Ages, the primary consideration is what benefits in wealth and influence will accrue to the contracting parties i.e. the families of the bride and groom.

May 28 - What condoms and coitus interruptus  have in common and why both are haram

Pakistani authorities have banned all broadcast advertisements for contraceptives.

The regulator, Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra), said there had been public complaints that they prompted curiosity in "innocent children".

BBC May 28, 2016

Surely, commercials, not unlike those for male erectile dysfunction e.g. the empty room with the television blaring and nobody watching are safe for children. And, any question a child might ask can easily be dismissed without referring to conception of which, Muslim children, who are expected to have recited the Koran in its entirety by the age of seven, are fully aware, even if it is a somewhat cockeyed understanding considering the Source.

The advertising ban, of course, has nothing to do with avoiding corrupting innocence and everything to do with the pervasive confounding example of the Prophet.

God's Messenger cautioned holy warriors against practicing coitus interruptus when rapping their captives. It was better for them not to withdraw before ejaculation and interfere with Allah's prerogative to create babies.

Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri: that while he was sitting with Allah's Apostle he said, "O Allah's Apostle! We get female captives as our share of booty, and we are interested in their prices, what is your opinion about coitus interruptus?"

The Prophet said, "Do you really do that? It is better for you not to do it. No soul that which Allah has destined to exist, but will surely come into existence."

Bukhari 34.432

The Prophet's example, sayings and opinions along with the Koran are the basis of Islamic Law.

God's Messenger's insistence that nothing interfere with conception even during a god-sanctioned sexual assault have encouraged "more conservative Islamic leaders [to] openly campaign against the use of condoms or other birth control methods, thus making population planning in many countries ineffective."

May 25 - Seduced by 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 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.

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Safely accommodating millions more pilgrims at the Hajj

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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.

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 from His world, as He expects them to do, sooner or later.

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!

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 scriptures, religious infrastructure, and its rituals are very much geared to transforming ordinary men, women and children into committed believers and cold-blooded executioners when needed.

People who fight and die for other than hedonistic rewards will find it hard to think strategically about what the other considers normal i.e. killing as a means to an end. But, with not only Christians but every lesser believer's life hanging in the balance, is there any other choice.

March 25 - MAD in a World Gone Mad

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.

Looking Forward to Armageddon

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 26 - In Praise of Muslims Who Kill and Die on Our Behalf

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

BBC March 26

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.

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 up to and including the murder of a wife of the perpetrator and/or compensation; unless Bakr and Umar had done Ali a favour.

17:33 Do not kill the soul which Allah has forbidden except for a just cause. Whoever is killed unjustly, We have given his heir the power [to demand satisfaction]; but let him not exceed the limit in slaying, for he will be the victor.

2:178 O believers, retaliation for the slain is prescribed for you; a free [man] for a free [man], a slave for a slave and a female for a female ...

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.

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 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 non-Muslims. In the search for a solution to the exodus of migrants from Syria and Libya we should not forget those who are at greater risk of being killed for their beliefs (or lack thereof) and that stopping human smuggling without substituting some other means for them to escape Islamic State is unconscionable.

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.

Also, the Prophet had many abilities, but painting or sculpture were not among them which may explain why he and Allah did not care for such artifacts.

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

Feb 28 - Exceeding their Licence to Destroy

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.

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.

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

What Every Prospective Jihadi Bride Should Know is for people like her.

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.

Weird does not began to describe it!

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

The indoctrination of a son into the most violent theology ever imagined begins on a mother's lap.

It is the mother's responsibility to get sons to the Khatmi-Qur’an, the ceremony which celebrates a child's first full reading (often phonetically) of the Koran. After that, their indoctrination into Islam's more hands on aspects of being a believer becomes the father's responsibility.

An estranged wife and a recent convert, she may not have been fully aware of who does what and when to get offsprings ready to take on the challenges of ridding the world of unbelievers.

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!

Jan 12 - No Cash! No Problem!

It was 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 men for whom war and the promise of instant booty gratification is preferable to spending time seducing the object of their affection.

Jan 11 - Copping a Feel in Cologne

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

The Telegraph Jan 11, 2016

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

Allah revealed, in His Koran, that men, when in the presence of women and girls not fully cloaked 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.

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

With the example of Khidr parents are instructed to kill their children if they fear they will abandon Islam later in life; but children killing their parents, that is special.

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.

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 with the ominous Verse of the Sword taking the top spot.

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), second successor to the Prophet Muhammad.

Umar dispossessed and 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.

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