Trimmed Moustaches and Disheveled Beards
Afghanistan: Taliban ban Helmand barbers from trimming beards
BBC Sept 26, 2021
The Taliban have banned hairdressers in Afghanistan's Helmand province from shaving or trimming beards, saying it breaches their interpretation of Islamic law.
The Sharia and Illicit Sex
Afghanistan: Executions will return, says senior Taliban official
BBC Sept 24, 2021
A Taliban judge, Haji Badruddin, told the BBC that he supported the group's harsh and literal interpretation of Islamic religious law.
"In our Sharia it's clear, for those who have sex and are unmarried, whether it's a girl or a boy, the punishment is 100 lashes in public," Badruddin said. "But for anyone who's married, they have to be stoned to death."
Misinformation From a Trusted Source On a Somber Anniversary
9 tropes about Muslims that are a product of Islamophobia
By Mirna Alsharif, CNN, September 11, 2021
2. All Muslim women are oppressed
Patriarchy and the oppression of women are issues that exist in all communities, not just Muslim ones. "This is a common one we get, and it speaks to the ignorance and lack of context about Islam," said Zainab Chaudry, spokeswoman for the national headquarters of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). "Islam granted women rights to an education, property ownership, inheritance, and divorce... Islam actually encourages women to keep their autonomy and agency."
For why you should take CNN to task for propagating CAIR's misleading information about women and the Sharia I invite you to read Women and the Koran.
Paperback, 123 pages
Contains additional sayings of the Prophet that are detrimental to women. For example, Revelation 4:34 grants husbands the right to beat their wives: “And those of them that you fear might rebel, admonish them and abandon them in their beds and beat them.” But, it is a saying of Muhammad, an unassailable legal precedent under Islamic law if it doesn't contradict the Koran, which guarantees the wife-beater immunity from prosecution: "The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: 'A man will not be asked as to why he beat his wife.'" Abu Dawud 11.2142
4. The Quran encourages Muslims to commit acts of violence against non-Muslims
Claims that Islam encourages violence against non-Muslims are usually the result of people isolating verses from the religious texts that grant Muslims the right to defend themselves.
5. Muslims want to wage holy war by way of Jihad
In the West, the term "jihad" is often used interchangeably with "holy war." But that's not what it means. Jihad is an Arabic term meaning "to strive" or "to struggle." In the context of Islam, it means to work toward becoming a better Muslim... Dalia Mogahed (director of research at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding) points out that the term "holy war" originated from The Crusades, a series of wars initiated by the Christian church, and does not originate in Arabic or the Muslim tradition at all.
The concept and conduct of holy war originated with Islam in spite of the falsehood, repeated here by CNN, that "holy wars" are a Christian invention. The first definition of a holy war can be found in the Koran.
9:111 Allah has bought from the believers their lives and their wealth in return for Paradise; they fight in the Way of Allah, kill and get killed. That is a true promise from Him in the Torah, the Gospel and the Qur’an; and who fulfills his promise better than Allah? Rejoice then at the bargain you have made with Him; for that is the great triumph.
The first book written on the redemptive value of killing and dying in a holy war, the Kitab al-Jihad (Book of Holy War) by Abdallah b. al-Mubarak [726-797] was written 300 years before the first crusade. The first holy war on record was against the pagans of the Arabian Peninsula, 400 years before the first crusade.
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, even though the idolaters may be averse.
The victory over the pagans was followed by a formal declaration of a global holy war, that continues to this day, against all followers of other than the 'religion of truth'. As to why the other claim made by a CNN contributor is equally egregious, if not more, I invite you to read Jihad in the Koran.
7. Muslims don't believe in Jesus or respect his teachings
Jesus is a prophet in Islam, just as Muhammad is. The notion that Muslims do not believe in Jesus is one rooted in the "othering" of the religious group... As a matter of fact, there's an entire chapter dedicated to Mary, the mother of Jesus, in the Quran, Chaudry said. "Jesus has a really prominent role in Islam, and he is beloved to Muslims just as Muhammad is," she said.
Where to start? How about something I wrote way back when about misleading comparisons.
Afghanistan and Badr
Taliban march into Kabul’s airport to declare victory as last U.S. troops leave Afghanistan
Reuters August 31, 2021
Afghanistan will inspire militants everywhere like no other victory since the battle of Badr.
Preventing the Inevitable
“We will hunt you down and make you pay,” said Biden following the August 26 bombing at Kabul airport which killed 13 American service members.
Our aim is not to fight you. Accept Islam the peaceful way, and you will be safe. If not then clear our way to the people so that we may explain this beautiful way of life to them…
If you do not accept any of these conditions then the only alternative is the use of the sword. Before deciding on the third alternative you should keep in mind that I am bringing against you a people who love death more than you love life.
From a letter by Khalid Ibn Al-Walid, the leader of the Muslim armies invading Persia, to impose "the beautiful way of life" by force, to the Persian General Hormuz before the battle of Kadima.
Promising to kill people who have a death wish is not a deterrent but an incentive. 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 bomber with the BOMB expect? How could he resist killing a million unbelievers or more? How do you stop them?
If the United States decides that the only retaliatory target that could have a dissuading effect on Islamic terrorists detonating one or more nuclear device on U. S. soil is Mecca, it may be in everyone's interest, including Islamic militants, for the Americans to make the threat against the city explicit. It is not outside the realm of possibility that elements within the military, with nuclear weapons at their disposal, would seek revenge for a devastating nuclear attack on the homeland and incinerate Mecca, and maybe Medina for good measure, with or without Presidential approval.
Ending the Scourge of the Gullible Martyr
Two suicide bombers and gunmen attacked crowds of Afghans flocking to Kabul’s airport Thursday, transforming a scene of desperation into one of horror in the waning days of an airlift for those fleeing the Taliban takeover.
The Associated Press, August 26, 2021
We could seriously suppress the scourge of the gullible male martyr if we told them the truth about what should be a deal-breaker: sex in Paradise is a semenless experience.
As to young women contemplating martyrdom in Allah's Cause, it's not worth it. And, if you are a teenaged girl enamored with the idea of sharing a bed with the ultimate bad boy, read the following first:
The Day the Music Died
Afghanistan Government Collapses as Taliban Take Kabul,
The Wall Street Journal, August 15, 2021
Less than two and a half years ago the Zohra orchestra was dazzling audiences around Europe and receiving a standing ovation at the British Museum. The concerts’ appeal lay not just in the originality of hearing the English folk song Greensleeves performed with tambours, tablas and an Afghan twist but the exuberant smiles of the girls who had overcome enormous challenges to play their music.
Sunday Times, August 08 2021
Playing musical instruments or listening to music is 16th on Islam's greatest sins hit list, and the Taliban, from which we get Students of the Koran, are sticklers about what God considers sins and what should be done with sinners. Say goodbye to music and more girls. So sad...
As the Taliban retakes Afghanistan, Canadian military veterans look on with frustration and sorrow
Globe and Mail August 14, 2021
In Afghanistan our soldiers fought and died for a sometimes obscure notion of liberty, freedom and human rights with no guarantee of an interesting sexual afterlife, or any afterlife at all.
Their opponent kill and die for the type of reward promised in the note of encouragement left behind by the leader of the 9/11 terrorists, Muhammad Atta: "Know that the gardens of paradise are waiting for you in all their beauty, and the women of paradise are waiting, calling out."
Can a so-called civilization which produces men who will cause so much death, suffering and destruction on a god's promise of an eternity of nonstop debauchery be compared with one whose young people selflessly give their lives to protect It, and us, because it is the moral and ethical thing to do?
Our soldiers were betrayed by a man who lost sight about what this fight is all about.
Early Signs of an Incipient Global Holocaust
Exiting Afghanistan will go down in history as Joe Biden’s big blunder
The geopolitical fallout from the Taliban’s success in forcing out America will extend far beyond Afghanistan. By signifying U.S. defeat, it will energize and embolden other terrorist groups in the global jihadist movement.
Brahma Chellaney Special to The Globe And Mail, August 12, 2021
Ignoring the Taliban is like ignoring the Nazis
We are watching the methodical advance of the gruesome Taliban in Afghanistan and as a collective, again, the world twiddles it’s thumbs — just as it did between 1933-45 with the Nazis.
Rev. Ron Grossman in a letter to the Ottawa Citizen, August 5, 2021
Know Your Enemy!
The Taliban have rejected international calls for a ceasefire in Afghanistan, as they push for new territory.
BBC August 9, 2021
47:35 So do not weaken and call for peace, while you have the upper hand and Allah is with you. He will not stint you your actions.
Dead Girl Walking
French court convicts 11 people of cyberbullying teen who criticized Islam in online posts. Globe and Mail, July 8, 2021
According to French newsmagazine L'OBS, (formerly Le Nouvel Observateur), Mila "may have received up to 100,000 messages threatening her with rape, beheading, burning her with acid…“ Many of the threatening messages reminding her of the beheading of professor Samuel Paty for using mostly innocent cartoons of Muhammad as a teaching aid.
Teenaged boys of her generation did not spare her, quite the opposite. No surprise there! In a television interview, even with police protection, the now 18 years old teenager said she expected to be murdered before her 23rd birthday.
Books, Essays & Comments
Any study beside that of the Quran is a distraction, except the Hadiths and jurisprudence in the religion. Knowledge is what He [Muhammad] narrated to us, and anything other than that is the whispering of the Satan.
The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.
Stephen Hawking 1942-2018
THE INDISPENSABLE FOUR
The world desperately needs to have an honest conversation about Islam (as I try to have in my books) starting with an unfettered dialogue on the Koran, if we are to allay the fear of the other and foster a trust in the other that is sadly lacking and a reason to fear that the worst is yet to come. The following four books could facilitate such a discussion:
Paperback, 198 pages
If I am able convince believers contemplating martyrdom not to be in such a hurry to get at those houris only to be disappointed, then the almost twenty years I have dedicated to the study of the world's fastest growing religion will not have been in vain.
If Islam Was Explained to Me in a Pub
Paperback, 452 pages
Remembering Uzza is meant to make learning about Islam a mostly pleasant experience while not sugar-coating or leaving out the nasty bits. And, is there a better place to get acquainted with a religion that has everyone talking than in the relaxed atmosphere of a favourite pub, in the company of friends and a troubled but engaging young woman to give you an insider's perspective?
First quarter excerpts:
Acknowledgment | No Scarf, No Service! | A Shirley Temple, Anyone? | The Enemy Within | The First Holy Homicide | Remember the Alamo | Home School | Critics Are for Killing | The Medium and the Message | Archie Loses It!
The End of Empathy
Paperback, 136 pages
"It is only by teaching children to question the validity of scriptures that we protect them from being influenced by fundamentalist doctrines. It is precisely the lack of critical thinking (when it comes to scriptures) which leads to radicalism."
André Gagné, Professor Theological Studies, Concordia University
Your Layman's Guide to Abrogations - Second Edition
Paperback, 100 pages
2:106 Whichever verse We abrogate or cause to be forgotten, We bring instead a better or similar one. Do you not know that Allah has the power over all things? | 16:101 And if We replace a verse by another – and Allah knows best what He reveals – they say: “You [Muhammad] are only a forger.” Surely, most of them do not know.
Should any of the Indispensables find an audience, violence will inevitably find me and my government, and apologists for those who follow Muhammad's example when it comes to dealing with critics will say that I had it coming. With that in mind, some final thoughts, pun intended.
Tolerance and respect are empty virtues until we actually know something about whomever it is we are supposed to be tolerating or respecting.
Stephen Prothero, author of the NY Times bestseller Religious Literacy
Gerry: So you agree that Islamophobia is real.
Uzza: A fear of Islam is real, and it is not a phobia, as Islamists and their patsies would have you believe.
Gerry: By patsies, you mean politicians?
Uzza: And well-meaning people who don't know any better. A fear of Islam is a legitimate fear. Fear is what non-believers who get close and personal with the Koran and Allah’s unrestrained visceral hatred and cruelty for their kind will experience, for that is the intent.
It is a fear nourished and amplified by the Author’s demands of believers when it comes to dealing with those for whom He has nothing but contempt: from avoiding them, to enslaving them, to killing them. Fear is what terrorism in the name of Allah is all about.
Instead of dealing with this fear in a forthright manner, Western governments preferred spreading the Islamic slander that a fear of Islam is an irrational fear, that of Islamophobia, or worse, racism, as if Islam was a race and not a religion.
From The Enemy Within, Remembering Uzza - If Islam Was Explained to Me in a Pub:
Islamophobia can also be described as a rational fear of the irrational. The most visible manifestation of this fear inducing irrationality is the believer who seeks martyrdom in suicidal attacks because of what is written in a book in Paradise whose contents were revealed by a man who claimed to be an intimate of the Author.
Freedom of Speech and Scriptures
As human beings we have a right, and as citizens of a democracy an obligation, to express an opinion on issues affecting our lives and the lives of our countrymen and women. That right, that obligation must include questioning religious dogma.
Of all human endeavors religion has the greatest potential to change our lives for better or for worse. By giving all citizens the freedom to question the authenticity, the relevancy, the meaning and application of scriptures we guard against the worst.
Looking At Scriptures in a Different Light
2:2 This is the Book which cannot be doubted and is a guidance to the God-fearing.
It's Not Only About People
Islam almost led to a mass extermination of dogs, all because Muhammad blamed a puppy for the angel Gabriel skipping a scheduled meeting. Could it happen again? If scriptures pertaining to dogs still hold sway, man's best friend, in an Islamic future, will be a lot less so.
A child on Canada Day, in his simple gesture of petting a dog, and a black one at that, showed that hatred, whether it be for an animal or a person, to paraphrase Sohrab, is a learnt behaviour. What is learned can be unlearned. Better still, why not avoid teaching hatred altogether.
A Willful Ignorance
In my writings on the Koran, Muhammad and Islam I have tried to explain the seemingly complicated in terms we can all understand in what has become, with Lucette's passing, a solitary campaign against the willful ignorance that will be our undoing.
I have, in my last will and testament, instructed my executor to transfer all my published and unpublished material, including cover art, into the public domain. Just give credit where credit is due.