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A Christmas tradition since 2006

In this season of book-giving during a war that has its roots in scriptures consider a paperback from BorealBooks.

Expect fewer comments as I endeavour to complete the first draft of Fade to Black. In any event, not much left to say after so many years except, perhaps, haven’t stop loving you Lucette.

Israel-Hamas War

Attack of the Depraved Boreal, Dec. 5, 2023

Every woman who has taken to the street, or intends to do so, in support of Hamas should read today’s Israel-Hamas war posting.

Philippine president blames 'foreign terrorists' for deadly explosion at Catholic mass 4 killed, dozens others injured in Marawi by what police suspect was a bomb. CBC Dec. 3, 2023

Foreign or domestic, it does not matter. Those who want you dead are everywhere. Remembering two Canadians beheaded by Filipino Islamists.

With anti-Muslim occurrences on the rise, schools in Canada urged to address Islamophobia Just a handful of school boards, all in Ontario, have developed a classroom strategy CBC Dec. 2, 2023

That the Peel school district would be one of the first to implement what is in essence a strategy to raise the profile of Islam in schools on the taxpayer’s dime was to be expected. Having said that, Islamophobia from Boreal Books would make a great propaganda-free textbook.

Six French teenagers accused of complicity in the murder of a teacher will go on trial today. The children were aged between 13 and 15 at the time of the killing of Samuel Paty in 2020 at the hands of a Chechen refugee. The suspects are accused of slander and pointing out the teacher to the killer at the school. They face a maximum of 2.5 years in prison. Mr Paty was stabbed and beheaded on 16 October 2020 after reportedly showing students cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad during a class on freedom of expression. BBC Nov. 27, 2023

Why would children want a teacher killed? You can also blame our leaders. When we needed Churchills all we we got were Chamberlains.

Geert Wilders is not anti-Muslim Boreal Nov. 24, 2023

A misconception is that Geert Wilders is anti-Muslim. He isn’t. He is, much like us at Boreal, worried about the message conveyed by the Koran. That is evident in his short film Fitna which “attempts to demonstrate that the Qur'an motivates its followers to hate all who violate Islamic teachings. The film shows selected excerpts from Surahs of the Qur'an, interspersed with media clips and newspaper cuttings showing or describing acts of violence by Muslims worldwide.” Wiki

The visuals convey one message, the soundtrack quite another. Mr. Wilders is worried about the violence that children, who are expected to have mouthed the entire book before the age of seven, are exposed to. We worry about much more than that.

Dutch far-right populist seeks to form government after shock election win… After his victory, he [Wilders] said “the Netherlands will be returned to the Dutch, the asylum tsunami and migration will be curbed.” CNN Nov. 23, 2023

The paradox is that those who vote for politicians who promise to act decisively to stem both legal and illegal immigration, with the exception of Donald Trump, are not doing so to undermine democracy, a pillar of Western Civilization, but to save it. They see the flow of migrants north as the clear and present danger—especially in Europe where the migration includes a significant number whose beliefs are anathema to Western values and who migrate to what their religion consider the Land of War because that is what their god expects them to do given the opportunity.

In the exception that is Canada, all major political parties favour unsustainable immigrations levels (one million last year alone) as they seek the immigrant vote. Their short-sighted self-interest has not only created record homelessness, housing unaffordability and severely compromised public health care but should ultimately prove particularly disastrous for First Nations as the nation fractures under the strain of too many newcomers and a misguided multicultural policy.

China: Human Rights Watch accuses Beijing of closing and destroying mosques… "The Chinese government's closure, destruction and repurposing of mosques is part of a systemic effort to curb the practice of Islam in China," said Maya Wang, acting China director at Human Rights Watch. BBC Nov. 21, 2023

Then there is the Swiss ban on minarets.  In Remembering Uzza, a conversation about the Hajj leads to a discussion about China’s treatment of believers.

Obama, Clooney and Gates: 'We can end child marriage in a generation' Three of the world's most influential women have told BBC News they want to end child marriage within a generation. BBC Nov. 20, 2023

Not without confronting the example of Muhammad. Not about to happen!

Fewer cousins marrying in Bradford's Pakistani community (from 60 to 46% in ten years)... But members of the community say there have been inter-generational tensions over this tradition, with some young people firmly rejecting the idea of arranged marriage - and cousin marriage in particular. BBC Nov 18, 2023

A young woman fleeing an arranged marriage was my introduction to the Koran and for that, in particular, I am grateful.

Witness testimony exposes alleged RSF (Arab militia fighting the Sudanese army) campaign to enslave men and women in Sudan CNN Nov 16, 2023

Slavery in the Koran

Except for those who have rich relatives willing to pay a substantial ransom to obtain their freedom, holy warriors don’t normally take men as slaves. They kill them, then and there, and enslave their wives and daughters. What ISIS did to the Yazidis is more in keeping with Muhammad's example—at Medina in particular—which, as ISIS pointed out, is enshrined in Islamic law as a legal precedent.

80 Yazidi men from the village of Kawju were shot dead by Islamic State holy warriors and their wives and daughters taken, it is speculated, to the city of Tal Afar, a gathering area for foreign fighters.

BBC Aug 16, 2014

[Islamic State] terrorists explained in a new publication their justification for taking women and using them as sex slaves, saying simply that it’s a practice that’s as old as Sharia law — and allowed by Islamic beliefs.

Washington Times Oct 13, 2014

Where Does Religion Come From? Ayaan Hirsi Ali, an ex-Muslim critic of Islamic fundamentalism and longtime champion of Enlightenment liberalism, has announced that she now calls herself a Christian. NY Times, Nov. 15, 2023

Ali, as an apostate, will not be able to avail herself of the jizya, the tax that People of the Book (Christians, Jews and Sabians) can pay to keep on breathing. Muhammad insisted, in Bukhari 52.260, that apostates be killed on the spot.

Fade to Black -Triumph of the Darkness Boreal Nov. 14, 2023

There has been a change in the title and focus of what should be my last book.

Jailed Iranian Nobel winner on hunger strike after being denied medical care for not wearing hijab CBC Nov 7, 2023

A women’s hair, like beautiful flowers, makes the world a more attractive place and should not be covered by a symbol of backwardness.

Former Egyptian Minister of Culture, Farouk Hosni

Narges Mohammadi, 51, 2023 Nobel Peace Prize winner for her ‘fight against the oppression of women in Iran' was sentenced to 30 years in jail. She risks her life by refusing to be a billboard for a religion that has nothing but disdain for her gender while women with nothing to lose dutifully submit to a retrograde tradition in the mistaken impression that it is all about piety. 

Aisha's explanation as to why, what she calls the verse of al-hijab was revealed.

Supreme Court pick Mary Moreau questioned about Omar Khadr ruling during public hearing. Conservative Senator Denise Batters challenged Supreme Court nominee Mary Moreau on her decision to let Omar Khadr live in the community with no restrictions. Globe and Mail, Nov 3, 2023

Ms. Moreau acknowledged highlighting her lenient treatment of Khadr on her resume. Omar Khadr pleaded guilty, while in American custody, to the murder of U.S. Army Sergeant 1st Class Christopher Speer in Afghanistan. The Trudeau government gave Khadr a $10.5 million tax free payout for his trouble.

Nobel Peace Prize won by Narges Mohammadi for ‘fight against the oppression of women in Iran’ Mohammadi, 51, has been sentenced to more than 30 years in prison, and has been banned from seeing her husband and children. Her name has become synonymous with the battle for human rights in Iran, where nationwide protests broke out last year following the death of Mahsa Amini. CNN Oct 6, 2023

Like those shot in one eye for protesting the death of 22-year-old Amini while in custody of the infamous morality police, she holds on to hope.

Iran protests: Victims shot in eyes hold on to hopes. BBC April 3, 2023

Before Amini, there was Neda.

What Muhammad may have looked like at 58 years old. Boreal, Oct 6, 2023

Khalid Shaikh Mohammed is accused of being the mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks, but the case has yet to reach the trial phase as defense lawyers seek to suppress some evidence that they say was derived from torture. New York Times, Oct 6, 2023

Narrated Nafi:

Ibn Umar said, The Prophet said, "Do the opposite of what the pagans do. Keep the beards (as it is) and cut the moustaches short."

Bukhari 72.780

But, what's with the orange beard and raccoon eyes?

Liberating Islam from the Islamists Boreal, Oct 3, 2023

In ISLAMOPHOBIA: What Holy Warriors and Islamists Have To Do With It I provided evidence that Islamists now control the message in furtherance of an agenda that should worry both mainstream Muslims and non-Muslims.

A few days ago, while perusing books at Ottawa’s Librairie du soleil on what is happening in France, I stumbled upon Liberating Islam from the Islamists (my translation of Libéron l’Islam de l’Islamisme) by French imam Hassen Chalghoumi. France (and Germany) are the bellwethers of what happens when you take in a large population of immigrants from another world without addressing what award-winning Algerian author Kamel Daoud calls “the cultural gulf separating the Arab-Muslim world from Europe.”

In Fade to Black, my follow up work-in-progress to ISLAMOPHOBIA, I will be offering a solution that is in keeping with imam Chalghoumi's defense of secularism.

At least 50 people have been killed and more than 50 injured in a suicide attack in Pakistan, police say. The blast happened near a mosque in the south-western Balochistan province on Friday as people gathered to celebrate the birth of the Prophet Muhammad. BBC Sept 29, 2023

Muhammad was against celebrating the birth and life of even pious men like him. He considered it a distraction from worshiping Allah and slandered the builders of shrines as "the worst creatures in the Sight of Allah."

Death toll rises to 25 after suicide attack in Somalia. RDI (my translation) Sept 25, 2023

If instead of telling lies about what is in the Koran we told the truth; for example, that sex in the Hereafter is not all it's cracked up to be, we could seriously reduce these almost weekly mass murders by gullible young men.

Panic in Nagorno-Karabakh but Azerbaijan rejects fears of ethnic cleansing BBC, Sept 23, 2023

Nothing to worry about if you have the means, should the situation arise, to pay the jizya, the right-to-live poll-tax when asked to pay up or die. The Armenian genocide of 2015-16 was an aberration. Under Islamic law, mass murder on a genocidal scale is normally reserved for polytheists societies that refuse to convert and communities of believers who would abandon Islam, Revelation 2:191 "Sedition is worse than slaughter."

"Canada [has] a growing reputation as a safe place for terrorists [and] extremists." Arindam Bagchi India’s External Affairs Ministry spokesperson, Sept 21, 2023

That Canada is a haven for terrorists is old news. In 2004, Stephen Bell published in Cold Terror: How Canada Nurtures and Exports Terrorism to the World. Since then, things have only gotten worse with Canada embarking on a reckless massive immigration program that saw, in 2022, a record number of people on the US Customs and Border Protection’s Terrorist Screening Dataset trying to enter the United States from Canada.

As to Canada, not only harbouring extremists but giving them a voice, believe Fatima Houda-Pepin.

Indonesia jails woman who recited Muslim prayer before trying pork on TikTok. CNN Sept 21, 2023

33-year-old Lina Lutfiawat, like every good Muslim, recited a short prayer thanking Allah for what she was about to eat: fried pork skin in the shape of a chip. Unfortunately, pork is not on Allah’s Jewish-inspired menu; the reason for the two years in jail. Yes, it’s madness, but not as insane as jailing women and girls for not completely covering their hair because of another of those convenient irrational motives emblematic of Islam, that even a stray strand could cause men to become aroused and entertain thoughts of illegal intercourse, i.e., sex outside marriage for which, women in particular, the punishment is severe.

Iran hijab bill: Women face 10 years in jail for 'inappropriate' dress (such as not completely covering their hair when going out in public) BBC Sept 20, 2023

The law is expected to get the approval of the Guardian Council of the Constitution which is responsible for ensuring that all legislation is consistent with what Allah revealed in His Koran and the example of His spokesman, the Prophet Muhammad.

Before the Council, which also decides who can run for Parliament, completely compromised the institution, it passed a law that made it next to impossible for men to marry and have sex with children. The Council disallowed the legislation because it was not in keeping with the example of a man who married and had sexual intercourse with a nine-year-old.

London fashion designer apologizes after Saudi-flag miniskirt controversy London-based Nigerian fashion designer Mowalola Ogunlesi has apologized after stirring a backlash online for showcasing a miniskirt with a print of the Saudi Arabian flag CNN Sept 18, 2023

How dare he associate a flag that is an invitation to violence with a garment that is anything but!

Muhammad: "I have been made victorious with terror." Boreal, September 11, 2023

9/11, and subsequent mass murders in England, Spain and France proved that terrorism works if you are willing to be brutal enough—except in Canada, where two murders were sufficient.

Rarely a week goes by that somewhere in the world men, women and children are not slaughtered or horribly mutilated by so-called holy warriors. Young men, for the most part, commit these atrocities on a god’s promise of an eternity of assembly-line sex with purpose-built female facsimiles for killing and dying on His behalf. Islamists would like us to believe that this is perfectly normal and nothing to be concerned with.

ISLAMOPHOBIA: What Holy Warriors and Islamists Have To Do With It is now available on Amazon.

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(O) Keith Spicer, Canada's first official languages commissioner, has died. CBC Aug 24, 2023

I remember Keith Spicer, but not in a good way.

France to ban schoolgirls from wearing abayas in school Female pupils will be banned from wearing abayas, loose-fitting full-length robes worn by some Muslims, in France's state-run schools. BBC Aug 27, 2023

From a woman's health perspective, this may be a good thing.

Iraq bans media from using term ‘homosexuality,’ says they must use ‘sexual deviance’ CNN Aug 9, 2023

Who is the deviant one?

Arab-Muslim world full of sexual misery, with its sick relationship towards woman, the human body, desire.

Kamel Daoud

Sinead O’Connor’s road to Islam serves as an inspiration. And when she converted, Mr. Al-Qadri allowed her to give the adhan in his mosque; a recording of her prayer shows women, children and men of different races entranced, some weeping upon hearing her call. I wept too, when I watched it. Sheema Khan, Globe and Mail, July 31, 2023

The words of the call to prayer, the adhan, are fairly innocuous. Not so for prayers sung a capella.

Nouhaila Benzina [Morocco] becomes first player to wear hijab at World Cup. BBC July 30, 2023

Promoting, in front of millions, a religion that has nothing but contempt for her sex.

Iran sex tape scandal: Government says no prior knowledge of alleged behaviour A sex tape in Iran has led to the suspension of an official in charge of promoting Islamic values... A video posted online allegedly shows the head of culture and Islamic guidance in Gilan province, Reza Tsaghati, having sex with another man. BBC July 29, 2023

I doubt if the promoter of Islamic values will face the punishment recommended by the embodiment of such values:

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 Marriage and Morals in Islam by Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi.

Rizvi's book was on the recommended reading list of Ottawa's largest madrassa.

Homosexuality: Crime and Punishment

Denmark Quran burning: Muslim nations condemn far right group's action... Muslims consider the Quran to be the word of God and view any intentional damage or show of disrespect towards it as deeply offensive. BBC, July 24, 2023

Of the forty grave sins identified by a revelation or a saying of Muhammad there is nothing about desecration of the Koran. God obviously did not care about what was done to a book that should not even exist. Desecration of the Koran is a made up transgression. In fact, Korans in circulation today are an early twentieth century transcription of an eight century oral recitation and should have remained an oral tradition as was the Prophet's wish.

Sweden allows protest burning Torahs and Bibles outside Israeli Embassy... “I unequivocally condemn the permission granted in Sweden to burn holy books. As the President of Israel, I condemned the burning of the Quran, sacred to Muslims world over, and I am now heartbroken that the same fate awaits a Jewish Bible, the eternal book of the Jewish people,” Herzog tweeted. CNN July 14, 2023

Which book is more deserving of being burnt for the violence it contains: the Koran or the Torah?

Ottawa Muslims should think twice about criticizing Pride at schools... They, like Muslims elsewhere, have a right to defend their religious beliefs, but they must be careful to not become part of the rising tide of intolerance against the LGBTQ+ community. Ottawa Citizen, July 7, 2023

They have no choice:

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.

Allah's Judgement concerning homosexuals.

Taliban order Afghanistan's hair and beauty salons to shut BBC, July 5, 2023

Women might be getting hair extensions in such places, or God-forbid, get fitted for a wig.

Canada Day, Boreal, July 1, 2023

A great day to be Canadian | A not so great day to be Canadian


Comments January 1 - June 30, 2023 — 2007 | Essays | Sohrab

A Willful Ignorance

These are the times that try men's soul. The Crisis, Thomas Paine

My everyman's writings on the Koran, Muhammad and Islam are part of what, with Lucette's passing, has become a solitary campaign against the willful ignorance that will be our undoing.

The Morning After | Topics for a Conversation

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