Autobiographies

SHOOTING THE MESSENGER

Till Death Do Us Part

Paperback, 245 pages

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An autobiography

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LOVE, SEX & ISLAM

Paperback, 198 pages

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Autobiography Plus Adults Only

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Canadian, eh!

Et tu, Kelly?

Canadiens legend Guy Lafleur strives to raise awareness as he continues to battle lung cancer Globe and Mail, Nov 23, 2021

In 2011, my wife was diagnosed with lung cancer. I wrote about her diagnosis and treatment after a columnist in the Ottawa Citizen praised American health care as superior to Canadian. After radiation therapy she was told her life expectancy was five years. It turned out to be eight. Maybe you can take some encouragement from that Guy.

Eulogy

PDFs as Failsafe Boreal Nov 23, 2021

In anticipation of my own passing with no one foolish or brave enough to ensure Boreal Books will continue publishing my books, and that the government will eventually table legislation which I fear will seek to protect religion from criticism, one religion in particular as the British have done, I am converting some titles to free downloadable PDFs as a failsafe. Buy a book, it may become a collector's item.

Falling for Uzza Boreal Nov 21, 2021

With all the patios on Elgin Street closed for the winter, a story about a girl I met on one of them.

I first spotted her: a beautiful, tanned vision of confidence in what I think was an imitation of the proverbial little black dress, making her way to my table, a gentle breeze teasing her hair. While taking my order, she glanced at my draft copy of Remembering Uzza.

[Beautiful girl]: Is that a book about Islam?

Me: Yes.

[Beautiful girl]: Who is the author?

Me: That would be me. It’s not published yet. I am making corrections.

[Beautiful girl]: Oh! I am Arab and Muslim.

Falling for Uzza

Deborah Flint had lofty plans when she took over Pearson airport. Then the harsh reality of COVID-19 hit  Globe and Mail, Oct 28, 2021

This story of a woman succeeding in a man’s word reminded me of that of Michelle Monette, the first woman put in charge of ground operations for an international carrier and member of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), in this instance Air Canada’s combined operations at Mirabel and Dorval.

ISLAM

A Provocative Call to Prayer

In Cologne, the "Erdogan's Mosque" wants to be heard. The debate rages in Cologne, where the great mosque, inaugurated in 2018 by the Turkish president, will be able to make the call to prayer via loudspeakers (my translation). Le Point, Nov 8, 2021

Negotiating the Obligatory Prayers

Julio Iglesias, Fitna and the Seductive Sounds of Hatred and Cruelty

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."

As in the past, why it is women and girls who will be stoned.

What about same sex relationships?

CAIRful

9 tropes about Muslims that are a product of Islamophobia By Mirna Alsharif, CNN, September 11, 2021

Misinformation From a Trusted Source On a Somber Anniversary

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.

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 also not worth it. And, if you are a teenaged girl enamored with the idea of sharing a bed with the ultimate bad boy, read this first: What Every Prospective Jihadi Bride Should Know

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.

The Major and a Cardinal Rule of Warfare Ignored

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.

The inevitable may occur sooner rather than later brave Mila. Your age, when you said those words you now regret, will not save you from those who take their cue from the Prophet of Mercy.

What she said and Charlie Hebdo's response.

THE INDISPENSABLE FOUR

LOVE, SEX & ISLAM

Paperback, 198 pages

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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.

REMEMBERING UZZA

If Islam Was Explained to Me in a Pub

Paperback, 452 pages

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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?

A Belated Acknowledgement

Please note: in the PDF, endnotes have been converted to footnotes and footnotes longer than a page converted to appendices.

CHILDREN AND THE KORAN

The End of Empathy

Paperback, 136 pages

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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

LET ME REPHRASE THAT!

Your Layman's Guide to Abrogations - Second Edition

Paperback, 100 pages

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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.

THE KORAN SIX

The complete Koran catalogued and explained in six paperbacks in a way we can all understand.

Women and the KoranWomen and the Koran - Second Edition

Paperback, 123 pages

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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

Excerpts: A Divine Bias | Who Gets What | Marriage | Divorce

Jihad in the Koran - Second Edition

Paperback, 202 pages

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"Islam was never a religion of peace. Islam is the religion of fighting."  Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Islamic State

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

What the Koran has to say about Islam's holy war for religious supremacy, and the civil war that started it all, is what Jihad in the Koran is all about.

Shared Prophets- Second Edition

Biblical Figures in the Koran - What They Said and Did

Paperback, 272 pages

Shared Prophets brings together, in one place, revelations about the Biblical heroes, and the odd villain, whom Allah invited to strut their stuff on His stage, the Koran.

Widely available by Dec 5, 2021

The Islamic Hereafter

Paperback, 178 pages

The Islamic Hereafter is all about pleasure and pain: hedonistic pleasures and agonizing pain. It is not for children whose parents don't believe in persuasion through terror. If Allah’s revelations about the appalling indescribable pain and cruelty that unbelievers can expect on Judgement Day — and later when He confines them all in His Hell — are not enough to cause unforgettable bone-chilling nightmares, Muhammad’s ghastly visions of a claustrophobic, zombie-like existence underground surely will.

New edition December 2021

From Merchant to Messenger

Muhammad's struggle for legitimacy as revealed in the Koran

Paperback: 192 pages.

The Koran is very much the story of one man’s struggle to get his Meccan kin, the Quraysh, and the Arabs in general, to accept him as an authentic prophet in the same class as his hero Moses and to abandon their smorgasbord of gods and goddesses and to worship only Allah.

New edition January 2021

Getting to Know Allah

Paperback, 310 pages

Getting to Know Allah will give you that deeper insight into the mind of a god who brooks no equal. Read revelations about His likes and dislikes and how He deals with adversity; and much more of what is not covered in my other five books. Getting to Know Allah can be read as the first or the last of my six books on the Koran. It does not matter. 

New edition February 2022

Parting Observations

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.

Al-Qaeda

The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.

Stephen Hawking 1942-2018

The world desperately needs to have an honest conversation about Islam (as I have tried to have with my books, comments and essays) 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.

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

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

Islamophobia

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.

Who are you calling an Islamophobe?

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.

Uzza remembers what Nehru said.

Teach Your Children Well

Boys in the Front, Girls to the Back

It's Not Only About People

On the Ritual Slaughter of Animals

Dogs Gone

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 if what is learned can be unlearned. Better still, why not avoid teaching children to hate altogether.

Preventing the Inevitable

MAD Checkmated

Mad for Mecca

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.

Why the Pessimism?

Stopping the Draining of the Light

Post-mortem

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.

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