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Islamic Scriptures as They Relate to Current Events

News analysis you will not find anywhere else (O = Off-topic)

Iran will face consequences, Ukraine warns. Russia launched dozens of Iranian-made drones at Ukraine overnight. CNN May 28, 2023

Khamenei will definitely have to answer to Allah. "Helping the oppressors" is the 30th of the fifty grave sins; sins where the sinner is guaranteed to spend eternity on fire.

(O) Canadian fans may not love the Stanley Cup matchup — but it's good for the game CBC, May 27, 2023

NO IT ISN'T! How to end the embarrassment of Bettman making a mockery of our national sport.

SpaceX mission lifts off with former NASA astronaut, three paying customers... the mission is making history as stem cell researcher Rayyanah Barnawi becomes the first woman from Saudi Arabia to travel to space CNN May 22, 2023

Her namesake in Muhammad's household would be proud. Ali AlQarni, another Saudi astronaut on this historic mission (the first Muslim in space was Saudi), at a news briefing said: "We are holding hands, we are working together for the betterment of humanity and just trying to innovate.” WOW!

(O) Mills: My experience with the pain of private health care. The Ottawa Citizen, May 21, 2023.

If we had been living in the United States when my wife was diagnosed with lung cancer she probably would have died that same year. In Canada, Lucette got eight more years.

‘No one feels safe’: The Taliban promised to provide security to Afghans. New data shows threat from ISIS is growing CNN May 19, 2023

Wars never-ending

(O) Former ambassador repays Crown ($1,500 after being found out) corporation for moving her artwork. CBC May 15, 2023


Mother's Day, Sun, May 14, 2023

Sadly, based on an analysis of observations made by Muhammad, most mothers will be spending Mother's Day (and every other day) in Hell.

Islamic Jihad targets Jerusalem for the first time in current conflict as it fires barrage of rockets at Israel CNN May 12, 2023

Hard to believe that Muslims once prostrated themselves in the direction of Jerusalem. Like Jerusalem before it, Mecca, in 680 or thereabouts, was besieged during which the Ka'ba was burned to the ground.

(O) Yes, Canada’s new passport really is that bad ... We are told that there is no political motivation behind erasing images of Canadian history from the passport. Globe and Mail, May 12, 2023

Ralston Saul may have something to say about that. A brief history of Canada.

Iran executes two men convicted of blasphemy Iran has executed two men who were convicted of "burning the Quran" and "insulting the Prophet of Islam", the country's judiciary says. Yousef Mehrad and Sadrollah Fazeli-Zare (allegedly) ran dozens of social media accounts "dedicated to atheism and desecration of the sanctities." BBC May 8, 2023

Disrespect of the Qur’an, sin #46, and insulting a believer (in this instance Muhammad), sin #43, are made up grave sins, i.e., deduced. There is nothing in the Koran or the sayings and example of God's spokesman about what they did being a sin, especially one punishable by death. If, however, they also abandoned Islam or chose to no longer believe in the divine order of things then, and only then, did Muhammad insist that they be killed.

(O) Do you miss your BlackBerry? Canada's innovation sector does too New movie highlights gaping holes in Canada's innovation policy CBC May 7, 2023

"Holes" as in graves. It was the government with its purchase of Microsoft Office for the military instead of PerfectOffice from Cowpland’s Corel that dug Corel's grave. Rather than admit that the fix was in, the Minister responsible for procurement, in the face of public outcry, declared that her government “had picked the better product” when it did the exact opposite. Corel would never recover. As Michael Cowpland lamented:

It's not the lost sales that hurt the most; it's the perception in the rest of the world that we couldn't sell our product in our own backyard.

Michael would try again with an extraordinary piece of home-grown technology. But the grave digger to whom he paid taxes would again not be denied. With ZIM, the government had accomplices in the Business Development Bank and in Bell Canada where we did Google before Google did Google. A week before implementation, Bell divested itself of most of its programmers to CGI which promptly cancelled the whole thing. Unlike Bell, CGI was not into innovation and now neither was Bell.

Businesses Caught in Cross-Fire as Iran Enforces Hijab Law As more Iranian women go without the head scarves mandated by law, efforts by the government to force businesses to promote compliance... In the first days of the Iranian New Year holiday in March, the police showed up at a cafe in Tehran with orders to shut it down for two days. The cafe had run afoul of Iranian law by serving women who were not covering their hair with head scarves, they said. New York Times. May 5, 2023

Life imitating fiction.

Secret Service says it turned away Muslim NJ mayor from WH Eid reception. In a statement, CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relation)-New Jersey called the move “an affront to the Muslim community.” CNN May 2, 2023

The Secret Service obviously owes Mayor Khairullah an explanation. That CAIR would elevate this incident into “an affront to the Muslim community” is typical. Expect more of this type of intimidation as militant organisations like CAIR press for more accommodations that, if granted, would, in effect, make Islam the dominant religion in accordance with God's standing order and mission statement:

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.

The perils and pitfalls of accommodating Islam is a central theme of my next book Between a Pillar and a Hard Place. Bernard P.

(0) Horace Krever died on Sunday April 30, 2023 at the aged of 94 Toronto Star May 2, 2023

The Pamphlet is largely based on Justice Krever's report into Canada' tainted blood scandal.

Welsh teen forced to take virginity test before marriage. It wasn't just being forced to marry that Farah was against, she also didn't want the test to show she was a virgin. BBC April 26, 2023

Under Islamic Law a virgin cannot be married without her "permission." But, there is a catch.

Tarek Fatah November 20, 1949 - April 24, 2023

The Muslim who saved us from ourselves.

Eid 2023: Muslims celebrate the end of Ramadan Muslims around the world are celebrating the festival of Eid al-Fitr, commonly known as Eid, to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan. BBC April 21, 2023

Over a million students in the New York City public school system have the day off thanks to terrorism.

Supreme Court hears appeal of postal worker who didn’t work Sundays in dispute over religious accommodations CNN April 18, 2023

The beginning of the end of a secular state. The Canadian experience.

IS truffle picker attacks: At least 26 killed in Syrian desert ambush At least 26 people searching for valuable truffles in the Syrian desert have been killed by the Islamic State group, IS militants have repeatedly preyed on those searching for the fungus, with more than 150 people killed this year. A kilogram (2.2lb) can fetch more than the country's average monthly wage. BBC April 17, 2023

IS is not afraid to get its hands dirty. Remember Islamic State? It's making a comeback.

Iran executions surged in 2022 to 'spread fear' - report. Executions in Iran rose by 75% in 2022, with at least 582 people put to death as authorities sought to "spread fear" among protesters. BBC April 13, 2023

Just following the example of a man praised by God as the person to emulate.

The Young Muslims Challenging Islam's Status Quo. A conservative religious movement spreads through social media has taken hold among Indonesian youth. NY Times April 12, 2023

The most visible part of the challenge are young women who, unlike their counterparts in Iran, are insisting on wearing the hijab and demanding that a reluctant government rein in their stupid, lying, evil, lascivious selves.

'SNL' imagines former President Trump at the Last Supper James Austin Johnson poked fun at Trump loyalist comparisons to Jesus on "Saturday Night Live". CNN April 10, 2023

Did you know that Allah catered the Last Supper.

Predictions about the decline of Christianity in America may be premature. The cross, and the empty tomb. Both Christian symbols are bookends to the Easter story. One symbolizes the tragic execution of Jesus while the other represents the Christian belief in his resurrection... The future of American Christianity now appears to be a multiethnic community that is largely led by immigrants of the children of immigrants. If the American church can embrace this future and reverse its shrinking membership, it will have experienced its own resurrection. CNN April 8, 2023

Immigration is also fueling an Islamic resurgence, in Canada in particular. Whose message will eventfully prevail? A winning strategy make Islam the odds-on favourite.

Quebec Muslim associations denounce government ban on prayer rooms in schools A group representing Muslim associations in Quebec wants the provincial government to rescind a directive prohibiting the presence of prayer spaces in elementary and high schools. CBC April 8, 2023

Unlike the province of Ontario, Québec will not compromise its public school system. Education Minister Bernard Drainville issued a directive to that effect, prohibiting the presence of prayer spaces in elementary and high schools. The Minister said that they could always "pray silently."

That's not going to happen and a round table of Islamic organizations across the province (Table de concertation des organismes musulmans) is threatening to take the government to court if believers are not allowed to say their prayers so as to be heard in the public school system or in whatever space they find themselves, for that matter.

Prayers said out loud in public spaces, along with females as billboards, are being used to make Islam omnipresent and to force the State to implicitly, if not explicitly, agree that it cannot curtail in-your-face militancy in Allah’s Cause, even to protect a captive audiences of children. This tacit understanding was evident in an apology issued by VIA Rail, a Crown Corporation:

Via Rail is apologizing after a video surfaced online of a Muslim man being told he couldn't pray inside the Ottawa train station, but the National Council of Canadian Muslims says an apology isn't enough. CBC March 22, 2023.

That the whole thing appears to have been a setup did not matter. In the video the man says: "Go ahead. You're going viral right now, no worries," as the guard walks away from him. Of course, if the aggrieved party had prayed silently, none of this would have happened. But, that was not the point.

More scriptures pertaining to prayers.

Afghanistan’s women-run radio station vows to fight closure by Taliban: ‘Not afraid of jail or death’... Sadai Banowan, which means “women’s voice” in the Dari language, was ordered to shut down on 30 March by the hardline Islamist regime, which accused it of playing music during the holy month of Ramadan. Independent, April 5, 2023

There is no specific sin pertaining to broadcasting music. The sin is creating music or listening to it. It is the 16th of the forty greater sins.

A World Without Music

How this teen memorized the Qur'an by age 10, Every Ramadan, Muslims have a goal of deepening their relationship with the Qur'an, spending more time reciting the holy book and pondering its teachings... some have mastered the difficult task of committing all of it to memory, earning them the title "hafiz." CBC April 4, 2023

Children memorizing the Koran is not a good thing CBC!

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

Shot in the eye for protesting women and girls being beaten, raped and even murdered for not wearing a headscarf which the old men in charge maintain "is an unquestionable religious necessity.”


New capital's lavish mosque angers Egyptians facing poverty Egypt has opened a record-breaking mosque in its new administrative capital city - but has been widely criticised for the costs involved. The government has been building a new city in the desert, to try to move people away from heavily-congested Cairo. BBC April 2, 2023

What’s with all the mosques anyway?

The ferry in the Netherlands hosting refugees and migrants We're told the Silja Europa is one of the biggest passenger ferries in the world, able to carry up to 3,000 travellers. BBC News April 1, 2023

The luxurious Europat normally ferries passenger from the Estonian capital Tallinn to the Finnish capital Helsinki. For the past six months however, it has been home to 900 asylum seekers and migrants at a dock 20km outside Amsterdam. You have to hand it to Dutch hospitably making sure that everyone is served meat from animals that have been tortured to death as required by most of the migrants' religion.

The high-speed train that zooms across the Saudi desert In the distant past, Muslim pilgrims came to the holy city of Mecca on foot. Now, though, they can come via high-speed train. CNN March 30, 2023

Pilgrims may be able to get to Mecca faster but, for the vast majority, there is no point. That God, like for Ramadan, did not anticipate the obstacles to performing the Hajj after the end of the world was postponed and His religion spread beyond the Peninsula, is a real head-scratcher.

Afghanistan girls' education: 'When I see the boys going to school, it hurts' Habiba [is] among hundreds of thousands of teenage girls who have been barred from attending secondary school in most of Afghanistan by the Taliban. BBC March 27, 2023

Dear Habiba,

The Taliban is not about to waste money to further educate a sex whom the God in whose name, and that of His Spokesman, they rule consider inferior, mentality deficient and dumb as asses. You have a received an education sufficient for you to recite the Koran to your eventual children. Return to reading the Koran and the sayings of the Prophet and you will stop feeling sorry for yourself for you will know your place in their universe and the hurt will stop.



Habiba's namesake

Inside Somalia's hidden world of sex work. BBC March 23, 2023

Unlike her counterpart in Muslim countries like Bangladesh where a prostitute can safely practice her profession in government-approved establishments, which includes the largest brothel in the world, working girls in Somalia are very much on their own.

How medication management can help you fast safely this Ramadan. CBC March 23, 2023

If fasting during Ramadan was observed from sunrise to sunset everywhere in the world, in some jurisdictions no medication management could help to fast safely. For example, Ramadan in the land of the midnight sun.

The Fast of Ramadan is a misnomer. It is not as much a fast, which done in moderation can be beneficial, but a changing of your eating schedule from three balanced meals during the day to one large meal on which you gorge yourself after nightfall. It is not only diabetics and people who must take their medicine with food at a specific time during the day who are effected, but healthy individuals who will have to depend on laxatives as such an unhealthy regiment puts the digestive system under considerable strain and who may develop chronic constipation from gorging themselves at night, before turning in, for 30 days straight.

Fasting during Ramadan was not much of a health issue during Muhammad’s lifetime when the vast majority of believers were desert dwellers who called the sizzling sun-drenched Arabian Peninsula home. You did not eat much during the day and conserved your energy during the hottest part of it, often by enjoying a long siesta waiting till the sun went down and the heat of the day started to dissipate to linger over a hearty meal in the company of friends and family before retiring for the night.

There is no consensus as to the impact on dreaming of eating, especially a substantial amount of food just before going to bed but, as pointed out in a Health Alert from Harvard Medical School, “nocturnal eating can interrupt your sleep in various ways, prompting recall of disturbing dreams… [and] trigger night sweats because the body generates heat as it metabolizes the food.” Much of the Koran was revealed, supposedly during Ramadan, during what Muhammad recalled as vivid dreams from which he would often wake up in a sweat.

Other facts about Ramadan.

"But, YOU'RE NOT FAT?" Thank goodness for more Western medication to help overcome the negative impact, in this instance on women only, of religious traditions from the Dark Ages.

Canada’s population grew by 1 million in 2022... as Canada struggles with a serious housing crisis. CBC March 22, 2023

That is twice the planned immigration level of 500,000 immigrants a year by 2025 which the Premier of Quebec has already characterised as reckless. This extraordinary level of planned and unplanned immigration, combined with aggressive multiculturalism will elevate here the type of fear gripping France and other European countries according to sociologist Mathieu Bock-Côté, that "of becoming strangers at home" and making a fractured nation future more likely.

I'm a biracial Muslim woman in the beer industry. I live in the space between your expectations CBC March 11, 2023

God was initially comfortable with worshippers enjoying an alcoholic beverage, as long as they did not show up for prayers under the influence. That was until a close collaborator of Muhammad convinced Him otherwise.

Read Let me Rephrase That! for the more than 240 times Allah changed His mind.

Manchester bomber friend known to MI5, BBC reveals BBC March 1, 2023

The bomber's friend was Kuwait-born preacher Mansour Al-Anezi. Twenty two people, mainly young women and girls, died in the bombing at the Manchester Arena in May 2017. All the more reason for Canada to certify imams, in spite of opposition from Ms. Elghawaby the government's newly appointed representative on fighting a rational fear of the irrational such as that elicited by the actions of a faith-driven mass murderer.

Another reminder on how we could reduce, if not end, the scourge of this induced insanity.

"Ariana Grande still donates Christmas gifts to child patients years after Manchester attack" CNN Dec 28, 2022

The United Arab Emirates will soon become the first Arab nation to teach the horrors of the Nazi Holocaust in its schools, CNN Jan 13, 2023.

Without the cooperation of the Jews of Medina Islam would have been stillborn. Muslims and Jews used to respect each other and lived together in harmony until an unfortunate misunderstanding which, unless resolved, can only lead to another holocaust. This history too should be taught, in both Jewish and Arab schools, with a view to remedying that misunderstanding and avoiding the worst.

Quebec's Bill 21 on Secularism finds support in Ontario... Iranian-Canadian activist Homa Arjomand, who was instrumental in the campaign to outlaw Sharia Islamic Law from our family courts has now stepped in and taken the lead to make education and other public services in Ontario secular based on the model of the Bill 21 in Quebec. Tarek Fatah, Toronto Sun, Jan 11,2023

It's about teaching your children well | What is happening in English Canada

Iran executes two more protestors over the weekend. Two young men, one a karate champion, the other a volunteer children's coach, were executed in connection with nationwide protests. CNN Jan 9, 2023

And Judgement Day is not even imminent when the murder of young people by old men will be the order of the day. This is not to make light of young men being hanged on the orders of old men. Muhammad was forty when God chose him as His last and greatest spokesman. He died when he was 63; much closer in age and temperament to the old men who would rule in his name and send young people to their death as he would do if they challenged his legacy—the eve of Judgement Day notwithstanding.

Alabama woman who joined IS hopes to return to U.S. from Syria camp Associated Press, Jan 8, 2023.

Many young women, including two teenaged girls from Montreal who are presumed to have died whose transit to Syria was facilitated by CSIS would have never joined a terrorist organisation like the Islamic State if they had known what awaited them.

Jerusalem: Palestinian anger over far-right Israeli minister's holy site visit... The hilltop site is the most sacred place in Judaism and the third holiest in Islam. It is known to Jews as the Temple Mount... and to Muslims as Haram al-Sharif, the site of Muhammad's ascent to Heaven. BBC Jan 3, 2023

The ascent in Uzza.


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

Why the Pessimism? | Stopping the Draining of the Light

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