Al-Qaeda, the Taliban... Revitalized
President Joe Biden agreed on Monday to formally conclude the US combat mission in Iraq by the end of the year, another step toward winding down the two prolonged military engagements that began in the years following the September 11 terror attacks.
CNN Mon July 26, 2021
September 11 was just another victory in a very old war.
The Americans, by leaving the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan before Islamic State and those responsible for 9/11 have been totally defeated shows how recklessly ignorant they are about whom they are fighting and why.
When Is a Phobia Not a Phobia!
Trudeau says federal security, tax agencies must do more to end Islamophobia
Globe and Mail, July 22, 2021
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:
Women and the Koran: Marriage
Women in Egypt are breaking down the walls of silence surrounding sexual abuse. Now one of the latest fightbacks is against marital rape, an issue which until recently has been largely taboo... a turning point came in April, when a scene in a television series called Newton's Cradle that was broadcast during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan showed a scene of a husband forcing himself on his wife.
For many women, the episode evoked bad memories but it also gave them the courage to take to social media and share their experiences. In a few weeks, hundreds of testimonies appeared online, including more than 700 on a Facebook page called Speak Up...
Most marital rape cases which go to court do not end in a conviction due to Article 60 of the Egyptian Penal Code.
"The provisions of the Penal Code shall not apply to any deed committed in good faith, pursuant to a right determined by virtue of the Sharia (Islamic law)."
'My husband was an angel - then he raped me', BBC News, Cairo July 14, 2021
The Prophet said: "The stipulations most entitled to be abided by are those with which you are given the right to enjoy the (women's) private parts (i.e. the stipulations of the marriage contract)."
A husband's God-given right no man-made law can negate and which a wife denies at her peril.
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.
Ending the Scourge of the Young Suicide Bomber
Bombing Outside Afghan School Kills at Least 90, With Girls as Targets
The New York Times, May 8, 2021
We probably won't know the exact age of the young man who drove a minivan full of explosives next to the school which he then detonated killing himself and the school girls until the Taliban complete their takeover of Afghanistan and his accomplishment celebrated as an example to be emulated.
The odds are he was a sexually immature male between the age of 17 and 21 looking for instant gratification and whose idea of intimacy had been skewed by scriptures.
Islamic suicide bombers over 25 are almost unheard of. Seasoned holy warriors know that sex in the here-and-now is way superior to whatever Paradise has to offer and are in no hurry to get at those houris only to be disappointed.
It's time to be straightforward with young people contemplating a mass murder/suicide on Allah's behalf; that the sex He promises as a reward is not all it's cracked up to be, starting with what should be a deal-breaker: sex in Paradise is a semenless experience.
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
Islamophobia can 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.
For non-believers who have read the Koran, it is also the insistence that what they consider irrational is nothing of the kind; it is the truth which they must be made to accept, by force if necessary, as understood by the man who revealed it to mankind on behalf of a god who 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.
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.'
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.
When writing about Islam you are always concerned that you will not get to finish what you started because someone will take exception to what you wrote earlier. Therefore, you tend to rush the next thing you are working on, and that is unfortunate.
If you find any errors – and by errors I mean typos and malapropism, the bane of writers expressing themselves in a language other than their own – after my passing, you can correct them, or not, and publish my books, translate them or do with them what you will for 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.