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The Indispensable Four

Love, Sex and Islam

A mix of reality and scriptures - Adults Only

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.

The dozen or so adult situation stories in PART I – Sex in the Here-And-Now, some of which may bring more than a smile to your face, are not gratuitous. Actual names (first names only) are used.

PART II – Sex in the Hereafter compares the experiences revealed in PART I with what a martyr can expect in Paradise. A must-read for anyone contemplating martyrdom because of what they have been told about sex in the Hereafter, that the dead have better sex than the living.

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Remembering Uzza

If Islam Was Explained to Me in a Pub - Adults Only

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?

Uzza is a story for our time that has the potential to change the course of things to come. Except for Uzza, and a short appearance by a couple from a neighbouring municipality, all other characters, including Archie the bartender, are modeled on real patrons of a once-popular Ottawa nightspot.

To keep the conversation between Uzza, Johnny, Gerry, Bob and Archie as unaffected as possible, implicit and explicit references to verses of the Koran and the sayings and actions of the Prophet are explained in a substantial supplement of endnotes.

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"We... particularly appreciate the level of thought that went into crafting each character and their relationship with one another.

"A factor that we also take into consideration is that CBC does not produce content in-house, we license content from production companies. Because of this, we typically require projects to have a production company attached to them before we can move forward with development or production consideration."

CBC Scripted Content Team

Inquiries from producers and impresarios looking to make a difference welcomed.

Children and the Koran

The End of Empathy - Second Edition

Paperback, 136 pages

A lack of empathy, whether it be an instilled pathology or a manifestation of loyalty to one’s religionist community, which our governments and our courts have encouraged by favouring religious distinctiveness over shared secular values, means we can no longer count that love of country or respect for Western civilization and what it stands for will see us through.

The threat that an absence of empathy and tribalism poses could be significantly reduced if we made the Koran for adults only. By having you read what children who should be enjoying Babar the Elephant or Cinderella are reading, I hope to convince you to try to do just that—for their sake, and ours.

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Let Me Rephrase That!

Your Layman's Guide to Abrogations - Second Edition

Paperback, 100 pages

Earlier in Muhammad’s Call, Allah showed a measure of respect for other religions.

2:62 The believers (Muslims), the Jews, the Christians and the Sabians whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day and does what is good, shall receive their reward from their Lord. They shall have nothing to fear and they shall not grieve.

As Islam became a force to be reckoned with, God's position towards other religions hardened and He sent down revelations which invalidated what He said earlier about Jews, Christians and an obscure sect having nothing to fear such as the following:

3:85 Whoever seeks a religion other than Islam, it will never be accepted from him, and in the Hereafter he will be one of the losers.

Scholars have identified more than two hundred revealed truths that were abrogated by subsequent communications from Allah to Muhammad. These ephemeral immutable facts and their abrogator(s), most of which, like Revelation 3:85 reflect a God's growing intolerance, is what Let Me Rephrase That! wants to bring to your attention.

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The Koran Six

Pain, Pleasure and Prejudice, the complete Koran by topic and explained in a way we can all understand, has been broken up into six paperbacks, all priced under $18.00.

Getting to Know Allah

Paperback, 250 pages

111:1-5 Perish the hands of Abu Lahab, and may he perish too; neither his wealth nor what he has earned will avail him anything. He will roast in a flaming fire, and his wife will be a carrier of fire-wood, she shall have a rope of fibre around her neck.

The phrase, "In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful" launches 112 of the 114 chapters of the Koran.

If "compassionate" is defined as being aware of the suffering of an other and wishing to relieve it, and "merciful" as being unconditionally kind and forgiving, then these are not the qualities we would associate with the Author of verses about roasting a man over an open fire, with his wife, tethered like an animal, supplying the firewood fueling the flame that is burning her husband.

Does it matter that Abu Lahab did not hide his disdain for the Prophet Muhammad and his new religion? It matters to Allah, and what matters to Allah is what Getting to Know Allah is all about.

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. Getting to Know Allah should be read as the first or the last of my six books on the Koran.

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Shared Prophets

Biblical Figures in the Koran - What They Said and Did

Paperback, 240 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.

Shared Prophets assumes a rudimentary knowledge of the Old Testament’s best known characters such as Moses, Abraham, Noah, Joseph (son of Jacob), Solomon, Lot, Saul, David, Adam, Cain and Abel.

As to the New Testament, it is sufficient to be aware that Christians believe 1) that Jesus is the Son of God, 2) that he was born of the Virgin Mary, and 3) that he died on the Cross. The Koran gives credence only to the virgin birth and vociferously denies the other two core Christian beliefs, with Jesus being the most vocal, after Allah, in denouncing those who would claim he is the Son of God.

Mary, the only woman mentioned by name in the Koran, is there to back her son’s claim that he is not divine, but just another prophet of Allah, and a lesser one at that. There is no Joseph.

Shared Prophets is a must-read for those who do not care to learn about the Koran in the mistaken and dangerous delusion that it is like the Bible — it is not — and especially the New Testament portion of which the Koran is the antithesis.

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Women and the Koran

Second Edition

Paperback, 123 pages

Afghan women to have rights within Islamic law, Taliban say.

BBC August 17, 2021

What does women’s rights “within Islamic law” mean?

I have revamped Women and the Koran in the hope that more will seek to understand what life is like for women and girls living under Islamic law, of which the Koran is the foundation.

I have included in this edition additional hadiths, sayings and examples of the Prophet Muhammad, which have a forceful impact (no pun intended) on women and girls in a world governed by the Sharia, i.e., God’s law. 

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Jihad in the Koran

Second Edition

Paperback, 202 pages

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

Allah's Apostle said, "Know that Paradise is under the shades of swords."Bukhari 52.73

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

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... Rejoice then at the bargain you have made with Him; for that is the great triumph.

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.

What the Koran has to say about this ongoing global struggle for religious supremacy, and the civil war that started it all, is what Jihad in the Koran is all about.

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The Islamic Hereafter

Second Edition

Paperback, 184 pages

37:48 And they also shall have wide-eyed maidens averting their gaze.

56:22-24 And wide-eyed houris, Like hidden pearls; As a reward for what they used to do.

47:15 The likeliness of the Garden which the God-fearing have been promised is this: rivers of water not stagnant, rivers of milk whose taste has not changed, rivers of wine delighting its drinkers and rivers of distilled honey. Therein they have every variety of fruit and forgiveness from their Lord too. Are they to be compared with those who dwell in the Fire forever and are given to drink boiling water which will rip up their bowels?

4:56 Those who have disbelieved Our Signs, We shall surely cast them into the Fire; every time their skins are burnt, We will replace them by other skins, so that they might taste the punishment. Allah indeed is Mighty and Wise!

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.

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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.

It was not easy, even with God as a trusted advisor and cheerleader, as hundreds of revelations will attest, with Allah being remarkably candid about what people thought of His ultimate spokesperson, such as thinking him a madman.

68:2 You are not [O Muhammad], by the Grace of your Lord, a madman.

From Merchant to Messenger contains little information about Muhammad's military campaign that would see to him become the absolute ruler of all he surveyed; that is covered in Jihad in the Koran.

Includes a short biography of Muhammad's wives and their impact on the Koran.

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The Prophet

1,001 Sayings and Deeds of the Prophet Muhammad

Second Edition

Paperback, 454 pages

Improved presentation, contents cross-referenced to Boreal Books on the Koran, appendices, additional footnotes, etc.

Within the house of Islam, the penalty for learning too much about the world—so as to call the tenets of the faith into question—is death. While the Koran merely describes the punishment that awaits the apostate in the next world, the hadith is emphatic about the justice that must be meted out in this one: 'Whoever changes his religion, kill him.'

Given the fact that [hadiths are] often used as the lens through which to interpret the Koran, many Muslim jurists consider [them] to be even a greater authority on the practice of Islam.

Sam Harris, The End of Faith - Religion, Terror and the Future of Reason, 2004, W. W. Norton & Company.

In learning about the hadiths, you will also become acquainted with the real Muhammad as his closest friends and his child-bride, Aisha, remember him.

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A One Act Play

Alice Visits a Mosque to Learn About Judgment Day

Paperback, 80 pages

The dialogue is made up, but the revelations are real, as are the sayings of Muhammad. The character of Alice only bears a remote resemblance to the heroine of Lewis Carroll's tale of a young girl "who falls down a rabbit hole into a fantasy world populated by peculiar, anthropomorphic creatures."

Alice Visits a Mosque to Learn About Judgement Day is a short, often brutal play/script (it could not be otherwise) about an important concept in Islam on which the Koran expounds at length.

Alice is not meant to offend but to enlighten. It is both a play and an invitation to learn more about the Koran and the Prophet. We hope you will read it (or see it, if it ever makes it to the stage or the screen) in the spirit in which it was written.

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A fear of Islam is a legitimate fear, not a phobia. It is 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 allegedly written in a book in Paradise whose contents were revealed by an illiterate who claimed to be an intimate of the Author.

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.

Islamophobia looks at the lifetime of people who believe they have a God-given license to kill unbelievers “wherever you find them” and Muslims whom Allah warns can't be trusted and at the people who would dismiss the purpose-driven, fear-inducing atrocities committed by modern-day holy warriors as nothing to be worried about.

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Fade to Black

Triumph of the Irrational

"All religions are stupid, but Islam is the stupidest of all." Michel Houellebecq

Assuming that we are genetically programed, as some research suggests, to believe in a higher being therefore predisposed to believe in religion, are we also genetically inclined to believe in Houellebecq’s stupidest considering Islam’s appeal to so many, women in particular.

Houellebecq is wrong! Islam is not the stupidest, but the smartest as evident by its success at recruiting that leaves other religions in the dust. This is in spite of having the most easily ridiculed rituals and scriptures and a persistent tradition of violence.

Mark Twain and others have opinionated that religion is believing in something you know to be untrue. If that is the case, then Islam is both like and unlike other religion in that it requires an absolute belief in what, for the rational mind, is patently absurd not only mystifying. Could that be the secret to Islam’s success, its appeal to the irrational in all us? Fade to Black leaves that question for psychologists.

Islam in labelling the world before the coming of the self-proclaimed Prophet Muhammad as “the time of ignorance” has explicitly accused those who fail to submit to the Will of Allah, i.e. to become Muslims as belonging to that world. Islam would have you believe that unbelievers are the irrational ones. Fade to Black - Triumph of the Irrational is not of that opinion.

September 2024


Teach Your Children Well

The future as a truism and a cliché

Bill 21 Edition

Paperback, 82 pages

It is both a truism and a cliché that children are the future. Where that future will be shaped is in the classroom.

Teach Your Children Well looks at the long term implications of introducing the teaching of religion in the public school system, and the granting of exceptions to the general curriculum for religious reasons.

In March 2020, the government of François Legault, with the passing of Bill 21, “An Act respecting the laicity of the State” ended the teaching of religion in the Québec secular public school system, in part, because of the deleterious impact it was having on students' intellectual development.

This has not stopped other jurisdictions, including the Canadian Government, from favouring teaching empirical truths in conjunction with opposing revealed truths, i.e., alleged immutable facts communicated to a mortal by a god and letting primary and secondary school kids sort them out for themselves. Teach Your Children Well is there to remind you why this is a bad idea.

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A Personal Journey

Shooting the Messenger

Till Death Do Us Part

Paperback, 245 pages

One of her last requests was that I make one more attempt at telling my story; now, our story. I should not have been surprised that my firing by Foreign Affairs still bothered her considering the surroundings in which she died.

At the heart of Shooting the Messenger – Till Death Do Us Part is the story of my discovery of a multi-million dollar fraud and my subsequent dismissal for failing to report, under impossible conditions, the theft of additional millions.

Till Death Do Us Part ends with my wife's passing on the afternoon of July 5, 2019, away from where she had hoped to die.

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Failure to find a buyer for Boreal Books:

Should I fail to find a suitable purchaser of the rights to my books and trademark before I have to personally answer to Allah for what I wrote about Him and the illiterate He chose to speak on His behalf, I have 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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