Successors in the Lands
Uzza: Some people believe in the separation of Church and State as deeply as Islamists believe there should be no such distinction. Allowing Islam to blur this line by letting it market its ideology everywhere made people uneasy, and rightly so. If governments had held the line against a militant Islam that recognises no man-made boundaries to its expansion and jealously guarded the fragile exception that is Western civilization instead of caving in to bullies, there might have been fewer reasons for people to fear Islam.
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 Remembering Uzza - If Islam Was Explained to Me in a Pub: The Enemy Within, Boreal Books
AFP-JIJI: "Combination of pictures showing the five gunmen who carried out the July 1, 2016 attack in Dhaka, during which 20 hostages were slaughtered at a restaurant, posing in front of a flag of the Islamic State group at an undisclosed location." Image may be subject to copyright
Those who would accuse you of Islamophobia would like you to concentrate on the smiling faces and ignore the guns. Don’t!
9:123 O you who believe, fight those of the unbelievers who are near to you and let them see how harsh you can be. Know that Allah is with the righteous.
If you fear Islam, as you should from what you now know, you might take comfort in that, when Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and others called on every Muslim to take up arms and go out and slaughter unbelievers wherever they find them, most who took up the challenge, unlike Bibeau and Rouleau, preferred travelling to Syria to join the Islamic State and butcher them as part of an organized campaign.
Islam was never a religion of peace. Islam is the religion of fighting. No-one should believe that the war that we are waging is the war of the Islamic State. It is the war of all Muslims, but the Islamic State is spearheading it. It is the war of Muslims against infidels. There is no excuse for any Muslim not to migrate to the Islamic State... joining is a duty on every Muslim. We are calling on you either to join or carry weapons [to fight] wherever you are.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in an audio message made public May 14, 2015
Kill everyone; the evildoers are all targets for us. Don't bother looking for a specific target, just kill them.
Dar al-Islam (Land of War) No. 3 (My translation of an exhortation to believers worldwide published in Islamic State's French language signature magazine.)
Always target areas where crowds gather, like popular tourist spots, shopping centers, synagogues, churches… the goal being to instill fear in their hearts.
Dar al-Islam (Land of War) No. 5
The Islamic State taking Allah’s command to be harsh with unbelievers to heart:
If you can't blow them up or shoot them, try to be alone with the infidel and crush his skull with a rock, knife him to death, run him over with your car, throw him off a cliff, strangle him, poison him… It does not matter whether he is a policemen or a civilian, the sentence is the same. They are our enemies and spilling their blood is justified.
Abu Mohammed Al-Adnani, the second most senior leader of the Islamic State after Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
What would have happened if the call to murder the person next to you had come from local imams? In a response to a July 15, 2016 Ottawa Citizen story: France in mourning as truck attack kills 84 in Nice, including 10 children, a reader imagined the following scenario in an online comment that must have gotten past the paper’s censors:
REALITY OF TODAY
You welcome this Islamic population into your country, you feed them, you house them, you give them benefits that your own people have worked for, you bend over backwards to appease them, you force your own people to tolerate them, and you encourage their religion to thrive. You give them the same and in some cases even more opportunities of every home born citizen. But in reality these Muslims have a hidden agenda.
They see your culture as weak. They will lie to you, they will tell you they are peaceful and want nothing else but to be fine upstanding citizens and follow our laws. They will accept your food, your housing, your benefits, your kindness but they will never accept your culture or beliefs.
They will secretly hide and protect the bombers and beheaders within their communities that are basically no-go areas for our authorities.
They will wait in their millions and grow strong on your generosity and tolerance which they see as your greatest weakness. And then one day in the future they will receive the call from the Muslim hate preachers of the mosques you have so generously allowed them to build so they can preach their Islamic bile, and rise up and then the Islamization of the Christian world will be complete.
The appeasers and apologists who have helped them will be the first to be put to the sword for the Muslims will not trust people who have betrayed their own Christian culture.
Their alien, violent, intolerant 7th century cult will utterly destroy you because your stupidity knows no bounds. These Muslims cherish death more than life itself especially in the pursuit of their aim to make the world one barbaric Islamic caliphate.
Islam will make the SS look like the Salvation Army in the times to come. May our children and children's children forgive us for our utter suicidal stupidity.
I wish the author of the above had stayed with the designation Islamists to avoid painting all Muslims with the same brush.
In many Western nations, and Canada is no exception, Nawaz’s “Political Islamists” and your traditional Islamists now control the message and are largely responsible for the appointment by a compromised prime minister of a high ranking official to combat a rational fear of the irrational. On January 26, 2023 the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau announced the appointment of Amira Elghawaby, communications director of the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), as Canada's first representative to combat Islamophobia.
In 2015, the Fort McMurray mosque welcomed a Saudi-trained imam to lead the congregation about whom The Globe and Mail wrote:
On his personal website, the imam has posted links to provocative essays, authored by other Saudi-educated scholars that he has translated into English. One such essay, The Rules on How to Interact with Non-Muslims, starts out with an analysis of Sura 5, Verse 51 of the Koran – 'Take not the Jews and Christians for Friends.'
That same year, the Senate of Canada issued an interim report on countering terrorism, in which it recommended the training and certification of imams in Canada to weed out the “hate preachers” mentioned in the comment “REALITY OF TODAY.” Ms. Elghawaby would have none of it (Appendix: Imam Certification), as I suspect the man who appointed her would not either.
Fatima Houda-Pepin, the first Muslim woman elected to the Quebec National Assembly, discussed (my translation) the Islamists’ appropriation of the message during an interview with Guy Lepage, host of the popular French language current affairs program Tout le monde en parle (Everyone's talking about it, my translation).
There is no such thing as a moderate Muslim; there are Muslims who believe in democracy. The term "moderate Muslim" is an invention of the media which allows Islamic fundamentalists to operate below the radar. Who are the Muslims? They are a diversity of communities. Muslim should always be plural because they come from Africa, from the Islands…
I am from Morocco, a country open [to the world] and tolerant. When I was growing up, I had Jewish, Christian and Muslim playmates; we went to school together we celebrated each other's [religious] holidays. I bear no grudges, having lived Islam in harmony. I only got to know what fundamentalist Islam was when I came to Canada. It is here that I got to know the most intolerant, the best organized, the most structured and the best financed groups, with means and worldwide connections. It was quite a shock.
Nonetheless, the vast majority of Muslims try hard to integrate; their children do well in school, they have a future. This is not well-known because the fundamentalists have the upper-hand (control the message) and have the ear of the media. They (the fundamentalists) have become the trees that hide the forest.
Muslims, as Houda-Pepin pointed out “are a diversity of communities.” One of them are the Sufis, who are at the top of the list of those who must be slaughtered for their love of life; or simply their love of loving.
Fasting is a way to save on food
Vigil and prayer is a labor for old folks.
Pilgrimage is an occasion for tourism.
To distribute bread in alms is something for philanthropist.
Fall in love: That is doing something!
Eleventh-century Sufi Ansari of Herat
On Sunday April 3, 2011, Taliban suicide bombers killed 42 Sufi Muslims for worshipping Allah by dancing, chanting and meditating at the Shrine of their founder. Sufis are not on Allah’s official enemies list for the joyful life-loving Muslim sect was founded about five hundred years after the death of Muhammad.
Ayatollah Khomeini said that “there was no joy in Islam”; that unparalleled joy would come after death, after spending a lifetime worshipping Allah and killing His enemies. Not so for Sufis; they want to be happy and to live in harmony with those who don’t believe as they do, whether they are non-Muslims or their less tolerant, sombre brethren. They worship Allah by singing, dancing and falling in love which, for the likes of Khomeini is an invitation to immorality. By dancing (no pun intended) to their own spiritual tune, these Sufi are heretics in the eyes of Islamists.
Unlike other religions that have evolved to tolerate heretics, Islam has remained firmly rooted in the past. That is why 19 men, 14 women and 9 children who were having fun worshipping their god, had to be blown to bits.
In 2008, the Ottawa Citizen published a letter to the editor from a reader who wrote that "as a Muslim his heart bleeds but one has to accept the reality that Islam is not compatible with today’s humanistic, pluralistic and secular society.”
It did not take long for a prominent defender of the party line to make his displeasure known in his own letter to the editor. Imam Dr. Zuad Delic is the former national executive director of the defunct Canadian Islamic Congress, whose advocacy has largely been taken over by the Muslim Association of Canada (MAC), a more CAIR-like organisation that receives millions of dollars from the Liberal Government of Justin Trudeau.
Terry Glavin: The Liberals are funding hate. How else to describe the speakers at this Toronto convention? National Post, June 30, 2022
Speakers at Muslim Association of Canada gathering will include one who advocates the death penalty for homosexuality and another who says it's OK to beat your wife. These are among the obscene ideas promoted by several of the individuals who will be featured speakers at a national three-day conference beginning on Canada Day in Toronto, hosted by an organization that the Trudeau government has provided with more than $3 million in federal “anti-hate,” youth engagement and security funding over the past three years.
Muslim human rights activists and Jewish advocacy organizations say they’re appalled that the Trudeau government continues to fund the Muslim Association of Canada (MAC), which has taken a turn in recent years to an unambiguously reactionary and heavily politicized version of Islam embraced by only a small minority of Canada’s Muslims.
In 2012, Prime Minister Trudeau accepted an invitation to be keynote speaker at the Reviving the Islamic Spirit Conference (December 21-23), the largest of its kind in North America. Only a few days before the celebration of the birth of Jesus, Trudeau was at the Toronto Convention Center revelling with those whose scriptures slander Christians as perverts and, if given the opportunity, will tax them or kill them for lying about Allah having a son.
18:4 And to warn those who say: “Allah has taken a son.”
18:5 They have no knowledge thereof, nor do their fathers. What a dreadful word that comes out of their mouths! They only utter a lie.
Trudeau dismissed objections to his participation, a few days before Christmas for goodness' sake, at a conference that boasted of reviving a spirit that is contemptuous of the role Christians assign Jesus as "pit[ting] groups of Canadians against each other." He has since discreetly extended remotely his best wishes to subsequent gatherings his government helps fund. The Prime Minister’s relationship with Islam exhibits many of the characteristics of an Islamophile.
The general picture is of a white liberal non-Muslim who equates any criticism of Islamic doctrine with bigotry, Islamophobia, or even racism… They deny any connection between heartfelt religious belief and Muslim violence.
Maajid Nawaz in conversation with Sam Harris, Islam and the Future of Tolerance, Harvard University Press, 2015
For a person in Trudeau’s position, that is cause for concern. Less than two weeks into his first mandate he dropped the Harper court challenge to fundamentalists taking the oath of citizenship incognito.
The governing Liberals have withdrawn a legal effort by the previous Conservative government to persuade Canada’s top court to strike down lower judicial rulings that allowed women to wear the niqab at citizenship ceremonies… The case centred on a lawsuit by Zunera Ishaq, a devout Muslim woman who moved from Pakistan to Ontario in 2008.
Ottawa Citizen, November 16, 2015
Only six months after being sworn in, his government made the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) responsible for ensuring that slaughterhouses selling halal meats had actually bled the animal while it was alive and conscious; in effect, certifying that it had been tortured to death (Appendix: On the Ritual Slaughter of Animals).
Getting back to Dr. Delic’s response to a Muslim’s informed opinion that: “Islam is not compatible with today’s humanistic, pluralistic and secular society.” The imam accused a thoughtful man of being “inaccurate and misleading” telling him that a “more informed reading of Islam's Holy Text (the Koran), along with the life and sayings of the Prophet Muhammad reveals a religion whose core values emphasize respect, mercy, compassion, love, understanding, co-operation, consultation, genuine equality, and peace with justice.”
An informed reading of the Koran and the sayings of Muhammad reveals quite the opposite and the result can be quite devastating as was the case with the Manchester bomber.
An informed reading of the Koran and the sayings of Muhammad reveals quite the opposite and the result can be quite devastating as was the case with the Manchester bomber.
The following dialogue is from a debate between Muslim clerics Dr. Jamal Rifi and Sheikh Mohammad Tawhidi, hosted by Australia’s Channel Seven about the role religion played in the slaughter of twenty-two, mainly young women and girls by Salman Abedi.
Tawhidi on the radicalisation of the Manchester bomber and his generation:
Basically we need to be very realistic when dealing with this matter. You have a twenty-two year old who gets radicalised over two, three sermons in a Friday mosque gathering … this age is an age when someone would expect people to be going out, having fun. But no, we have a large number of youth that are being radicalised.
This happens because of the books that we have, the Islamic scriptures that we have; they push the Muslim youth to believe that if you go out there and kill the infidels, that's how you will gain Paradise.
On the massacres being a continuation of a very old war:
For the past one thousand four hundred years we have had a religion of war, that is exactly what we have had, this is not something I am imagining, these are facts. We’ve had many wars. How did Islam spread from Saudi Arabia down to Indonesia and Bosnia, all spread by the sword. We had many wars.
For someone to come and say that Islamic scriptures have nothing to do with it, I mean, that’s against the facts, that’s not true. Islamic scriptures are what is pushing these people to behead the infidels.
Let me tell you something, the people that are beheading, that mister, the person that killed the young girls in Manchester did so believing he was going to dine with the Prophet Muhammad that very night, that is what the Islamic scriptures tell them.
Firdaus, the house of martyrs, is where the Prophet and Abedi probably dined on the night of the massacre.
The Prophet said, "Last night two men came to me (in a dream) and made me ascend a tree and then admitted me into a better and superior house, better of which I have never seen. One of them said, ‘This house is the house of martyrs.’"
An eat-and-dash, I suspect, with Abedi anxious to have a go at the facsimiles of the girls he slaughtered. When any of Imam Delic’s seemingly noble sentiments are found in the Koran, or in the sayings of Muhammad, they generally apply to Muslims only, the rest of us can literally go to Hell, and sooner rather than later. If nothing is done to curb this schooling in hate, intolerance and cruelty, what truly horrifying events are we setting in motion as the world gives rise to the next generation of Hitler-like leaderships similar to the one we find in Iran, where burning the unbelievers in an atomic fire will be seen as doing God’s work and being handsomely rewarded for it?
Hitler, in Mein Kampf, looked to the East for what he called lebensraum, literally “living space”, for the master race. This living space was to be acquired through extermination, enslavement and sterilization of non-Aryan races. It was the duty of every member of the superior race—from the soldier in the field to the civilians making sure that the trains that took members of a lesser race to camps to be exterminated ran on time—to do their part in this endeavor as it is the duty of every superior believer to do what is necessary to bring about the day when only believers walk the Earth.
35:39 It is He Who made you successors in the lands. Then he who disbelieves, his unbelief will recoil upon him; and their unbelief will only increase the unbelievers in contempt in the sight of their Lord. No, their unbelief will only increase the unbelievers in perdition.
Will this piece of entitlement dogma of being “successors in the lands” and lessons learned, lead to even greater atrocities than when it was the alleged superior race that laid claim to priority of living space?
I realize I may be placing too much emphasis on the hate, the intolerance, the invitation to violence and the horrific cruelty found in the Koran, but that is in large part what the Book is about. Muslims and non-Muslims should be concerned with the impact on receptive and gullible minds of reading—of memorizing—such a text, amplified by the example and sayings of a religious icon who boasted that terror had made him victorious. This comprehensive, no let-up conditioning in some of the most undesirable traits of human nature means that an Islamist leadership will have at its disposal a sizable people's army of willing executioners and supporters.
Islamic scriptures have already led to an increasingly perilous struggle between Islamists and secular authorities as to how many hard-won freedoms and how much moral high ground must be sacrificed so that believers can live according to the dictates of the Koran and the example of the alleged illiterate who revealed its content.
To get Western government to agree to what Islamists tells them, and tell us, are benign concessions, it is essential that they stifle criticism of the book and its narrator. An effective, if disreputable way of doing this, apart from threats to life and limb, is gratuitous accusations of Islamophobia at every opportunity.
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 decrees issued more than a thousand years ago despite a god’s claim to the contrary.
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.
What about the Book itself?
39:28 We made it an Arabic Qur’an without any defect that perchance they might be God-fearing.
These “epistemological black holes”, to quote Sam Harris, “are fast draining the light from our world.”
How do we know our holy books are free from error? Because the books themselves say so. Epistemological black holes of this sort are fast draining the light from our world.
If we cannot find our way to a time when most of us are willing to admit that, at the very least, we are not sure (italics his) God wrote some of our books, then we need only to count the days to Armageddon—because God has given us many more reasons to kill one another than to turn the other cheek.
The End of Faith - Religion, Terror and the Future of Reason, W. W. Norton & Company, 2004, p. 35
The darkness cannot smother the light on its own. It requires our complicity and our collective willful ignorance of scriptures that would see all unbelievers disappear from the face of the Earth. I will not be an accomplice and neither should you—the reason for my books.
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 relevance, the meaning and application of religious dogma we guard against the worst.
We also recognize that a free society must have the scope to debate, to criticize, proselytize, insult and even ridicule belief and religious practices in order to ensure that there is full scope – short of violence or inciting violence or other criminal offences - to tackle these issues.
From a plea by an alliance of Muslims, Christians, humanists and secularists urging the British Parliament to reject legislation limiting the rights to criticize religious beliefs and traditions.
Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities. Thousands become the brave and loyal soldiers of the Queen; all know how to die; but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world.
Unless we come to grips with the fact that it’s not people—holy warriors and Islamists do what they do because of their indoctrination—who are the "retrograde force" and the source of the turmoil that threatens to engulf us all, but a more than thousand-year old acrimonious text and the example and sayings of a Dark Ages oracle, there is no hope.