The Pain, Pleasure and Prejudice Six
Pain, Pleasure and Prejudice may be too cumbersome or expensive for some,
even as a paperback, which is why it has been broken up into six smaller books, all priced under $18.00
Getting to Know Allah
Paperback, 310 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 and his wife did not hide their 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.
Paperback, 264 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.
New edition November 2021
Women and the Koran
Paperback, 116 pages
4:34 Men are in charge of women, because Allah has made
some of them excel the others, and because they spend some of their wealth.
Hence righteous women are obedient, guarding the unseen which Allah has guarded.
And those of them that you fear might rebel, admonish them and abandon them in
their beds and beat them. Should they obey you, do not seek a way of harming
them; for Allah is Sublime and Great!
2:223 Your women are a tillage for you. So get to your
tillage whenever you like. Do good for yourselves, fear Allah and know that you
shall meet Him. And give good news to the believers.
Women and the Koran is more than just about why
Allah put men in charge and why He considers women as no more than fields to
be plowed and beaten at the plowman’s discretion, much more…
From Merchant to Messenger
Muhammad's struggle for legitimacy as revealed in the Koran
Includes a short biography of his wives and their impact on 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 God being remarkably candid about
what people thought of His last and greatest 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 ends, more or less, with Muhammad’s
flight to Medina to escape being killed by his kin. The oasis city will
become his base of operations from which he will launch a series of mostly
successful military campaigns to impose Allah’s Will by force, not only on
the Peninsula, but further afield as recounted in Jihad and the Koran.
Jihad in the Koran
Paperback, 206 pages
Allah's Apostle said, "Know that Paradise is under the shades of swords."Bukhari 52.73
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...
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 this ongoing global struggle for
religious supremacy, and the civil war that started it all, is what Jihad
in the Koran is all about.
New revamped edition October 2021
The Islamic Hereafter
Paperback, 132 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.