An Evaporating Edifice

Unlike other religions, declared the nineteenth-century French scholar Ernest Renan, Islam “was born in the full light of history.” Renan’s point, of course, was that whereas, for example, Jesus was unknown during his lifetime to the great world beyond Galilee and Judea, and the story of his life was set down, in various versions, only decades after his crucifixion, Muhammed was in his own lifetime a public figure of unparalleled eminence – the prophet of a new religion, the commander of an army that conquered much of the Arabian peninsula in the name of that religion, and the founder of an Islamic empire that, over the century or so after his death, would spread his religion from the western end of the Mediterranean to what is now India, and eventually threaten on more than one occasion to engulf the whole of Europe. 

But Renan was wrong. Over the past century, while archeologists, textual scholars, and others have examined the life of Jesus from every conceivable angle – and established beyond any reasonable doubt that the man whose ministry is recounted in the gospels really existed – the relatively few experts on Islam who’ve ventured to scrutinize with open minds the established narrative about Muhammed have discovered major problems with almost every aspect of it, so that questions have arisen, over time, as to whether this historical figure of the first consequence – a man whose rich and adventurous life story had long been recounted in colorful detail (and whom Time magazine, in 1992, named the most influential person in human history) – had ever actually existed at all.

It’s a breathtaking thought, and at first glance it seems outlandish, audacious, impossible. For the overwhelming majority of Muslims, even to entertain the notion that Muhammed might be a fictional character is verboten. Most scholars of Islam don’t want to go near it either, for fear or their lives, or (at the very least) their careers. But the few who’ve dared to do so have emerged with some extremely sensational findings. In 2012, Robert Spencer summed up what had been discovered so far in his remarkable book Did Muhammed Exist? An Inquiry into Islam’s Obscure Origins. Since the scholarly work in this area has continued without pause – and has produced even more extraordinary evidence that the historical account of Muhammed needs, at the very least, to be radically revised – Spencer has now issued a revised and expanded, and even more devastating, version of his book.

And what a book it is! So you don’t care about Islam? Well, as always, the first answer to that has to be: Islam cares about you. And the second answer is that you don’t have to be interested in Islam to find this book absolutely compelling. If you enjoy mysteries, this book tells the supremely thrilling story of a diverse band of canny sleuths – archeologists, linguists, historians, theological experts – who’ve spent much of their careers trying to solve what may be the biggest mystery ever. To make your way through this book, chapter by chapter, is to feel that you’re seeing the cover being pulled back, layer by layer, on one of the most massive deceptions in the annals of humankind.

Let’s start at the beginning, with the officially received story of Muhammed’s life. Born in Mecca around A.D. 570, he was, in his early years, a merchant, Mecca being a major trading center on an important commercial route; then, in 610, he wrote the Qur’an, which he said had been dictated to him by the Angel Gabriel. He became a prophet, began accumulating followers, and, between 620 and 630, led an army that conquered most of the Arabian peninsula in the name of his new religion. After his death in 632, his successors continued to capture territory and to convert the subjugated peoples to the faith of the Qur’an, which taught them to pray toward Mecca. 

So, at least, goes the story. In fact, historical research has shown, first of all, that seventh-century Mecca was not a trading center at all; it was a dusty, remote little town of no particular importance. Also, most mosques didn’t face Mecca until the late ninth century; before that, most of them faced Petra in what is now Jordan. Moreover, while there are ample records of the battles fought by the Arab army – there is no doubt about the historicity of its conquests – scholars have searched in vain for any reference by contemporaries to Muhammed, Islam, or the Qur’an, which were supposedly the impetus for all the warmongering. 

On the contrary, coins minted between A.D. 650 and 680 in the conquered Arab territories actually bore the image of the Cross – and no reference to Muhammed or to anything else that we associate today with Islam. Yes, some coins from the second half of the seventh century do feature the word “Muhammed” along with the image of the Cross – a combination incomprehensible under Islam. How to explain this? As Spencer notes, “the figure on the coin could have evolved into the Muhammad of Islam but was not much like him at the time the coin was issued.” Or it could be that Muhammed, which can be translated as “the praised one,” is in this instance not a name but a title, referring not to the prophet of Islam but – yes – to Jesus Christ. 

Similarly, an Arabic inscription on the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, completed in A.D. 691-2,  is today routinely translated as “Muhammad is the servant of God and His messenger.” But it makes more grammatical sense to read it as “praised be the servant of God and His messenger” – a reference, again, not to Muhammed of Mecca but to Jesus of Nazareth. As for textual evidence, not a single surviving seventh-century document contains the word “Muslim” or “Islam” – a bizarre finding, given that by the year A.D. 700 Arab forces had conquered the entire Middle East and beyond, supposedly in the name of the new faith. Muhammed’s name does appear in one Christian chronicle dated A.D. 690, but it doesn’t mention the Qur’an, and its account of the religious beliefs of the Arab warriors makes it sound very unlike the Islam we know today.

The history textbooks record that Islam had become established across the Arabian peninsula by the time of Muhammed’s death in 630. Yet it’s impossible to find any record of contemporaries describing the conquerors as Muslims – instead they called them  “Ishmaelites,” “Saracens,” “Muhajirun,” and “Hagarians.” Not until the reign of the Umayyad caliph Abd al-Malik, which lasted from 685 to 705, do references to “Muslims” and the Qur’an begin to appear in the historical record, along with “accounts of the heroic life and exemplary deeds of Muhammad, the prophet of Islam” (in other words, the hadith, a veritable library of stories about Muhammed that are considered secondary only to the Qur’an as sacred texts of Islam, and that, Spencer and his sources propose, were concocted by a range of players for a range of self-serving reasons). And the first mention of Muhammed’s death doesn’t turn up until more than a century after it’s said to have taken place.

In short, the more the evidence accumulates, the more it looks as if the soldiers who subdued the Arabian peninsula, supposedly in the name of Islam, were not Muslims at all but pagans who’d never heard of Muhammed or the Qur’an. Which means that the prophet who we think of as having been their commander, and the book that we think of as having provided them with the inspiration for their military triumphs, were both late seventh-century creations, products of the imagination of Abd al-Malik and others in his circle. And why were they created? The theory, at least, is that they were a means of providing the subject peoples of the fast-growing Arab empire – who were Zoroastrians and adherents of various Christian heresies – a sense of common confessional identity. As Spencer puts it, the empire “needed a common religion – a political theology that would supply the foundation for the empire’s unity and secure allegiance to the state. This new prophet needed to be an Arab, living deep within Arabia. If he had come from anywhere else within the new empire’s territory, that place could have made claims to special status and pushed to gain political power on that basis.”

For centuries, school children have been taught that Muhammed and the Qur’an gave rise to the triumph of the Arab empire. Is it instead the case that the triumph of the Arab empire led to the invention of Muhammed and the Qur’an? Can it be that, in Spencer’s words, “the empire came first and the theology came later”? If Islam was in fact born out of political necessity, it would certainly help explain, as Spencer points out, why it’s always been a uniquely political faith that instructs its adherents “to be the instruments of divine justice on earth” and that contains “martial and imperial” elements that are inextricable from its theological core. And if you think it seems unlikely that a Big Lie on this scale could never have worked, recall what the Democrats accomplished with the Russian collusion hoax – and ponder what they might have been able to pull off in an era of mass illiteracy and zero mass media.   

Robert Spencer is quick to underscore that this book is the product of decades of discoveries by many different individuals. But by bringing this material together so cogently and coherently and putting it into the hands of an audience of general readers, Spencer has made an invaluable contribution to knowledge. This is, to be sure, only the latest addition to the long bookshelf of volumes about Islam that he’s produced over the last two decades, thereby providing an urgently needed corrective to the deceptions and distortions of glib fabulists like Karen Armstrong and Tariq Ramadan. Still, none of Spencer’s books is potentially more consequential than this one, which offers readers a singularly spectacular experience: to read it is, quite simply, to see the mighty edifice of Islam, in all its glory and grandeur, slowly and silently vanish before one’s eyes. 

An Evaporating Edifice | Frontpagemag

Christian affairs advisor assaulted, threatened in Sudan capital

Boutros Badawi, the advisor for Christian affairs to Sudan’s Minister of Religious Affairs, was assaulted by armed men as he returned to his home in the El Salamah El Baqala area, south of Khartoum on Sunday evening.

In a post via social media, Badawi said that he was accosted by four armed men in a car, who blocked his way in a square located next to the El Salama grocery station south of the capital. They threatened him with a weapon, beat him with the gun, and threatened that he will be killed if he continues to open church files with the Empowerment Removal Committee and the Ministry of Religious Affairs.

Badawi accused members of the former regime in the churches of being behind the attack by sending armed elements to beat and threaten him. He explained that the elements of the former regime have not been dismantled so far. Badawi said that after the injury, he was transferred to the Doctors Hospital on Africa Street, and after receiving treatment, he will go to the police station to open a report of the assault.

During the deposed Omar Al Bashir regime, (1989-2019), non-Muslims were regularly oppressed. Christian worshipers were prevented from visiting churches on Sundays, and a number of church buildings, many of them belonging to the poor Church of Sudan, were demolished. Since 2017, Christian schools were forced to follow the Muslim week calendar from Sunday to Thursday.

One of the first decisions made by the then Transitional Military Council after the ousting of Al Bashir on April 11 last years, concerned the permission to enjoy Sunday as the official weekend recess day for Christian schools throughout Sudan.

Christian affairs advisor assaulted, threatened in Sudan capital | Radio Dabanga (dabangasudan.org)

REVEALED: Iran plotted to kidnap Iranian-American journalist from Brooklyn, transport her by speedboat to Venezuela and then fly her to the Islamic republic because she criticized regime, FBI say

Four Iranian spies have been charged with plotting to kidnap journalist and author Masih Alinejad, 44
Alinejad has frequently criticized the regime in Tehran for human rights abuses and fled the country in 2009
She said that she had been informed of an ‘audacious’ plot to snatch her and police were outside her door
The plotters, all of whom are in Iran, intended to lure her to a third country and then take her to Tehran
The spies were monitoring her home in Brooklyn and had installed a live feed showing her house
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9786007/FBI-charge-four-Iranians-plot-kidnap-NYC-journalist-criticized-human-rights-abuses.html

UAE-Hollywood film depicts Qatar as ‘terrorist state,’ establishment media and other jihad enablers enraged

The jihad-funding state of Qatar was portrayed as a “terrorist state” in The Misfits, a new Hollywood film that an Emirati film company co-produced. Al Jazeera — the notorious international news channel based in Doha and funded by the Qatari government — featured reactions from various Islamic authorities, who denounced the movie as “immoral” and “absurd.” joining the pro-jihad critics were Leftist media activists, who have been working hard to damage the film’s reception by means of vigorous criticism. The activist media rushed to the defense of Islam:

  • According to the New York TimesThe Misfits is “insulting to Arabic dialects and the Muslim Brotherhood” and “inarguably awful, its grandiose muddle of a plot unimproved by bored camels and barely clothed women.”
  • Hollywood Insider described The Misfits as having “a few attractive criminals”; the film’s authors “threw them in the Middle East, and wrote jokes with a poor taste of terrorism and stereotypes.” The criticism did not include any real information to back its claims.
  • Variety says that in The Misfits, “the action is slick, if strangely outdated, in this miscalculated curiosity, which finds half a dozen criminals breaking into a Middle Eastern prison.” In reality, the film’s subject matter couldn’t be more timely, given the UAE’s normalization with Israel and distancing itself from normative jihad violence.
  • Similarly, Slight Magazine described The Misfits as a “refreshing” but “flighty film” which “remains defiantly ignorant of the world in which it exists.” Slight Magazine also says that the movie is “ignorant” of its topic.
  • Indie Wire described it as “a low-rent slog peppered with racism in lieu of any other flavoring.”

Doha News, like Al Jazeera, focused on the UAE’s involvement in the film:

“The Misfits” is alleged to be yet another Emirati attempt to portray Qatar as a terrorist state and a global financier of terrorism, prominent journalists have claimed.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) funded film, which is co-produced, filmed, and financed by the Emirati owned independent film production company FilmGate Production, in partnership with Paramount Pictures and Highland Film Group.

According to Al Jazeera, Qatari scholar Muhammad al-Kubaisi was furious. After saying “May God never bless the Emirati leadership,” al-Kubaisi added:

“I do not know why exactly the UAE wants to damage Qatar’s reputation? Is it because we are Muslims and united with God and it wants to eliminate Islam and Muslims? Does the UAE want to distance Qatar from the essence of Islam and support of Muslims everywhere?”

The activist Leftist media continue to rush to the aid of Islamic supremacists and jihadists everywhere. In the case of this movie, the media criticism falls short, amounting to little more than that the film defied the standards of “wokeness.” The conflict between the Islamic and Western worlds has never been about “race” or “discrimination,” as the “woke” claim. It is about Islam. Qatar is an invasivejihad-funding terrorist state.

“UAE-produced film slammed for depicting Qatar a ‘terrorist state,’” Al Jazeera, June 23, 2021:

A Hollywood film co-produced by an Emirati film company has been condemned as “immoral” and “absurd” for portraying Qatar as a “terrorist state”.

The Misfits, co-produced, filmed, and financed by the UAE-based FilmGate Production in partnership with Paramount Pictures and Highland Film Group, tells the story of savvy thief Richard Pace, played by Pierce Brosnan, who escapes from a high-security US prison and goes on to steal millions from the world’s most secure facilities.

In the film, the director refers to Qatar as “Jazeeristan” and accuses its citizens of supporting “terrorist organisations” while Abu Dhabi’s mercenaries are depicted as heroes, Doha News reported.

It added that the film portrays Qatar-based Egyptian Muslim scholar Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi as “the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood and the sponsor of global terrorism”.

‘Absurd’

The report cited Egyptian journalist, Mohamed Nasser, as saying in a video posted online that The Misfits is nothing more than an attempt by the UAE to “destroy Qatar’s reputation”.

A Twitter user, who watched a leaked copy of the movie, describes it as “absurd” and not worthy of feedback.

“Shame on whoever funded this nonsense,” he added.

Palestinian journalist Jamal Rayyan described the film as “immoral”.

In a series of tweets, Qatari scholar Muhammad al-Kubaisi also slammed the film.

“May God never bless the Emirati leadership. They are using Hollywood and producing a movie called The Misfits, which cost them more than $50m dollars to damage Qatar’s reputation and accuse its peaceful society of terrorism,” he said.

“I do not know why exactly the UAE wants to damage Qatar’s reputation? Is it because we are Muslims and united with God and it wants to eliminate Islam and Muslims? Does the UAE want to distance Qatar from the essence of Islam and support of Muslims everywhere?”…

UAE-Hollywood film depicts Qatar as ‘terrorist state,’ establishment media and other jihad enablers enraged (jihadwatch.org)

Canada: Liberal government manipulates tragic murders of Muslims to fuel drive against the freedom of speech

The horrific killing of four members of a London, Ontario Muslim family who were run over by a pickup truck continues to be cheaply politicized. From Canada’s unwarranted drives against “Islamophobia” (including anti-Islamophobia Motion M-103) to a new controversial Bill C-10 that would give the Liberal government unnerving controls over the internet, there are no holds barred in the manipulation of this tragedy.

At a recent event, which was covered by Robert Spencer HERE, “both Muslim and non-Muslim women wore the hijab in Victoria Park as part of the National Call to Action Against Islamophobia.”

The killings rightly gained widespread sympathy across Canada and elsewhere, which showed the truth that Canada does not have an “Islamophobia” problem.

This “call to action against Islamophobia” featured several speakers from the Muslim Association of Canada, which is by its own admission a Muslim Brotherhood-connected group:


Canada is not anti-Muslim, let alone “Islamophobic” — a useful term that the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (among others) propagates, and that is used to refer to “hurting the feelings of Muslims” and insults to Islam and Muhammad.

The 19-year-old who was initially charged with murder, Nathaniel Veltman, acted alone. According to police, he was not a part of any group. He was still charged with “terrorism” due to the mob mentality and pressure from those who had no qualms about politicizing this tragedy.

See HERE (“Canada to fight ‘far-right’ groups after ‘terrorist attack’ that killed four Muslims”) and HERE (“The Anatomy of a Lynching”) for background on how this tragedy is being politicized.

Robert Spencer also noted in his article entitled Non-Muslim women don hijabs to ‘combat Islamophobia’:

“We can’t be held hostage to fear or to that Islamophobic attack.” In reality, many of the most celebrated of the cases claiming the harassment of women and girls wearing hijab turned out to have been faked by the victims themselves. In one such incident, an eleven-year-old girl in Toronto made international headlines with her claim that a man had followed her and cut her hijab with scissors. After an investigation, police concluded that the attack never happened. Likewise, Yasmin Seweid, a Muslim teen who claimed in December 2016 that Trump supporters on a New York subway tore off her hijab and no one in the packed subway car helped her. She, too, gained international media attention, and she, too, made up the whole thing. Shortly before that, a hijab-wearing Muslim student at San Diego State University also falsely claimed that she was assaulted by Trump supporters. In July 2017, a Muslim in Britain falsely claimed that a man had pulled off her hijab in a “race hate attack.” In November 2016, a University of Michigan Muslim student claimed she was “accosted by a white man who told her to remove her hijab or he would set her ablaze with a cigarette lighter.” She also fabricated the whole event. And there are many others of this kind.

Like most countries in the West, Canada is being duped into believing that a war against “Islamophobia” is  needed. The biggest threat to Muslims in the world is in China, yet Muslim countries have virtually ignored the oppression of the Uighurs. Instead, the Muslim genocide in China is overshadowed in Canada by a single attack from a teenager against a Muslim family. The reeducation, torture and subjugation of multitudes of Muslims in the Uighur community continues in China, yet no one questions the ongoing lack of attention to this among Muslim spokesmen and organizations worldwide.

Westerners continue to play straight into the hands of Islamic supremacist lobbies that are bent on subjugating the West (with help from globalist governments). One weapon in this endeavor is to instill in the minds of Westerners that they are collectively “Islamophobic.” This emotional guilt trip serves an agenda that is working to dismantle democratic institutions. The Chinese genocide of the Uighurs, the Muslim genocide of Christians in Africa and in the Middle East, widespread human rights abuses by Muslims in the name of their religion, and the global jihad against infidels are lost in the bombardment of popular news headlines that are written by the activist media. Whenever any harm brought to Muslims exclusively, no matter how isolated the incident may be, the entire country is singled out for a beating down by the anti-“Islamophobia” brigade — who are determined to enshrine Islam’s blasphemy tenets.

Around 80 people from London participated in the rally — “educating people on the hijab and need to combat Islamophobia in the wake of the killing of a London Ont. Muslim family.”

But did they educate them about this, too?

(Quran 24:31) And tell the believing women to reduce of their vision and guard their private parts and not expose their adornment except that which appears thereof and to wrap [a portion of] their headcovers over their chests and not expose their adornment except to their husbands, their fathers, their husbands’ fathers, their sons, their husbands’ sons, their brothers, their brothers’ sons, their sisters’ sons, their women, that which their right hands possess, or those male attendants having no physical desire, or children who are not yet aware of the private aspects of women. And let them not stamp their feet to make known what they conceal of their adornment. And turn to Allah in repentance, all of you, O believers, that you might succeed.

If a woman does not cover, she is fair game to be assaulted:

(Quran 33:59) O Prophet, tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to bring down over themselves of their outer garments. That is more suitable that they will be known and not be abused.

Those who stand in public support of the hijab should consider the murder and harsh punishments that have befallen scores of genuine women’s rights activists who refused to wear them in sharia-adherent countries. Spencer’s article also aptly described their plight. Just this week, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan stated (again) that women who wear “small clothes” are to blame for sexual violence. Demonstrations in defense of women and democratic values are what are needed today in multicultural Canada and elsewhere.

The Liberal government has forced its anti-“Islamophobia” initiatives on unsuspecting Canadians, including measures such as “monitoring citizens for compliance” and training law enforcement to recognize online and offline hate. The recent killing of the Muslim family also likely aided the government to pass its controversial Bill C-10, which was widely opposed a month ago and before that. It has been denounced as a threat to the freedom of speech, and described as a “big problem“:

Understand one thing: If the Liberals are able to pass Bill C-10 – an update of the Broadcasting Act – Canada will have the most-regulated Internet in the free world.

Michael Geist, a University of Ottawa law professor and the Canada Research Chair in internet and e-commerce law, warned that Bill C-10:

speaks to a broader theme with the Liberal government in their other plans to crack down on online hate speech and other harmful online content down the line.

Bill C-10 emerged from the Heritage Department, the same department that anti-Islamophobia Motion M-103 sprung from.

Canada is under siege by groups that perpetrate Islamization on one hand, and a Liberal government that is working to dismantle Canada’s free society on the other. In addition to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s enabling of Islamization in Canada, his allegiance to anti-democratic values surfaced two years prior to his becoming Prime Minister: at an Asian Canadian community roundtable discussion, Trudeau answered a question about which nation he admired most. He replied:

“There’s a level of admiration I actually have for China. Their basic dictatorship is actually allowing them to turn their economy around on a dime.”

Canada: Liberal government manipulates tragic murders of Muslims to fuel drive against the freedom of speech (jihadwatch.org)

Canadian Muslim group renews attack against Jewish leader for supporting Israel

The Facebook page “Dawah Growth” (aka Deen Media Canada and Deen Canada Media, portrays itself as “a media conglomerate with a 7-year plan to being the leading media voice and go-to platform for Muslim in Canada, shaping the way Muslims think and approach issues, and educating our non-Muslim neighbors.”

On May 11, 2021 Dawah Growth reposted its statement from 2019 slamming Bernie Farber for alleged support of “racist Zionist policies.”

Canadian Muslim group renews attack against Jewish leader for supporting Israel (canadadocs.org)

Azerbaijan Commits War Crimes Against Armenians

(International Christian Concern) –  According to lawyers at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), 19 Armenian prisoners of war were tortured and killed by Azerbaijani servicemen. Artak Zeynalyan and Siranush Sahakyan, who are representing all Armenian captives, accused Azerbaijan of war crimes and appealed to the ECHR. The list of 19 killed includes 12 civilians and seven servicemen.

Azerbaijan also continues to degrade Armenian heritage through the demolition of religious sites. Photos and videos confirm the vandalism against Ghazanchetsots Cathedral in Shushi. Angels sitting atop pillars at the main entrance were destroyed and a fence running along the perimeter of the property has been taken down. Just a few days later, photos indicate that the domes had been removed from the church as well.

Satellite imagery also shows the destruction of an Armenian cemetery in Mets Tagher. The site was in use when Armenians evacuated in late 2020. In the same village, not too far away from the destroyed cemetery, sits Surb Amenaprkitch church. Nearby construction appears to be threatening the 175-year-old church as land next to it has been leveled and trucks remain parked in the clearing.

In one incident of justice, two Syrian mercenaries were given life sentences in Armenia for criminal charges including terrorism. The two men, Muhrab Muhammad Al-Shkheir and Yousef Alabed Alhajj, pleaded guilty to the charges that took place during the Nagorno-Karabakh war. According to the court, the Syrians underwent military training from June to September 2020 before being sent to fight. Investigators claim they were recruited by pro-Turkish militant groups to “terrorize civilians” and commit war crimes. In addition to a fixed salary of $2,000, recruiters also promised an additional $100 for every Armenian killed. Some sources report different numbers, but regardless the Turkish-hired mercenaries were given incentives to mutilate or kill Armenians. Both Azerbaijan and Turkey deny the presence of any foreign mercenaries and Azerbaijan responded to the confessions claiming fraud.

Armenians are a predominately Christian community who have suffered multiple genocides because of their combined ethnic-faith identity. The events in Nagorno-Karabakh in 2020 were reminiscent of the 1915 genocide which almost eliminated them from their native lands.

Azerbaijan Commits War Crimes Against Armenians | Persecution

Ashraf Alareed: “Slay them one by one; make the land a graveyard for their youths”

Ashraf Alareed (اشرف العريض) is a pro-Palestinian activist residing in Oakville, Onatrio. Self-employed as a commercial and residential painter Alareed also serves in the position of a Media Manger at SAV Canada-Syrian Community. Alareed is an outspoken supporter of the Liberal Party of Canada.

On April 29, 2021 Ashraf Alareed posted on Facebook (originally in Arabic):

O Allah! Count their number, and slay them one by one, and spare not one of them, and make the land of resurrection and gathering (on judgment day) a graveyard for their youths and heartbreaks for their women (say: ameen)

Alareed’s prayer to Allah came after three consecutive Facebook posts (ABC) in which he summarized media reports and commented on the stampede at a religious festival in Israel that claimed the lives of 45 orthodox Jews.

Related article: Canadian Islamic Sermons, Literature on Killing Jews and Enemies of Islam

Ashraf Alareed: “Slay them one by one; make the land a graveyard for their youths” (canadadocs.org)

A Simp with Oneitis married a niqab wearing woman without seeing her face

islamic marriages makes non muslim men into simps and betas with no backbone

A couple got married four years after they first met without the husband ever seeing his wife’s face because of her niqaab.

Mubina Mustafa, 28, from Pickering, Ontario, and Mehdi Isa Arathoon, 27, were in the same class at university, but he was a Christian and she was a Muslim, so even helping each other with their studies was frowned upon by their strict families.

It wasn’t until he began dating someone else, that Mubina – who had never even been friends with a man who wasn’t family – realised she had feelings for her former classmate.

The couple couldn’t date unless they were going to marry, and they couldn’t marry unless he became Muslim.

So smitten Medhi took a leap of faith and converted to Islam and proposed to Mubina two months later.

It wasn’t until after the ceremony that Mehdi saw underneath the niqaab – or face veil – Mubina wears in front of everyone, apart from her husband and family.

Muslim woman’s husband married her without EVER seeing her face due to niqab | Daily Mail Online

NPR: Hamas-linked CAIR covered up Florida chapter top dog Hassan Shibly’s serial abuse of women

“Muslim Civil Rights Leader Accused Of Harassment, Misconduct,” by Leila Fadel, NPR, April 15, 2021:

Hassan Shibly, once the prominent head of the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ Florida chapter, resigned after allegations of domestic abuse were made against him. Since then, other women have come forward with accusations of their own. Shibly has denied the allegations.

For months, stories swirled around a prominent Muslim civil rights leader, alleging secret marriages, bullying, sexual harassment.

Then, late last year, some of the allegations against 34-year-old Hassan Shibly burst into public view. In a video posted on GoFundMe, Shibly’s estranged wife, mother of their three children, looked directly into the camera and begged for help. She said her abusive husband had cut her off financially.

“For years, I’ve been in an abusive relationship, and the situation at home has become unbearable,” Imane Sadrati said. “I finally decided to build the courage to start over for my children and I.”

The accusations were shocking not only in their content but in the public airing of a nationally recognized Muslim leader’s personal drama. For a decade, Shibly led the prominent Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR. It’s a nonprofit rights watchdog known for defending Muslim civil liberties in the post-Sept. 11 era.

Within 15 days of his estranged wife’s video going live, Shibly resigned from his high-profile job at CAIR’s Florida chapter. In an interview with NPR, Shibly denied abuse allegations, including that he twisted Sadrati’s arm, slapped her and shoved her against a wall during one incident last summer that Sadrati detailed in court documents. Shibly also denied all other allegations of misconduct.

His resignation, though, didn’t put the matter to rest. Shibly’s departure emboldened a slew of women to come forward with their own accusations of emotional abuse and sexual misconduct by him and of workplace discrimination at CAIR’s national office and several prominent chapters.

NPR interviewed a half-dozen Shibly accusers and reviewed internal CAIR documents, social media posts and email exchanges. Together, the accounts portray Shibly as a man who used his position to seduce women and bully critics with impunity.

Shibly’s critics say his alleged actions were shrouded by a culture of silence, rooted partly in Muslim taboos about discussing personal scandals and partly out of fear that the fallout would fuel vicious anti-Muslim hostility.

When concerned parties brought allegations to senior CAIR officials in Washington, D.C., and Florida, former employees said, there was little, if any, follow-up action. They said leaders were aware of some of the allegations as early as 2016.

Laila Abdelaziz, who worked under Shibly at the CAIR Florida chapter, said she resigned in 2016 in part because Shibly sexually harassed her. She said she believes CAIR leaders have failed to adequately address the situation, partly because Muslim communities already face such a barrage of discriminatory and sometimes violent anti-Muslim hate.

“When your community is being attacked and diminished and demeaned every single day,” Abdelaziz said, “it’s difficult to invite even more of that.”

“Muslims do turn to them in crisis”

In 1994, a handful of young Muslim activists in Washington, D.C., decided to push back against what they saw as the growing demonization of Islam in politics and pop culture.

The result of their organizing was CAIR.

Nearly 30 years later, CAIR has grown into the largest and most recognized Muslim civil rights group in the U.S., with some 33 independently operated chapters nationwide. CAIR leaders show up on TV to defend Muslim civil liberties, and they speak out against anti-Muslim hate and authorities targeting Muslim communities.

“There is a certain brand recognizability,” said Zareena Grewal, a historical anthropologist at Yale University who has written extensively on U.S. Muslim communities. She said many CAIR chapters do excellent grassroots work that’s seen as vital. “Muslims do turn to them in crisis.”

Still, Grewal said, there have been growing pains and an apparent lack of accountability. Externally, CAIR has had to fend off vicious and unfair Islamophobic political attacks. Internally, it has faced turmoil too, including thwarting employees’ efforts to unionize in the national office in 2016.

“They’ve been very resistant to growing and letting a new generation of leaders come in who may have a much deeper commitment to things like reckoning with sexual harassment or gender bias, corruption and things like unions,” Grewal said.

Parvez Ahmed, a former chairman of the CAIR national board, left over a decade ago and has since been critical of CAIR leadership over issues like inclusion and gender equity. He said the Shibly case offers CAIR an opportunity to show the people it serves that “they are doing everything within their power to take these allegations seriously.”

“The leadership of CAIR owes the community an explanation as to who knew what and when and how those complaints were handled,” Ahmed said.

Shibly agreed to a more than two-hour interview with NPR on the condition that it not be recorded. He denied that he ever hurt his wife, Sadrati, or cut her off financially.

He provided a photo of himself with a black eye, saying he was injured by Sadrati during a fight. (The incident was not reported to police, and NPR has no way to independently verify it.) Sadrati denies it.

“Her accusations are absolutely and blatantly false,” he said. “She’s using my position and the legal system to gain advantage in our ongoing legal divorce process.”

He noted that the temporary restraining order Sadrati requested was not granted and instead a hearing was set. According to court documents, Sadrati has since withdrawn the request for a restraining order on the condition that a no-contact order be included in their divorce proceedings. Shibly also shared a letter from the Florida Department of Children and Families. It said the agency found no indication of “intimate partner violence” that threatens the children.

Shibly said the couple separated more than two years ago. He said they divorced in Islamic tradition about eight months ago. They filed for legal divorce after Sadrati’s public allegation of domestic abuse.

As for the other allegations of misconduct against him — including workplace sexual harassment and bullying — Shibly said they are part of a campaign to “humiliate me and hurt me” and to smear CAIR and his work with the organization.

“I’m speechless,” Shibly said. He contends that many of the allegations “are verifiably false,” adding he has “faith that the way I was misrepresented online doesn’t reflect who I am.”

Shibly said that he did enter into religious marriage contracts with women outside his legal marriage when he and his wife were separated and prior to that — with her permission and when he felt their marriage was essentially over. He denies that any of the relationships were secret or abusive and described them as courtships.

Most religious scholars do not see a conventional Islamic marriage as legitimate unless it is publicly declared, and having more than one wife is generally frowned upon in jurisdictions where that’s not allowed under local law.

Sadrati declined to be interviewed by NPR beyond denying Shibly’s counteraccusations. She said her desperate online plea for help speaks for itself.

“The GoFundMe is there for a reason, an honest reason,” she said. “I’m standing by my statement.”

In response to NPR queries about the claims involving Shibly and others, CAIR’s national office sent a written statement saying that leaders “take any allegations of misconduct against our staff or volunteers seriously.” It also noted that chapters operate independently….

NPR: Hamas-linked CAIR covered up Florida chapter top dog Hassan Shibly’s serial abuse of women (jihadwatch.org)

Comparing Islam and Christianity

Comparing Islam and Christianity
Muhammad…Jesus…
Stoned women for adultery.
(Muslim 4206)
“Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.”
(John 8:7)
“I have been commanded to fight
against people till they testify that there
 is no god but Allah, and that Muhammad
 is the messenger of Allah”

(Muslim 1:33)
“He who lives by the sword
will die by the sword.”

(Matthew 26:52)
Permitted stealing from unbelievers.
(Bukhari 44:668, Ibn Ishaq 764)
“Thou shalt not steal.”
(Matthew 19:18)
Permitted lying.
(Sahih Muslim 6303, Bukhari 49:857)
“Thou shalt not bear false witness.”
(Matthew 19:18)
Owned and traded slaves.
(Sahih Muslim 3901)
Neither owned nor traded slaves.
Beheaded 800 Jewish men and boys.
(Abu Dawud 4390)
Beheaded no one.
Murdered those who insulted him.
(Bukhari 56:369, 4:241)
Preached forgiveness.
(Matthew 18:21-22, 5:38)
“If then anyone transgresses
the prohibition against you,
Transgress ye likewise against him”
(Quran 2:194)
“If someone strikes you on the right
cheek, turn to him the other also.”
(Matthew 5:39)
Jihad in the way of Allah elevates one’s position in Paradise by a hundred fold.
(Muslim 4645)
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for
they will be called Sons of God”
(Matthew 5:9)
Married 13 wives and kept sex slaves.
(Bukhari 5:268, Quran 33:50)
Was celibate.
Slept with a 9-year-old child.
(Sahih Muslim 3309, Bukhari 58:236)
Did not have sex with children.
Ordered the murder of women.
(Ibn Ishaq 819, 995)
Never harmed a woman. 
“O you who believe!  Fight those of the
 unbelievers who are near to you
and let them find in you hardness.”

(Quran 9:123)
“Blessed are the meek, for
they shall inherit the earth.”

(Matthew 5:5)
Ordered 65 military campaigns
and raids in his last 10 years.
(Ibn Ishaq )
Ordered no military campaigns, nor
offered any approval of war or violence. 
 
Killed captives taken in battle.
(Ibn Ishaq 451)
Never took captives.
Never killed anyone.
Encouraged his men to rape enslaved women.
(Abu Dawood 2150, Quran 4:24)
Never encouraged rape.
Never enslaved women. 
Demanded captured slaves and
a fifth of all other loot taken in war.
(Quran 8:41)
“The Son of Man came not
to be served, but to serve.

(Matthew 20:28)
Was never tortured, but tortured others.
(Muslim 4131, Ibn Ishaq 436, 595, 734, 764)
Suffered torture, but never tortured anyone.
“And fight them until there is no more persecution and religion is only for Allah”
(Quran 8:39)
“Love your enemies and pray
for those who persecute you

(Matthew 5:44)
Blessed the brutal murder of a half-blind man
(al-Tabari 1440)
Healed a blind man(Mark 8:28)
Ordered a slave to build the very pulpit
from which he preached Islam.
(Bukhari 47:743)
Washed his disciples feet.
(John 13:5)
What are the Greatest Commandments?
“Belief in Allah and Jihad in His cause”
(Muslim 1:149)
What are the Greatest Commandments?
“Love God and love thy neighbor as thyself.”
(Matthew 22:34-40)
Demanded the protection of armed bodyguards, even in a house of worship
(Quran 4:102)
Chastised anyone attempting
to defend him with force.
(John 18:10-12)
Died fat and wealthy from what was
taken from others in war or
demanded from others in tribute.
Demanded nothing for himself. 
Died without possessions.
Advocated crucifying others.
(Quran 5:33, Muslim 16:4131)
Was crucified himself.
According to his followers:
Had others give their lives for him.
(Sahih Muslim 4413)
According to his followers:
Gave his life for others.
(John 18:11 and elsewhere)

Contrast Between
Early Muslims and Christians
Muhammad’s
 Companions…
Jesus’s 
Disciples…
Lived as warriors.Lived like harmless hippies.
Slew and persecuted religious minorities.

(In the early days of Islam you
could be killed for not being Muslim)
Were slain and persecuted
 as a religious minority.

(In the early days of Christianity you
 could be killed for being Christian)
Emphasis on Jihad (the way of Muhammad)

“He who fights that Allah’s word should
be superior fights in Allah’s cause”

(Bukhari 53:355)
Emphasis on Evangelism (the way of Jesus)

“Go ye into all the world and preach
the gospel to every creature”

(Matthew 15:16)
Attacked and conquered the populations in
parts of 28 modern countries in just the first
three decades following Muhammad’s death.
Did not resort to violence of any sort,
despite tremendous persecution.
Declared holy war on the people of five
major world religions in just the first
100 years following Muhammad’s death.
Went centuries without declaring ‘holy war’.
Plundered and lived off the wealth of others.Gave away their possessions to those in need.
(Acts 2:44-45)
Captured and enslaved non-Muslim people.Considered themselves to be slaves of others.
Waged war to keep members from leaving
 the religion.  Put apostates to death.
No record of aggression toward apostates.
Muhammad’s own family members quickly
fell into armed warfare against each other.
Jesus’ disciples never resorted to violence
against one another (or anyone else).
First 240 Years:
11 of the first 32 caliphs were
murdered by fellow Muslims.
First 240 Years:
14 of the first 25 popes were martyred by
 pagans (none by fellow Christians).
Caliphs were polygamous and maintained  harems of hundreds of captured sex slaves.Popes were expected to be celibate.
Islamic mosques sustained by taxes forced from subjugated non-Muslims (the jizya).Christian churches sustained
by voluntary tithes from Christians.

Contrast Between
Islamic Teaching and Christianity
The QuranThe Bible
External sources (the Hadith and Sira) necessary for translating the QuranHistorical context contained
within the text of the Bible
Must know Arabic in order to “fully understand” the Quran (according to Muslim apologists)Universal.  Can be translated into other languages without excessive commentary.
Chronological progression of the
Quran is from peace to violence.
Chronological progression of the
 Bible is from violence to peace.
The words ‘torture’ and ‘punishment’ appear six times more often in the Quran than in the New Testament.The word ‘love’ appears five times more often in the New Testament than in the Quran.
Contains not a single original moral value.The ‘Sermon on the Mount’ and others.
Suffering is an excuse for violent revenge
and establishment of Islam by force“And slay them wherever ye find them, and drive them out of the places whence they drove you out, for persecution [of Muslims] is worse than slaughter [of non-believers]…and fight them until persecution is no more, and religion is for Allah.”
(Quran 2:191)
Suffering builds character“We also rejoice in our sufferings,
because we know that suffering
produces perseverance; perseverance,
 character; and character, hope”

(Romans 5:4)
Emphasis on this World“And Allah has made you heirs to their land
and their dwellings and their property”

(Quran 33:27)
Emphasis on the Next“Mine is not a kingdom of this world”
(John 18:36, see also Luke 14:33)
Kill, convert or subjugate Christians and Jews.
(Quran 9:29)
Share one’s faith with gentleness and respect.
(1 Peter 3:15)
Martyrs as Killers

“Allah hath purchased of the believers their persons and their goods; for theirs (in return) is the garden (of Paradise): they fight in His cause, and slay and are slain”
(Quran 9:111)
Martyrs as Martyrs

“As it is written, For thy sake we are
killed all the day long; we are
counted as sheep for the slaughter”
(Romans 8:36)
Killing Apostates

“They but wish that ye should reject Faith, as they do, and thus be on the same footing (as they): But take not friends from their ranks until they flee in the way of Allah (From what is forbidden). But if they turn renegades, seize them and slay them wherever ye find them”
(Quran 4:89, also Bukhari 52:260, 83:37…)
Letting God Judge Apostates

“For we know Him that has said,
‘Vengeance belongs unto me, I will
 recompense,’ says the Lord.  And again,
‘The Lord shall judge his people'”
(Hebrews 10:25-30)
Punishment“Let not compassion move you
 from carrying out God’s law…”
(Quran 24:2)
Mercy“Love is patient.  Love is kind…
It keeps no record of wrongs”
(1 Corinthians 13:4-5)
Charity and Non-BelieversMercy toward fellow Muslims – ruthlessness toward unbelievers.  Muslims are warned not to befriend those outside the faith.  They must even ensure that their charity tithe (zakat)
stays within their own identity group.
(Quran 48:29, 3:28, Sharia)
Charity and Non-BelieversChristians are specifically told that even
 those who hate them are entitled to
kindness and charity.  They should be loved
and cared for as surely as any fellow believer.
(Mark 10:25-37)
The Qur’an explicitly instructs men to
beat disobedient wives – as a last resort.
(Quran 4:34, Sahih Muslim 2127)
“Husbands, love your wives and
do not be harsh with them.”
(No permission to beat women)
(Colossians 3:19)
Explicitly allows Muslim men to rape their female slaves, even those already married.
(Quran 4:24, 70:29-30, 23:5-6…)
Tells masters and slaves to serve
each other as if serving God.
(Ephesians 6:7-9)
Muhammad is the messenger
 of Allah. And those who are with him
are ruthless to the unbelievers”
(Quran 48:29)
“Do good to them that hate you”
(Luke 6:27)
Allah wills unbelievers to stray and be lost
(Quran 16:93)
God wants all people saved
(1 Timothy 2:4)
Warns Against Questioning Faith. 
(Quran 5:101-102)
Welcomes Intellectual Challenge. 
(1 Peter 3:15)
Violence as Virtue“Fighting is prescribed for you, and ye
dislike it.  But it is possible that ye
dislike a thing which is good for you, and
that ye love a thing which is bad for you.
  But Allah knoweth, and ye know not.”
(Quran 2:216)
Violence as Sin“Do not take revenge, my friends, but
leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written:
 ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord. On the contrary: ‘If your enemy
 is hungry,  feed him… ‘”
(Romans 12:19-20)
Hell for unbelief. 
Good deeds count for naught
(Quran 18:102-107)
Hell for bad deeds and the
failure to do what is right(Romans 2:6-8, Matthew 16:27, Matthew 25:41-45)
Judging“Strive against the disbelievers and the hypocrites!  Be harsh with them…”
(Quran 9:73)
Judge Not“For when you pass judgment on another person, you condemn yourself…”
(Romans 2:1)
Taking wealth from others“Allah promiseth you much
booty that ye will capture…”
(Quran 48:20)
Working for and giving wealth to others“The thief must no longer steal but must
work hard and do what is good with his
own hands, so that he might have
something to give to the needy.”

(Ephesians 4:28)
Calls down Allah’s curse on Christians
and those of other religions.(Quran 9:30)
Calls down God’s blessing on
those who curse Christians.
(Matthew 5:44)
Arrogance & Privilege“Ye are the best of peoples,
evolved for mankind”

(Quran 3:110)
Humility & Servitude“If anyone wants to be first, he must make himself last of all and servant of all.”
(Mark 9:35)
“O you who believe! do not take My
enemy and your enemy for friends:
Would you offer them love while they deny what has come to you of the truth?
(Quran 60:1)
“Love your enemies…”
(Luke 6:27)

Contrast Between the Islamic
and Christian-Based Worlds
Muslim LegacyChristian Legacy
Countries that Muslims want to escape from.Countries that Muslims want to escape to.
Madrassahs that indoctrinate Muslim
children with bigotry and terror.
Mission schools that teach reading and
writing to Christians and Muslims alike.
Suicide bombings for AllahNo suicide bombings for Jesus
International terror organizations.International charities.
No formal charities for non-Muslims.Leading provider of disaster relief to Muslims.
Murder of aid workers.Supply of aid workers.
Christians in jail for apostasy or blasphemy.Religious freedom.
Modern-day slavery in the name of Islam.Abolition in the name of Christianity.
Muslim clerics who engage
in or condone terrorism.
Christian clerics murdered each year by
terror groups rife with Muslim clerics.
Some converts who become terroristsNo converts who become terrorists
Daily religious violence against Hindus.None.
Daily religious violence against Jews.None.
Daily religious violence against Buddhists.None.
Daily religious violence against Muslims.None.
Ritual slitting of animals’ throatsEnding of animal sacrifice
ReligionTechnology & Medicine
CensorshipFreedom of speech
Intolerance for criticism of Islam.Tolerance for religious dissent.
Restricting other religions from preaching faith.Allowing all religions the
same right to evangelize.
Conversions allowed to Islam only.Freedom of conscience.
Converts to Christianity beheaded.No dead converts to Islam.
Most famous Muslim: Osama bin Laden.Most famous Christian: The Pope.

Sri Lanka to ban burqa, shut many Islamic schools, minister says

COLOMBO (Reuters) – Sri Lanka will ban the wearing of the burqa and shut more than a thousand Islamic schools, a government minister said on Saturday, the latest actions affecting the country’s minority Muslim population.

Minister for public security Sarath Weerasekera told a news conference he had signed a paper on Friday for cabinet approval to ban the full face covering worn by some Muslim women on “national security” grounds.

“In our early days Muslim women and girls never wore the burqa,” he said. “It is a sign of religious extremism that came about recently. We are definitely going to ban it.”

The wearing of the burqa in the majority-Buddhist nation was temporarily banned in 2019 after the bombing of churches and hotels by Islamic militants that killed more than 250.

Later that year, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, best known for crushing a decades-long insurgency in the north of the country as defence secretary, was elected president after promising a crackdown on extremism.

Rajapaksa is accused of widespread rights abuses during the war, charges he denies.

Weerasekera said the government plans to ban more than a thousand madrassa Islamic schools that he said were flouting national education policy.

Sri Lanka to ban burqa, shut many Islamic schools, minister says | Reuters

Muslim Migrant Threatens to Kill Daughters Who Do Not Wear Islamic Veil

A Muslim migrant from Algeria living in the French-speaking Canadian province of Quebec is said to have repeatedly threatened to kill his daughters if they refused to wear the Islamic veil.

The 47-year-old, who lived with his family in Montreal, was convicted of threats and violent acts toward his four daughters, with the incidents taking place between 2016 and 2018.

“They were forced to wear the veil, and he regularly threatened to kill them if he saw them ‘like Quebec women,’” Judge Josée Bélanger said, Canadian newspaper Le Journal de Montreal reports.

According to the newspaper, the crimes began in 2016, shortly after the man and his family moved to Canada from Algeria, with the girls being beaten when they refused to obey their father.

The father’s abuse of the girls came to the attention of the teacher of one of the girls, who reported the 47-year-old to police.

During the trial, the Algerian migrant claimed that he was the victim of a conspiracy. He will remain in custody until he is scheduled to be sentenced. The man’s wife has also separated from him, and the man is said to have lost custody of his daughters.

Cases of “honour” violence have been seen in several Western countries in recent years, such as Sweden, where a man is said to have beaten his daughter with a kebab spit and forced two of his children to wear the Islamic veil.

According to the two girls, their father, an asylum seeker from Iraq, labelled them “whores” if they refused to wear the veil. The Iraqi migrant was sentenced to two years in prison for his actions last year.

In Italy, meanwhile, a 14-year-old girl living in Bologna had her head shaved by her own mother because she refused to wear an Islamic headscarf when she left the house. The parents of the girl, both originally from Bangledesh, were brought up on charges of abuse

Muslim Migrant Threatens to Kill Daughters Who Do Not Wear Islamic Veil (breitbart.com)

Kerala woman arrested for killing her six-year-old son as a ‘sacrifice to Allah’

A woman in Kerala’s Palakkad district on Sunday confessed to the police that she murdered her six-year-old son as a “sacrifice to Allah”, The News Minute reported. Officials said the accused identified as Shahida has been arrested, according to NDTV.

The emergency control room in Palakkad received a call from Shahida between 3 am and 4 am on Sunday, narrating the incident. When police officials reached her house, she was waiting for them at the gate. Officials said they found her son in the bathroom with his throat slit. Her husband Sulaiman and two other children were sleeping in the adjacent room and discovered the murder only after the police reached the house, reports said.

https://scroll.in/latest/986272/kerala-woman-arrested-for-killing-her-six-year-old-son-as-a-sacrifice-to-allah

Woman born to Muslim father and Buddhist mother wins appeal to be declared non-Muslim

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 5 — A woman who was born out of wedlock to a Muslim father and a Buddhist mother today won her appeal in the Federal Court to be declared a non-Muslim.

Chief Justice Tun Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat, chairing a nine-member bench, delivered the 7-2 majority decision in allowing Rosliza Ibrahim’s appeal and granted the declarations sought by her.

She held that Rosliza is not a person professing the religion of Islam because there is no proof that she is a Muslim by original faith

Justice Tengku Maimun also said that both Rosliza and her mother were never Muslims.

Court of Appeal President Tan Sri Rohana Yusuf and Federal Court judges Datuk Nallini Pathmanathan, Datuk Abdul Rahman Sebli, Datuk Zabariah Mohd Yusof, Datuk Mary Lim Thiam Suan and Datuk Rhodzariah Bujang concurred with Justice Tengku Maimun.

Chief Judge of Malaya Tan Sri Azahar Mohamed and Federal Court judge Datuk Seri Hasnah Mohammed Hashim agreed with Justice Tengku Maimun on the answers to the two legal questions but departed on the reliefs to be granted to Rosliza.

In her originating summons filed in 2015, Rosliza sought for a declaration that she was not a Muslim and therefore the Syariah Court had no jurisdiction over her as she claimed that she was born out of wedlock to a Muslim father but raised as a Buddhist by her late Buddhist mother.

Rosliza, 38, lost her case in the Shah Alam High Court as it was dismissed on June 22, 2017 and her appeal at the Court of Appeal was also dismissed on April 25, 2018.

On Jan 20 last year, the Federal Court granted Rosliza’s application for leave to appeal on the two legal questions for determination by the Federal Court.

BERNAMA – Woman born to Muslim father and Buddhist mother wins appeal to be declared non-Muslim

Mozambique conflict: Why have 500,000 people been forced to flee their homes?

More than 500,000 people have been displaced from a ruby and oil-rich region of Mozambique in what the UN has called “a perfect storm of instability”.

The people of Cabo Delgado, the country’s northernmost province, are dealing with an insurgency by Islamist militants, food insecurity, extreme weather, disease and government failures.

Reliable information is severely lacking from the region as journalists face intimidation, with two local reporters held for months in a military prison in 2019, while international media has been refused permission to enter.

Mozambique conflict: Why have 500,000 people been forced to flee their homes? | World News | Sky News

Iranian attack on Israeli embassy in Africa foiled

An Iranian attack against an Israeli embassy in eastern Africa was foiled last month, Kan 11 reported Monday evening.

Western intelligence sources familiar with the details of the case say that Iran sent agents to the same country in Africa, whose job it was to gather intelligence on the Israeli embassy, ​​the United States embassy, ​​and the United Arab Emirates – to investigate the possibility of an attack on one of them. Some of those agents were European citizens who also held Iranian citizenship at the same time.

As part of thwarting this operation, some of the agents were arrested – some in the same African country, and some in other countries. According to intelligence sources, this action by Iran was taken as part of an attempt to respond and avenge the assassination of Qassem Soleimani and nuclear scientist Mohsaen Fahrizadeh.

Iranian attack on Israeli embassy in Africa foiled – Israel National News

Greece: Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens says Islam is not a religion but a political party

“Archbishop of Athens: Islam is not a religion but a political party,” Orthodox Times, January 15, 2021:

Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and all Greece gave an interview regarding the contribution of the Church to the Greek Revolution of 1821.

The interview was given by the Archbishop at the Monastery of Saint Loukas, where according to Archbishop Ieronymos, great figures “who gave everything for the Revolution” lived.

Archbishop Ieronymos also referred to the role of Patriarch Gregory V in the Greek Revolution.

As he stressed, “the actions of Gregory V have been misunderstood. Only those in positions of responsibility can understand what the role of the Patriarch was, as every small revolution meant the massacre of the Patriarch.”…

The Archbishop of Athens stressed that Islam was not a religion but a political party. “They are the people of war,” he said….

He underlined once again the important contribution of the clergy in the Greek Revolution of 1821, saying that every signal of revolution was initiated by a monastery and a clergyman.”

According to the Archbishop, “we were not talking about a nation but about Orthodoxy and faith. When the Christians revolted, it was a struggle against the conquerors.”

He even referred to Rigas Feraios, who had said that “what will unite us is the cross,” as well as the oath of the fighters of 1821 “for the faith of Christ, and the freedom of the homeland.”…