‘War is Deceit’ – When Trust Makes Us Vulnerable

The ‘Prophet’ Muhammad famously said: “War is deceit”. Two incidents, barely a week apart, powerfully illustrated the fact that this is still seen as a cornerstone of jihadist strategic thinking.

In both cases a position of trust was used as a platform from which to unleash carnage in the name of Allah. A supposedly ‘model prisoner’ stabbed those responsible for his ‘rehabilitation’ to death on London Bridge (29 November 2019). A trainee pilot in Pensacola went on a rampage against those who were training him (6 December 2019). How could something like this happen?

Perhaps this story (found in Sahih Bukhari 52:271) from the life of Muhammad will shed some light: “The Prophet said, “Who is ready to kill Ka’b bin Ashraf (i.e. a Jew).” Muhammad bin Maslama replied, “Do you like me to kill him?” The Prophet replied in the affirmative. Muhammad bin Maslama said, “Then allow me to say what I like.” The Prophet replied, “I do (i.e. allow you).

Note carefully what happened here: One of Muhammad’s followers asks for permission to lie, and it is immediately granted to him. What happened next is described in Sahih Bukhari 53:369. Bin Maslama goes to the person marked for death by Muhammad and pretends that he is deeply disillusioned by the ‘prophet’. In this way, he gained the person’s trust and was admitted into his inner circle. After the ‘friendship’ was firmly established, Maslama asked Ka’b whether he could smell the perfume on his head, an act that could only take place between trusted friends. Trusting his ‘friend’, Ka’b allows this and is immediately grabbed and killed!

“War is deceit” indeed.


Much more, including several more examples (drawn from impeccable Islamic sources) of how deceit can be used as a weapon of war, can be found in my book ‘Nothing to do with Islam? – Investigating the West’s Most Dangerous Blind Spot’


Coming Very Soon! ‘The House Built on Sand’

Coming This Week: ‘The House Built on Sand’

A few weeks ago I sent you an email letting you know that my new book ‘The House Built on Sand’ would be released ‘soon’. Given how long it took to complete the final steps in getting it ready for the press, that may have been a tad optimistic!

Anyway, I’m finally able to say that the book will be released within the next week or so. In case you don’t know, ‘The House Built on Sand’ will be very different from my other books. Primarily because it is a work of fiction. It is, however, a novel with a serious message. Especially since it points readers to some of the same issues that I address in my book ‘The Mecca Mystery – Probing the Black Hole at the Heart of Muslim History

You may recall that I’ve been deeply impacted by the rampant censorship of non-politically correct voices on social media. As part of this my Twitter account of more than 100,000 followers was deleted without any warning. This significantly limited my reach in terms of reaching potential readers. I would, therefore, really appreciate your help to get the word out once ‘The House Built on Sand’ is released. You can do this in the following ways:

  • Get your own copy – better still get a few as Christmas presents (it will be available in both Kindle and paperback versions)
  • Forward the launch announcement (when it comes) to your friends
  • Post the link www.thehousebuiltonsand.com on your Facebook or Twitter feed
  • Post a review on the Amazon website once you have read the book.

I look forward to sharing ‘The House Built on Sand’ with you and I trust that you will agree with me that it is a great read (with a great purpose – i.e. getting people to think about the place of Islam in the modern world). I’ll let you know as soon as it is ready.


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