Investigating the Red-Green Alliance


The 2017 celebration of the Islamic festival of Eid Al-Adha will probably long be remembered by worshippers at the Ottawa Islamic Association. On that day none other than the Prime Minister of Canada popped in for a visit. As he basked in the warm glow of appreciation from the assembled worshippers, Justin Trudeau could not be more open and appreciative in his remarks about how much he valued the contribution of Muslims to Canadian society.

Still, it is likely that some of those worshippers remember Mr. Trudeau’s visit better than others. Some could probably not even see him properly. You see, in line with Islamic teachings this was a segregated gathering. So, the women present had to observe from a gallery, far from the action. This fact was not remarked on by Mr. Trudeau despite his comments earlier in the week that a key part of his policy agenda was to: “…speak to inclusive growth, help for the middle class. I will talk about gender equality. I will talk about the rights of the LGBT community. We will continue to promote the values which bring us together.” 

Rather predictably neither ‘gender equality’ nor ‘the LGBT community’ got much of a look-in amidst the mutual backslapping of the day. There was also no mention of the fact that the Islamic community in Ottawa has been on the receiving end of millions of dollars from one of the most illiberal regimes on the planet.  Perhaps it would have been bad form to ask if all that Saudi money came with any strings attached? So in the absence of awkward questions, the polite fiction that the two sides, Canada’s uber-liberal Prime Minister and the members of the mosque funded by a nation that does not allow women to leave home without a male guardian, really had deep-seated values ‘which bring us together’. We would, at the very least, be entitled to wonder what exactly those shared values might be?

In the same year, that Ottawa’s Muslims pushed some of their most cherished convictions aside to dote upon a Prime Minister whose values they probably privately despised (if they wanted to remain true to their prophet’s teachings) another group, at the other end of the spectrum, chose to do the same in reverse. The ‘Woman’s March’ in Washington DC was intended to draw attention to some of the most cherished causes of a certain segment of the radical left. It was all there, ‘smashing the patriarchy’, transgender rights, radical abortion reform and much much more. Yet, right at the heart of it, as co-chair no less, was a follower of a religion whose prophet called women ‘deficient in intelligence and religion’ (Sahih Bukhari 1:6:301) and whose holy book commands men to beat disobedient wives (Qur’an 4:34). 

Linda Sarsour’s Muslim identity was not an embarrassment for the painfully woke leadership of the Woman’s March. Instead, she was celebrated precisely because of that identity. In fact, one of the most memorable images from the march was a picture, in the style of President Obama’s famous ‘Hope’ campaign poster, in which the most striking feature was a hijab. The message could not be clearer. The hijab should be celebrated as a symbol of female liberation, a strike against the patriarchy! This would surely come as news to the multitude of women in the Muslim world who served prison terms because they refused to wear one.  Had they been aware of this the radical leftist organisers of the march probably still would not care. They had to show that Muslims were right at the heart of their movement, even if this came at the cost of some serious cognitive dissonance.

What on earth is going on? Why do people who, on the basis of their ideology, should despise the other side appear so ready to ‘kiss and make up’. I call this phenomenon the Red-Green (or Leftist-Islamist) Alliance and coming to grips with how it came to be, and how it can be challenged for the sake of freedom, are the major themes of the book I am currently working on. I’ll be blogging some of the chapters as I go along, so watch this space!


PS. My Red-Green Alliance book is still a few months away from publication. In the meantime I’m sure you will enjoy my first novel, ‘The House Built on Sand’ with its penetrating look at the earliest years of Islam.


Islamic Supremacy Ringing out Over the Western World


In one example among many, media outlets in the USA are gushing in their praise for the move by the City of Minneapolis in granting a noise permit so that the Islamic ‘call to prayer’ can be broadcast five times a day in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood during the month of Ramadan. The move is widely heralded as ‘historic’, and some uncomfortable truths (like the fact that the terror-linked ‘Council on American Islamic Relations’ is funding the broadcasts) are quietly ignored. In fact, the move by Minneapolis is widely seen as a sign of bigger things to come, with some even expressing the hope that the adhan (call to prayer) will ring out permanently across this part of Minneapolis.
 
The last thing that those celebrating this ‘wonderful expression of diversity’ is ready to do is to enquire too deeply into what exactly the adhan signifies. At its most basic it is so much more than an invitation to prayer. Instead it forcefully proclaims the supremacy of Islam over all other faiths and ideologies. In Arabic, the word adhan means to listen, to be informed or enlightened — signifying that people previously in darkness and ignorance are now informed and enlightened about the true religion of Islam, to which they must submit. This is evident in the very words that are being used: “Allah is the greatest. I bear witness that there is no god except Allah. I bear witness that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah. Come to prayer. Come to salvation.
 
One wonders whether the ’enlightened’ civic leaders of Minneapolis had quite this kind of enlightenment in mind when they voted to have the supremacy of Islam proclaimed over their city.
 
What is even more concerning is that the adhan has a definite territorial dimension. The presence of it within a community definitively marks it out as part of the ‘house of Islam’. A place, therefore, where Islam is seen to be dominant to the exclusion of all other competing faiths.
 
According to his biographer Ibn Ishaq, Muhammad himself used the adhan to determine which communities to attack and which to leave alone. Its absence at the village of Khaybar was ultimately what motivated Muhammad to visit carnage upon it. According to Ibn Ishaq: “When the apostle [Muhammad] raided a people he waited until the morning.  If he heard a call to prayer he held back; if he did not hear it he attacked.  We came to Khaybar by night, and the apostle passed the night there; and when morning came, he did not hear the call to prayer, so he rode (to attack it) and we rode with him.
 
It would be naive in the extreme to think that the Muslim people of Cedar-Riverside are entirely unaware of these deeper resonances of the adhan. Presumably this causes them to think of their neighborhood as a place where Islam dominates and where they can be at peace. One shudders to think, however, of what it tells them about the rest of their city where the adhan is not being heard.


For more on how the example and teachings of Muhammad play a significant role in inspiring violence in the name of Islam, please see my book:Nothing to do with Islam – Investigating the West’s Most Dangerous Blind Spot”.


#Ramadan: ‘Solidarity Fasting’, Compulsion and Dhimmitude

A study in contrasts: A clueless (non-halaal!) pre fasting meal to show ‘solidarity’ with Muslims and an elderly Hindu man beaten by Pakistani police for not observing the Ramadan fast (Sindh Province, 2016)

One of the strangest trends of recent times is the rush by virtue-signalling Westerners to keep the Ramadan fast in ‘solidarity’ with the Muslim community. It even seems that this is something close to an official policy of the UK’s Liberal Democrat Party, with many members posting photos of their morning meal before beginning the daily fast. One of them were even forced to hastily apologize after Tweeting a picture with a few delicious looking rashers of bacon! Hint, when you try to curry favor, at least make sure that you do so in a halaal-compliant manner!
 
Perhaps the biggest question that we have to ask when it comes to ‘solidarity fasting’ is why it is only done for Ramadan? Jewish people observe their fasts without demanding that the rest of the world join in. So do Hindus, Jains and Orthodox Christians. Why do we see no ‘solidarity fasts’ in these instances?
 
I suspect that the answer lies in the deep seated desire among some Islamic supremacists to let no opportunity pass to demonstrate the superiority of Islam over all other faiths and ideologies. This desire can be clearly seen in the so-called ‘Code of Umar’. A document from the early years of Islam that the residents of non-Muslim towns and cities supposedly had to sign, if they wanted to escape with their lives, before surrendering to Muslim armies. After their surrender they would be known as ‘dhimmis’ (literally ‘protected ones’). This may sound rather charming, until you realize that what is in view here is the ‘protection’ commonly offered by the Mafia. It came at the price of punitive taxes and constant reminders (in the form of ritual humiliation) of your second-class status.
 
What does ‘dhimmitude’ have to do with fasting? Simply this: Islamic law makes it clear that fasting should be universally observed (except by the pregnant or the sick) in the lands of Islam. If you live where shari’a holds sway, fasting is not something that you choose to do, it is the law of the land! In places like Saudi Arabia, Iran, Kuwait, Pakistan and many others, even having a small cup of water in the heat of the day during Ramadan could land you with a heavy fine or even a prison sentence. For non-Muslims in these countries fasting has nothing to do with ‘solidarity’. It is more a matter of: ‘Do as you’re told, or else!’
 
In non-Muslim countries this kind of heavy handed enforcement of Islamic norms is thankfully not an option, at least not yet. So the second best option is for Muslim organizations to campaign for non-Muslim people to observe the fast voluntarily (and to make a big song and dance about it). This way the message about the glories of Islam can still be spread far and wide, without so much as a fine or whipping being needed. Of course, the time for more punitive measures may come, but in the meantime roping in some ‘useful idiots’ to adhere to Islamic law will have to do.
 
For the sake of balance, it would be nice to see the Lib Dems  and other ‘solidarity fasters’ launching a campaign on behalf of the thousands of people across the Muslim world who are being forced, on pain of severe punishments, to keep a fast that has nothing to do with them. Although somehow I’m not holding my breath.



Please check out my very latest book, a novel called The House Built on Sand. In it I embark on a narrative exploration of some of the major issues surrounding Islamic history and the relationship between Islamic teaching and violence. Get your copy today! 


Pining for Servitude

A recent poll by Marketwatch showed that 36% of millenials have a favorable view of Communism. Given that this is an ideology that killed upwards of 100 million people during the 20th century we have to wonder whether there is not a very unhealthy streak of masochism present in our societies. How else can this be explained?

Still, the level of ignorance required to sing the praises of an ideology that enslaves and demeans on an industrial scale is utterly breathtaking. Perhaps Gary Kasporov, former world chess champion who was born under Communism said it best: “It’s nice they have opinions about communism now, because once you’re living in it you don’t get to have an opinion about it anymore.”

We see this willingness to suspend belief in reality equally clearly in attitudes towards Islam in the West. Although not many Westerners are ready to embrace Islam lock, stock and barrel we do find many people who are ready to praise it to the skies as exemplifying peace, love and tolerance. I’m not quite sure how “Kill the unbelievers wherever you find them…” (Qur’an 9:29) gels with this, but facts are rarely allowed to get in the way of ideologically correct opinions. This means that people are sometimes, or rather often, able to maintain positions in the face of all evidence to the contrary.

In his novel 1984 George Orwell hit the nail on the head with a description of the mental contortions that those who embrace totalitarian ideologies have to make by listing ‘The Party’s’ key slogan as:

War is peace

Freedom is slavery

Ignorance is strength

Still people cannot be made to deny reality forever. This basic fact was behind the eventual fall of Communism in Europe. One of the most moving experiences of my entire life was seeing a video by the Czech anti-Communist resistance singer Karel Kryl that was playing on a loop in the Praque Museum of Communism. At the heart of it was the word ‘Dekuji’ (‘Thank You’ in Czech). In a deeply moving way he gives thanks for things like tears, weakness and the fact that his people were brought totally low by their subjugation – as this was what eventually motivated them to rise up and throw off their chains. (You can see the video, with English subtitles, here)

Desperation eventually led to freedom. But only after many years of suffering for millions. May it not be that the descendants of today’s cheerleaders for totalitarianism will one day have to write similar songs.


My book ‘The House Built on Sand’ is an exploration, in the form of a novel, of one way in which the totalitarian ideology of Islam can be confronted by digging deep into its history. Get your copy today at: www.thehousebuiltonsand.com