Today's edition of The Star has an article from an esteemed Muslim 'scholar' and 'thinker' on the causes of the malaise of Malaysia and other Muslim nations.
If the author, one Dr Wan Azhar Wan Ahmad, Senior Fellow/Director Centre for the Study of Syariah [Shariah], Law and Politics proves anything, he proves how hopeless the Muslim world really is. As we Islamophobes are well aware, making Muslim societies both pious and progressive is a sisyphean task.
I've taken this writer's arguments apart over at Jihad Watch. Have a look.
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Today's edition of The Star has an article from an esteemed Muslim 'scholar' and 'thinker' on the causes of the malaise of Malaysia and other Muslim nations.
Sunday, May 29, 2011
by the Anti Jihadist
The watchful folks in the Malaysian Government are hot on the case of a 'halal beer' that's surfaced here in Malaysia.
An unnamed minister from the Prime Minister's department--near the very top of the Malaysian power structure--has stated that this so-called halal beer, marketed as having only .01 percent alcohol, had been tested by Malaysia's Religious Police and found to have .5 percent alcohol. This goes way over the line; Allah have mercy! Naturally, in the interests of protecting Muslims and Islam, such a beverage will be immediately banned and removed from shops. Arrests of the producers, distributors and/or sellers of said forbidden beverage are likely to follow.
The fact that the Religious Police ('JAKIM', or 'Islamic Affairs Department' in English) in Malaysia routinely conduct such investigations into such minutiae, with sweeping powers of investigation, arrest, and imprisonment, will raise no eyebrows in Malaysia. But for those outside of this country, such a state of affairs should aptly illustrate the totalitarian nature of Islam. JAKIM enforcers are a common sight in Malaysian hotels, nightclubs and other 'sinful' spots, as these thuggish figures struggle to keep Malaysia's Muslims 'safe from vice'. And woe betides anyone who happens to be in their way.
In fact, to be a Muslim here, or anywhere else for that matter, is exactly like being treated as a child. You are permanently rendered as incapable of exercising judgment or having any appreciable freedom in your life, beholden to an never-ending list of 'do's' ('halal') and 'don'ts' ('haram') that govern every conceivable facet of your public and private existence. When Muslims aren't busy persecuting insufficiently devout Muslims or followers of competing belief systems, they endlessly argue about what's 'haram' or 'halal' in our fast-changing modern world, according to 1400-year-old religious teachings from the deserts of Arabia.
So, if you consciously decide to become a Muslim, you might as well turn your brain off--you won't need that where you're headed!
Saturday, May 28, 2011
I'm honoured that renowned counterjihad Robert Spencer has accepted my first piece I have written for his site, Jihad Watch. The piece, entitled "A Malaysian journey from darkness", can be found here.
And to everyone visiting here from Mr. Spencer's site or elsewhere, thanks for stopping by! Feel free to stay and look around. We hope you like what you'll find.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Read the entire thing here.
Monday, May 23, 2011
Much ballyhooed across the Middle East and North Africa since about the beginning of this year is the ongoing 'Arab Spring'. This is, we are told, a hopeful time when every ossified dictatorship in the region is either being brought to its knees or shaken to its core by democratically-minded uprisings and/or 'revolutions', one after another like proverbial dominoes. Supposedly, it's a time of great hope as the long oppressed people of the various Arab fiefdoms and sheikdoms finally reclaim their long-withheld freedom.
Well that's the mainstream media's take on the situation. And the public always was a sucker for fairy tales.
The Egyptian so-called 'revolution' may have cast off the previous tyrant, but it also left another dictatorship--namely the generals of the Egyptian Army--firmly in charge. The now-legalized Muslim Brotherhood--granddaddy of Hamas and Al Qaeda--is now openly and deftly maneuvering for power. They are also working assiduously to write a new Egyptian constitution that sets up the next dictatorship--i.e. the one that puts the Muslim brotherhood on top. The same is largely true in Tunisia, the place where this all began five months ago. In Libya, meanwhile, the 'Arab Spring' has morphed into a stalemated civil war, with Gaddafi's goons pitted against a disjointed hodgepodge of tribes and Islamists.
Other 'revolutions' in Syria, Yemen and Bahrain have done little more than leave piles of dead bodies in the streets. The various regime enforcers keep busy shooting, mostly unarmed protestors and civilians. The gangs of thugs that rule all of these broken, dysfunctional countries remain in charge to this day. The UN and "international community" wring their hands, punctuated by issuing various sternly-worded--and equally useless--statements.
Meanwhile, the hunger, corruption and unemployment that brought the masses into the streets in the first place has, hardly to my surprise, failed to ebb as prognosticated by hopeful sounding pundits on CNN.
So what are the Muslims going to do about this, now that their street riots -- I mean 'Arab Spring'-- have failed to bring them bread or jobs? What will they do now that their respective national economies have tanked or are moribund? Well, they'll fall back on their usual habit blaming the Jews for all their ills. Even the US mainstream media is reporting that "anti Semitism is on the rise in the Arab Spring." Obama, of course, with his political finger permanently jutting into the political wind, has neatly piggybacked onto this sentiment by proclaiming that Israel's borders are the cause of all the region's problems. He recently had Israel's Prime Minister in his office and pretty much ordered him to make sweeping territorial concessions (which apparently didn't go over too well).
So, you see, fixing those pesky Israeli borders and taming the "Zionist Regime" will solve everything, as any diplomat in Brussels, Washington, Riyadh or New York can tell you. Ah, so peace, bread and freedom can all be yours if the Zionists--I mean Israelis--just fall back to their 1967 borders and meekly lay their necks down in front of a bunch of Jew-hating homicidal maniacs--I mean their 'Palestinian neighbors'.
The reality of the Arab Spring is this: the burgeoning masses of the Middle East are hungry and unemployed. Simply put, they are running out of food. Their corrupt, cash-strapped governments got priced out of the wheat markets when rising demand from Asia, along with the climbing cost of fuel and declining world supplies, sent the price of wheat skyrocketing by 91% in the past twelve months. Even a fire-breathing Koran-and-AK-47-toting jihadist has to eat.
Now, the various governments of the region are finding funds and credit short and their food stockpiles running out. Egypt reportedly now has a one-month supply of rice and a four-month supply of wheat. They increasingly cannot afford to buy more. Every Muslim and Middle Eastern country has long since lost the ability to feed itself with crops from its own arable land. So if food from the outside is not forthcoming, and soon, the Arabs will starve. But everyone can see this coming, right?
Not exactly. The hungry masses riot in the streets and blame the Jews. Their own governments, all dictatorships or transitioning to one form of tyranny or another, care only about power and staying in power. And blaming the Jews is also politically useful for them and everyone else, unless of course you happen to be Jewish. The US is led by a president who has his own ideological axe to grind, a man who endlessly blabs to all about 'green jobs', 'carbon credits' and a 'peace process' based solely on Israeli concessions and worthless promises. As for the looming food shortage? Well, Obama has promised "aid" to Egypt, but whether the US can provide enough "aid" to singlehandedly feed Egypt, let alone the entire Arab world, remains an open question.
The Arabs, and most everybody else, desperately need energy, jobs and most of all, food. And they need it now. But since everyone is too busy chasing their own ill-considered short-term ideological or political agendas -- from Washington on down -- who's minding the store? Maybe you are, but you don't count.
When historians in the future look back on the early years of the 21st century, and consider governments bankrupted by prolific and wasteful entitlement programs, tied down by drilling bans and environmental restrictions on agriculture, blindfolded by relentless political correctness and self-censorship, they will likely shake their heads. They will conclude, "What were they thinking?" No one is thinking; that's precisely the problem.
The biggest tragedy of our time may yet prove to be the pursuit of the irrelevant by the self-deluded.
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Despite our obscurity here at our divisive, racist, hate-mongering Islamophobic blog, despite being blocked by Muslim governments in the UAE, Malaysia and probably elsewhere, occasionally the Mohammedans find us and leave us comments. And that's where the real fun is, for that's when they share with all of us their full-frontal cognitive dissonance. A lack of critical thinking is something of an Islamic trait.
One such commenter, named 'Deeva', recently left a comment at one of our most remarked-upon pieces, 'Why do people convert to Islam' which was first posted way back in March 2006. Her lengthy comment below, in italics, deserves a thorough, point-by-point debunking.
1. Jihad doesn't mean "holy war" it means daily struggle.. .. Ex. helping someone across the street is a form of jihad.
Deeva has no number two on her list, but never mind. Our Muslim friend would like us to believe that 'jihad' is as innocuous as helping Granny cross the street. Where could we infidels get the quaint notion that Jihad means holy war? Oh yeah, from the Muslims themselves, as well as their own religious teachings, put this beyond a shred of doubt.
Argue about something else? As you yourself say, how does this personally affect you, Deeva? Apparently Deeva believes, as all devout Muslims do, that their belief system should be beyond all questioning and scrutiny. She doesn't bother explaining why this must be so, because to wonder about anything is beyond argument is in itself heresy if not apostasy (disbelief). In Islam, the greatest crime is not murder, but skepticism and disbelief.
Yes, questioning Islam is torment, of course. Anyways, you were saying that Jesus is a prophet of Islam? This is patently ridiculous, as Jesus taught people that they should love their enemies. When was the last time anyone taught this concept in a mosque or madrassah? And the Quran, something I've read in a language I understand and something this 'Deeva' almost certainly hasn't, is all about fighting the 'enemies of Islam'. Besides, the only 'prophet' this blog has ever gone on at length about is the sole prophet is Islam, Mr. Mo himself. Without Mo there would be no belief system known as Islam.
So, by this logic, if anger for Islam is doing Islam such an alleged service, why do you so strenuously object to what we write about? Just a minute ago you said that I should never ever criticize Islam. Now, all of a sudden, it's ok?
Muslims think my own religious views, religion or lack thereof are somehow relevant. How or why this is, is of course not explained. Heck, why not accuse me of being a Jew? Everybody knows that everything bad that happens to Islam or Muslims is the fault of the Jews.
These dhimmified people, assuming they are real, are free to comment here as much as they want and to their hearts' content. As if the beliefs of a misguided non Muslim are somehow more credible than yours.
So who made you the spokesperson for Islam? As for me, I don't pretend to speak for anyone besides myself. I am definitely not 14, Ms. D, and take it from me, as you are a young woman, you clearly have a lot left to learn. Your Islamic elders have clearly hoodwinked you.
Your grammar is clearly missing something here, but I've had my peace for now. The ball is now in your court.
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Allah attests that the love for Jihad and death in the cause of Allah has taken over my life and the Sword Verses have penetrated every cell of my heart, "and kill all the polytheists [infidels] as they fight all of you". And how many times I wake from my sleep and find myself reciting this holy verse. If every Muslim would ask himself why did our Ummah reach to where she is [in a state of] humiliation and defeat, his instinctual response would be, because she has clung to the pleasures of life and tossed the book of Allah [Koran] behind its back and it is the only source that has the cure and success in the here and now and the hereafter. The Jews and Christians have tempted us with the pleasures of life and its cheap delights and they invaded us with their monitory values before invading us with their armies. And we were, like women, did not react, because the love for death in the cause of Allah has departed the hearts.
The true feelings and thoughts of a devout Muslim, fully committed to the cause of Islam. Scary stuff indeed.
The complete UBL will is here.
Hey Muslims, (maybe Muslim commenter 'Deeva'), if you're reading this, could you care to explain how bin Laden is wrong from an Islamic standpoint? I won't be holding my breath, of course.
It is prudent and in fact essential to remember that Bin Laden did not invent Jihad--Islamic Holy War. He's only following the orders of his 'prophet' and 'god'.
Sunday, May 08, 2011
By the Anti Jihadist
By now, the news of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden's death at the hands of American commandos at his Pakistani hideout a week ago has well and truly sunk in around the world. While Americans celebrated the death of their arch nemesis, others reacted quite differently. Indeed, it does not take long to see or hear alternative viewpoints online and elsewhere. In fact, this event is probably destined to be forever doubted by Muslims in some fashion, and no doubt subjected to any number of conspiracy theories.
Videos and other materials captured by the Americans at bin Laden's compound reveal that Osama was still quite active and involved in his dream of Islamic world conquest, with discussions ongoing about attacking trains in the United States, perhaps on the anniversary of the September 11th 'victory' he had masterminded 10 years previously. Osama was also involved in ongoing 'shaheed' (martyrdom) and jihad operations in Yemen, Somalia and probably elsewhere, extending his command, control and communications out to the world via a network of trusted couriers.
Yet it was this very network that his enemy, the United States, eventually successfully infiltrated and tracked back to bin Laden himself. Despite bin Laden's strenuous efforts to survive--burning his own rubbish, living behind 6 meter walls topped with barbed wire, staying away from windows, not having or using phone or internet service, and not once leaving his hideout in at least five years--it proved impossible for bin Laden to stay hidden. And when bin Laden no doubt heard the DEVGRU operators blow through the fortified walls and burst into his compound, perhaps he had enough time to regret not destroying the vast treasure trove of information in his possession. A trove that even now the Americans are ruthlessly following and exploiting to tear down and roll up even more of bin Laden's network.
While the late bin Laden favored a sort of jihadist global insurgency, other Muslims have publicly advocated other forms of warfare. Former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad once "...told an international conference of young Muslim leaders ... (that) ... Muslims must acquire skills and technology so they can create modern weapons and strike fear into the hearts of our enemies". Presumably, Mahathir means militarized masses of Muslim missiles, tanks, ships and all the rest. How compatible Muslim armament and striking fear into the hearts of 'our enemies' is, with the stated goals of Mahathir's own Perdana Global Peace Foundation, remains to be seen.
Bin Laden's demise is a supremely teachable moment--a lesson that if one engages in warfare with the west and in particular with America long enough, America will fatally penetrate the jihadist networks and nodes. The 'infidels' will gain access--no countermeasure is ultimate proof against it. And Mahathir's vision of global Islamic/Islamist armament, like bin Laden's dream, strikes me as less a peaceful vision for a future world, and more like fecklessness, a twisted recipe with violent and fatal consequences for Muslim and infidel alike. The Islamist dreams of world conquest have--once again--failed.
So, what is the way forward?
The way forward for Muslims must be through business, science and technology; in other words, through the arts of peace. This may not be the world that bin Laden and Mahathir had in mind. But it must necessarily be a world where Muslims have tamed their demons, recognize the equality of the so-called 'infidel', and acknowledge the universal brotherhood of mankind.
Even now, that future is still possible, if Muslims truly want it.