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Saturday, 4 July 2015

The Mannans speak from Syria

We release this statement to confirm that, indeed we are in the Islamic State. 
A land that is free from the corruption and oppression of man made law and is governed by the shariah, the perfect and just laws of Allah subhanAllah wa Ta'la.
All 12 of us and why should this number be shocking, when there are thousands and thousands of Muslims from all corners of the world that are crossing over land and sea everyday to come to the Islamic State? 
That are willingly leaving the so called freedom and democracy that was forced down our throat in the attempt to brainwash Muslims to forget about their powerful and glorious past and now present.
Or is it shocking that those attempts have clearly failed? That regardless of being born and bred in the west, the epitome of democracy, our Islam was not washed away? And despite the totalitarian rules that are in place, Muslims are still awaking to their obligations?
Don't be shocked when we say that none of us were forced against our will. In fact it is outrageous to think that an entire family could be kidnapped and made to migrate like this. It wasn't by the command of a single person in the family but by the command of the Khalifah of the Muslims. 
Who has called all Muslims, whether young or old, single or in families, to make hijrah to the state of Islam. A land that has established the Shariah, in which a Muslim doesn't feel oppression when practising their religion. 
In which a parent doesn't feel the worry of losing their child to the immorality of society. In which the sick and elderly do not wait in agony, tolerating the partiality of race or social class.
Alhamdulillah for the establishment of the Khilafah.
We say to those that are concerned for our safety to put your hearts at rest for we feel safer than we have ever felt before. 
We call all Muslims, to rush to the command of your khalif. Race to your state. Race to what will give you honour in this life and the hereafter. Hasten to the obedience of Allah. 
Do not fear losing the life you built for yourselves by making hijrah but fear losing your Imaan and Islam whilst residing in darul kufr and not making hijrah. 
We pray Allah saves from such a fate and guides us all to be obedient to His commands. Ameen.
The Mannan Family in the Islamic State

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Of course it is the right of citizens to move to another country if they want; if they feel that they will lead a better life for themselves and their families. Many will argue that it is silly to take children to a war zone whilst others will welcome the departure of people who so obviously revile the Western way of life.
The Mannan family issued the statement above on their joyous arrival in Syria giving their reasons for leaving the UK but what does it tell us about these people and their hopes for the future.

Presumably they have previous for quitting a country when they feel they can do better elsewhere. Their origin was Bangladesh a benighted country best known for its poverty and natural disasters. I don't suppose they asked themselves why their condition should obtain when the majority of the country was in the habit of praying five times a day to a God who didn't listen or care. But hey, let's all move to the heretic UK where they'll give us a house, sanitation and other benefits for the asking. No matter that they didn't invite us to come or that this largesse is managed without the apparent help of Allah, it seems we can take advantage and show our gratitude by shunning British institutions and retaining our own culture and habits. Surely they won't ask us to integrate and horror of horrors, brainwash us into changing from our failed beliefs; our powerful and glorious past and present.
Let's look at this glorious past. The Ottoman empire and the Caliphate that extended into Iberia were indeed impressive territory gains made by violence but both were ultimately to fail. Where was the Muslim God when his people were in retreat; was he again 'testing' them as he did in the battle of Uhud. People who don't want to see, keep their eyes shut. What then? Whilst the Muslims continued to retreat into seeming oblivion, the West invented electric power, cars, televisions, the internet, refrigerators and every conceivable aid to living in civilisation  including the AK47. Don't get me wrong, the Moors in Spain were marvels at irrigation and plumbing, leaving a legacy enjoyed today and their architecture never fails to please the eye but how much better it would have been if they could conquer with their arguments and not their armies.
What about their glorious present? Would they be referring to their wanton destruction of valuable and irreplaceable artifacts fom byegone civilisations? Incidentally using JCBs built in the west because the Muslims haven't their own. Might they be pondering on the Taliban's cowardly tactic of hiding in schools, hospitals and mosques to thwart air attacks or IS's predilection for attacking soft targets like women and children. Could it be the glorious use of brainwashed youngsters to indiscriminately kill and maim innocent people by suicide bombing. Oh yes, the Mannans can reflect on the Glory of the recent cowardly attack on thirty British holidaymakers on a Tunisian beach, all unarmed.
Perhaps they value the work of Boko Haram; kidnapping schoolgirls to give to their troops as trophy 'brides' to be raped and tortured. Oh, but they like sharia! It will be such fun to take the children to watch a defenceless woman being buried up to her neck so that cowards can pelt her with stones until she dies. Better than an ice cream on the beach at Bognor.
If they believe this is glorious can they wonder that any decent minded person thinks them deranged if not already brainwashed themselves.
And then we have the children, 'born and bred' in the UK but to the Mannans' delight are Muslims, able to fulfill their 'obligations'. Let me tell the Mannans that their children came into this world WITHOUT religion. They became Muslims because their family foisted it upon their vulnerable offspring, betraying their persons and their futures. Now these selfish people have taken their children to Syria, a Country at war,  in some sort of nightmarish quest to find WHAT? What's more they're inviting all Muslims to follow them to the Islamic State where they can practice their religion without oppression. The only question is why do they continue in the belief when despite all their prayers the Middle East in particular is in crisis. Surely, they can't keep blaming the Jews, Christians and atheists! Some time, the Muslims will have to recognise that there is no God-only people, and that sometime they are going to heve to get along together and that means adapting to the real present; not hankering after a flawed seventh century tradition.
I hope the Mannans find what they're looking for but remember; happiness is not a human right and it will be hard to forgive them if they take up arms or the children come to harm.

Friday, 3 July 2015

Cuba's medical breakthrough?

The press have hailed a medical breakthrough from Cuba. It is reported that a Cuban team have made a breakthrough in stopping the transmission of HIV from mother to child during gestation.
Let us be clear about this; the Cubans are not the first. Over a decade ago, a Swiss paediatrician, Dr Beat Richner was producing amazing results in his Kantha Bopha children's hospitals in Cambodia. At the time, despite his results the WHO refused to back his work and he raised money by playing his cello for tourists. This man is a real hero who doesn't get the credit he so richly deserves. Over six ago I wrote about the doctor here

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Sunday, 28 June 2015

Tunisia in turmoil

I wonder if many Tunisians are having a crisis of faith this weekend. As a nation they have adopted a democratic, secular Government much to the annoyance of those who hanker after an Islamic Theocracy.
As we have seen this weekend, a rogue gunman with links to the Islamic State, can put in jeopardy the entire Tunisian tourist industry, responsible for 15% of the Country's GDP and employment for many, especially and most importantly, youngsters. It must be clear to many Tunisians that the cause of their problems is their faith and because of the apostasy rules, one they cannot easily get out of. David Cameron, in his speech yesterday, reinforced his view that Islam is a 'peaceful' religion but is he right?
From the start, Mohammed found opposition to his ideas and was forced to leave Mecca by the City leaders. How did he press his arguments? By raising armies to attack his former citizens. He was beaten at Uhud, claiming that Allah was testing him and went back to Medina to build a bigger army. This suggests to me that his God wasn't being overly helpful to his 'messenger's' pursuits, allowing non-peaceful measures to prosecute his claims. Hardly the 'peaceful' religion Cameron imagines. I'm bound to ask why, if Allah is omnipotent, he was unable to fill all the people of the world with his grace at the same time, thus avoiding any bloodshed.? But then who am I to ask such an obvious question?
The Tunisians are not stupid; they can see, by social media, the life in the heretic 'West' and by contrast that in the Islamic Middle-East. The apostasy rules effectively stop  people leaving the faith, marginalising those who attempt it from their families and communities. Many people must feel imprisoned. These people need help to throw off the shackles of their religion.
Whole families and then communities need to make the break and the 'West' needs to do more to change hearts and minds of those who adhere to this faith, starting with the leaders of countries such as Saudi Arabia and the Emirates.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Shortage of GPs

Apparently, despite the high rates of pay, there is a shortage of General Practitioners in the NHS. I'm not surprised: as I wrote  here,  over two years ago, who would want to spend their lives working not only with the general public but the sick general public?

Is the answer to make it compulsory for doctors to do two years service as a GP before being awarded their professional qualification?

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Affordable housing

I have previously pressed the case for inexpensive housing using prefabrication.

Now, call me a cynic, but as politicians again ring their hands about the shortage of affordable housing, I feel that they they are to blame. With the answers so obvious, I can only conclude that the major political parties must be in collusion with the major house building companies to stop the use of cheaper alternatives. Can someone prove this?

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

BBC Dramas. The Interceptor

I have just started watching the latest BBC1 drama, 'The Interceptor'. The first twenty minutes are filled with violence, chases and basic vulgarity masquerading as entertainment.
I have previously written about BBC dramas- see here
When will the BBC recognise that a public service broadcaster ought to provide dramas that can be shown before the 9pm watershed; that can be suitable for families watching as a group?

Saturday, 6 June 2015

Books that I couldn't finish

What do Robert Tressel, Friedrich Nietzsche and Martina Cole have in common? Answer. They have all written books I have recently abandoned midway through.
Tressel's book, 'The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists' was too depressing for words. It's unremitting picture of early twentieth century poverty and hardship proved too much for a reader who simply requires to be entertained or educated, not given a prescription for despair.
Martina Cole's book, 'Faces' was daunting before the start being over 180,000 words long. The story about a crime family in the east end of London was, from the start, concerned with evil; evil, unlovable people committing unspeakable violence with page after page of appalling language. I wondered if the author ever shied away from showing her mother her work for fear of offending. One appreciates that realism must play a part in an honest account but maybe the story is better left untold when all the characters are so despicable. I'm not a prude but this novel failed to amuse, otherwise entertain or educate.
Nietzsche's book, 'Beyond Good and Evil' was simply incomprehensible, being composed of sets of words assembled according to the rules of syntax but without any thought to rationality. He certainly couldn't get his message across to me but perhaps in my requirement to be amused or educated, I fall outside his targetted readership.

Monday, 1 June 2015

The Resurrection retold

Christianity depends on, for its core belief, the notion that Jesus died on the Cross to atone for all the sins of mankind and rose from the dead three days later.
To most Christians this is fact; beyond dispute. But is there another possibility? Could it have been a trick, one so cunning that it has fooled millions of believers over two millenia.
At the time of the Crucifixion, people would have been aware of Tetrodotoxins, powerful drugs found in some plants, fungi and more famously in puffer fish. Small amounts of tetrodotoxin will kill but in minute doses, the drug simply shuts down the main bodily organs leaving the victim without any signs of life. Breathing and heartbeat are undetectable, the skin pallor takes on a deathly hue leaving any observers to believe that the victim has indeed died. In hot climates, bodies are quickly buried, unaware that the so called 'deceased' are still alive. It takes the body THREE days to recover from the poisoning, whereupon the victim's normal functions recover. It is not therefore surprising to hear of buried corpses 'rising' from the dead, dazed and disorientated, giving the appearance of a 'zombie'.
What if Jesus took some of this drug on the road to Calvary, leaving sufficient time for him to reach the place of execution before the drug took hold? Following his crucifixion, Jesus would have been observed to have died. A spear thrust into his side by a Roman Legionaire would have elicited no response, confirming the fact. When Joseph of Arimathea asked if he could remove the 'corpse' permission was granted and Jesus was taken down and placed in the tomb. This timely act by Joseph was important. It was the Roman custom to hasten death on the cross by breaking the legs of victims, as happened to the other two at Calvary that day. By taking down the body of Jesus when he did, Jesus still retained the use of his legs when he came round. Three days after taking the drug, Jesus would have recovered, alive and intact although his manner and appearance would have shocked those who knew him.

Is God the problem?

Yesterday's (31st May) 'The Big Questions' on the BBC posed the one question; is God the problem?
To what? one was minded to say but it didn't really matter since most participants were believers offering up their own interpretations without really addressing the fundamental issues.

Amongst those taking part were:
Director of the Religion and Society Programme at Lancaster University professor Linda Woodhead,
Rabbi Miriam Berger of Finchley Reform Synagogue,
Professor Alister McGrath of Oxford University;
Daphne Hampson of the Theology Faculty at Oxford University,
Professor Kate Cooper of Manchester University,
Reverend David Patterson of Sea of Faith,
Mail on Sunday columnist Peter Hitchens,
Nabeel Qureshi of the Oxford Centre for Apologetics,
Dr Robert J Asher. Palaeontologist of Cambridge University,
Director of City Sikhs Network Jasvir Singh Degun
Canon doctor Chris Sugden of Anglican Mainstream.

Nobody, it seems, put forward the idea that the world would be a better place without a God or, indeed, that it was possible for this to be possible in practice. In the absence of any real debate, I suggest that all the above read my book 'Spiritual Man: An Introduction to Negative Dimensions' and learn an alternative view of the world about us; one postulated by the Biblical account of the creation in the first book of cosmology, Genesis. 'In the beginning, God created the heavens and earth'.

Sunday, 31 May 2015

Bride of Cain

With thanks to Robert Tressell's work, 'The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists', I repeat the question he posed and request an answer from those who profess to believe in the literal word of God in the Bible: from whence came the bride of Cain?
The story so far. God created Adam from clay and Eve from one of his ribs. They had two sons (presumably naturally), Cain and Abel. Now, in a fit of jealousy, Cain murdered Abel and was expelled from the Garden of Eden to farm some land in Nod whilst, so the Bible says, God favoured Adam and Eve and replaced the lost son with another, Seth.
Meanwhile, in Nod, 'Cain lay with his wife, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Enoch'. But from whence came the wife of Cain?
Answers please.