The Talmud and the Hadith

This is my last post for 2013 and the blog will be quiet for the next couple of weeks while I collate the necessary material for the next big article I have planned. Comparative religion – the Abrahamic religions to be specific – was a something of a hobby of mine a few years back….

The funeral of a martyr…my reflections on the death of Dr Abbas Khan.

Who, when disaster strikes them, say, “Indeed we belong to Allah , and indeed to Him we will return.” [TMQ 2:156] Funerals are by their very nature poignant affairs; an occasion to pause and reflect on the ephemeral nature of life and to contemplate what lies beyond (assuming you believe in an afterlife). Accordingly as…

Boys on the right, girls to the left.

Given last week’s furore over the latest Islamist plot (executed naturally via their “regressive left” useful idiot proxies) to subjugate Britain to Shariah law I thought it might be in order for yours truly to pen a few words on the topic. Oh and this time ladies and gentlemen please do try and leave a…

Desdemona and Emelia

So aside from being a pin up board for my bilious screeds this blog site also serves as an outlet for my cerebral musings on a host of disparate subjects. Today I’m posting an excerpt from Shakespeare’s “Othello” specifically from Act 4 Scene 3. For those of you not familiar with the storyline you can…

Apostates and cuddly toys.

I was recently asked by the Ex-Muslims Forum (@CEMB_forum) if I would write a piece on “murtadeen” or in English, “apostates”. Being the obliging type I readily agreed albeit with a degree of scepticism as to the motive underlying their request – I certainly didn’t want to provide sound bite material for distribution over Twitter….

Can Islam be reformed?

Acknowledgement:  A part of this essay was written by a good friend of mine to whom I am eternally indebted. His knowledge of Arabic and access to classical texts has made my work possible. The Muslim community in the UK (as well as Europe) is now well into its third generation.  While the first generation…