Clinging to hope…

“These people/actions have nothing to do with Islam.” “Islam is a religion of peace.” “Islamic values are British values.” “Why should Muslims have to prove their loyalty?” I’m sure you’re familiar with all of the above and they constitute the stock responses of most mainstream Muslim commentators, the doyens of the community as well as…

Dark clouds

Last week saw the burial of the four French Jewish victims of the Paris kosher store attack. Disdaining a burial somewhere in France their families chose instead to transport their bodies to Israel for interment there. What this demonstrates is that despite ostensibly being French, their inner allegiance lay elsewhere. When their twin identities of…

The sad case of a failed philosopher

I was at one point in time, fairly well acquainted with Adam Deen. I won’t exaggerate and say we were close friends but at the same time we were certainly more than passing acquaintances. During the period I knew him personally he was touting himself as a speaker in the field of Islamic apologetics with…

Dear Infidel

2014 saw the Muslim community in Britain under the spotlight like never before. The media was awash with Islam and Muslim related stories and unfortunately for the most part it wasn’t good. Paedophile grooming gangs, the trial of Lee Rigby’s killers, the beheading of a British aid worker somewhere in the Syrian desert, all stories…

Être hypocrite, quelle bassesse!

François-Marie Arouet, better known as Voltaire. For those of you wondering. Incidentally seeing as it’s been quoted ad nauseam these past few days might I also take the opportunity to point out that the “…defend to the death your right to say it” aphorism wasn’t actually one of his utterances. Anyhow, don’t you just hate…

Le mort de Charlie Hebdo – quel dommage!

This Wednesday in a brazen broad daylight attack two masked gunmen brandishing Klashnikov assault rifles forced their way into the Paris offices of the satirical publication, Charlie Hebdo and proceeded to execute 10 of its staff who were at the time convened in a meeting. During the course of the attack they also killed two…