Although I pretend to be wise about the subject, it still mystifies me, as it does so many, why and how terrorists plot so devotedly against Little Satans (such as Britain, Israel, Spain, Italy, Australia) but do not — or so it seems — do the same against the Great Satan (The United States).
Terrorists attacked the London Underground (twice, actually); they tried to launch a massive airplane-exploding venture from London (albeit on American planes headed to America); and now they tried to attack with car bombs. None of this has happened here. There has been little to no evidence that the plotting and planning has been as extensive or has proceeded as far as the case has been in Britain. Read the rest of this entry »
“Explosives-Packed Car Defused in London” by David Stringer.
British authorities defused a bomb-laden car that was seen as suspicious. The target was London’s night entertainment district. There were nails in the car as well so as to maximize damage. (The inclusion of such elements — nails and ball bearings — suggests to me that the people, more often than not Islamist terrorists, are inhuman.) The people behind this were almost undoubtedly Islamist terrorists. What we need to see is whether any of them were home-grown.
Some believe this is a message to Britain’s new prime minister, Gordon Brown. He became prime minister day two days ago. The message, needless to say, is that Britain needs to withdraw from Iraq. If Gordon Brown gives in, as did Rodríguez Zapatero of Spain, this could be a serious blow to The West, and a major victory not only for Islamist terrorists but for all terrorists.
Let us see what happens.
Each person starts with 7 random facts/habits about themselves. People who are tagged need to then report this on their own blog with their 7 things as well as these rules. They then need to tag 7 others and list heir names on their blog. They are also asked to leave a comment for each of the tagged, letting them know they have been tagged and to read the blog.
I will be breaking the rules in that I won’t tag anyone.
These are my seven things:
1. In some of my spare time, I’m trying to learn Turkish.
2. Other languages I have tried to learn and/or study are: Arabic, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Irish, Latin, Mandarin, Norwegian, Persian, Russian, Sanskrit, Spanish, and Urdu.
3. I was once involved with Santería and Palo.
4. I have yet to fall in love. I have had crushes and whatnot, and have even been married (but now am divorced), but have not been in love yet.
5. The only beverages I drink are milk, water, and milkshakes.
6. The joy of my life right now is our almost-a-year old puppy shih tzu. Although I had no part or say in the obtaining of him, I am one of his primary caretakers, which I do not mind at all.
7. I actually prefer “Musli” to my real name.
Ah, thank you. I’ve always wondered what the prevailing religion was in the Middle East in the time of Muhammad. So, you’re saying it was a multi-deity paganism, along the lines of, say, Shinto? So the association with Christianity and Judaism was a Muhammadan construct? Historically, there is no prior relationship?
There were pockets of Christians and Jews throughout the Arabian peninsula. Notably, there were many Jews in Yemen and Christians in Ethiopia (which, while not on the peninsula, was still quite close, being as it is across the Red Sea, close to whose banks was Mecca). So Muhammad would have had plenty of opportunities to encounter them. Significant for him, there were three Jewish tribes in Yathrib (to which he fled when Mecca became too dangerous).
But the predominant religion, and what made Mecca the heart of the Arabian peninsula, was the multi-deity Arab paganism that thrived throughout the peninsula. The Ka’bah in Mecca was the main shrine for all Arabian deities.
Muhammad had plenty of contact with people of various religions, not only because of their presence near him but also because he used to be a trader and, as such, had ample exposure to different religions and their tales and legends. This partly explains why there are so many corrupted versions of narratives found in Judaism and Christianity. Read the rest of this entry »
The first in a series of posts about the fundamentals of Islam, both as they exist ideally and theoretically and as they exist in reality, including variations among sects of Islam, and including consequences of the beliefs therefrom and of differences with other Muslims.
The first fundamental of Islam is the testification or proclamation or witnessing or confessing of the Islamic faith. This is known as (شهادة, shahādah).
The shahādah consists of two units; the shahādah exists in two forms: one form that is explicitly a testification (“I testify that…”) and another form that is more of a proclamation. Read the rest of this entry »