No Shame: US Officials Admit Plotting Coups and Assassinations

“This is an especially appalling example of the government of Iran perpetrating egregious acts of transnational violence.”

That’s what Assistant Attorney General Olsen told us about the alleged assassination plot of Former National Security Advisor under Trump, John Bolton.

These people are the satirical manifestations of themselves.

They commit acts of egregious transnational violence themselves. And they do it all the time⁠; in Iraq, Afghanistan, and even within the country in question. In fact, the target in question himself—John Bolton—admits this.

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John Bolton Admits Planning Coups: ‘Not Here But, You Know, Other Places’
Travis Waldron

From the article:

“As somebody who has helped plan coups d’etat ― not here but, you know, other places ― it takes a lot of work. And that’s not what [Trump] did. It was just stumbling around from one idea to another. Ultimately, he did unleash the rioters at the Capitol. As to that, there is no doubt.”

This is what makes the Assistant Attorney General’s statement frankly annoying.

If true, this plot just isn’t exceptional.

Sure, the government can announce it and punish the foreign agent who tried to make it possible. Who wouldn’t? But to pretend like this is some kind of unprecedented act of evil is a joke.

Politics is a dirty game, and the US is more than capable of slinging mud with the worst of them. Let’s not forget that.

When we do, we end up swallowing these theatrical pleas hook, line, and sinker.

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The Severity of Selling Out Dīn for Worldly Gain

By Shaykh Muḥammad ‘Alī Aṣ-Ṣābūnī raḥimahullāh
Translated by Mufti Abdullah Moolla
Just as there is a clear difference between the people of īmān and the people of disbelief, likewise, there is a difference within the people of the Ummah—between those who are sincere and those who are hypocrites and show offs.
Among the people we will find that there are some who do deeds ostentatiously. They do not do what they do for the pleasure of Allāh Ta’ālā. Rather what they seek is praise from the people. When they do good deeds it is because they desire to hear things such as:
‘He is a noble person.’
‘He spends.’
‘He feeds others.’
On the other hand they may do an act of obedience but without seeking the pleasure of Allāh Ta’ālā through it. This too is a type of hypocrisy. It causes the good action to be wasted away and destroyed. It is reported in a ḥadīth of Sunan Tirmidhī from Sayyidunā Muḥammad Rasūlullāh ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam, wherein he speaks of what will happen during the end times. He said:
‘During the end times, a people will emerge that will mix up (swindle) the world with the religion (dīn).’
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This means that they will deceive the people in the name of religion. They will eat of the world in the name of religion.
‘They will wear clothing in front of the people made of soft sheep skin, their tongues are sweeter than honey, and their hearts are the hearts of wolves. Allāh says, ‘Are they deluding me or are they conspiring against me? I swear upon myself, I shall definitely send upon them a trial that will leave the tolerant amongst them bewildered.’
For this reason, it is crucial that we adopt ikhlāṣ (sincerity in our actions) and that every deed we do is done only for the pleasure of Allāh Ta’ālā, so that it is accepted by Allāh Ta’ālā.
It is stated in a ḥadīth qudsī:
‘Allāh Ta’ālā says, ‘I am the One who is most independent of partners. He who does an action for the sake of anyone besides Me, I discard him and his polytheism.’[1]
We ask Allāh Ta’ālā to bless us with ikhlāṣ and that He makes our deeds and actions solely for Him.
The polytheists of Makkah Mukarramah had called Sayyidunā Muḥammad Rasūlullāh ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam towards the worship of their idols. They said that, in turn, they will worship his deity for a year. They said:
“O Muḥammad, come. Let us agree, let us come to a compromise. You worship our deities for a year and we shall worship your deity for a year.”
Allāh Ta’ālā revealed these verses rebuking them and denouncing them:
قُلْ أَغَيْرَ اللَّهِ أَبْغِي رَبًّا وَهُوَ رَبُّ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ وَلَا تَكْسِبُ كُلُّ نَفْسٍ إِلَّا عَلَيْهَا وَلَا تَزِرُ وَازِرَةٌ وِزْرَ أُخْرَى ثُمَّ إِلَى رَبِّكُمْ مَرْجِعُكُمْ فَيُنَبِّئُكُمْ بِمَا كُنْتُمْ فِيهِ تَخْتَلِفُونَ
«Say, “Is it other than Allāh I should desire as a Rabb while He is the Rabb of all things? And every soul earns not [blame] except against itself, and no bearer of burdens will bear the burden of another. Then to your Lord is your return, and He will inform you concerning that over which you used to differ.”»[2]
Do I seek the worship of something besides the Rabb of the universe? He has control of everything and He is the Rabb of everything. He is the Creator and Controller of everything. No person will bear the burden of another. I cannot carry your burden, just as you will not carry my burden. Hence, he said:
‘I shall not worship anyone but Allāh. He is in control of benefit and harm.’
The sinful soul will not bear the burden of someone else. Divine justice entails taking a person to task for whatever actions he or she has done.
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The entire creation will return to Allāh Ta’ālā for reckoning. He will inform you, i.e., mankind, about what you differed in. Allāh Ta’ālā will inform mankind of what he did in terms of wretchedness; deviation; going astray from the dīn of Allāh Ta’ālā; belying the Messengers of Allāh. Allāh Ta’ālā will give the recompense of this.
Allāh Ta’ālā then says that some people will come after, i.e., one nation succeeds another. People increase and their progeny spreads. People come and go from this world. It is Allāh Ta’ālā that raises some and degrades others. He gives people various ranks in terms of wealth, health, knowledge, and ignorance. It is through these things that people differ from one another.
What is the reason for this?
So that He may test you in what He has given you. To test whether you will be grateful to Allāh Ta’ālā or not. Or, will you become proud and boastful that he or she is richer than the other, better than another, just as the polytheists of Makkah Mukarramah used to do. They would say:
‘We have more wealth and children, and we will not be punished.’
Translator’s Note
We learn from the above that during the end times—like the times we find ourselves in now—there will certainly be people who will try to swindle us out of our religion in exchange for the world. They will have sweet tongues and hearts like wolves. This is a clear indication to stay away from people of this nature. However, the world is alluring. It pulls and draws us to those who have sweet tongues. Hence, whenever we get pulled in such a direction, we should remain vigilant and understand that the wolves’ hearts will soon come into motion, and they mean to leave you in distress and trials.
Ostentation goes hand in hand with trying to swindle the religion out of people. It is a terrible trait and must be kept in check.
The thread of the message seems to fit hand in glove for the times we are in. We find celebrity scholars who have no qualms about polytheists and interfaith; and mixing the dīn with pagan practices that leave the listener or onlooker in a state of utter shock and bewilderment.
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We seek the protection of Allāh Ta’ālā from the trials that come with teaching, spreading and defending the blessed and pure religion of Islām in this age. Āmīn.
Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 
Sūrah Al-An’ām: 164 
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The Latest Attack on Gaza: More of the Same

Following the Egyptian-brokered cease-fire, the UAE requested a closed-door Security Council meeting (which took place on Monday, August 8) about the strike on Gaza.

The immediate cause of the current situation was the August 1 arrest of a member of Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) on August 1. A 16 year-old was killed during the operation. By August 5, Israeli caretaker prime minister Yair Lapid—from the center-left Yesh Atid party—decided to launch offense strikes on Gaza, called Operation Breaking Dawn. Israel claims it was under threat by PIJ.

I guess you could say it’s good they care, but what the UAE publicly called for is essentially a return to the status quo, i.e., the open air prison that is Gaza:

“The United Arab Emirates has emphasized the need to restore calm to the Gaza Strip, reduce escalation, and preserve civilian lives”

Sure, you’ve got to first stop the fighting, but there’s little evidence to suggest the UAE will want more than that. Plus, you could make the argument that the more quickly things calm down, the better business will be.

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The Abraham Accords have further normalized relations between Israel and many Arab countries, including the UAE. They are currently enjoying the money coming in from Israeli tourists. From the start of the accords in September 2020 to last October, 250,000 Israeli tourists had visited the Gulf country.

From what the public gleaned from the meeting, the usual positions were given by the usual suspects, points like this one:

“American UN ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield supported ‘Israel’s right to defend its people against terrorist threats’”

The US has a talent for having the most blatant double-standards when it comes to Israel.

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Breaking Dawn A Win for Israel?

Not only did Israel successfully target resistance members, Palestinians lost 44 (the AP reports), which includes 15 children, in three days. Some of those may have been killed by rockets misfired from Gaza—it isn’t clear. It is also reported that almost a third of the roughly 300 who have been injured are children.

The cease-fire reportedly includes a pledge from Egypt to “work for the release of two senior Islamic Jihad detainees held by Israel, but,” the AP notes, “there were no guarantees this would happen.”

Recall that Gazans continue to be cut off from normal life, from using the sea, from making a living. 80 percent of young people are unemployed.

Recall that Egypt and Israel, which have relatively good relations, have a blockade on Gaza.

Recall that the occupation is a constant, enduring threat to Palestinian life. A few days before this recent strike—on July 29—Amjad Nashaat Abu Alia was killed by either an Israeli settler or the IDF (most likely a settler) during a protest against settler violence.

They hadn’t even finished rebuilding Gaza from last year’s war. Now, they have to start again.

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When Muslims Invented Guerrilla Warfare and Launched Decolonization

Muslims have a military history worth taking pride in.

It begins with the Prophet ﷺ himself, and then his Companions (may Allah be pleased with all of them).

A notable battle was that of Firaz in the year 634 (12AH): Khalid Ibn al-Walid (radiyAllahu ‘anhu) was victorious, which in and of itself is unsurprising (as he never lost), but he did so against the combined strength of both the Persian and Byzantine empires which had formed an alliance to fight against the Muslims.

Islam was such a tremendous force that these sworn enemies⁠—who had been warring against each other for literally centuries⁠—had to put their bloody history aside and join together in order to even stand a chance. Yet, despite vastly outnumbering the Muslims, they still suffered a complete and utter defeat.

Other glorious battles and wars followed throughout Muslim history, and one in particular which is somehow still underrated is the battle of Annual. This battle occurred approximately 101 years ago and lasted for a few weeks⁠—from the end of July 1921 up until the beginning of August 1921⁠.

The battle took place between the Spanish army and the Riffian tribes of Morocco which were under the command of ‘Abd al-Karim al-Khattabi, who in August 1925 appeared on the cover of TIME magazine for his victory.

In sha’ Allah we’ll be taking a look at why this battle was so crucial and why it remains relevant even today.

Western Humiliation

The 1904-1905 Russo-Japanese War, which concluded in a Japanese victory, is often seen as a determining moment because it was the first time during the modern period that “non-Whites” had defeated a “White” power. And this too, at the height of European colonialism, when “Whites” seemed to be apparently undefeatable.

The Japanese victory had an effect on the Muslim world too (especially in the Ottoman Empire⁠—a long-standing enemy of Russia). It invoked aspirations. The fact that an “Eastern power” had defeated a “Western” one gave rise to renewed optimism among Muslims. For instance, Zafar Ali Khan, a scholar who represented Muslim nationalism within the Indian subcontinent, had decided to write a play about it.

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Yet despite Japan not technically being a “Western power,” it had still been modernized since the Meiji Era, and thus somewhat crypto-Western. Thus the war between Russia and Japan became the war between two countries trying to modernize rather than a war between a Western and Eastern nation. In order words, it was about trying to ape the West.

This is why the 1921 battle of Annual is a better example of an East versus West conflict. In this case, it was a conflict between Spain, which was a European power, and the Riffian tribes of Morocco, which were seen as being “barbarian Muslims.”

The Riffians are a Berber ethnic group with a patriarchal population living in the mountains. From a Western perspective they were more “archaic” than the Japanese since the Japanese had been on a modernization drive for a long time.

The battle itself was the result of a long process of colonial encroachment by Spain. The Riffian tribes, finally having had enough, decided to revolt.

This article provides some perspective regarding what Spain still considers to be “the disaster of Annual”:

The Battle of Annual, which began on July 21, was an unmitigated disaster – a mixture of ineptitude and vainglorious overreach. “A classic example of military incompetence,” wrote historian Antony Beevor.

The Rifs under Muhammad Abdel Krim al-Khattabi, more commonly known as Abdel Krim and once a civil servant with the colonial regime, routed the invaders.

The Spanish were more than 100km from their coastal base in Melilla with no supply lines or communications, but Silvestre was pugnacious and eager to please the king.

He also went against the orders of his commanding officer and warnings of retribution from Abdel Krim. The upper estimate is that Spain lost 22,000 troops at Annual and in subsequent fighting as they retreated to Melilla, most of the casualties barely literate, ill-trained and ill-equipped conscripts ridden with typhus or malaria. Exhausted and with morale extinguished, their retreat descended into chaos.

By comparison, only around 800 Rif guerrillas were reported dead. Disgraced, Silvestre almost certainly killed himself, although his remains were never found.

So despite being outnumbered, and with Spain having utilized drastic methods, the Riffians had lost far fewer men than the Spaniards. ‘Abd al-Karim would of course lose years later, with the French coming to the aid of the Spaniards, but this is something which reminds us of the Muslim victories of old.

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The article then goes on to show how this humiliating defeat influenced much of Spain’s 20th-century politics, including the dictatorship of Franco.

The Father of Modern Guerrilla Warfare and Decolonization

As mentioned earlier, this battle was a symbolic one. This is because even if it wasn’t the first time “non-Whites” had triumphed over “Whites” during modern times (Russo-Japanese War), it was still the first time that a “modern” European colonial power was defeated by “barbaric” “pre-modern” people.

And this would go on to influence all the later decolonization movements to come, not only in the Muslim world but also far beyond that.

Abd al-Karim’s guerrilla tactics in particular will remain a long-lasting legacy of his.

In a 2015 article titled “Abd-el-Krim al-Khattabi: The Unknown Mentor of Che Guevara,” we read (p. 6):

Scholarly studies on Abd-el-Krim and the Rif War frequently characterize Abd-el-Krim as co-inventor of modern guerilla tactics.

Some of the tactics and methods that are mentioned in the literature with great amazement are as follows: the use of trenches (e.g., on May 3, 1925 General Colombat was unable to break through the Berber trenches encircling Bibane, despite six hours of fighting); caves dug in the slopes; extensive use of granite ramparts, rocks, boulder-strewn summits in the hills as concealment=cover from which to target the enemy; the use of smokeless-powder rifles that made it impossible to locate its user; hiding cannons in caves and using these exclusively at night, which made their discovery impossible.

Worldwide research on the Rif War is unanimous that the war tactics of the Rifis were emulated during other rebellions such as the Druze War of Syria with France (1925–1927), the Algerian War of Independence with France (1954–1962) and the Vietnam War with the United States (1946–1954). Twentieth-century Anti-Colonial revolutionary leaders—such as the Vietnamese leaders Hoˆ Chi Minh (1890–1969) and Vo Nguyen Giap (1911–2013), the Yugoslav leader Tito (1892–1980), and Che Guevera—are specifically mentioned as being influenced by the military tactics of Abd-el-Krim. In this regard, Seymour says, ‘‘a great Muslim anti-imperialist fighter (whose successful tactics would inspire Ho Chi Minh and Che Guevara).’’ It has also been alleged that Abd-el-Krim had become an established key figure in the field of politico-military advice for revolutionary leaders during his time in exile in Egypt. Sneevliet, for instance, mentions that, ‘‘Revolutionary leaders of the world always paid him a visit when they came to Egypt.’

So it becomes clear that ‘Abd al-Karim can be considered the spiritual father of decolonization for the following reasons:

  • For being a “pre-modern” force having defeated a “modern” military power, and thus inspiring hope within others; and also
  • Because of the actual tactics employed by them, ultimately giving rise to the very same modern guerilla warfare which would be used during decolonial battles.

It’s also worth noting that Richard A. Gabriel (one of Canada’s most influential military historians) says that the real “father” of guerrilla warfare is none other than the Prophet ﷺ himself, but this could be the subject of another article.

Anyway, it is quite fitting that the decolonial movement was actually launched by a Muslim, since Islam alone can liberate man and societies from all forms of slavery and ensure that submission is to Allah alone.

But what is truly unfortunate is that neither the battle of Annual nor ‘Abd al-Karim are given the place they deserve within public discourse (unlike Che Guevara or Ho Chi Minh for example, who were both directly inspired by him), even among Muslims.

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Is Javed Ghamidi a Secret Qādiyānī?

The scholars who understand the methodology of Ghamidi recognize the issues and topics which he tries to cast doubt upon.
It is interesting to note that with regard to the belief of the finality of Nubuwwah (Prophethood), Ghamidi claims to have faith in it, but he curiously adopts a very soft stance on Mirza Ghulam Aḥmad Qādiyānī.
Ghamidi tries to present Qādiyānī as a ‘pious man.’[1] Ghamidi also says that if anyone claims to be a Muslim (which Qādiyānī does), then he (Ghamidi) has no right to state otherwise.[2] This is despite the fact that there is a scholarly consensus regarding the Qādiyānīs being disbelievers—in fact they have been declared disbelievers by thousands upon thousands of ‘Ulamā’. Moreover, they have even been declared to be a non-Muslim minority by court order in Pakistan.
Hereunder we shall present some of the stances of Javed Ghamidi on a number of pertinent issues—stances which closely resemble those of Mirza Ghulam Aḥmad Qādiyānī, the lying dajjāl (imposter).
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Denial of the Life of Sayyidunā ‘Isā ‘alayhi as-salām
‘The grave of Sayyidunā ‘Isā ‘alayhi as-salām is in Jerusalem. It is present there to this day.’[3]
‘Whatever I have understood regarding Sayyidunā Masīḥ ‘alayhi as-salām from the Noble Qur’ān, it is that his soul was taken and immediately thereafter, his blessed body was raised, so that the Jews do not desecrate it.’[4]
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Denial of the Descent of Sayyidunā ‘Isā ‘alayhi as-salām
‘Besides myself, there is no place for any Masīḥ to set foot in the world after my time.’[5]
‘Although the Muḥaddithīn have generally accepted the reports on the descent of Masīḥ, but look in the light of the Noble Qur’ān, these reports seem problematic. Despite being of a problematic nature, there is no indication of this occurrence anywhere in the Noble Qur’ān. Can knowledge and the intellect be satisfied and content with this? It is not east to accept it.’[6]
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Denial of the Mahdī
‘I also say regarding the promised Mahdī that whatever Aḥādīth there are, all of them are defective and not a single one is authentic.’[7]
‘There is no need to wait for any promised Mahdī.’[8]
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May Allāh Ta’ālā protect the Muslim Ummah from every imposter and liar. Āmīn.
Rūḥānī Khazā’in vol.8 p.299 ↑
Ishrāq, p.45, April 1995 ↑
Rūḥānī Khazā’in vol.16 p.243 ↑
Mīzān p.178 ↑
Rūḥānī Khazā’in vol.21 p.356 ↑
Mīzān p.178 ↑
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How the UK Special Forces Hid Their War Crimes in Afghanistan

In a new investigative report, the BBC alleges that the UK’s Special Air Force (SAS) squadron may have committed what amounts to war crimes in Afghanistan and that they also attempted to cover them up.

The report focuses on SAS raids which were “deliberate detention operations” (or DDO) which targeted Taliban bomb-making operations and the detaining of Taliban commanders. The BBC alleges though that operations were often rushed once they had a list of potential individuals—people who may have in actuality been just ordinary civilians. They allege that 54 people were killed during a six-month SAS tour.

A large portion of the report is based on a cache of internal emails from within the SAS—emails in which the UK Special Forces discussed deadly raids from 2010/2011 which they found to be “suspicious.”

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Then, more leaked documents provided further information, as did corroboration of information they had on the raids with local news reports and a leaked US military log.

Here is an example of the type of raids in question:

“In the early hours of 7 February 2011, Habibullah’s sons, Samiullah and Nisar Ahmad, had been sleeping in a single-room guesthouse in the grounds of the family home. Alongside them were seven mourners who had come to the village for a funeral.

Then four helicopters carrying SAS personnel landed in the nearby fields – and soon, all nine people in the guesthouse were dead.

According to the official SAS account of the incident, they had believed the property was linked to a Taliban leader. As the troops entered the compound, the SAS said, several insurgents opened fire – so the SAS then shot back, killing those in the guesthouse. The report adds that three AK-47 rifles were recovered in the raid.

But that wasn’t how Habibullah remembered it. All those who died had been unarmed civilians, he said, unconnected to the Taliban.

He took the BBC team to the guesthouse. It had been bricked up – the memory of his sons’ deaths had made it too painful to use again. ‘When I remember them it hurts me so much,’ Habibullah said.”

In investigating the raids further (in the case above: locations of bullet holes; Habibullah’s account of where victims were shot; discovering similar findings from others who’d investigated the matter), the BBC suggests that many of these raids appeared to be more like executions.

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Habibullah insisted that those killed in his home were not armed. Reports note three guns recovered from the scene. The BBC suggests that these were likely “drop weapons”—weapons placed at the scene by the SAS to make it look like the victims were armed. Former SAS squadron soldiers also “confirmed they had witnessed AK-47s being planted in this way.”

These events even raised the eyebrows of some higher-ups in the British Military, who found this pattern extremely concerning:

“When the Royal Military Police launched a murder investigation in 2013 into one of the raids conducted on that tour, General Carleton-Smith did not disclose to the RMP any of the earlier concerns over unlawful killings, or the existence of the tactical review.

Colonel Oliver Lee, who was commander of the Royal Marines in Afghanistan in 2011, told the BBC that the allegations of misconduct raised by our investigation were ‘incredibly shocking’ and merited a public inquiry. The apparent failure by special forces leadership to disclose evidence was ‘completely unacceptable’, he said.”

This story should have an unfortunate familiarity to it. Australian forces had taken part in similar crimes in Afghanistan, in which detainees were killed unlawfully (sometimes in order for soldiers to get their ‘first kill’). Drop weapons were also then placed with the victims.

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The BBC has documented a number of SAS incidence descriptions wherein they found eerily similar circumstances of death and in which a suspicious pattern came to light:

  • “‘On 29 November 2010, the squadron killed a man who had been detained and taken back inside a building, where he ‘attempted to engage the force with a grenade.’”
  • “On 15 January 2011, the squadron killed a man who had been detained and taken back inside a building, where he ‘reached behind a mattress, pulled out a hand grenade, and attempted to throw it.’”
  • “On 7 February, the squadron killed a detainee who they said had ‘attempted to engage the patrol with a rifle.’ The same justification was given for the fatal shooting of detainees on 9 February and 13 February.”
  • “On 16 February, the squadron killed two detainees after one pulled a grenade ‘from behind the curtains’ and the other ‘picked up an AK-47 from behind a table.’”
  • “On 1 April, the squadron killed two detainees who had been sent back inside a building after one ‘raised an AK-47’ and the other ‘tried to throw a grenade.’”

The BBC also notes: “no injuries to SAS operatives were reported across all raids scrutinized by the BBC.” This also adds weight to the idea that the few weapons found were likely drop weapons.

For now, the British Ministry of Defence objects “strongly…to this subjective reporting.” They maintain that their own investigations did not find ample evidence to prosecute.

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Maybe they’re hoping this report will be largely overlooked and forgotten, which is all the more reason that it should be remembered.

May Allah have mercy on all the innocent Muslims who died in those raids. May their reward be great. Amin.


The Not-So-Subtle Way Some Modern Imams Are Secularizing the Ummah

What if I told you that it is OK to drink wine in Islam as long as you believe that drinking wine is haram?

What if I told you that it is OK to engage in zina in Islam as long as you believe that zina is haram?

What if I defended these claims by saying: Actions are separate from beliefs in Islam. As long as you have the right beliefs, you can commit whatever actions you want, no problem.

You would think that I am crazy. More accurately, you would think that I am an apostate because I have invented a principle that does not exist in Islam and actually contradicts the fact that actions are indeed part of Islam.

But this is exactly what those who say we can separate morality from politics are preaching.

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They say that Muslims can support LGBT politically as long as they know that morally it is haram.

They say that Muslims can support unlimited abortion as long as they know that morally it is haram after 40 days.

They say that Muslims can support laws that give men and women equal inheritance as long as they know that morally, inheritance should be given based on the Quranic commands.


The principle these imams use is: Politics are separate from morality in Islam. As long as you have the right moral beliefs, you can support whatever political positions, legal system, or government system you want, no problem.

This is what some Unfit Imams have been preaching with no shame. Where did they get this principle? They made it up! It has nothing to do with Islam and, in fact, it contradicts Islam because politics, legislation, and government are, indeed, a major part of Islam!

So we have to recognize that the people who separate religious morality from politics are nothing other than secularists.

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They are secularists who want secularism. It doesn’t matter how many times they say they are against secularism or Islamic reform. It doesn’t matter if they dress and act like traditional imams. They are secularists.

This separation of religious morality from politics is exactly what secularized Christianity and Judaism. They are working hard to do the same with Islam. They want Muslims like you to believe that secularism is fully compatible with Islam.

That way, you will never strive for a united Ummah under a khilafa that implements the Sharia.


How the Womenfolk of the Sahabah Would Address Their Husbands

By Muslim Skeptic Team -July 21, 2022

This is a guest post from Ustadh Ebn Hussein.

How did the best generation of Muslims, and those who followed them in goodness, address their husbands?

In al-Durr al-Mukhtar fi Sharh Tanwir al-Absar (a treatise of the Hanafi legal school) by Imam `Ala’ al-Din al-Haskafi (may Allah have mercy upon him), we read:

وَيُكْرَهُ أَنْ تَدْعُوَ الْمَرْأَةُ زَوْجَهَا بِاسْمِهِ

“It is reprehensible (makruh) for a woman to address her husband by his name.”

We read in renowned the commentary of this book, Radd al-Muhtar ala ‘l-Dur al-Mukhtar by Imam Ibn `Abidin (may Allah have mercy upon him):

لَابُدَّ مِنْ لَفْظٍ يُفِيدُ التَّعْظِيمَ كَـ: يَا سَيِّدِي وَنَحْوِهِ

“It is necessary [for the wife] to use forms of address which convey reverence such as ‘my master’ (sayyidi) and similar to that…”

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He then proceeds to cite supportive evidence (with weakness in its chain):

وعَنْ عُثْمَانَ بْنِ عَطَاءٍ، عَنْ أَبِيهِ قَالَ: قَالَتِ امْرَأَةُ سَعِيدِ بْنِ الْمُسَيَّبِ:مَا كُنَّا نُكَلِّمُ أَزْوَاجَنَا إِلَّا كَمَا تُكَلِّمُوا أُمَرَاءَكُمْ: أَصْلَحَكَ اللهُ، عَافَاكَ اللهُ

“The wife of Sa`id ibn al-Musayyib said: ‘We (i.e. the womenfolk of the Sahabah) used to address our husbands as we addressed our rulers: may Allah rectify your affairs, may Allah give you good health.’”

However, it is undoubtedly established in sahih (authentic) reports that Umm al-Darda’ (may Allah be pleased with her) used to say the following words whenever she narrated a hadith from her husband Abu ‘l-Darda’ (may Allah be pleased with him):

“My master (sayyidi) narrated to me…”

Imam al-Nawawi (may Allah be pleased with him) says in his commentary (sharh) on the Sahih of Imam Muslim:

قال النووي في شرح مسلم قوله: (حدثتني أم الدرداء، قالت: حدثني سيدي) تعني زوجها أبا الدرداء، ففيه جواز تسمية المرأة زوجها بسيدها

“Umm al-Darda’ narrated to me; she said: ‘my master narrated to me…’

Here she is referring to her husband Abu ‘l-Darda’ and from this, it can be deduced that it is permissible for a wife to address her husband as sayyidi (my master).”

This custom is not alien to the Qur’an either:

وَأَلْفَيَا سَيِّدَهَا لَدَا ٱلْبَابِ

{They encountered her master (i.e. husband) by the door. (Qur’an, 12:25)

And here is the icing on the cake regarding the sublime position of the patriarch (husband) in Islam:

حَدَّثَنَا أَزْهَرُ بْنُ مَرْوَانَ، حَدَّثَنَا حَمَّادُ بْنُ زَيْدٍ، عَنْ أَيُّوبَ، عَنِ الْقَاسِمِ الشَّيْبَانِيِّ، عَنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ أَبِي أَوْفَى، قَالَ لَمَّا قَدِمَ مُعَاذٌ مِنَ الشَّامِ سَجَدَ لِلنَّبِيِّ ـ صلى الله عليه وسلم ـ قَالَ ‏”‏ مَا هَذَا يَا مُعَاذُ ‏”‏ ‏.‏ قَالَ أَتَيْتُ الشَّامَ فَوَافَقْتُهُمْ يَسْجُدُونَ لأَسَاقِفَتِهِمْ وَبَطَارِقَتِهِمْ فَوَدِدْتُ فِي نَفْسِي أَنْ نَفْعَلَ ذَلِكَ بِكَ ‏.‏ فَقَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ ـ صلى الله عليه وسلم ـ ‏”‏ فَلاَ تَفْعَلُوا فَإِنِّي لَوْ كُنْتُ آمِرًا أَحَدًا أَنْ يَسْجُدَ لِغَيْرِ اللَّهِ لأَمَرْتُ الْمَرْأَةَ أَنْ تَسْجُدَ لِزَوْجِهَا وَالَّذِي نَفْسُ مُحَمَّدٍ بِيَدِهِ لاَ تُؤَدِّي الْمَرْأَةُ حَقَّ رَبِّهَا حَتَّى تُؤَدِّيَ حَقَّ زَوْجِهَا وَلَوْ سَأَلَهَا نَفْسَهَا وَهِيَ عَلَى قَتَبٍ لَمْ تَمْنَعْهُ

`Abdullah ibn Abi Awfa said: “When Mu`adh ibn Jabal came from Sham, he prostrated to the Prophet (ﷺ) who said: ‘What is this, O Mu`adh?’ He said: ‘I went to Sham and saw them prostrating to their bishops and patricians and I wanted to do that for you.’ The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: ‘Do not do that. If I were to command anyone to prostrate to anyone other than Allah, I would have commanded women to prostrate to their husbands. By the One in Whose Hand is the soul of Muhammad! No woman can fulfill her duty towards Allah until she fulfills her duty towards her husband. If he asks her (for intimacy) even if she is on her camel saddle, she should not refuse.’” (Sunan Ibn Majah)

Check yourself before you wreck yourself!

Of course, it is not outright forbidden (haram) for a wife to call her husband by his name because there is no evidence to indicate such. This is the view of many scholars of Islam. People’s customs and traditions should be taken into account regarding this matter. However, this is beside the point of this brief piece whose purpose is to raise the question:

Do you, as a Muslim, feel uncomfortable reading about how it was common for Muslim women to address their husbands with titles such as ‘my master’? If so, know that the problem lies with you and not with the Salaf’s understanding of authentic Islam, which philosophical liberalism, feminism, and other anti-Islamic isms seek to eradicate and replace with a castrated version of Islam.

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يُرِيدُونَ لِيُطْفِـُٔوا۟ نُورَ ٱللَّهِ بِأَفْوَٰهِهِمْ وَٱللَّهُ مُتِمُّ نُورِهِۦ وَلَوْ كَرِهَ ٱلْكَـٰفِرُونَ

{They want to extinguish the light of Allāh with their mouths, but Allāh will perfect His light, although the disbelievers dislike it. (Qur’an, 61:8)}

There is no doubt that authentic Islam (which is to be found in the tradition of the righteous Salaf and with the Imams who faithfully and accurately conveyed their teachings throughout the centuries⁠—not in the mental diarrhea of ​​some post-modern heretic) poses a nightmare and danger to every ‘modernist’ (deformist); especially psycho-feminazis and other such degenerates.

The quoted statements of the scholars and the Sahabah could serve as a kind of Ruqyah for these people. A sincere and just authority could put them in a room and get them to listen to and read so-called ‘misogynistic’ excerpts from the Qur’an, the Sunnah, and the sayings of the Salaf until the cows come home.

What is certain is that authentic Islam will always trigger the enemies of Islam. It will inevitably make them screech, whether they are open enemies of the Din or (even worse) wolves in sheep’s clothing (i.e., hypocrites).

But rest assured, the “reformation” (distortion) of Islam will never succeed. Not as long as millions upon millions of the ideological heirs of the Sahabah⁠—the Ahl al-Sunnah⁠—roam the earth.

لا تَزالُ طائفةٌ من أمَّتي يقاتِلونَ على الحقِّ ظاهِرينَ علَى من ناوَأَهُم حتَّى يُقاتلَ آخرُهُمُ المسيحَ الدَّجَّالَ

Imran ibn Husayn (may Allah be pleased with him) said that the Prophet (ﷺ) said: “There will always be a group from my Ummah that will fight on the truth, triumphant against those who oppose them, and the last of them will fight the Dajjal.” (Sunan Abi Dawud)

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Muslim Parents Beware: The Epidemic of Perverted Sex Educators in UK Schools

By Crypto Cranium -July 20, 2022 FOR MUSLIM SKEPTIC

One of the things the West prides itself on is the education it provides to children through schooling. It markets itself to the East as the “Enlightened Half of the World,” which unfortunately persuades many Muslim parents to relocate there so that their own children can receive this “superior” education and have a “bright future.”

Well, now those very same children are being corrupted in the UK with “education” so vile that even some hardcore liberals would be shocked:

Providers of sex education in schools are teaching children that prostitution is a “rewarding job” and failed to advise a 14-year-old girl having sex with a 16-year-old boy that it was illegal.

Outside organisations teaching children about sex also promote “kinks” such as being locked in a cage, flogged, caned, beaten and slapped in the face, The Times has found.

One organisation encouraged pupils to demonstrate where they like to touch themselves sexually, in a practise criticised as “sex abuse” by campaigners.

This is absolutely absurd. Muslims shouldn’t even be comfortable with their young ones being subjected to regular primary school sex education, but this is an entirely different level of depravity.

It’s also absurd just how hypocritical they can be with what they’re willing to teach children versus what they can’t tolerate about Islam.

“Minor marriage” for example—where a proper marriage contract is made between a man and a woman as mediated by her family; where the man has to provide for and protect the woman; where they both develop a mutual loving relationship; where there is intimacy between the two who have hit puberty—is absolutely intolerable in their minds. Yet it’s completely fine to tell an impressionable 14-year-old girl that selling her body like a piece of meat on the internet to countless strange and perverted men is a “rewarding” job? What?!

Muslim parents even lightly disciplining their child is seen as the epitome of abuse – one for which social services needs to be called on them. But teaching kids about sexual arousal through acts of flogging and being beaten and slapped in the face is A-okay?

“Minor marriage,” polygamy, circumcision, preserving chastity and honor, protecting women, and lowering one’s gaze are ALL intolerable acts of extremism, while encouraging little kids to role-play masturbation in front of perverted pedophilic “educators” is absolutely fine and dandy?

Liberalism is truly where rationality comes to die.

These twisted “teachers” are permitted to teach children about degeneracy rather than being arrested on the school premises. At least they’re qualified in the field of child development for example—right?

Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) became compulsory in English secondary schools in 2020, with many contracting out the teaching. Since then an industry has sprung up of providers who produce resources and go into schools to teach sex education and gender issues.

Staff do not need education or child development qualifications and there is no professional register or regulation of their curriculum.

In short, not only are these teachers perverts and potentially pedophiles, they’re perverted pedophiles who are totally unqualified and untrained in anything. And they’ve been given a free pass to not merely enter the same classroom as young innocent children, but to actively traumatize them with filth.

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And the money paid to schools by parents makes its way into the pockets of these unqualified “sex experts.” It’s actually become a booming business. Instead of individual teachers, there are now entire organisations dedicated to outsourcing perverts to children’s classrooms. One of these outright evil organisations is BISH, headed by Justin Hancock – the very same sick person who recommended that a 14-year old girl continues having pre-marital sex with a 16-year old boy (I have no idea where their age of consent values went) while advising her to “use lubricant during anal sex.” And this group makes mega-bank while corrupting children:

A full day of teaching costs £500 a day for local authority schools, £550 for academy schools and £600 for fee-paying schools.

The material they have on this site is shocking to say the least, considering that they’re then responsible for teaching this same stuff to children in schools. For example, there’s an entire article detailing the act of “rough sex” and includes things like slapping, gripping, hair pulling, gagging, and choking—oh sorry, they later corrected the terminology to its proper usage: strangling. What eight-year old doesn’t need to know about these important topics, am I right? There’s another article explaining what kink is and how it’s really fun and enjoyable to restrain, humiliate, and once again, choke your partner (these sickos seem really obsessed with making children strangle each other).

In one article, they explain how the normal way humans have intercourse, i.e., where the man inserts his penis into the vagina of a woman, is just a social construct which was imposed onto the Western world by Catholics. They go as far as saying that every bizarre and unnatural sexual act, like homosexuality, is just as “normal” as natural intercourse. Other insane articles include solo sex, dry humping, and a detailed guide on how to masturbate. The amount of vulgarity in that one is off the charts. Something like this is being taught to little kids at school? They’ve even advocated for the use of clay models out of which kids can shape genitals and practice “touching” them.

According to the Safe Schools Alliance this comes under child sexual abuse. So, even by their own standards they’re going too far.

This raises the question, just who had the power and authority to be able to grant this unlimited access to children to these sick individuals? And the answer is none other than the UK’s own Department for Education:

The Department for Education is introducing compulsory Relationships Education for primary pupils and Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) for secondary pupils from September 2020. Also, from September 2020 it will be compulsory for all schools to teach Health Education.

Just like every other sick liberal agenda, they veil their true motives about subjecting young innocent minds to traumatizing filth by using vague and ambiguous flavorful phrases like “put in place the building blocks needed for positive and safe relationships of all kinds” and even outright lies like how it’s all going to be about teaching kindness towards friends and family. No mention of kinks, masturbation, or unqualified perverts.

If there’s anything these twisted minds are good at, it’s coming up with clean cookie language to wrap their filth in and sell it to unsuspecting parents. And, as is unfortunately the case here, many parents end up falling for this schlock.

One thing they don’t fail to mention though is the rights of the parents to have their kids withdrawn from this satanic program. And as you may have guessed, they don’t have any! Yep, the very father who provides for and protects and the very mother who loves and nurtures the child have no say in whether or not that child gets to learn about sex from society’s most depraved individuals. Oh, but they can file a request for withdrawal. A complaint’s got to count for something, right? Not that the school will ever accept it, but at least they CAN file it. Come on, let’s give credit where credit’s due. Let’s all applaud the Department for Education for giving despicable degenerates more rights over a child than their own parents. They can force children to learn how to masturbate, and all the parent is allowed to do is complain about it. Bravo!

In all honesty though, do you really believe that this tyrannical system would provide even this much leeway to the parents? Here’s a case study that was shared in the same article as above from The Times:

A mother was reported to social services after she objected to the way her children were being taught about sex an gender at school…

She was summoned to a meeting with social workers, an educational adviser and the member of school staff who had alerted the authorities. I was decided that a social worker would speak to the mother. The social worker summarised that they, along with other social workers, held “no concerns” relating to the mother’s care of the children and that no further action was required.

Wow. A mother rightfully voices her concern to the school that she or her husband (if she has one) is paying for, seeking a better future for her children (six of them in fact, which is a lot of money going the school’s way), and in return she is threatened with having her kids taken away from her. Because let’s be honest, social services acts as little more than a pimp to these kinds of state-mandated educational programs. In the face of concerned parents, the cowardly school staff will not hesitate for even a moment before scurrying off and reporting them to their savior: social services.

The Department for Education has nicely arranged all this information, including the “innumerable” rights of the parent with regard to this compulsory course, in a parents’ guide pamphlet. But what’s strange is that apart from English, this guide is also available in three other very specific languages: Arabic, Somalian, and Urdu. Now I may be mistaken, but isn’t there a certain specific religion that is followed by the majority of the people who speak these languages?

It’s foolish to think that targeting Muslim majority demographics like this is a mere coincidence. And there’s a myriad of examples of this kind of targeted propaganda towards Muslims in the Western world. Just think of the recent debacle with that Canadian university’s poster depicting two Hijabi Muslims kissing. To all the Muslim parents reading this; this is as clear-cut as anti-Muslim agendas get. They know how pure and principled Islam is, and so they know that it will be Muslims parents who will be the strongest opposition to this Fahishah-infused nonsense. They know that it will be Muslim parents with traditional Islamic values that will be the staunchest in protecting their children from this utterly perverted garbage which they want to indoctrinate every kid into, and thus it is Muslims and Islam that they target the most and they do so relentlessly.

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In fact, the FAQ site itself actually mentions that they take into account the background and faith of the children, and that they have even worked with “a number of representative bodies and faith organisations, representing all the major faith groups in England.” So they even have liberal so-called “Muslim” organisations advocating for their filthy agenda. In fact, AMS UK (Association of Muslim Schools UK) blatantly advertises this sinful RSE garbage on the homepage of their website. This should also be a good warning for Muslims against “Islamic” organisations that advocate for liberal values. Look at how they market it nicely under the “Interfaith” banner, boasting about how they’ve worked with all the major faith groups. Yeah, that only means liberalized and secularized faith groups which are barely recognizable any more due to retaining nothing from those actual faiths. Only those obedient puppets get to receive the stamp of approval from their overlords; “accrediting” them.

The UK’s government itself has invested a lot into this project (same Times article):

In 2019 the government announced that schools would be given access to a £6 million RSE training and support packages so that teachers in England could provide new classes on issues such as healthy relationships, safe sex and consent. Last month the website Vice reported that only £3.2 million had been taken up by schools.

What Muslim parents need to realize is that by keeping their children in these schools very little remains in terms of viable solutions. Just how much can they shield and protect them? Telling them what’s right and wrong is beneficial, but they need to remember that these are children: children who are in their formative years where their brains are still developing. This is the point in their lives when their foundation is cemented and when they’re likely to be inculcated with the values that they will internalize for the rest of their lives. This is also the point when they’re most naturally in-line with their Fitrah in its purest state, unadulterated. Just think how much their natural disposition would be corrupted by being exposed to such filth at the hands of such vile degenerates. Once exposed to it, this is something that you simply cannot protect them from via mere information of what is right and what is wrong. This is something that will severely traumatize them, scarring their souls and leaving them mentally dysfunctional for life. The best solution is to simply ensure that they are not exposed to any of it. And when it comes to schools and governments which have mandated such filth, the only real solution is to not send your kids to school at all.

Rather, Muslim parents, in fact all parents that truly care at all about protecting their children, need to start homeschooling them. We need to remove this socially engineered idea that “children must go to schools” from our minds. That isn’t the only way, or even the best way that your child will learn. There are better ways than to send your kid, who can only concentrate for about thirty minutes, off to a place where they’re expected to sit and focus for eight hours straight, learning nothing about Islam and everything about how good secularism is, being instilled with liberal values and being drained of both their Iman and the desire to learn. Where they are engineered to be good little government puppets whose only lot in life is to cheer on gays and trannies and be robotic corporate drones. And to top it all off, every so often some sick pervert will come and teach your child to masturbate.

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Instead we need to opt for teaching them at home, where they learn under those who know them best: their parents. Where they can be taught Islamic values and be warned against all the evils within the world. At home they can be properly introduced to sex-related topics at the right time and from the right people, and they can learn about it via the Islamic lens. Even biologically speaking, children are meant to imprint off of their parents. How can they do that if they’re locked inside a classroom with a pedophile for most of the day? Parents who willingly send their kids off to a place like this shouldn’t be surprised if one day their six-year old returns home naked with a whip in one hand and a studded dog collar around the neck. After all, it was just a regular project from the school for the All-Inclusive Celebration Day. Nothing out of the ordinary. Don’t you know they NEED to learn about healthy relationships? IT’S COMPULSORY!

Despite using terms like “family” and “faith,” this RSE program has set with the purpose of destroying those very things within society by corrupting our children. If you’re considering or deciding on homeschooling your children but don’t know where to start, then a great place that I would personally highly recommend checking out is Alasna Institute. May Allah grant us the ability to protect our children from the ever-growing, tyrannical and intolerant Fitnah of liberalism. Amin.

Horror as Arabs Lose Faith in Democracy!

By Bheria -July 19, 2022 FOR THE MUSLIM SKEPTIC

Do you recall our article regarding the Arab Barometer surveys? If not, I would recommend that you take some time to read it in order to get a general picture of what’s to come.

Basically it highlights the usual double standards of the Western media when it comes to Islam: They enthusiastically shared the news of Arabs becoming irreligious, basing this on previous Arab Barometer “findings.”

Yet they didn’t cover another finding of the Arab Barometer research when it revealed that Arabs were actually becoming increasingly more religious.

But recently they did, well at least some of them… and those few either chose not to accentuate the rise of religiosity, or they decided to shift the focus onto something else altogether.

Take the BBC for example.

Unlike the triumphalist tone they took when it came to reporting the hypothetical supposed mass apostasy of Arabs, we now get a very mellow “BBC News Arabic reveal findings from major MENA survey.”

The part about the rise of Islam is timidly put as follows:

In the surveyed places, people appear to be finding their faith again, particularly young people, but trust in religious leaders continues to dwindle except in Mauritania.(…)

Among the under 30s, in seven out of nine places there has been a decline in those describing themselves as not religious. Tunisia saw the largest decline. Today, about a third of Tunisian youth describe themselves as not religious; in 2018/2019 it was almost half the young population.

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I wonder why there are no staggering headlines full of exclamation points now? Such as:

“Islam Rises Once Again in the Arab World!”


The West is Doomed: Arabs are Becoming Increasingly MORE Religious!”

Yet, even if they don’t feel the need to talk about the strength of Islam, they do deem it necessary to lament the decline of another religion, or pseudo-religion: Democracy.

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The same BBC dedicated an entire news article to this phenomenon titled “Arabs believe economy is weak under democracy.”

We read:

Michael Robbins, director of Arab Barometer, a research network based at Princeton University which worked with universities and polling organisations in the Middle East and North Africa to conduct the survey between late 2021 and Spring 2022, says there has been a regional shift in views on democracy since the last survey in 2018/19.

“There’s a growing realisation that democracy is not a perfect form of government, and it won’t fix everything,” he says.(…)

The future is “uncertain”, says Dr Robbins of Arab Barometer. Citizens in the region may be looking to alternative political systems, such as the Chinese model – an authoritarian one-party system – that he says has “brought a huge number of people out of poverty in the last 40 years”.

“That type of rapid economic development is what many people are looking for,” he says.

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This activation of panic mode is understandable coming from the BBC, and Westerners as a whole, since the democratic set-up is one of the most effective ways to spread cultural liberalism. Democracy is predicated upon the “sovereign individual,” a liberal anthropology which deifies man, where the human ego is made the beginning and end of the whole political set-up.

Democratic egalitarianism mutates every man into a miniature Fir’awn.

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In fact, even a liberal thinker like Alexis de Tocqueville observed over a century ago that modern individualism is a direct by-product of democracy.

In his classic Democracy In America, book 2, chapter II, he writes:

I have shown how it is that in ages of equality every man seeks for his opinions within himself: I am now about to show how it is that, in the same ages, all his feelings are turned towards himself alone. Individualism is a novel expression, to which a novel idea has given birth. Our fathers were only acquainted with egotism. Egotism is a passionate and exaggerated love of self, which leads a man to connect everything with his own person, and to prefer himself to everything in the world. Individualism is a mature and calm feeling, which disposes each member of the community to sever himself from the mass of his fellow-creatures; and to draw apart with his family and his friends; so that, after he has thus formed a little circle of his own, he willingly leaves society at large to itself. Egotism originates in blind instinct: individualism proceeds from erroneous judgment more than from depraved feelings; it originates as much in the deficiencies of the mind as in the perversity of the heart. Egotism blights the germ of all virtue; individualism, at first, only saps the virtues of public life; but, in the long run, it attacks and destroys all others, and is at length absorbed in downright egotism. Egotism is a vice as old as the world, which does not belong to one form of society more than to another: individualism is of democratic origin, and it threatens to spread in the same ratio as the equality of conditions.

This individualism, where man becomes an atomized individual with his only value being as a brainless consumer, would be sufficient to discredit democracy. However, we could also present the innate flaws in the electoral process itself and whether democratic politicians even genuinely represent the masses when it’s always the same liberal elite that are re-elected while they hide behind the facade of the “right” and “left” dichotomy.

This is the reason why the West is so obsessed with spreading democracy; even waging wars in its name. It’s just one of the most subtle ways to liberalize a society. All you need to do is inject a heavy dose of individualism—the bedrock of the liberal worldview.

It would also empower an easily corruptible liberal elite that would be connected, in the name of democracy, to the Western neoliberal world-system. For instance, through its financial institutions such as the IMF. And in this way, the native elite will continue the liberal agenda on its own for economic reasons.

Democracy thus impacts non-Western societies on both the level of the masses and also the level of the elite.

These are the reasons why the BBC, and the West as a whole, gets triggered when Arabs (or others) rebuke democracy.

So in essence it seems like the Arab Spring—which was supposedly going to democratize the Arab world—is being replaced by some form of Islamist Boy Summer.

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