I feel sucked into a whirlpool of moral contradictions

I am saddened and shocked that Finn Nørgaard was murdered. I am saddened and shocked that Dan Uzan was murdered. My heart goes out to their families and loved ones.

I am also deeply affected by my sympathy for the young woman, who on a day celebrating her mature movement through her religion and her life, was raped by the obscenity that took place in the street outside.

Just as this young woman and her family will never forget the events in Krystalgade, so also will the injured policemen and their families.

These reactions are “normal” and I am convinced are shared by almost everyone in Denmark.

These feelings are terrible when considering the injustice shown to the victims. Yet they are necessary when bearing in mind the healing processes those involved must begin.

If Danish society (as well as those directly involved) is to move forward, it will be dependant on the empathy all can feel for those in pain.

However, what is confusing me, is the “chitter-chatter” that fills our newspaper and TV screens concerning the “reason” behind these tragedies.

Almost everyone is trying to show their pet theories are correct.

• Increase in anti-Semitism? There’s your proof.
• Too many immigrants? There’s your proof.
• Islam is a killer religion? There’s your proof.
• Denmark is too lax with respect to freedom of speech? There’s your proof.
• Jews are not safe in Denmark? There’s your proof.
• All Jews should be in Israel? There’s your proof.
• Multiculturism doesn’t work? There’s your proof.

Consider a similar catechism in relation to a man who sexually assaults his daughter:

• Increase in male-sexuality? There’s you proof.
• Too many fathers? There’s your proof.
• The family is a killer institution? There’s your proof.
• Denmark is too lax with respect to the freedom it allows families? There’s your proof.
• Girls are not safe in the family? There’s your proof.
• All girls should be in female only institutions? There’s your proof.
• Gender mixed families do not work? There’s your proof.

The relative moral confusion is more obvious. We acknowledge and, without exception, condemn the immorality of a man who sexually assaults a child. This is something that MUST NOT BE DONE. There is no excuse.

Equally, with respect to the events in Copenhagen. The moral imperative is very clear: THOU SHALT NOT KILL. To consider any excuse for murder is at best sociopathic if not psychopathic.

There is no acceptable excuse for an individual to kill another. However, this immorality, in a land in which relative morality has become so dominant, has received very little attention.

How this imperative (THOU SHALT NOT KILL) relates to institutionalised violence, (war) is a completely new dialectic, which the Danish people have repressed for far too long.

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J’accuse l’Islam inom les blasphémateurs


I accuse all who pretend to take the will of the Compassionate and Merciful upon themselves;

Who distort the teachings of the Messenger;

Who use the holy names of Allah and Mohammed to ignore the wisdom of:

Muhittin Abdal (16th Century), Abu-Said Abil-Kheir (967 – 1049), Ahmad al-Alawi (1869 – 1934), Abu ‘l-Husayn al-Nuri (? – 908), Khwaja Abdullah Ansari (1006 – 1088), Muhyiddin ibn Arabi (1165 – 1240), Farid ud-Din Attar (1120? – 1220?), Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia (1238 – 1325), Binavi Badakhshani (13th Century), Sultan Bahu (1628 – 1691), Abdul-Qader Bedil (1644 – 1721), Stewart Bitkoff (Contemporary), Francis Brabazon (1907 – 1984), Bulleh Shah (1680 – 1758), Seyh Ibrahim Efendi (1591 – 1651), Yunus Emre (1238 – 1320), Baba Sheikh Farid (1173 – 1266), Seyh Galib (1757 – 1799), Mahsati Ganjavi (12th Century), Mirza Ghalib (1797 – 1869), Hafiz (1320 – 1389), Hafiz (Daniel Ladinsky) (1945? – ), Mansur al- Hallaj (9th Century), Ayn al-Qozat Hamadani (1098 – 1131), Zeynep Hatun (15th Century), Bibi Hayati (19th Century), Kul Himmet (16th Century), Umar Ibn al-Farid (1181 – 1235), Ibn Ata’ Illah (1250 – 1309), Allama Muhammad Iqbal (1877 – 1938), Fakhruddin Iraqi (? – 1289), Nazrul Islam (1899 – 1976), Asik Ali Izzet (1902 – 1981), Ahmad Jami (1048 – 1141), Kabir (15th Century), Baba Afzal Kashani (13th Century), Omar Khayyam (11th Century), Amir Khusrow Dehlawi (1253 – 1325), Hamid al-Din Kirmani (? – 1238), Najmoddin Kobra (1145 – 1221), Baba Kuhi of Shiraz (980? – 1050), Lalan (1775? – 1891?), Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai (1689 – 1752), Muhammad Shirin Maghribi (1349 – 1406), Moulana Shah Maghsoud (1914 – 1980), Sharafuddin Maneri (1263 – 1381), Meher Baba (1894 – 1969), Dhun-Nun al- Misri (796 – 859), Niyazi Misri (1616 – 1694), Bawa Muhaiyaddeen (1900? – 1986), Imadeddin Nasimi (1369? – 1418), Gharib Nawaz (1142? – 1236?), Shah Nematollah Vali (1330 – 1431), Niffari (Muhammad ibn al-Hasan an-Niffari) (? – 965), Seyyid Seyfullah Nizamoglu (16th Century), Javad Nurbakhsh (1926 – 2008), Qushayri (? – 1074), Rabia al-Basri (Rabia al- Adawiyya) (717 – 801), Rahman Baba (1653 – 1711), Rasakhan (1534? – 1619?), Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi (1207 – 1273), Sa’di (1207? – 1291), Mohammad ‘Aref San’at (1800 – 1849), Hakim Sanai (1044? – 1150?), Sarmad (? – 1659), Sachal Sarmast (1739 – 1829), Frithjof Schuon (1907 – 1998), Mahmud Shabistari (1250? – 1340), Ala al-Dawla Simnani (? – 1336), Ummi Sinan (16th Century), Sahl al- Tustari (818? – 896), Sultan Valad (1240? – 1312)…



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Islam? Where are you?


On Unity’s Way

by Abu-Said Abil-Kheir
English version by Peter Lamborn Wilson and Nasrollah Pourjavady
Original Language Persian/Farsi

On Unity’s Way:
no infidelity
no faith.
Take one step
away from yourself and —
behold! — the Path!
You, soul of the world,
must choose the road
of Divine Submission
then sit with anyone you like
— even a black snake —
but not your self!


Selfhood can demolish the magic of this world

(from Baal-i-Jibreel)
by Allama Muhammad Iqbal
English version by Naeem Siddiqui
Original Language Urdu

What is slavery but a loss of the sense of beauty?
What the free call beautiful, is beautiful indeed.

The present belongs to him who explores, in their depths,
The fathomless seas of time, to find the future’s pearl.

The alchemist of the West has turned stone into glass
But my alchemy has transmuted glass into flint

Pharaohs of today have stalked me in vain;
But I fear not; I am blessed with Moses’ wand.

The flame that can set afire a dark, sunless wood,
Will not be throttled by a straw afloat in the wind.

Love is self-awareness; love is self-knowledge;
Love cares not for the palaces and the power of kings.

I will not wonder if I reach even the moon and the stars,
For I have hitched my wagon to the star of all stars…


Both worlds within my compass come,
but this world cannot compass me

by Imadeddin Nasimi
English version by P. Tempest
Original Language Persian/Farsi

Both worlds within my compass come, but this world cannot compass me.
An omnipresent pearl I am and both worlds cannot compass me.

Because in me both earth and heaven and Creation’s “BE!” were found,
Be silent! For there is no commentary can encompass me.

Through doubt and surmise no one came to be a friend of God and Truth.
The man who honours God knows doubt and surmise cannot compass me.

Pay due regard to form, acknowledge content in the form, because
Body and soul I am, but soul and body cannot compass me.

I am both shell and pearl, the Doomsday scales, the bridge to Paradise.
With such a wealth of wares, this worldly counter cannot compass me.

I am “the hidden treasure” that is God. I am open eyes.
I am the jewel of the mine. No sea or mine can compass me.

Although I am the boundless sea, my name is Adam, I am man.
I am Mount Sinai and both worlds. This dwelling cannot compass me.

I am both soul and word as well. I am both world and epoch, too.
Mark this particular: this world and epoch cannot compass me.

I am the stars, the sky the angel, revelation come from God.
So hold your tongue and silent be! There is no tongue can compass me.

I am the atom, sun, four elements, five saints, dimensions six.
Go seek my attributes! But explanations cannot compass me.

I am the core and attribute, the flower, sugar and sweetmeat.
I am Assignment Night, the Eve. No tight-shut lips can compass me.

I am the burning bush. I am the rock that rose into the sky.
Observe this tongue of flame. There is no tongue of flame can compass me.


One Point Contains All

by Bulleh Shah
English version by Mahmood Jamal
Original Language Punjabi

One point contains all;
Learn about the One, forget the rest.
Forget hell and the terrible grave;
Leave the ways of sin and purify
Your heart.
That’s how the argument is spun:
It’s all contained in One!

Why rub your head against the earth?
What point in your vain prostration?
Your Kalimah read, makes others laugh.
You do not grasp the Lord’s word!
Somewhere the truth is written down:
It’s all contained in One!

Some go to the jungle in vain
And starve and cause themselves some pain;
They waste their time with all this
And come home tired, nothing gained!

Find your master and become God’s slave.
In this way you’ll be free of care;
Free of desire, free of worry,
And your heart truthful, pure.

Bulleh has discovered this truth alone:
It’s all contained in One!


LISTEN, listen, listen…

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Water does not remain on the mountain, or vengeance in a great mind.


Those who accuse others of blasphemy are revealing two things about themselves.

Firstly, they demonstrate an insecurity about their own faith.

To be provoked – or rather, to allow oneself to be provoked – because of someone else’s opinions, is but to confirm a weakness in one’s own position. If you are safe and secure in your faith, what does it matter what someone else says or thinks? That is their problem not yours.

The other point concerns the inadequate conception those offended by blasphemy must have about their G-d.

What sort of omnipotent creator of all that exist in all time, is offended by what mere humans say of Him or Her, in one small grain of sand in the deserts of an unlimited Universe?

Surely a fly on the wall in the planet Zog causes more offence than the utterings on Earth of fools and their opinions on the Perfect, Holy, Righteous, Loving, Kind, Friendly, Helpful, Protective, Caring, Sharing, Powerful, Mighty, Compassionate, Empowering, Discerning, Overwhelming, Consuming, Cleansing, Healing, Delivering, Restoring, Moving, Creating, Destroying, Smiting, Fulfilling, Distinctive, Comforting, Providing, Teaching, Training, Purifying, Freeing, Liberating, Preserving, Consigning, Reproving, Addressing, Confiding, Courageous, Victorious, Credited, Historical, Proven, Incorruptible, Unfailable, Infallible, Trustworthy, Protected, Immune, Responsive, Privileged, Honourable, Honoured, Legitimate, Reliable, Good, Reputable, Celebrated, Praised, Glorified, Famous, Renowned, Loved, Served, Worshipped, Sought, Needed, Required, Requested, Beautiful, Living, Breathing, Alive, Active, Amazing, Inspiring, Productive, Producing, Creative, Abundant, Rich, Adequate, Decent, Modest, Pure, Real, Moral, Wholesome, Safe, Beneficial, Excellent, Eminent, Prominent, Remarkable, Extraordinary, Supernatural, Miraculous, Astounding, Forgiving and Almighty Lord Our G-d.


The Pope’s knickers

The ecclesiastical underwear is in a twist if that which is reported is true: Pope Francis will punch a cardinal if he insulted the Pope’s mother. An illustration to the point that “blasphemy” goes beyond the limits of “freedom of speech”.

The jus talonis is the natural feeling of man, to do to others as they have done unto you, to requite evil with evil.

However, the moralist must teach a better lesson, urging men and women not to study revenge, and approaching nearer to Jesus Christ’s injunction, which gives the law of charity, ” So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets” (Matthew 7:12).

In Judaism we read in Tobit 4:15, “Never do to anyone else anything that you would not want someone to do to you.” and Hillel enjoins, “What is hateful to yourself, do not do to your fellow man.”

There is a saying of Aristotle, preserved by Diogenes Laertius, “Act towards your friends as you would wish them to act towards you.”

The Chinese have a proverb, “Water does not remain on the mountain, or vengeance in a great mind.”

“Wait for the LORD to handle the matter”  (Proverbs 20:22).

The pious writer urges the injured person to commit his cause to the Lord, not in the hope of seeing vengeance taken on his enemy, but in the certainty that G-d will help him to bear the wrong and deliver him in his own good time and way.

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We all need less hindsight and more foresight


“We all need less hindsight and more foresight”

I stumbled on this quote from someone I have never met: Chaim Silver a retired Jewish cemetery superintendent. His former job gives the statement even more authority.

Terrible events have occurred and yet again, we have taken the terrorist bait. We allow ourselves to be embroiled in the “shock and horror” and sink into deep, depressive retrospection.

I have collected some of the stories that reflect “more foresight” and are an antidote to the sickness in France.

The Wonders of technology

The purpose of tech is not development for its own sake, but to solve problems – to help people live healthier, more productive, more prosperous, and easier lives.

Many Israeli tech firms have done just that, essentially transforming the way the world works today – and here, too, there are a lot more than 10

Some of these technologies you may be familiar with, and perhaps even use, while others may be less well-known – but all of them are having a major impact on the way the world does business, treats health problems, deals with environmental issues, or keeps its data safe.

The wonders of health care

Over the past several years, Israeli hospitals have treated hundreds of victims of the Syrian civil war, but a procedure conducted on a Syrian patient last week at Rambam Hospital in Haifa was easily the most ambitious the institution has ever attempted, according to the hospital.

The patient, who sustained severe injuries as a result of fighting on the Syrian side of the Golan border, was brought by the Israeli army to the hospital for treatment. The patient’s lower jaw was completely destroyed as the result of a bullet wound. The man, in critical condition, was unable to eat or to even speak.

The hospital’s pioneering treatment lets the Syrian war victim eat and speak again.

The wonders of education.

Aziz Abu Sarah, was a stone-throwing youth and Fatah organizer. His older sibling died after a year-long imprisonment in an Israeli jail.

When Abu Sarah graduated high school, he could have gone to work for Fatah in the Palestinian Authority, in a dead-end job he did not want.

Instead, he decided to learn Hebrew.

He enrolled in a Jerusalem ulpan, or Hebrew-language course, where there were more Jews than he had ever encountered before. The experience was life altering.

The wonders of integration and politics.

This past summer, during Operation Protective Edge, Anett Haskia came to the Israeli public’s attention when, as the mother of a soldier on active duty, she spoke out in support of the IDF’s fight against Hamas in Gaza.

She was not the only mother to turn up at rallies for the troops, but she was most likely the only Arab Israeli one to do so.

Now, she is running to be a Knesset member with Naftali Bennett’s right-wing Zionist Jewish Home party — not the usual place for a person of her background. But then again, she is not typical at all.

Haskia is a 45-year-old Muslim Israeli Arab hairdresser and divorced mother of three grown children, all who have volunteered to serve in the IDF. Her eldest son served in the Kfir infantry brigade, her daughter was the first Muslim Arab Israeli woman to enlist, and her youngest son, 22, is currently serving in the Golani brigade.

The wonders of Israel with foresight.

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A right pair of Charlies


The phrase “a right pair of Charlies” originates from the English King Charles I. It is used to describe anyone who displays naïve incompetence in his or her job.

Charles I changed the guard system to include young and inexperienced soldiers, in order that his mistress could enter and exit the palace unnoticed.

Time will tell, together with analysis by friend and foe, if this phrase can be used on the events in Paris.

Security issues

Some serious questions need answering:

1. How is it that these terrorists could figure on USA’s watch list and not be under observation in France?
2. The terrorists in balaclava helmets allegedly had to ask the way to Charlie Hebdo. Were the police informed then?
3. The initial police response to the attack would appear half-hearted. Was there only one police officer? Where was his partner? Where was his car? Surely the police reaction to seeing armed terrorists with machine pistols on the streets of Paris is to take them out immediately (not, as sadly happened, the opposite).
4. Why was not a cordon sanitaire organised straightaway? Is it not possible to switch all traffic lights to red, whilst security forces establish such a perimeter?
5. After such an attack, a cordon sanitaire must be the first priority to contain the suspects and avoid contamination of potential evidence.
6. Was there at least one police helicopter in the sky over Paris? If not, why not? Where was it?

These and many more need addressing: the role of the woman (and any other accomplices); the alleged lack of knowledge of her (and their) whereabouts, for example.

With respect to the attack on the Kosher supermarket: I was amazed at what I was seeing on TV (I did only watch for a short time). The constant display of security personal who packed and re-packed their cars with holdalls that obviously did not contain dirty washing. So close, we could almost see the dirt on the seat covers. In the middle of the picture was an officer continually talking on his mobile.

What was the visual message being sent? We have the weapons and communications are still open, would seem the obvious answer. However, to whom was it being sent? Had it been established that the command central for these terrorist actions was not in France?

Then there is the question of co-ordination between the two attacks.

Seemingly, Said and Cherif Kouachi told French television shortly before they were shot dead that they belonged to Yemen Al Qaeda, whereas Coulibaly claimed he was acting for ISIS.

This apparent contradiction raises the scary suggestion that the two murderous Islamic groups may have collaborated for the first time to hit France.

That scenario assumes an even more ominous dimension in the light of the chatter picked up Sunday by US intelligence indicating that all Al Qaeda’s branches are preparing to follow up the Paris operations with a major campaign of terror in Europe.

The Political aspect.

Most politicians went through the motions. Sorrow, condemnation, condolences and solidarity with the French people. They even went for a walk in the Paris air.

There were some noteworthy exceptions to these norms of regret. Some were less fortunate than others were.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s reminder to the French Jews their home and security was to be found in Israel, although correct, did have an unfortunate air of electioneering.

The French Prime Minister’s response that if the Jews left France, France would be no more, seemed more genuine and realistic.

Israel Economy Minister Naftali Bennett, on the other hand, went straight for the snake’s head. He accused the president of the PA, Abu Masen and Qatar of “having blood on their hands”.

Bennett singled out Gulf emirate Qatar for its support of the Palestinian Islamist Hamas organization. “It’s hypocritical of those same Qataris and Arabs who are financing terrorism to come and demonstrate as if against terrorism,” Bennett told a Jewish youth group in the French capital. “I don’t accept this.”

French-Israeli artist and political activist Ron Agam told that Qatar’s enormous financial influence in France was blunting the response of the French authorities to Doha’s role in supporting terrorist groups.

Qatar, he said, owns the iconic Paris St Germain soccer team and has investments in France worth $6.5 billion in leading companies like Total Oil and Veolia, and enjoys as well privileged access to French Muslims through its Al Jazeera news broadcaster.

“The Qataris have a privileged relationship with former President Nicolas Sarkozy, and all of the main French politicians are regularly invited to their embassy in Paris and to Doha.”

This criticism of the Qatar/French entente cordial applies also to the UK. A long newspaper article details the extent of this involvement. The buildings and institutions owned and controlled by Qatar in the UK is almost unbelievable.

Qataris, or more precisely said, its ruling family, are rich because in Qatar for them, money “grows on trees” (or is found between grains of sand). They have used these easy pickings not to finance cancer research or combat Ebola or try to eradicate the mosquito, they have financed rabid mullahs who have distorted their faith, they have financed terrorist organisations such as Hamas, they are the primus motor in the ideology that purportedly is behind the events in Paris. Are they the most two faced nation on Earth?

We went to war with Afghanistan under the pretext of fighting a war against terrorism. We went to war against Iraq under the pretext of destroying weapons of mass destruction and securing our oil supplies.

What do we do with Qatar? We wine and dine them, train and supply their army; we guard them against invasion (they pay well though).

We are a right pair of Charlies who allow the whore of evil to come and go as it wishes.

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Ecce homo


A New Year – out with the old.

Time for a new approach. All the old posts are archived, as are our memories.

The year has begun with the murders in Paris. There is a change – at least today in certain attitudes. Some say they will always remember ” Charlie Hebdo”. Some say they are “Charlie”. Some have begun to change their fixation on the Jew – Zionism – Israel as the cause of the world’s troubles.

Moreover, even a few, have taken the huge step, in realising that within Islam there is a poison that must be removed.

This religion of the Sufi, wonderful poets and the dervishes, has become an instrument of the devil.

As is all fundamentalism, be it Muslim, Christian or Jewish. Each in their own way seem able to condone or accept hateful actions. From the obscene extremes of murder and massacre, to the nurturing of exclusiveness that leads to the downward path.

The simple premise that, even in its fashion, unites the Atheist humanist with all who believe in the G-d of Abraham: we are all created in the image of G-d and are therefore equal in His sight – men, women and children; this premise is forgotten or ignored.

That it is forgotten and ignored in the name of G-d or Allah, only confirms this negation has its origins in Mephistopheles.

Those who exclude, through thoughts and actions (especially murder) have sold their souls to the Devil.

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