Category Archives for Reflections

In the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the alternation of night and day, there are Signs for people of intelligence

Heed the lessons of history

On the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp from the Nazis, perhaps it will be helpful to reflect on the experiences of an ethnic-religious minority in Europe over a period of a decade until 1945… “It … Continue reading

27. January 2015 by Timothy Bowes
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Incongruity

To defend freedom of expression, we will curtail freedom of speech. To establish peace, we will wage war. To protect our democracy, we will tear up the Magna Carta. But don’t worry, nobody will notice.1 Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill 2014-15 … Continue reading

25. January 2015 by Timothy Bowes
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Casualties of war

People are sharing an image purporting to show 13 children executed by ISIS for watching a football match on television. I did a reverse image search of the image using TinEye.com and found that it actually shows victims of the Sabra … Continue reading

25. January 2015 by Timothy Bowes
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Caesar

Religion should not sanctify the whims of politicians. If they are just and fair and true, their reward is with God. But do not serve those who lust only for power and survival, for they will trample on all that … Continue reading

20. January 2015 by Timothy Bowes
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Compulsory Amnesia

Do not be mindful of the past. This is the demand of the times. Forget all that happened before the week before last. It is all ancient history. Does anyone remember the NATO intervention in Libya? Ancient times. Does anyone … Continue reading

19. January 2015 by Timothy Bowes
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Letter to myself

Dear Younger Self, Salam alaikum! I am writing to you from the future. In a couple of years I will be 40; you have just passed 20. The year is 2015 and while it only vaguely resembles to world of … Continue reading

19. January 2015 by Timothy Bowes
Categories: Conversion, Faith, Family, Forgiveness, Gratitude, Reflections | Leave a comment

Seeds

I’m afraid to say we reap what we sow. When you brutalise people, they become brutal. Someone needs to break the cycle.

18. January 2015 by Timothy Bowes
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Dissent

So I see dissent is now extremism. To speak of a decade of crimes is to inhabit the world of apologists, falsely claiming victimhood. To speak of grievances is to tell a lie: Ali Ismail Abbas was not half incinerated … Continue reading

17. January 2015 by Timothy Bowes
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Nous sommes des hypocrites

More on the Freedom of Expression debacle: France arrests a comedian for his Facebook comments, showing the sham of the West’s “Free Speech” celebration – by Glenn Greenwald

16. January 2015 by Timothy Bowes
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Cutting through the noise

So I have withdrawn once again – or at least I have closed the door to Facebook. So I am heading for the hills once more – metaphorically speaking. It used to be that in times of crisis we would … Continue reading

15. January 2015 by Timothy Bowes
Categories: Nafs, Reflections, Technology | 3 comments

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