Young man! Do you even know who your handlers are? These unknown others who incite you online, from behind alias account on obscure platforms, chattering away to encourage the ignorant to act on their ignorance?

For sure, they are not proponents of your religion, for what they call to is not of your tradition at all. It is something alien, ugly, repulsive, newly-invented. These unknowns you take as guides only guide you to a devilish way. What they call you to is hirabah at best — a way of life harshly punished harshly without mercy by your tradition.

I don’t know who your handlers are. For all I know, they could be more trolls from Olgino, or Upavon. They could be the editors of Dabiq or Endchan. They could be more misguided men like you, sincere in their belief that all grey zones must be eliminated if the promised one is to come, to liberate true believers from the yoke of oppression. Who knows?

For sure it is a dead-end avenue: the end of the road. What you have been called to and what you now call to too is not of the Way you claim as your own. It is anarchy, insanity, brigandage. You die a dishonourable death, accursed. You are of those who cause corruption on the earth. Losers.


Attacking worshipers in their places of worship is haram — utterly forbidden. Those that do this are devils, committing mischief in the land. It is hirabah — banditry, piracy — waging war against God.

“Permission to fight has been given to those who are being fought, because they were wronged. And indeed, God is competent to give them victory. Those who have been evicted from their homes without right, only because they say, “Our Lord is God.” And were it not that God checks the people, some by means of others, there would have been demolished monasteries, churches, synagogues, and mosques in which the name of God is much mentioned. And God will surely support those who support Him. Indeed, God is Powerful and Exalted in Might.” — Quran 22:39:40

The way of God is to protect monasteries, churches, synagogues and mosques — and the worshipers within — from destruction at the hands of brigands and aggressors. Any other way is the way of devils. By their fruit you shall know them.


Terrorism — the act of randomly targeting civilians with violence — is nothing but a tool of imperialism. It only serves to provide states with justification to invade and occupy far-off lands. It is of no benefit to the common man, at home or abroad. Indeed, the only real beneficiaries are arms manufacturers and the ruling classes (often intertwined), who benefit directly from the never-ending wars waged to secure control of petrocarbons, tin, tungsten, tantalem, gold and water.

Continue reading “Vigilantes”

Fool me once

Counterintuitive as it may seem, I don’t have good feelings about a Biden presidency in the United States. Undoubtedly, Biden will be better for America than Trump. But for the rest of world? Continue reading “Fool me once”


The society awash with guns seems to have no respect for human life. What a surprise.

Police officers use guns like mobile phones, casually firing at will at the faintest whiff of threat. A glance, a word, a silent thought: all of these can get you killed in the lands of guns. A disability, skin colour, class, sect: the same.

Arm yourselves, say the citizens of the society that values the right to bear arms over the right to life. And so the killing multiplies.

The whole world sees this society awash with guns, and thinks: if only these people were civilised.

Hate crime

An innocent young Muslim woman has tragically been killed on her way to buy groceries, in the last ten days of Ramadan.

Our activists, when they thought she was the victim of a hate crime: “A hijabi sister has been murdered by a white terrorist.”

When police arrests seemed to suggest that she was killed in error in the crossfire of a feud between rival gangs whose members were of Muslim heritage: sudden silence.*

Then later: “The victim was Shia; do we even know she died a Muslim?”

Here we discover that our hearts are dead. Sectarian hatred transforms mourning for an innocent victim of an awful crime into a hate crime itself. Despicable. Deplorable. We are the walking dead.

Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un.


* Update 22 May: Five people, Feroz Suleman, Abu Bakir Satia, Uthman Satia, Kashif Manzoor and Judy Chapman, have now been charged with the murder of Aya Hachem, and the attempted murder of the man believed to have been the intended target.


At least the bandits of old — we presume — knew that they were marauding brigands destined for hell. Today’s bandits think of themselves as righteous soldiers of God, somehow convinced that if they can be shot dead in the midst of a frenzied attack on innocents they will be granted a great heavenly reward.

“Have you seen the one who denies the Recompense?
For that is the one who drives away the orphan
and does not encourage the feeding the poor.
So woe to those who pray
who are heedless of their prayer —
those who are all show
and withhold simple assistance.”
Quran 107

The bandits of old would pillage any traveller on the road in search of riches. These bandits target their victims at random in pursuit of riches of another kind, but it is all the same. They are mere outlaws, waging war against society. If only they knew.

Don’t speak

A close friend of mine, mindful of my Turkish Armenian connections, forwarded this Tweet to me yesterday:

The Tweet, of course, was a response to Benjamin Netanyahu’s remarks about President Erdogan, which in turn were a response to sentiments reportedly expressed by the Turkish president to a group of American Muslim leaders, ahead of the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday.

Continue reading “Don’t speak”

Strive for peace

It is a despicable, barbaric and heinous crime to attack worshippers in their places of worship on any day, let alone on their holy days. Those that massacre worshippers — Muslim, Christian or any other — ripping them to shreds with high explosives, stand against the very book they claim to profess. Continue reading “Strive for peace”

Don’t choose

It is becoming every more apparent that the little people are being forced to choose sides in the clash between the two behemoths of Ikhwan ul Muslimeen and Salafiyah. To side with Turkey and Qatar, or UAE and Saudi. To believe in the gospel according to Al Jazeerah or the last testament of Al Arabiya. To side with one group of scholars against another. To filter our affairs through the prism of one or the other. Many an activist has already chosen their side, and we are supposed to follow suit. Dare we say that these are not our battles?