Introduction

Posted by on Mar 10, 2013 in Columns and Letters

Introduction

Introduction: This section contains our columns and letters published in different Irish newspapers from 2008 to 2012. Our first letter was published in the Irish Independent regarding a column by Ian O’ Doherty. In those days I was acting as the Imam for the Jummah at Saint James’s Hospital. When I found out about Ian’s column I thought I would engage the congregation in some political work and the response was tremendous. About thirty people signed the letter within a week, most of them doctors working at the hospital. I called the editor of the newspaper and sent the...

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Global or Local

Posted by on Apr 1, 2012 in Columns and Letters

Global or Local

Global or Local. During our interaction with people, we sometimes hear this notion that politics is local and we should not be too worried about issues taking place in other parts of the world. There is a fundamental problem with such an idea. Perhaps in the old days, when the fastest means of travel was a fresh horse, this argument could have carried some weight (even in those days different civilizations contacted and influenced each other despite distances between them). However we do not live in the old days anymore. Our world today is highly connected and interactive. News in any part...

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Crushing Dissent in Saudi Arabia

Posted by on Mar 15, 2012 in Columns and Letters

Crushing Dissent in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is one of the most repressive and stagnant countries in the world. The Saudi royal family, the House of Saud, controls the country with total brutality with no regards for human life, dignity and tolerance. But the most dangerous thing about Saudi Arabia is that the government engages in its oppression in the name of Islam itself. One of the biggest hurdles today in understanding the real message of Islam is the presence of regimes such as that in Saudi Arabia. However, the double standards and hypocrisy of realpolitik dictate that business continues as usual. There are well...

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Hidden Forces

Posted by on Mar 1, 2012 in Columns and Letters

Hidden Forces

Hidden forces of good and evil: From Syria to Pakistan and Turkey to Sudan we are seeing a particular tactic that these regimes are utilizing as propaganda. In Egypt, Tantawi and US are following Bashar Al Assad’s playbook. Tahany El Gabaly, who is the highest-ranking woman in Egyptian judiciary said that “State security, (those who were torturing opponents of Mubarak for all those years) have reliable information about a plot to implicate Egypt in a civil war”.  She sounded just like Buthaina Shaaban (Bashar’s advisor) who eight months ago spoke about “Mundasseen” (hidden elements) among...

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Ignorance in the Information Age

Posted by on Feb 15, 2012 in Columns and Letters

Ignorance in the Information Age

Propaganda to brainwash people: Our parents used to tell us how the British used to reward the traitors amongst the Muslims of India. They used to make them sit on a horse and tell them to ride it till the horse got tired and stopped and all the land that the horse traveled would be given to them for their loyalty to the British Empire. One of the aspects of any warfare is propaganda. So the colonialists started the campaigns of lies and deceit. They used modern technology like radio and television to spread disinformation amongst the people. Newspapers kept printing nonsense and fed it to...

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Islam is the enemy of… the zombies

Posted by on Feb 1, 2012 in Columns and Letters

Islam is the enemy of… the zombies

There was an interesting exchange of letters and articles going on in the Irish Medical Times recently over events in Bahrain, where medics linked to the Royal College of Surgeons (RCSI) have been tried in military courts and jailed for treating wounded protestors who were injured by that country’s security forces. Glór Moslamach has repeatedly pointed out the brutality of so-called Muslim countries and their tyranny against their own people. Only a few weeks ago we saw pictures of a nine-year-old boy run over by cars driven by Bahraini police and military. This young martyr became the best...

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