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Islamophobia By Bernard Payeur
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Is a fear of Islam a legitimate fear and are Canadians being unfairly maligned for voicing their apprehension? That is the question my Submission to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage on... More > Motion 103 tries to answer. This print edition contains additional information in the form of eight sub-appendices which may be of interest to the Committee and you should I be invited and agree to appear before it.< Less
Canada - The Fractured Nation Interviews By Bernard Payeur
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A timely reprint. NOMINATED FOR THE SUNBURST AWARD FOR CANADIAN LITERATURE OF THE FANTASTIC Imagine a world where Canada is just a memory. Imagine that the breakup of Canada has been a reality for... More > almost ten years. How did Canada’s demise come about? What has happened since Canada disappeared from history, and what do former Canadians have to say about the country that is no more. That is what Canada - The Fractured Nation Interviews is all about. **** "Read it only if you are prepared to think -- really think -- about tomorrow's Canada ..." Les Brost, The Calgary Herald, Monday, June 25, 2007< Less
Getting to Know Allah - Legacy Edition By Bernard Payeur
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"111:1-5 Perish the hands of Abu Lahab, and may he perish too; neither his wealth nor what he has earned will avail him anything. He will roast in a flaming fire, and his wife will be a carrier... More > of fire-wood, she shall have a rope of fibre around her neck." The phrase "In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful" launches 112 of the 114 chapters of the Koran. If compassionate is defined as being aware of the suffering of an other and wishing to relieve it, and merciful as being unconditionally kind and forgiving, then these are not the qualities we would associate with the Author of verses about roasting a man over an open fire, with his wife, tethered like an animal, supplying the firewood fueling the flame that is burning her husband. Does it matter that Abu Lahab and his wife did not hide their disdain for the Prophet Muhammad and his new religion? It matters to Allah, and what matters to Allah is what Getting to Know Allah is all about.< Less
Jihad in the Koran By Bernard Payeur
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Allah's Apostle said, "Know that Paradise is under the shades of swords." Bukhari 52.73 9:111 Allah has bought from the believers their lives and their wealth in return for Paradise; they... More > fight in the Way of Allah, kill and get killed ... Rejoice then at the bargain you have made with Him; for that is the great triumph. ---- Allah's Apostle said, "I have been ordered to fight with the people till they say, 'None has the right to be worshipped but Allah,' ... Bukhari 52.196 61:9 It is He Who sent His Messenger forth with the guidance and the religion of truth, to make it triumph over every religion ... What the Koran has to say about this on-going global struggle for religious supremacy, and the civil war which started it all, is what Jihad in the Koran is all about.< Less
Let Me Rephrase That! By Bernard Payeur
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A historical and motivational context, as I have been providing in my books on the Koran is important in understanding the Message; but, perhaps even more significant is knowing what revealed truths... More > (immutable facts communicated to a mortal by a god), as inconceivable as it may seem, have been abrogated i.e. repealed or modified by an ostensibly omniscient deity. Cover art is a rendition of a picture of George Burns from a poster for the 1977 Warner Bros. film "Oh, God!". Like the movie, I hope you will consider Let Me Rephrase That! a mildly irreverent but never gratuitous treatment of a reverential figure.< Less
Between a Pillar and a Hard Place By Bernard Payeur
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If you are going to read one book on Islam, you have to read this one! In mostly short, easy-to-read, to-the-point essays, I touch upon everything you need to know about the resurgent would-be... More > dominant religion and what it means for lesser and non-believers. 61:9 It is He Who sent His Messenger forth with the guidance and the religion of truth, to make it triumph over every religion .... 3:85 Whoever seeks a religion other than Islam, it will never be accepted from him, and in the Hereafter he will be one of the losers. Narrated 'Abdullah bin Masud: The Prophet recited Suratan-Najm at Mecca and prostrated while reciting it and those who were with him did the same except an old man who took a handful of small stones or earth and lifted it to his forehead and said, "This is sufficient for me." Later on, I saw him killed as a non-believer. Bukhari 19.173< Less
1,001 Sayings and Deeds of the Prophet Muhammad By Bernard Payeur
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Get to know the real Muhammad by reading about what his closest friends and wife Aisha remember of what he said and did.
Teach Your Children Well - Second Edition By Bernard Payeur
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It is both a truism and a cliché that children are the future. Where that future will be shaped is in the classroom. Teach Your Children Well looks at the long term implications of... More > reintroducing the teaching of religion in the public school system, and the granting of exceptions to the general curriculum for religious reason In Canada, with the Province of Québec leading the way, a secular public school education is being sacrificed to accommodate a religion which considers schooling where its revealed scriptures are not given precedence as blasphemous. Can two incompatible value systems be accommodated within the public school system and the inevitable clash between reason and unreason avoided? Will the politics of accommodation lead to peaceful co-existence, or simply allow Islam to recruit in a place that was previously off limits?< Less
Alice Visits a Mosque to Learn About Judgement Day By Bernard Payeur
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The dialogue is made up, but the revelations are real, as are the sayings of the Prophet Muhammad. The character of Alice only bears a remote resemblance to the heroine of Lewis Carroll's tale of a... More > young girl "who falls down a rabbit hole into a fantasy world populated by peculiar, anthropomorphic creatures." Alice visits a Mosque to learn about Judgement Day is a short, often brutal play/script (it could not be otherwise) about an important concept in Islam on which the Koran expounds at length. Alice visits a Mosque ... is not meant to offend but to enlighten. It is both a play and an invitation to learn more about the Koran and God's Messenger. We hope you will read it (or see it if it ever makes it to the stage or the screen) in the spirit it was written.< Less
From Merchant to Messenger : The Prophet Muhammad’s Struggle for Legitimacy as Revealed in the Koran By Bernard Payeur
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Getting accepted by his Arab contemporaries as a legitimate Prophet and a Messenger of the one and only God was not easy, as Allah’s Revelations in the Koran will attest. The Koran is also... More > very much the story of one man’s efforts to get his Meccan kin, the Quraysh, and Arab neighbours to abandon their smorgasbord of gods and goddesses and to worship only Allah and to deny access to the Ka’ba to anyone who was not willing to do so. Possibly the first official denial of a link between Islam and terrorism: 50:45 We know better what they say and you (Muhammad) are not a tyrant terrorizing them. So, remind, by the Qur’an, him who fears My Warning.< Less