Is the Quran necessarily incompatible with evolution?

I recall the hostility received by Dr Usama Hasan when he suggested the Quran was compatible with evolution, and specifically with human evolution.  I never did read what he wrote on the subject, and was deeply disappointed and very frustrated when he appeared on The Jinn & Tonic Show back in January 2013 and I didn’t get a good enough opportunity to discuss with him the details of his views on the subject. As far as I am able to tell […]

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The Quran and the big bang – addendum to my video

Back in 2011 I made this video about the claim that the expanding universe is mentioned in the Quran. The Arabic word used for expanding is not a verb but an active participle. So what does this mean?  It means it is identifying an individual that either has done an act (perfect verb) or is in the process of performing an act (imperfect verb).  Because 51.47 only has the expand/expanse word as an active participle and not a verb we […]

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Happy International women’s day!

Marie Curie was the first female to win a Nobel prize, the first person to two Nobel prizes, and the only person 8to ever win a Nobel prize in two different fields of science (Physics for radiation, chemistry for the discovery of Radium and Polonium) Henrietta Swan Leavitt was responsible for discovering predictable properties of Cepheid variable stars (standard candles).  A discovery that enabled astronomers to calculate distances to very distant stars and led to the proof of other galaxies. […]

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DawahMan – 11 Rhetorical devices in 3 words of the Quran

On the London Dawah Movement’s last show (Fridays at 7pm UK time) there was some brief talk about the linguistic miracle of the Quran.  It was claimed that there are 11 rhetorical statements in only 3 words in the Quran.  Someone later emailed me and asked me what my opinion was on this claim, so I watched the video link they had provided. My immediate impression was that Imran was doing a lot of talking without actually saying anything; it […]

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The Rationaliser – A Trouble Maker

Although the term “Trouble Maker”, recently attributed to me by Hamza Tzortzis, was not meant as a compliment I cannot help but take it was one.  I certainly do take pride in causing trouble against an organisation that has members who promote sex with nine year old brides and beating one’s wife.  If these are the genuine held views of these people then they certainly should be exposed, on the other hand if this is no more than a misunderstanding […]

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The peacock problem – Part 2

So now I am responding to this post which was a “hasty response” to my explanation of why I think Jamie needs to learn from his mistakes. In response to @therationaliser who criticises my blog piece (here) with the intended view of saying it was my fault for creating a sexual atmosphere or perhaps setting a precedent for the wolf whistling of women. I did not say it was the fault of Jamie, nor did I imply it.  What I […]

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The Peacock Problem: Response

This is a response to this blog post. Women are clearly presented as sexual objects in our society.  I’ve tried to help my son to see through it, and my wife would very much like to do some kind of travelling school lesson for boys on the subject. Boys of this age are moving into a new social arena.  They are starting to see the sexual side of their existence, trying to make themselves attractive to the opposite gender without […]

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Could Muhammad have split the moon in two?

Context You may know that I once met some Muslim proselytisers and have since stayed in touch with one of them.  We occasionally chat via email and I really enjoy or correspondences.  He doesn’t try to convince me Islam is true, he tries to understand why I do not think that it is.  I greatly appreciate and enjoy his approach. He recently wrote and asked what I thought of the miracle claim that Muhammad performed a miracle and split the […]

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Questions Muslim proselytisers won’t answer

It seems there are some questions that are too difficult for certain people to answer. The first one is with regards to Hamza Tzortzis and his views on sex with 9 year old brides.  Having sat in front of an audience and told them that under the right circumstances it is okay for an adult male to have sex with his 9 year old bride he now seems very coy about discussing the issue.  The only brief correspondence we had […]

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Islam, and sex with 9 year old brides

In this post I intend to provide some references as to why Muslims, such as Hamza Tzortzis, condone sexual intercourse with females as young as 9 years old.  Before providing those references I would like to point out a few things. As far as I am aware, Muslims must operate within the laws of their hosting country as long as they do not force them to break Islamic laws.  This would mean that no Imam in the UK should perform […]

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