Book Review: Al-Islam wal-Gharb

Figure 1A: Al-Islam wal-Gharb, written by the marja`, Imam Muhammad Sa`id Ramadan Al-Bouti
Figure 1A: Al-Islam wal-Gharb, written by the marja`, Imam Muhammad Sa`id Ramadan Al-Bouti

The content of this book I had felt and known in the 1980s-1990s, but at the time I did not have the Revealed Law knowledge of the affair to know the proofs. This book represents the confirmation of my understanding but also the proofs in the Revealed Law and moderated discussion with the epistemological foundations of the Occident.

American Islam (which is the harlot that produced British Islam) is intellectually covered although not named; along with this goes the doctrines of moral relativism, a parsing of the principles of dialectical materialism and how this leads to evolutionary thought and even a strong treatment of the doctrines of religious indifferentism.

There are good reasons why Imam Muhammad Sa`id Ramadan Al-Bouti’s work here and his texts on the Fiqh of Minorities have not been given wide circulation in the Anglosphere. The primary reason is that this and his other texts would undermine the system that is currently being built for the new islams in our midst.

The secondary of the most important two reasons is that as the disparate left wing Muslim groups in the Anglosphere unite and carry out more acts of terror here, there are many agencies that stand to benefit from this and will have justification for tightening laws that restrict movement and civil liberties. The future may start to become a darker place than it already is currently.

I thank Allah for having had the opportunity to read the book, the brother that gave it to me and hope that some blessings might be reached by everyone who might read its’ pages.

Book Review: The Mustard Book

Figure 1A: The Mustard Book by Rosamond Man and Robin Weir
Figure 1A: The Mustard Book by Rosamond Man and Robin Weir

A Muslim brother gave me this book as a gift not long ago and I immediately thought: how do you speak about the seemingly humble mustard seed and its’ many uses as a garnish and so forth? So I read the dust jacket and realised that just laying out the synopsis was the best option. The mustard seed is first discussed in its’ most hearty form, the black seed, in the 12th Dynasty of Egypt 1991-1786 BCE in the tomb of Abu’n-Nega near Thebes.

Mass cultivation on a global scale would not be until thousands of years after this point. In England, until the Tudor period, growing herbs was something primarily restricted to monasteries. Then not long after came men who realised that the qualities of this seed could be of inestimable value. The book then opens with discussion about the medicinal uses of mustard, commercial use and major exporters and importers of it.

The book in 12 chapters covers everything from sauces and soups all the way to beef, lamb, mutton port and vegetables. I had heard this before but there are even hints about how mustard might be used as a preservative and even taking in the aroma of its’ seeds has holistic benefits.

This is a great gift and a good book. If you not only want to know what you are eating but how it came to reach you in its’ present form, this is a great book. This will also teach the reader a greater respect and desire for quality food. One cannot use a seed such as mustard for junk or fast food. Mustard in its’ best form is bitter and has either a smooth or sharp taste to the dinner. Anyone gardening or looking to be self sufficient on land in years to come should not be devoid of possession of mustard.

Book Review: PENGUIN CLASSICS: Marx Capital Vols. 1-3

Figure 1A: The first volume of Marx's Capital.
Figure 1A: The first volume of Marx’s Capital.

I first ran across this new translation at a bookstore I was visiting at the time. Seeing the first thick volume and the more readable English, I jumped at the possibility of reading about this and understanding a system that my grandfather fought against since it appeared in Egypt in AD 1952. He left that communist country and tried to find another place in North Africa to go to, but all across the continent, Karl Marx and his ideas were the talk of the town and governments collapsed bringing in the reign of the proletariat.

We took to boats to cross the Atlantic, some of us drowned, and upon making it to the Caribbean, we found Cuba now had Castro with Marxist-Leninism. Then we headed to Central America and the same thing happened. What was the overall message of socialism/communism/the uprising of the proletariat?

The godless communists, as my grandfather referred to them, stole some of our ancestral lands, bankrupted Egypt’s economy and damaged some of the Nile’s life giving waters; but who were these guys?  I embarked on a journey and read the Green Book of Mu`ammar Al-Qadh-dhafi,  Selected Writings of Joseph V. Stalin, Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto, V.I. Lenin’s What is to be Done, Gamel Abdel Nasser’s Philosophy of the Revolution as well as the Selected Writings of Chairman Mao Tse-Tung (also known as the Little Red Book).

So the source of all of this…? it kept referring to some grand narrative. Looking for National Socialism? Consult Mein Kampf. Looking for Americanism? Consult US Constitution. But what is the mother-book of this strange system I grew to despise in my youth and my grandfather sought to flee from along with the rest of my family?

I found a copy of Das Kapital, but it was quite old and some of the principles mentioned did not have notes and it seemed hastily put together; but I tried to power through the work. What I had was five volumes. I had a fuller understanding but still needed clearer language to read it through.

Figure 2A: The second volume of the Capital.
Figure 2A: The second volume of the Capital.

 

Now Penguin has provided Das Kapital in English as The Capital. Great! Now I can have a greater understanding of the battle between Americanism and Socialism on a mechanical level. The first volume is 1,084 pages with an 84 page introduction which I am almost through!

The second volume is 599 pages with another hefty introduction. As for the third volume, I have only just received it and will have to wait until I get to it. I look forward to giving a more comprehensive review over the whole series. In the meantime, take a look at Penguin and get the three volumes. They are worth if and will give you a deeper understanding of world events.

Book Review: PENGUIN CLASSICS: The Koran

Figure 1A: The 2014 edition of N.J. Dawood's translation: The Koran
Figure 1A: The 2014 edition of N.J. Dawood’s translation: The Koran

I first came across this translation in the year AD 1993 while I was in the University and friends kept asking me what would be a good translation for them to read if they were interested. One in particular, a Jewish friend named Mark Reed, asked if there was a place I could direct to to obtain a good Qur’an translation. In Oregon at the time, Bordens Books was the only option. Linda, the friendly barrista/bookselleress was happy to help and she said the book would be at the bookstore in one week.

Once I paid in advance and she gave a confident smile, I knew that it would be good. N.J. Dawood’s The Koran arrived and Mark was excited to pick it up. He read through it hungrily and questioned me about it to the same degree. The edition I had ordered was from AD 1993 and was still heavily reliant on the original AD 1956, which used the Arabic words for crucial Islamic theology rather than anglicising them.

I was recently shown a new edition, this time AD 2014. At the onset, I was unhappy, as it had been anglicised. No! But it was too late. In AD 1993, outside of N.J. Dawood, the only other translation I preferred and still prefer was the Muhammad Marmaduke Pickthall, but the revised translation was still new and not in wide enough circulation. I also did not want to offer a King James translation of the Qur’an with Elizabethan English as is present in `Abdullah Yusuf Ali and I was weary of the theological and historical errors in his translation as well.

Someone reading the Dawood translation will find the words readable, with few footnotes, a concise but adequate index and also an introduction that gives the reader a good window into the noted historical events relevant at the time of the revelation of the Qur’an.