Tag Archives: Islam

Unsettling Ignorance, or, Do Unto Yourself what you would Do Unto Others

I visited the London Eye tourist attraction earlier this week and it led to a most upsetting experience. The London Eye is a big wheel that has pods attached to it. Each pod can hold about 10 people, and you get good views over central London as the wheel turns. So we were sharing our pod with an English guy and a Middle Eastern family. They were a fairly typical looking family, the couple were mid 30’s – the lady had a headscarf on and was smiley but reserved, the…

Charlie Hegdo, or whatever it’s called

I don’t watch the news or do Facebook so my sources from which to gain the sense of outrage so beloved of many westerners (and wannabe-westerners) are thin. Which is one of the reasons I don’t want to watch the TV or engage in Facebook at the moment. I’m just as weak and stupid as my compatriots, I know that, and I’ll get as angry as them if I let myself. Far better to remove myself from the situation than try to change my nature, at least for a few,…

Whirling Jihad

The news is full of Islamic State at the moment, it seems. It’s such entry level thinking it’s insane. Not just the fighters warped idea of Jihad, but the western need to focus on such surface matters. The real war is much closer to home, and almost every single home at that, and if you have an idea of what Jihad actually means, you’ll understand the point. Happy Eid to all my Muslim friends! Be the change you want to see when you’re faced with the chicken byriani! You were…