Boreal Books

Why

Reality

Love, Sex and Islam

Paperback, 198 pages

In a posting on my website a few months after my wife's passing I wrote that I needed to explain why, when I told her that a young African working girl was crashing at my apartment in Montréal, all she said was she would like to meet her.

My explanation took on a life of its own and that is how I found myself writing, during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, a book about love, sex and Islam.

The dozen or so adult situation stories in PART I – Sex in the Here-And-Now, some of which may bring more than a smile to your face, are not gratuitous.

PART II – Sex in the Hereafter compares the experiences revealed in PART I with what a martyr can expect in Paradise. A must-read for anyone contemplating martyrdom because of what they have been told about sex in the Hereafter.

Cover and Content

Excerpts: Prologue | Anne Part 2 | Mary | Sex by the Numbers

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The Koran

Children and the Koran

The End of Empathy - Second Edition

Paperback, 136 pages

A lack of empathy, whether it be an instilled pathology or a manifestation of loyalty to one’s religionist community, which our governments and our courts have encouraged by favouring religious distinctiveness over shared secular values, means we can no longer count that love of country or respect for Western civilization and what it stands for will see us through.

The threat that an absence of empathy and tribalism poses could be significantly reduced if we made the Koran for adults only. By having you read what children who should be enjoying Babar the Elephant or Cinderella are reading, I hope to convince you to try to do just that—for their sake, and ours.

Excerpts: The End of Empathy | Getting Kids To Feel Nothing

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Women and the Koran

Second Edition

Paperback, 123 pages

Afghan women to have rights within Islamic law, Taliban say.

BBC August 17, 2021

What does women’s rights “within Islamic law” mean?

I have revamped Women and the Koran in the hope that more will seek to understand what life is like for women and girls living under Islamic law, of which the Koran is the foundation.

I have included in this edition additional hadiths, sayings and examples of the Prophet Muhammad, which have a forceful impact (no pun intended) on women and girls in a world governed by the Sharia, i.e., God’s law. 

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Jihad in the Koran

Second Edition

Paperback, 202 pages

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 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.

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.

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

What the Koran has to say about this ongoing global struggle for religious supremacy, and the civil war that started it all, is what Jihad in the Koran is all about.

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Shared Prophets

Paperback, 264 pages

Shared Prophets brings together, in one place, revelations about the Biblical heroes, and the odd villain, whom Allah invited to strut their stuff on His stage, the Koran.

Shared Prophets assumes a rudimentary knowledge of the Old Testament’s best known characters such as Moses, Abraham, Noah, Joseph (son of Jacob), Solomon, Lot, Saul, David, Adam, Cain and Abel.

As to the New Testament, it is sufficient to be aware that Christians believe 1) that Jesus is the Son of God, 2) that he was born of the Virgin Mary, and 3) that he died on the Cross. The Koran gives credence only to the virgin birth and vociferously denies the other two core Christian beliefs, with Jesus being the most vocal, after Allah, in denouncing those who would claim he is the Son of God.

Mary, the only woman mentioned by name in the Koran, is there to back her son’s claim that he is not divine, but just another prophet of Allah, and a lesser one at that. There is no Joseph.

Shared Prophets is a must-read for those who do not care to learn about the Koran in the mistaken and dangerous delusion that it is like the Bible — it is not — and especially the New Testament portion of which the Koran is the antithesis.

 New edition November 25, 2021

The Islamic Hereafter

Paperback, 132 pages

37:48 And they also shall have wide-eyed maidens averting their gaze.

56:22-24 And wide-eyed houris, Like hidden pearls; As a reward for what they used to do.

47:15 The likeliness of the Garden which the God-fearing have been promised is this: rivers of water not stagnant, rivers of milk whose taste has not changed, rivers of wine delighting its drinkers and rivers of distilled honey. Therein they have every variety of fruit and forgiveness from their Lord too. Are they to be compared with those who dwell in the Fire forever and are given to drink boiling water which will rip up their bowels?

4:56 Those who have disbelieved Our Signs, We shall surely cast them into the Fire; every time their skins are burnt, We will replace them by other skins, so that they might taste the punishment. Allah indeed is Mighty and Wise!

The Islamic Hereafter is all about pleasure and pain: hedonistic pleasures and agonizing pain. It is not for children whose parents don't believe in persuasion through terror. If Allah’s revelations about the appalling indescribable pain and cruelty that unbelievers can expect on Judgement Day — and later when He confines them all in His Hell — are not enough to cause unforgettable bone-chilling nightmares, Muhammad’s ghastly visions of a claustrophobic, zombie-like existence underground surely will.

 New edition December 2021

Getting to Know Allah

Paperback, 310 pages

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 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.

New edition January 2022

From Merchant to Messenger

Muhammad's struggle for legitimacy as revealed in the Koran

Paperback: 192 pages.

The Koran is very much the story of one man’s struggle to get his Meccan kin, the Quraysh, and the Arabs in general, to accept him as an authentic prophet in the same class as his hero Moses and to abandon their smorgasbord of gods and goddesses and to worship only Allah.

It was not easy, even with God as a trusted advisor and cheerleader, as hundreds of revelations will attest, with God being remarkably candid about what people thought of His last and greatest spokesperson, such as thinking him a madman.

68:2 You are not [O Muhammad], by the Grace of your Lord, a madman.

From Merchant to Messenger ends, more or less, with Muhammad’s flight to Medina to escape being killed by his kin. The oasis city will become his base of operations from which he will launch a series of mostly successful military campaigns to impose Allah’s Will by force, not only on the Peninsula, but further afield as recounted in Jihad and the Koran.

Includes a short biography of Muhammad's wives and their impact on the Koran.

New edition February 2022

Let Me Rephrase That!

Your Layman's Guide to Abrogations - Second Edition

Paperback, 100 pages

The second edition is a lot shorter than the first. Gone are the excerpts; in their place you will find reading recommendations. I wanted this edition to be the book you turn to when reading any book on the Koran, including the Koran itself, that don’t identify revelations God abrogated, i.e., modified or nullified. For example, earlier in Muhammad’s Call, Allah showed a measure of respect for other religions.

2:62 The believers (Muslims), the Jews, the Christians and the Sabians whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day and does what is good, shall receive their reward from their Lord. They shall have nothing to fear and they shall not grieve.

As Islam became a force to be reckoned with, God's position towards other religions hardened and He sent down another immutable fact, which invalidated what He said earlier about Jews, Christians and an obscure sect having nothing to fear.

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.

Losers go to Hell. Scholars have identified more than two hundred revealed truths that were abrogated by subsequent communications from Allah to Muhammad. These ephemeral immutable facts and their abrogator(s), most of which, like Revelation 3:85 reflect a God's growing intolerance, is what Let Me Rephrase That! wants to bring to your attention.

Excerpts: A Harvest of Contradictions

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The Prophet

1,001 Sayings and Deeds of the Prophet Muhammad

Second Edition

Paperback, 454 pages

Improved presentation, contents cross-referenced to Boreal Books on the Koran, appendices, additional footnotes, etc.

Within the house of Islam, the penalty for learning too much about the world—so as to call the tenets of the faith into question—is death. While the Koran merely describes the punishment that awaits the apostate in the next world, the hadith is emphatic about the justice that must be meted out in this one: 'Whoever changes his religion, kill him.'

Given the fact that [hadiths are] often used as the lens through which to interpret the Koran, many Muslim jurists consider [them] to be even a greater authority on the practice of Islam.

Sam Harris, The End of Faith - Religion, Terror and the Future of Reason, 2004, W. W. Norton & Company.

In learning about the hadiths, you will also become acquainted with the real Muhammad as his closest friends and his child-bride, Aisha, remember him.

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Plays/Scripts

All venues - a pub, a mosque - make for inexpensive productions on a timely subject.

Remembering Uzza

If Islam Was Explained to Me in a Pub

Paperback, 452 pages

Remembering Uzza is meant to make learning about Islam a mostly pleasant experience while not sugar-coating or leaving out the nasty bits. And, is there a better place to get acquainted with a religion that has everyone talking than in the relaxed atmosphere of a favourite pub, in the company of friends and a troubled but engaging young woman to give you an insider's perspective?

Uzza is a story for our time that has the potential to change the course of things to come. Except for Uzza, and a short appearance by a couple from a neighbouring municipality, all other characters, including Archie the bartender, are modeled on real patrons of a once-popular Ottawa nightspot.

To keep the conversation between Uzza, Johnny, Gerry, Bob and Archie as unaffected as possible, implicit and explicit references to verses of the Koran and the sayings and actions of the Prophet are explained in a substantial supplement of endnotes.

Excerpt: Dedication | Acknowledgment | No Scarf, No Service!  A Shirley Temple, Anyone?

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Alice Visits a Mosque to Learn About Judgment Day

Paperback, 80 pages

The dialogue is made up, but the revelations are real, as are the sayings of Muhammad. The character of Alice only bears a remote resemblance to the heroine of Lewis Carroll's tale of a 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 is not meant to offend but to enlighten. It is both a play and an invitation to learn more about the Koran and the Prophet. We hope you will read it (or see it, if it ever makes it to the stage or the screen) in the spirit in which it was written.

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Canada

Canada - The Fractured Nation Interviews

An Inquiry Into the Breakup

Paperback, 228 pages

2006 nominee for The Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic.

In The Fractured Nation Interviews, I did not anticipate the impact of social media on the mainstream media. Apart from that, and a few other details, much of what they contain is as valid today, if not more so; the interview with the Ayatollah about Islam's contribution to the breakup of the country in particular.

A timely reprint.

Lulu

Teach Your Children Well

The future as a truism and a cliché

Bill 21 Edition

Paperback, 82 pages

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 introducing the teaching of religion in the public school system, and the granting of exceptions to the general curriculum for religious reasons.

In March 2020, the government of François Legault, with the passing of Bill 21, “An Act respecting the laicity of the State” ended the teaching of religion in the Québec secular public school system, in part, because of the deleterious impact it was having on students' intellectual development.

This has not stopped other jurisdictions, including the Canadian Government, from favouring teaching empirical truths in conjunction with opposing revealed truths, i.e., alleged immutable facts communicated to a mortal by a god and letting primary and secondary school kids sort them out for themselves. Teach Your Children Well is there to remind you why this is a bad idea.

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Essays

Between a Pillar and a Hard Place

Paperback, 274 pages

A collection of essays and commentaries on Islam to mark the 10th anniversary of the Boreal website.

Like its early twentieth century contemporaries, Nazism and Communism, political Islam is grounded in a totalitarian idea of purity, in this case of religion rather than of race or class.

Faith at War, A Journey On The Frontlines of Islam (Henry Holt, 2005) by Yaroslav Trofimov.

Jews could not change their race to save themselves, unlike those confronted by the Five Pillars supremacists. For those unfortunate, death, the hard place, is a choice.

Islam's immutable obligations known as the Five Pillars: 1. declaring your allegiance to God 2. daily prayers 3. Zakat (obligatory charity), 4. Ramadan, month-long fasting 5. pilgrimage to Mecca.

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BOREAL 2016

Paperback, 432 pages

A commemorative recreation of comments, articles and extracts from a period when headlines and scriptures came together like at no other time since Boreal went live in April of 2003.

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A Personal Journey

Shooting the Messenger

Till Death Do Us Part

Paperback, 245 pages

One of her last requests was that I make one more attempt at telling my story; now, our story. I should not have been surprised that my firing by Foreign Affairs still bothered her considering the surroundings in which she died.

At the heart of Shooting the Messenger – Till Death Do Us Part is the story of my discovery of a multi-million dollar fraud and my subsequent dismissal for failing to report the theft of additional millions.

Till Death Do Us Part ends with Lucette's passing on the afternoon of July 5, 2019, away from where she had hoped to die.

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Should I join my wife before some of the better known accomplices, among my generation, I did not want to miss expressing how I would feel about their passing including that of the proverbial shooter.

Shooting the Messenger also led to the unexpected discovery of the sorry state of Canadian journalism.

Examples:

The Ottawa Citizen

The Globe and Mail

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Lucette