Although I never did anything with it, I originally trained as a theoretical physicist and mathematician. More than a decade later, I’m still passionate about both science and science history, voraciously devouring scientific journals and endlessly binge-watching documentaries. At university, many of my peers wondered aloud how I reconciled my Muslim faith with my studies. I never saw any conflict whatsoever.

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A recent study has concluded that religious people are less likely to understand mathematics, biology and physics. And in the Western world there’s a common misconception that all religion is anti-science. The basis for this erroneous belief is the belligerent, often violent, persecution of those advancing the cause of scientific knowledge by Catholic Inquisitions, back in the Middle Ages. …Continue Reading »

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I read an article on the BBC a few weeks ago about a blackmail industry out of Morocco, centred mainly in the town of Oued Zem, where scammers use Skype to film unsuspecting victims performing sexual acts via webcam and then threatening public exposure if their extortion demands aren’t satisfied. They boast that outwardly devout, but hypocritical, Muslims are some of their favourite victims!

Lo and behold, just yesterday via Facebook I was contacted by a Moroccan scammer trying to ensnare me in one of these scams. I was bored and thought I’d play along for my own amusement… …Continue Reading »

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