Life in a small town, The Inner Struggle

All Souls, All Men and Women Everywhere …

Inner Thoughts”  Rodrigo Rodriguez, from the album “Inner Thoughts” (2006)

November is the month of all souls …  a month dedicated to prayer for the Holy Souls in Purgatory. There is a longstanding tradition in the Catholic Church, dating back more than a 1000 years and rooted in Jewish tradition going back even further to pray for the souls of the deceased.

How did this tradition come about and why is it still important today?  This is a good time to remember some words of wisdom about souls … about the Pope and the Catholic Church … and the rest of us … and loving one’s enemies …

Joseph Ratzinger - Pope Benedict XVI

Joseph Ratzinger – Pope Benedict XVI

“… The more vigorously the primacy was displayed, the more the question came up about the extent and and limits of [papal] authority, which of course, as such, had never been considered.

After the Second Vatican Council, the impression arose that the pope really could do anything in liturgical matters, especially if he were acting on the mandate of an ecumenical council. Eventually, the idea of the givenness of the liturgy, the fact that one cannot do with it what one will, faded from the public consciousness of the West.

In fact, the First Vatican Council had in no way defined the pope as an absolute monarch. On the contrary, it presented him as the guarantor of obedience to the revealed Word.

The pope’s authority is bound to the Tradition of faith. … The authority of the pope is not unlimited; it is at the service of Sacred Tradition.”
Joseph Ratzinger in The Spirit of the Liturgy

so the Pope is not the “Top Dog” he is simply another man and what makes him human would be a soul …

Hilaire Belloc - by Emil Otto ('E.O.') HoppÈ, vintage bromide print, 1915

Hilaire Belloc – by Emil Otto (‘E.O.’) HoppÈ, vintage bromide print, 1915

The Catholic Church is an institution I am bound to hold divine—but for unbelievers a proof of its divinity might be found in the fact that no merely human institution conducted with such knavish imbecility would have lasted a fortnight.”
-Hilaire Belloc

… and the knavish imbeciles would be souls …

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A commentary on “Government” and “the Masses” … (I suppose that would be us? All souls, every one of us.)

Albert Jay Nock wrote in Our Enemy The State”  – Everyone knows that the State claims and exercises [a] monopoly of crime … and that it makes this monopoly as strict as it can. It forbids private murder, but itself organizes murder on a colossal scale. It punishes private theft, but itself lays unscrupulous hands on anything it wants, whether the property of citizen or of alien.

Alfred Jay Nock

Alfred Jay Nock

There is, for example, no human right, natural or Constitutional, that we have not seen nullified by the United States Government. Of all the crimes that are committed for gain or revenge, there is not one that we have not seen it commit – murder, mayhem, arson, robbery, fraud, criminal collusion and connivance.”   Albert Jay Nock, from Our Enemy, the State

But “Government” is not a monolithic entity, it is rather composed of a multitude of little individuals all more or less “doing their duty” and they are All Souls

And in another quote from an article published in Atlantic Monthly in 1936, Albert Jay Nock opines on the qualities of the common man, the masses as he calls them  …  about “the masses“:

… In the year of King Uzziah’s death, about 740 B.C., the Lord commissioned the prophet Isaiah to go out and warn the people of the wrath to come. “Tell them what a worthless lot they are.” He said, “Tell them what is wrong, and why and what is going to happen unless they have a change of heart and straighten up. Don’t mince matters. Make it clear that they are positively down to their last chance. Give it to them good and strong and keep on giving it to them.

Antonio Balestra - The Prophet Isaiah

Antonio Balestra (1666-1740) – The Prophet Isaiah

I suppose perhaps I ought to tell you,” He added, “that it won’t do any good. The official class and their intelligentsia will turn up their noses at you and the masses will not even listen. They will all keep on in their own ways until they carry everything down to destruction, and you will probably be lucky if you get out with your life.” 

Isaiah had been very willing to take on the job – in fact, he had asked for it – but the prospect put a new face on the situation. It raised the obvious question: Why, if all that were so – if the enterprise were to be a failure from the start – was there any sense in starting it? “Ah,” the Lord said, “you do not get the point.

All Saints ...

All Saints …

There is a Remnant there that you know nothing about. They are obscure, unorganized, inarticulate, each one rubbing along as best he can. They need to be encouraged and braced up because when everything has gone completely to the dogs, they are the ones who will come back and build up a new society; and meanwhile, your preaching will reassure them and keep them hanging on. Your job is to take care of the Remnant, so be off now and set about it.”

Apparently, then, if the Lord’s word is good for anything – I do not offer any opinion about that, – the only element in Judean society that was particularly worth bothering about was the Remnant. Isaiah seems finally to have got it through his head that this was the case; that nothing was to be expected from the masses, but that if anything substantial were ever to be done in Judea, the Remnant would have to do it.

A woman lights a candle on the grave of her relative before praying at a cemetery during the observance of All Souls Day in Dhaka, Bangladesh November 2, 2016. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain

This is a very striking and suggestive idea; but before going on to explore it, we need to be quite clear about our terms. What do we mean by the masses, and what by the Remnant? As the word masses is commonly used, it suggests agglomerations of poor and underprivileged people, labouring people, proletarians, and it means nothing like that; it means simply the majority.

The mass-man is one who has neither the force of intellect to apprehend the principles issuing in what we know as the humane life, nor the force of character to adhere to those principles steadily and strictly as laws of conduct; and because such people make up the great and overwhelming majority of mankind, they are called collectively the masses.

The line of differentiation between the masses and the Remnant is set invariably by quality, not by circumstance. The Remnant are those who by force of intellect are able to apprehend these principles, and by force of character are able, at least measurably, to cleave to them. The masses are those who are unable to do either. …”

and the Masses and the Remnant both are All Souls …

Now, I have always both enjoyed Albert Jay Nock’s piece and at the same time have been troubled by it, because we are ALL souls, and I just don’t believe that the Lord writes folks off because they don’t meet some transient human standard of character, ability, and discernment.

“Àki”, Rodrigo Rodriguez, from the album “Inner Thoughts” (2006)

Rex Murphy

Rex Murphy

Here in Canada we are used to being routinely insulted and dismissed by our “betters” in high office and we are routinely expected to obsequiously kowtow and bow and scrape  and generally just be nice when treated in this way, after all,  we are just “the masses” and Canadian masses at that, eh?

Lately we were all ridiculed in public by  our new Governor General,  Julie Payette, (appointed by the drama coach and in office for about a month now), and all courtesy of her  bright big brain persona and her personal religious beliefs namely Atheism and Scientism.

Rex Murphy reports in the National Post  as follows: “Delight in one’s own intellectual capacity is a delusion both frequent and foolish (ouch!), and the desire to have others share in that rapture is almost always a disappointment.

That we are all partisans for our own opinions is of course a truism, as is the consideration that opinions, particularly political ones, many times follow just as much from temperament as from reason.

Governor General Julie Payette, by Fred Chartrand/The Canadian Press

Governor General Julie Payette, by Fred Chartrand/The Canadian Press

There is no Ideal Reasoner, and the truth of some questions is always a quarry and never a capture. That is why our finest sages, present and past, have always counseled against certitude, and cautioned that when we are most certain of something is precisely the time we should go over our sums.

Our recently minted Governor General, in one of her inaugural appearances, has been very quick off the mark to make her declarative presence known.

She gave a talk at a science conference this week, a speech notable for its confident strength of assertion and readiness to pronounce determinatively on matters large and trivial, and which was unfortunately inflected with a tone of condescension that will do little to buttress the appeal of the mainly ceremonial office she now inhabits.”

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Just in passing, I note that in spite of all the fondly held opinions and beliefs regarding the efficacy of science and the silly superstitions surrounding the concept of “God”, I have not heard any reports that NASA and the Brights have yet created life, or anything else, for that matter, in fact they have not even found any signs of life anywhere that their limited talents can take them. Oh yea, we are definitely “the masses” … including all our elected and appointed progressives currently running the asylum.

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As Chris Selley writesand “the chorus of defenders who took to social media on Thursday, including many who are generally very conservative about what a GG should and shouldn’t say. What she said was empirically true, they argued, and what’s more she’s a scientist! Why shouldn’t a scientist, appointed as the Queen’s representative in Ottawa, take the odd jab at the two-thirds of benighted Canadians who believe in God (per Angus Reid in 2015), and the 53 per cent who believe God is “active in this world.” Someone’s gotta tell ‘em, right?”

and we are all souls, no matter what some of us would like to believe …

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Plato bust …

Now, as Mr. Nock writes, Isaiah’s testimony to the character of the masses has strong collateral support from respectable Gentile authority. Plato lived into the administration of Eubulus, when Athens was at the peak of its jazz-and-paper era, and he speaks of the Athenian masses with all Isaiah’s fervency, even comparing them to a herd of ravenous wild beasts.

Curiously, too, Plato applies Isaiah’s own word remnant to the worthier portion of Athenian society; “there is but a very small remnant,” he says, of those who possess a saving force of intellect and force of character – too small, preciously as to Judea, to be of any avail against the ignorant and vicious preponderance of the masses.

But we are all souls … regardless of our personal beliefs, mere thoughts in the mind of God in the eternal now.

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I wonder what Mr. Plato would think of Julie Payette, or even Drama Coach Justin Trudeau, for that matter? “Ravenous wild beasts”?

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Still more of the quote from Mr. Nock:  “The picture which Isaiah presents of the Judean masses is most unfavorable. In his view, the mass-man – be he high or be he lowly, rich or poor, prince or pauper – gets off very badly. He appears as not only weak-minded and weak-willed, but as by consequence knavish, arrogant, grasping, dissipated, unprincipled, unscrupulous.

The mass-woman also gets off badly, as sharing all the mass-man’s untoward qualities, and contributing a few of her own in the way of vanity and laziness, extravagance and foible. The list of luxury-products that she patronized is interesting;  … in another place, Isaiah even recalls the affectations that we used to know by the name “flapper gait” and the “debutante slouch.”

Alphonse Karr

Alphonse Karr

It may be fair to discount Isaiah’s vivacity a little for prophetic fervour; after all, since his real job was not to convert the masses but to brace and reassure the Remnant, he probably felt that he might lay it on indiscriminately and as thick as he liked – in fact, that he was expected to do so. But even so, the Judean mass-man must have been a most objectionable individual, and the mass-woman utterly odious.”

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plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose

Not a pleasant picture at all … hmmmm. and still … all souls

On the other hand we have:

“Begin the morning by saying to thyself, I shall meet with the busy-body, the ungrateful, arrogant, deceitful, envious, unsocial. All these things happen to them by reason of their ignorance of what is good and evil.

Marcus Aurelius - was Roman emperor from 161 to 180,

Marcus Aurelius – was Roman emperor from 161 to 180,

But I who have seen the nature of the good that it is beautiful, and of the bad that it is ugly, and the nature of him who does wrong, that it is akin to me, not only of the same blood or seed, but that it participates in the same intelligence and the same portion of the divinity, I can neither be injured by any of them, for no one can fix on me what is ugly, nor can I be angry with my kinsman, nor hate him, For we are made for co-operation, like feet, like hands, like eyelids, like the rows of the upper and lower teeth.

To act against one another then is contrary to nature; and it is acting against one another to be vexed and to turn away.”

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, Book Two.

all souls

and:

No man is an island, entire of itself. Our lives are involved with one another, through innumerable interactions they are linked together. No one lives alone. No one sins alone. No one is saved alone. The lives of others continually spill over into mine in what I think, say, do , achieve.

And conversely my life spills over into that of others: for better or for worse.So my prayer for another is not something extraneous to that person, something external, not even after death.  In the interconnectedness of Being, my gratitude to the other – my prayer for him – can play a certain part in his purification”

Pope Benedict XVI “Spe Salvi” 

all souls …

I wonder (figuratively speaking of course) which attitude, Justin’s and Julie’s, or Benedicts’s and Marcus Aurelius’s, has a better outcome? Which evolves into a better, more positive, more loving society, a culture of positive rather than negative lenses. 

Cheers

Joe

Tell one person that you love him or her. Forgive the person who insults and ridicules you. All of them.

They are all souls.

 

 

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Meanwhile, On Other Fronts …

Meanwhile, on other fronts …

001-a-bellcay-bahamas-national-parkI hear that  Justin Trudeau and family had a wonderful Christmas/NewYears vacation in company with the Aga Khan at his private island in the Bahamas.

Time to have a coffee and ponder why a posh vacation at the Aga Kahn’s private island, Bellcay,  following Justin’s  “granting” of millions to the Aga Khan Foundation qualifies Justin as an appropriate representative for the “middle class” and “small business” in Canada.

Prince Karim Aga Khan IV is the hereditary spiritual leader and absolute ruler of the world’s 15 (some estimates place the number at 25) million Shia Ismaili Muslims and also happens to be a multimillionaire philanthropist. and his foundation seems to do a lot of good stuff  in hard hit parts of the world. For a lot more information please visit the blog site Ismailimail

These folks are some of the good guys by any measure, regardless of their faith, or perhaps its really because of their faith.  Nizari teachings emphasize human reasoning (Ijtihad, the individual use of one’s reason when using both the Quran and Hadith as resources), pluralism (the acceptance of racial, ethnic, cultural and intra-religious differences) and social justice. Ismailis are often referred to as the Muslim diplomatic and business elite. They started out as traders but now work in banking and real estate and are steadily permeating the law, engineering and medical professions. [2]

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Justin and his wife having a photo op at Mr. Kahn’s summer cottage in 2015

The federal government under Justin Trudeau has contributed millions of taxpayer dollars to the Aga Khan Foundation to help fund its international development projects. Were they better spent in east Asia and Africa than here in Canada? Who knows.

Maybe Prince Shah Karim Al Hussaini, Aga Khan IV is trying to teach Justin how be a better leader, how to build up a loyal base of millions of followers so Justin can also become a multimillionaire philanthropist, doing real good in the world?

The Aga Khan’s family have been fully engaged in the real world since at least 1818. They appear to be a hugely successful family in business, as philanthropists  and also in the spiritual dimension, putting into practice the concept of “giving back”.

Justin, on the other hand, as a party leader in the House of Commons, earned a salary of $224,000 in 2015  (an MP’s base salary is $167,400, while a party leader makes an additional $56,800), according to a 2015 list of Parliamentary indemnities, salaries and allowances,  and his net worth is reported to be between 1 and 2 million dollars.

As prime minister, Justin is entitled to $334,800 for this year, not including a $2,000 car allowance. and his speaking fees garnered him more than $450,000 in his highest-earning year. While this is certainly NOT chump change, it also doesn’t begin to compare to the wealth influence  and accomplishments of the Aga Khan and the millions of Shia Ismaili Muslims around the world.  Justin just doesn’t seem to shine as brightly. In the world of the big fish Justin is a minnow and where does that analogy leave the rest of us.

I also wonder if Justin’s values are also acceptable Muslim values? I would bet not.  Justin Trudeau said in a statement issued Dec. 13 on the occasion of the Aga Khan’s 80th birthday. “I am proud to call His Highness both a mentor and friend. He has shown time and time again that no matter our faith, where we were born, what colour is our skin, or what language we speak, we are equal members of this world.

001-a-justin-trudeau-in-a-kiffeya1478026125322That may be true, under certain circumstances (like “if you paid your Jizya”) and maybe if you are a multimillionaire, perhaps.

But, if one is the Imam and Supreme Ruler of 25 million Muslims, and one is no doubt aware of the concept of  al-Taqiyya,  is there any way WE can be sure that Justin understands the possibilities or even that we have any reason to trust that he knows what he is saying and doing.

Do we believe that Justin understands that all the residents of Dar al-Harb, the  “Realm of the Heathens” are most definitely NOT “equal members of this world” as Justin so naively puts it … he seems in this statement to be out of touch with reality.

Even his language in this statement smacks of school yard charm, ignorance and an utter lack of any real understanding of Islam’s 1400 year old war against Dar al-Harb.

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Fidel, Margaret, and Pierre in better days…

Notwithstanding all of the above, His Highness and recently deceased Cuban Dictator Fidel Castro are and were long time close friends of the Trudeau family. In fact, His Highness and Mr. Castro were pall bearers at Justin’s daddy’s (Mr. Pierre Trudeau’s) funeral.

Let’s also remember that it was under Pierre Trudeau and Paul Martin and Jean Chretien, that the Canadian Government came out of the closet and fully endorsed homosexuality and abortion programs as rights and health care programs. “The state has no place in the bedrooms of the nation” right, Pierre?

Are these the sort of “values” that any righteous Muslim or Imam (or any righteous Christian) would embrace?

001-a-the-state-has-no-placeIt’s a pretty safe bet that Liberals in general and Justin in particular would definitely fall under the heading of “Unbeliever” in the eyes of any Muslim, but especially a Muslim Imam. So the “Unbeliever” makes a “Christmas” vacation visit to the private island of the absolute ruler of one of the larger divisions of Islam. Cognitive Dissonance Anyone?

Anyway, Justin’s most recent visit from the Aga Khan was in May 2016. The most recent grant from the Federal Government to the Foundation was a five-year, $55-million project to improve health services in Afghanistan that was announced in December 2015 under the Trudeau government.

In fact, The Prince Karim Aga Khan IV’s  Foundation has been a significant recipient of Canadian foreign aid (taxpayer’s dollars, eh?), receiving $310 million for 16 projects since 2004.  that’s about 26 million a year on average. Let’s see … $310 million as Jizya … Hmmm …. are Canadians “Dhimmi”?  Not yet, obviously, and is it even possible for a government to pay the taxes for their population? And would this be even close to a reasonable tax rate, being way less than the federal income tax rate. Silly idea, right?

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with the Aga Khan on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, May 17, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with the Aga Khan on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, May 17, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

In May 2015 Justin had a visit from the Aga.Kahn.   Hmmm … May 2015 visit – December 2015 –  55 million dollars of taxpayer money for the Aga Kahn.  May 2016 visit – still looking and digging but I am optimistic that some sort of monetary transaction to some “independent” organization will pop up.  And this is all part of Canada’s foreign aide and development budget, right? Meanwhile, the Federal Government is cutting health care spending to the provinces, perhaps to put pressure on them about joining the Liberal Global Warming program?

The Ottawa-based Aga Khan Foundation, which supports development projects in Africa and Asia, has received tens of millions of dollars from the federal government.  The foundation is a registered government lobbyist and the Canadian Government also provided $30 million of taxpayer’s money for the group’s headquarters in Ottawa. There is nothing out of the ordinary in this, just business as usual in Ottawa.

justin-trudeau11So, now we have a wonderful scene to envision.  Justin was accused in the media of running a Pay-To-Play scheme for folks with a little spare change to buy some face time and present their needs and ideas.  So how much did the Aga Khan pay for his visit, or is he just an old family friend who can drop in anytime and ask for a grant?

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Boy Justin and some of his chums. From left to right; Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis Dr. Timothy Harris, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis Mark Brantley. (St Kitts and Nevis Observer)

The PMO was initially extremely secretive about the whereabouts of Justin, until the National Post broke the story and then and only then did  the the PMO confirm that Trudeau, his family and a few friends and employees were invited to join the Aga Khan on Bell Island for the holidays. “As you are aware, his Highness and the Prime Minister have been close family friends for many years,” a statement sent to media said, while noting Trudeau would repay the cost of flights to and from Nassau for himself and his family.

However, The flight manifest for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s “Christmas”  vacation to the Caribbean, released to the Conservatives through an access to information request, was redacted to leave off the names of family members and a nanny who traveled on the government-owned Challenger jet.  What’s to hide if everything is on the up-n-up?

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Prince Shah Karim Al Hussaini, Aga Khan IV, is the grandson and was the heir of Mowlana Imam Sultan Mohammed Shah. As the direct descendant and inheritor of the Aga Khan III can we assume that Aga Khan IV believes as his grandfather did?

But let’s get back to Justin’s friend and mentor, the Aga Khan. Prince Shah Karim Al Hussaini, Aga Khan IV, KBE, CC (Persian: شاه کریم حسینی، آقاخان چهارم‎‎; Aga Khan is also transliterated as Aqa Khan and Agha Khan;[1] born 13 December 1936) is the 49th and current Imam of Nizari Ismailism, a denomination of Isma’ilism within Shia Islam consisting of an estimated 25 million adherents (about 20% of the world’s Shia Muslim population).[2][3][4][5]

The Aga Khan is a British[6] business magnate,[2][7][8][9] racehorse owner and breeder.[7][10] He has held this position of Imam, under the title of Aga Khan IV, since 11 July 1957,[11] when, at the age of 20, he succeeded his grandfather, Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah Aga Khan III

Now, the very private and secretive Prince Karim Aga Khan IV is on record as saying:

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it is my deep conviction that a singular step should be taken, a magnificent relationship developed on which so much could be built if the West will cease to look at the Islamic architectural heritage simply as a matter of scholastic interest and admiration. On the contrary, give to it recognition of a different dimension, a dimension of the future. Enhance it, enrich it and enliven it, put at its disposal your talents, your knowledge and your creativity.

I do not wish to imply that the West is solely responsible for what is happening to Islamic environments. I am saying that you could do much more, as you are already doing for your own architectural heritage, to help revive the culture of Islam. Creativity knows no frontiers: it is not of the East nor the West, of the North nor the South, but it sometimes needs awakening, to be set alight, to be shown a purpose. I believe such a time is now.”

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A Koran manuscript is displayed at the University of Birmingham on July 24, 2015 in Birmingham, England. The two leaves of parchment have recently been carbon dated at a laboratory at the University of Oxford and are thought to date back to the early seventh century, close to the time of the Prophet Muhammed.

So Prince Shah Karim Al Hussaini, Aga Khan IV, as well as being the Imam of 20 million Muslims (? some sources say as many as 25 million which is almost as many as there are Canadians, eh?) , is also “a close family friend” of Boy Justin. I suppose that friendship would include more than a little back-scratching in “reviving the culture of Islam“.

The Aga Khan IV is that person who believes “… there is no one greater than MYSELF. If you think of God, then it is MYSELF. If you think of Pir, Then too it is ME. If you think about Imam, then too it is ME. And your beloved Master is also ME. There is no one except MYSELF“. I can’t see how a faithful Muslim of any status including an Imam could see themselves as God. I just don’t buy it.

But I  (who am not Muslim but rather a Christian) look around the world at all the trouble spots and wars, and violence, and in almost every single instance these “hot spots” and “conflicts” involve Islam. Curious thing that.

Again, I wonder if Pierre, or Justin ever encountered the concept of  al-Taqiyya: deception; the Islamic word for concealing or disguising one’s beliefs, convictions, ideas, feelings, opinions, and/or strategies. 

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New Islamic State

True, the Sunnis (ISIS or ISIL) are in a bitter war of extermination against the Shia Muslims.  It was in another time — more than 1,300 years ago — in a land known as the Islamic State that, after the death of the Prophet Muhammad, a succession crisis divided Muslims; and the widening schism continues to play out today as ISIS or ISIL carves its bloody notion of a new Islamic State on the same soil these feuds were first fought, lashing out at targets both within the Muslim world and in the West. Again, we see clearly that these folks are serious about their beliefs. The seem quite willing to die for them or because of them.

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Iraqi Shiite fighters from a Popular Mobilization militia fire their weapons as they advance near the town of Tall Abtah, south of Tall Afar, on Nov. 30, 2016. (Ahmad Al-Rubaye / AFP/Getty Images)

Succession can be a tough adjustment for any group, but is especially emotional when a departing leader of a nascent religion is particularly strong, effective or loved.

A dispute over how to replace Muhammad as the leader of the Muslim world after his death in 632 — and increasingly after the deaths of subsequent leaders — led to competing iterations of the Islamic faith, diverting followers into two major branches — the Sunni and the Shia. and they have been fighting this bitter war of succession for 1300 years.

While doctrinal distinctions created the schism, evolving geopolitical notions make it an important matter for world attention.  The split began in the early history of Islam, but is now continued in the bitter war in the Middle East.

Does Justin want to bring that war here? Rhetorical question to be sure but that is the reality which Justin and his father before him have been playing with for two generations.  Here’s just a little bit of “History” for folks who might think the world was created by dad … (Justin?).

The most significant return to history for the Ismailis was in the mid-nineteenth century. The Khojas, a Muslim sect of mainly traders around Bombay, had refused in 1827 to make their customary payments to the head of their sect, Hasan Ali Shah, the son of the Persian Shah, Fath-Ali Shah Qajar.

The Shah had appointed Hasan Ali as governor of Mahallat and Qom in 1818, giving him the title of Aga Khan. The Aga Khan dispatched emissaries to Bombay and most secessionists relented. This post is worth a read – yes it is long – but it presents very necessary background to the current “friend and mentor” of our prime minister.

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Having led an unsuccessful revolt against the Shah and then offered some help to the British in the closing stages of the First Anglo-Afghan War (1841-2), the Aga Khan went to Bombay and set himself up as the effective head of the Khoja community.

In April 1866, a group of secessionists filed suit in the High Court of Bombay asking that the Aga Khan have an injunction levied against him to stop him “interfering in the management of the trust property and affairs of the Khoja community.”

Judgment was rendered in November 1866: the Khojas were Ismailis, who had been converted four-hundred years previously by a Persian missionary, and were “still bound by ties of spiritual allegiance to the hereditary Imams of the Ismailis,” descended from the Lords of Alamut, the Fatimid Caliphs, and ultimately the Prophet Muhammad.

This led to the discovery of other Ismaili populations in southern Arabia, Russia, and Afghanistan.”

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So, what significance is there for Canadians that their Prime Minister is using Canadian Taxpayer’s dollars to fund and support the works of the leader of the 25 million strong Nizari Ismailis branch of the Islamic Caliphate, the Dar al-Islam, who have been at war for 1400 non-stop years with Dar al-Harb the  “Realm of the Heathens”  (that would be us I would guess)?

What is right or wrong with being a Muslim believer? What is right or wrong with being a Christian believer? What is right or wrong with being a Secular Humanist Progressive?  I suppose one might posit that: Only a believer can truly understand or appreciate another believer, and that my experience of Muslims is that they take their faith much more seriously than much of the nominally “Christian” West. I find much to admire about Nizari Ismailism,  less so regarding Justin and the Liberals, and also things I question about both.  But God is God and he wants only the good for us, so I will pray on it.

Cheers

Joe

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