Monday, October 29, 2018

Bilquees Press Catalog

Recently, I have updated my books in a variety of ways -- including formatting changes as well as, in some cases, the introduction of new material. You can find out more about the aforementioned changes by either going to the: Bilquees Press Catalog page or by downloading a free copy of the catalog software (right-click on the previous link) that contains information about 39 books and one DVD (The catalog software will only work with Windows, Parallels, Fusion, and Boot Camp enabled computers).

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Framing 9/11, 3rd Edition









One of the readers of the first edition of this book considered it to be the best work that has been written on the subject of 9/11. The 3rd edition seeks to make a very good book even better. Framing 9/11, 3rd Edition contains all of the material that was present in the first two editions. This includes critical discussions on: The collapse of Building 7; the no-planes issue; controlled demolition; the work of Dr. Judy Wood; commentary on the views of Bill Maher and Matt Taibi concerning 9/11; Conspiracy and other 'C' words, as well as a series of 'Did You Know?' features. The current, updated edition of Framing 9/11 involves more than 150 pages of new material, and much of this is contained in chapter of this book entitled: ‘Unscientific America: 9/11, Sam Harris, and Noam Chomsky’. The penultimate chapter of this book also contains new material. It consists of an overview of, and introduction to, the work of Rebekah Roth which is given expression in her Methodical trilogy as well as through a variety of interviews. The final chapter of the 3rd Edition gives expression to an exploration of ‘The 9/11 Delusion and Its Consequences.” This discussion will critically examine the etiology of our current dilemma and provide an outline concerning how the very first step taken toward the pathology in which we are mired today began when Americans (both leaders and ordinary citizens) ceded their moral and intellectual agency to something other than the truth and, in the process became vulnerable to the 9/11 delusion. By becoming entangled in that delusion, all too many people were prepared to commit crimes against peace (i.e., unprovoked aggression against other people and nations) which, in turn, led to war crimes and crimes against humanity. However, our nightmare began when people (both leaders and ordinary citizens) denied themselves and others the opportunity (a) to establish the truth about, among other things, 9/11 and (b) to use that truth to work to create conditions that are conducive to the realization of “inalienable sovereignty” for everyone.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

A Sufi' Way of Gifting Books to Libraries Through Patreon.com

If you would  like to learn how to have access to a software package that contains 40 books(exploring all manner of subjects ranging from: The Sufi path, Islam, shari'ah, religion, and spiritual abuse, to: Science, evolution, psychology, cosmology, quantum physics, philosophy, political science, constitutional law, education, and 9/11), 39 pieces of floetry, 10 episodes of the Sufi Study Circle Podcast, and five videos (including an hour talk on revivalism and an half hour talk entitled: 'An Appeal to Christians, Jews and Muslims'), please read the following material.

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The Sufi path is a (not the) way of seeking truths concerning the nature of one's relationship with Being. I have had two spiritual guides in my life -- one was authentic and one was a charlatan, and both individuals had something to teach me about myself, life and the nature of my relationship with Being.

Struggling to establish the truth is of fundamental importance to any mystical pursuit. However, without character, the search for truth tends to become very dysfunctional, and, therefore, those who have aspirations concerning the mystical path (whether Sufi or otherwise) come to understand the importance of seeking to acquire qualities of: Honesty, fairness, patience, tolerance, nobility, courage, humility, gratitude, generosity, perseverance, self-sacrifice, equanimity, forgiveness, friendship, love, and compassion.

The following are a few truths concerning my life. To what extent those truths helped me to develop and realize any of the foregoing traits of character is a more difficult issue to  assess.

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I am 73 years old … hoping to become 74 in September.

I was born in Colorado but grew up in various parts of Maine. The year  (1962) that I graduated from high school in north-central Maine there were 44 students in my school, 11 of whom were in my class.

After high school, I went to Harvard College. I've often thought that, perhaps, individuals at the Harvard medical school might have wanted me for experimental purposes, but a mistake was made, and a letter of acceptance emerged from the wrong department.

I began university with a pre-theological major. However, before finishing university, I transitioned through a number of majors including: Physical science, philosophy, and, finally, social relations (an interdisciplinary curriculum involving sociology, anthropology, and psychology) before graduating with honors.

Within 6 months following graduation, I went to Canada to protest the Vietnam War. While in Canada, I was initiated into a Sufi mystical order and, in the process, became a Muslim.

Shortly after stepping onto the Sufi path, I entered a doctoral program in education at the University of Toronto. Due to a variety of issues, 17 years passed before I was able to obtain my degree.

To make a very long story mercifully much shorter, my graduation only became possible after I fired my original thesis committee and went about cobbling together my own oral examination committee. Following their examination of me, that committee (which consisted of several physicists, a linguist, two specialists in the philosophy of science, as well as several other individuals) voted to accept (by a tally of 7-0) my dissertation on hermeneutical field theory .

Several years before I obtained my doctorate, my spiritual guide passed away. Feeling the need for further guidance, I went in search of another teacher, and, several years later, found someone.

Initially, the new teacher seemed ideal. However, it took me 11 years to discover that he was a charlatan.

Despite the difficulties entailed by those 11 years, I learned a great deal about myself, other people, the Sufi path, and life. In many respects, those 11 years helped to constructively (if rather painfully) complement what I had learned from my first spiritual teacher (someone whom I consider to have been quite authentic).

During the foregoing period of time, I moved from Toronto to Ottawa and, then, to New York, New Jersey, and, finally, back to Maine. For the final 4 or 5 years of that 11-year time frame, I was -- with the exception of a few odd jobs here and there -- both unemployed and couch-surfing (in fact, for more than a year, I slept on the floor of an office managed by a friend of mine, and the logistics of removing myself from the office before workers arrived for the day was always a challenge).

Six months, or so, after arriving back in Maine, I went to work for my brother in his insurance firm. When my brother sold his business a year, or so, later, the new owner decided not to keep me on and, as a result, I went through several more years of unemployment and semi-homelessness (my age, education, "checkered" past, lack of a vehicle, and living in an economically depressed area all served as obstacles to obtaining gainful employment).

I finally got a position as an adjunct professor of psychology in a local university. This lasted for about six years before the opportunities associated with that position began to dissipate.

I resigned and began to devote my time to writing full time. Although I had written and published several books prior to moving to Maine, my career as a writer didn't really begin to blossom (in terms of production but not in terms of financial success) until after I resigned from my day job and retired at age 63.

To date, I have written 39 books (mostly non-fiction), 39 pieces of floetry (poetry set to music), as well as produced a DVD. While over the last 10-12 years, I have managed to sell 3,000, or so books, in some 20 countries, making money as a writer of books is fairly difficult to accomplish (especially since, for the most part, I do not engage in advertising), and, consequently, if my motivation for writing was financial, I would have stopped generating books a long time ago.

My written works explore an array of topics. These range from: Quantum physics to: Cosmology, psychology, political science, constitutional law, religion, evolution, mysticism, spiritual abuse, 9/11 (no conspiracies are advanced but plenty of questions are asked), shari'ah (I think about this in a manner that is very different than many, if not most Muslims, do), terrorism, mythology, economics, philosophy, and education.

Last year I died … several times. Not only were the percentages running fairly high against my surviving the ordeal, but even if I did survive, only a small number of people who experienced what I did actually escape suffering neurological deficits, of one kind or another, as a result of such problems.

After being put in a medically induced coma for several days, I was brought back to consciousness and went through a couple more days of medication-psychosis (i.e., this condition was caused by the drugs that I had been given to help keep me alive). During this phase of things, I was operating under the delusion that the medical staff was going to kidnap me, ship me overseas, and, then, have my body parts harvested to be sold on the black market.

Naturally, given the foregoing circumstances -- or what I thought those circumstances to be -- the idea of escaping from the hospital seemed like a rational thing to do. Despite having been tethered to the hospital bed by a series of restraints to help manage my medical situation, I somehow managed to pull free from the system of restraints and, subsequently, began to pull out many -- but not all -- of the tubes that were running in and out of me.

Blood started flowing in every direction. Fortunately, the nursing staff was able to stop me from doing any real damage to myself while they wrestled me back under control.

A day later, the medication-psychosis passed. My sensibilities returned, and I began to work toward recovery.

Last summer (some seven months after dying), my wife and I took to a trip to the Boston/Cambridge area. One of the purposes of this trip was to make some inquiries at Harvard to determine whether the University might be interested in receiving some of my books as a gift.

I left a 5-volume set of books with the staff at Widener Library along with a covering letter. In that communique, I indicated that I would like to gift to Harvard the set of books that I had left at Widener Library during my visit. In addition, I indicated in the letter that I was probably one of the most prolific, diverse, innovative, and, for a variety of reasons, unknown Muslim/Sufi writers in North America, and, if the people at Widener were interested, I would be quite willing to donate whatever other books of mine in which they might be interested.

Less than a week later, I received a letter from a librarian at Harvard indicating that Widener would be quite happy to accept whatever additional books I would like to send. So, I sent him the rest of my body of work -- including several CDs of floetry and a DVD (An Appeal to Christians, Muslims, and Jews) that I had made.

The foregoing series of events eventually gave birth to the idea of wanting to do the same sort of thing for a variety of other libraries … a sort of Johnny Appleseed project with books taking the place of apple seeds. However, although I paid for the books that I sent to Harvard, I really don't have the financial wherewithal to repeat the process in conjunction with other libraries since supplying such material costs approximately $900.00 for all 40 books (as well as CDs and DVDs) plus the added costs required for packing and shipping those books, and this is one of the reasons why I have signed up with Patreon.

I believe the perspective that is given expression through the foregoing works is fairly unique and has something constructive to offer to civil discourse. To reduce that message down to its bare minimum, I am committed to exploring how the idea of inalienable sovereignty is at the heart of both western and Islamic approaches for trying to understand, as well as bring to fruition, the constructive potential that is inherent in the relationship among human beings, society, and reality.

I do not profess to have all of the answers or even any of the answers. Nonetheless, I feel that my work might serve as a useful resource for anyone to consult and critically push against in his, her, or their own search for the truth concerning the nature of that individual's relationship with Being.

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To gain access to the foregoing Bridge software package, go to:

Patreon

and pledge your support, and you will be provided with a link that gives you access to the aforementioned package. By participating in the patreon program, you also will be helping to provide libraries with learning materials that will enhance their current holdings.


Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Unscientific America: 9/11, Harris and Chomsky - New Book

This book serves as a concise and incisive introduction into various aspects of the 9/11 issue and does so in a unique fashion. Among other things, it gives expression to an overview of the transformation that took place in the understanding of Peter Michael Ketchum, a former employee of NIST, with respect to the issue of 9/11, and the book also pursues a fairly extensive round of critical reflection in relation to the rather disturbing views of Sam Harris and Noam Chomsky on matters pertaining to 9/11. More specifically, despite the fact that both Dr. Harris and Professor Chomsky are considered -- at least by some people -- to be scientists, nonetheless, rather surprisingly -- if not shockingly -- in the matter of 9/11, neither of the foregoing two gentlemen seems to exhibit the basic qualities one might expect from a scientist -- namely, curiosity, rigor, insight, methodology, attention to detail, concern for the quality of evidence, logical analysis, or the capacity to ask probing questions, but, instead, they appear to be preoccupied with manufactured conspiracies of one kind or another. This book -- Unscientific America: 9/11, Harris, and Chomsky -- will present a substantial amount of evidence to demonstrate that in the matter of 9/11, neither Dr. Harris nor Professor Chomsky appears to know all that much about the actual facts of 9/11. Yet, such a lack of knowledge has not prevented either of those two individuals from making all manner of allegations concerning the events of that tragic day that seem to be unsubstantiated. In the matter of 9/11, both Dr. Harris and Professor Chomsky behave in a way that suggests that they -- each in his own inimitable style -- appear to have become deeply entangled in a process of willful blindness in which they could have known relevant facts concerning 9/11 and should have known those facts but, instead, seem to have taken active steps to ignore such information and, as a result, bear a certain amount of responsibility for the ensuing tragedies that might have been prevented, or lessened to some degree, if Dr. Harris and Professor Chomsky had been less cavalier in their mishandling of the actual evidence of 9/11 and, in the process, appear to have misled millions of other individuals concerning the facts of that occasion.


Sunday, June 17, 2018

Unscientific America, 9/11, Sam Harris, and Noam Chomsky

If you would like a free, nearly 90 page  PDF entitled "Unscientific America, 9/11, Sam Harris, and Noam Chomsky" then, please go to one of the web pages listed below.  The aforementioned extended essay is unique since no one else -- at least to the best of my knowledge (which might be limited) -- has explored the topics to which the essay gives expression in quite the manner that the foregoing article does. Such an airing of issues is long-overdue, and while any time might have been an appropriate occasion for such intellectually irresponsible behavior with respect to 9/11 to be clearly identified for what it is, I took the time for reflection that the month of Ramadan offers to think about, among other more uplifting subjects, the nature of the actions of Sam Harris and Noam Chomsky in conjunction with 9/11.

When you click on any of the following links, just scroll down the Home page of the selected page until you reach the area just above the update notice for the web page. In the center of that area of the web page, you should see the announcement for the 'Unscientific America, 9/11, Sam Harris, and Noam Chomsky" PDF, and just below that announcement is a link for downloading the accompanying essay. Just right click on the link and select from among the options with which you are presented.

Unscientific America, 9/11, Sam Harris, and Noam Chomsky - 1

Unscientific America, 9/11, Sam Harris, and Noam Chomsky - 2

Unscientific America, 9/11, Sam Harris, and Noam Chomsky - 3

If you should choose to visit the foregoing pages, you might also be interested in downloading the other free PDFs that are available through any of the foregoing web sites. More specifically, in addition to the essay on "Unscientific America, 9/11, Sam Harris, and Noam Chomsky," you also can obtain an article that explores the principles of sovereignty, as well an essay that critically reflects on several landmark legal trials concerning the issue of evolution. All three of the foregoing essays break substantial new conceptual grounds on a number of topics.



Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Paradigm Shift: Overturning The Theory of Evolution



634 pages of critical reflection that pose a substantial challenge to the idea that the origins of all species are a function of neo-Darwinian processes. Evolution Unredacted provides the basis for a paradigm shift in relation to the theory of evolution.  

What do you know about evolutionary theory? Or, maybe there are two questions here: (1) What do you think you know; (2) What do you actually know?

Quite irrespective of whether individuals believe in evolution or they are opposed to it, most people probably would have to acknowledge that they know almost nothing at all about the actual nuts and bolts of the technical issues at the heart of evolutionary theory. Their beliefs concerning this matter -- whatever the character of those beliefs might be -- is, for the most part, likely to be framed by, and filtered through, two themes: (a) a largely unexamined acceptance of the opinion of others; (b) the extent to which evolutionary theory makes carrying on with the rest of their philosophical or religious perspective either easier or more difficult to continue to do.

Seeking the truth should neither be a function of blindly following the beliefs of other individuals, nor should that process be a function of what one finds easy or difficult to do, Therefore, irrespective of what your conceptual orientation concerning evolution might be, this book was written to challenge readers to critically reflect on various problems so that individuals might be able to work their way toward gaining greater insight into a variety of issues that swirl about the topic of evolution.

Finally, Evolution Unredacted offers a critical analysis of several landmark legal decisions involving the dispute between proponents of evolution and advocates for creationism -- namely, McLean v. Arkansas Board of Education and Kitzmiller, et al v. Dover Area School District, et al. More specifically, the final chapter of Evolution Unredacted engages the evolution v. creationism debate through the filters of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment and Article IV, Section 4 of the Constitution.

The results of the foregoing analysis are likely to surprise you. Moreover, those results tend to entail a vareity of implications for the process of education.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Number one selilng item for newly released Sufi books in Kindle - March 18, 2018





This book explores the significance of a saying of the Prophet Muhammad -- namely, "Die before you die" -- from the perspective of an individual who has been journeying along a path of discovery for more than 50 years. The contents of this book might be one of the most unique, intriguing, and challenging accounts of Islam and the Sufi path that has been published in North America.
Just a little over a year ago, the author of this book died -- several times -- in the emergency room of a local hospital. This book starts with an account of how he survived those events and, then, expands outward to talk about an array of experiences (including spiritual abuse) that has shaped his understanding of Islam, the Sufi path, life, and himself.
In addition, the book critically reflects on a series of issues that have relevance in today's world. These ideas range from: Sam Harris, to topics such as: Education, religion, mysticism, science, and shari'ah.
While each of the book’s four sections has something to offer readers with respect to assisting a person to work toward developing a deeper understanding of Islam and its mystical dimension (as well as a number of other topics), the book's section on shari'ah might prove to be the most illuminating and thought-provoking facet of the book. More specifically, Dr. Whitehouse introduces readers to a way of engaging the topic of shari’ah that is quite different from what is normally thought of in conjunction with that term and, if God wishes, could serve as a way of helping to bring Muslims and non-Muslims closer together in a variety of constructive and harmonious ways.


Dr. Whitehouse received an honors degree in Social Relations from Harvard University. In addition, he earned a doctorate in Educational Theory from the University of Toronto. 
For nearly a decade, Dr. Whitehouse taught at several colleges and universities in both the United States and Canada. The courses he offered focused on various facets of psychology, philosophy, criminal justice, and diversity.
He had the great, good fortune to work closely with his shaykh over a period of 16 years on a number of projects. Among other things, Dr. Whitehouse's spiritual guide asked him to lead the weekly, informal discussion group for the Sufi Study Circle ... a responsibility that Dr. Whitehouse observed for nearly two decades.

Dr. Whitehouse has written more than 37 books. Some of the topics covered in those works include: Evolution, quantum physics, cosmology, psychology, neurobiology, philosophy, political science, history, education, and constitutional law.