Setting the Record Straight:
Exposing Johnny Bravo’s Distortion of the Facts

Sam Shamoun

Johnny Bravo, a.k.a. Usman Sheikh, has published part of his "response" to my counter-arguments on the reliability and canonization of the Bible and the Quran on the new blog of the Bismikaallahuma website (*)[1]

In this particular reply, Bravo seeks to expose Answering Islam for being hypocrites and liars, specifically in relation to my taking issue with his use of liberal and critical sources against the Bible.

For instance, Bravo writes:

We will get to Dashti in a while, but first let’s deal with Schacht. Somehow, Shamoun "forgot" to mention the fact that his website was already making extensive use of Schacht, against Islam, long before we decided to make use of him in our paper. Readers can view the article here:

Also consider the use of Schacht by the missionary polemicist Gilchrist, whose material is available here:

This means that Answering Islam used Schacht long before us. Logically, we were following their methodology by using Schacht against Christianity. So how on earth can the missionary possibly object to our use of Schacht when we are only following his website’ methodology? Unfortunately, Shamoun has never explained to the readers why it is acceptable for his website and friends to make use of Schacht to attack Islam but not acceptable for us to use him against Christianity, even though we use Schacht after his website has made use of him. It gets worse. We did not in fact cite Schacht even though we are fully justified to do so for the aforementioned reasons. The missionary is referring to a citation we used against the New Testament derived from the Encyclopedia of Islam. Do note, however, that Schacht is simply the editor of the Encyclopedia of Islam and not the author of the cited article.

Regarding my alleged complaint about his quoting Nietzsche, Bravo writes:

Shamoun objects that we should not quote Nietzsche against the Bible because he was an atheist. Once again, he "forgot" to note that the founder of his website, Mr Jochen Katz, was already defending the use of an atheist writer to attack Islam almost 6 years ago. While defending his use of atheist polemicist Ali Dashti, Katz wrote:

Obviously, his expertise on the Old Testament is somewhat lacking. That doesn't mean his knowledge of the Qur'an and Islamic history is similarly shallow. I never recommended his book for learning about the Bible.

Do note the date of his above comments: 1999/07/02 Thus our use of Nietzsche occurred long AFTER Answering-Islam had already made extensive use of atheist Dashti to attack Islam. Katz had to make the above comments when he was confronted with the following comments against the Bible made by Dashti:

On the same blog, Bravo responds to a reader:

Note, they do not state that Muslims should quote athiests [sic], Jews and others hostile towards Christianity and Islam, only when it comes to such and such topics/issues. They demand that we should not quote them on any matter. This is where the problem arises since they do not practise what they preach.

For example, we are told not to quote Nietzshe because he was an athiest [sic]. No problem, but you see AI already made use of an athiest [sic] years before we cited Nietzshe [sic]. We are told not to quote a Jew against Paul because Jews are also hostile towards Islam and reject Jesus (P). No problem, but again you see AI made extensive use of the writings of a Jewish polemicist to attack Islam years ago. Now to Goldziher, missionaries besides AI cite him in their polemical tracts frequently without second thoughts and accept his arguments at face value. Yet as we have shown, Goldziher was extremely hostile towards Christianity. Cetrainly [sic], he had far more respect, honour and positive view of Islam. The problem is that the missionaries cite him, no matter on what issue, and this alone exposes their hypocrisy and doublestandards [sic] even if they quote Goldiher [sic] saying "I love Islam its soo cool."

In the first place, Bravo erroneously thinks that by posting the date of when some of our comments and articles citing liberal and critical scholarship appeared, he is therefore justified in his use of the same. Bravo thinks that since our use of liberal sources preceded his papers and responses, he is right in thinking that we are hypocrites and liars, especially for complaining against him for using our own methods against us.

We will now show our readers how this argument actually backfires against Bravo and proves our constant complaint that he isn’t capable of writing a cogent and logical reply to us. Bravo really doesn’t have what it takes to be a Muslim Apologist and writer. His arguments only do more damage to himself, his prophet and his god.

Bravo’s argument here ignores a very important fact. Long before Bravo ever appeared on the scene, Christians were forced to address and expose the hypocritical use of critical scholarship by so-called Muslim scholars and apologists against the Bible.

Note for instance the date when our initial series of responses to Bravo were posted:

March 4, 2002
The start of our "First Islamic Awareness Week", during which we will daily add to our site one or two new articles in response to the polemics produced by Islamic Awareness:

March 4:   Did Waraqa Ibn Nawfal Teach The Prophet?
The Ten Wise Jews and the Fallacy of Distraction
March 5: Pseudo-Callisthenes, Dhul-Qarnayn & Alexander The Great
together with the necessary source material from the book by Budge (*, *)
March 6:   Were Burnt Bricks Used In Ancient Egypt In The Time of Moses?
Qur'ânic Accuracy Vs. Biblical Error: The Kings & Pharaohs Of Egypt
March 7: What About Salmân - The Persian?
Comments On Geiger & Tisdall's Books On The 'Sources' Of The Qur'ân
March 8:Rebuttal to Johnny Bravo's "Christian Scholars refuting the status of the NT as an inspired scripture":
[Part 1], [Part 2], [Part 3]


Now compare this with the following date of the publication of our article that dealt with a Muslim’s appeal to liberal and critical scholarship to undermine the Bible:

April 13, 2000
For the occasion of today's debate between Shabir Ally and Sam Shamoun, here is a major update in the section of responses to Shabir Ally: Reflections on Shabir Ally's debate tactics, including his Misuse of Bruce M. Metzger's Writings, a response to his analysis of the debate between Ally and Storkey, rebuttals to various of his online articles regarding Qur'an and Science (*, *, *), other claims for the Qur'an (*, *), and his newest attacks on the deity of Jesus Christ (*, *, *, *), and the Bible.


One of the articles posted that day included my examination of Shabir Ally’s pamphlet where he suggests that Muslims purchase the New American Bible and use it in their Da’wah to Christians (*).

Shortly after posting our responses to Bravo, the following rebuttals to Dr. Jamal Badawi also appeared:

May 13, 2002
Andy Bannister's series The Quest for the Lost Jesus continues with Part 3: The Coming of the Kingdom. Sam Shamoun exposes Jamal Badawi's Misinformation and Misquotations - Part 4 and his Answers to 12 Anti-Trinitarian Arguments is now connected to the MENJ Rebuttals section, after he was identified as the original source of the Muslim article. The Arabic subsite was extended with the translation of Section 2.3 of John Gilchrist's Jam' al-Qur'an. An article about The Tractate of John of Damascus on Islam gives some background on early Muslim-Christian encounter. Furthermore, Is The Qur'an Translatable? Early Muslim Opinion. And the RECALL NOTICE is an addition to the Religious Humor section.


In part 4 of my series, I dealt with the methods and sources which Badawi often uses in debates and dialogues with Christians. In fact, here are some relevant quotes from my responses to Badawi and Shabir:

Badawi is fond of appealing to either Christian or Jewish scholars who are liberal in their views regarding the origins of the Holy Bible. Badawi thinks that by appealing to such scholars he can undermine the authority, integrity and accuracy of the Holy Scriptures…

A word of caution here. Assumptions are not necessarily wrong, since everyone has a set of assumptions that they begin with. Yet when the evidence clearly refutes or does not support a person's assumptions that person must be willing to discard his/her presuppositions and let the evidence determine one's position. Clearly, neither Fenton nor Badawi have allowed the evidence to speak for itself, but have allowed their own prejudices to affect their reading of the Holy Bible.

In light of the preceding points, we will now apply Fenton's methodology against the Quran. This will be done to see whether the Quran will be able pass the very same criteria used by the liberals in analyzing the Holy Bible and seemingly accepted by Badawi as reasonable criteria to judge revelation from God. (Source; underline and italic emphasis ours)

The problem with Shabir's source is that it is based primarily on assumptions that have no basis in fact. Assertions are made that often go against the clear biblical and archaeological evidence. Furthermore, Shabir applies a critical approach to the scriptures that can be used more forcefully against the Quran. Yet, Shabir fails to use this method against the Quran since to do so would debunk his belief that it is God's well preserved word

Shabir seemingly has chosen to discard the writings of early Muslim historians such as at-Tabari and their favorable view of the Gospel accounts such as Matthew. Instead, he seemingly has chosen to embrace the hypercritical approach of liberalism, an approach that serves to discredit both the Holy Bible and the Quran

What Shabir has demonstrated is that there are men who profess to be Christians but deny the essential truths of Christianity. They do so NOT BECAUSE OF ANY EVIDENCE THEY HAVE MUSTERED UP, but because of certain presuppositions that are completely devoid of any substantial and verifiable facts.

The presuppositions held by these men would also negatively effect Shabir's view of revelation and the Quran, since most of these same scholars would also criticize the Quran and deny its inspiration and authenticity. (Source; underline, capital and italic emphasis ours)

If one actually reads my full response to Shabir, one will see that most of the quotes which I used in my initial series of responses against Bravo are actually taken from this same article. My quotes from Dashti, Thomas Carlyle, Nöldeke, Watt etc. were used there long before I used them against Bravo.

The reader may be wondering what the relevance of all this is, especially in refuting Bravo’s charges against us. It is very simple really. In light of the fact that both Badawi and Ally have been around a lot longer than the Answering Islam website, and in light of the fact that both these men have been debating for years and have consistently quoted liberal and atheist scholars against the Christians, this serves to shatter Bravo’s complaint of us. Long before having ever read Bravo’s shallow papers, I was forced to deal with MUSLIM SCHOLARS AND APOLOGISTS WHO WERE USING LIBERAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES AGAINST CHRISTIANS. Their use of such scholarship is what forced me to use THEIR OWN CRITERIA AND METHODOLOGY IN ORDER THAT MUSLIMS COULD SEE WHAT WOULD HAPPEN TO THEIR BELIEFS WHEN THESE SAME SOURCES ARE USED AGAINST THE QURAN! In other words, I was returning the favor back to Muslims such as Badawi and Ally in order to expose their inconsistency and hypocrisy since they failed to use the same critical method against their own religious beliefs and scriptures.

This means that Bravo’s complaint regarding our use of critical scholarship long before he had posted his papers and responses somehow proves that we are therefore hypocrites for "complaining" against him, or that we are liars, doesn’t follow since the premise which he based all this on is mistaken and erroneous. Now it may be the case that Bravo only cited liberal and critical sources in response to our use of them (which I highly doubt since his initial paper on the NT documents suggest otherwise), but Bravo’s whole argument against us completely crumbles form beneath his feet since, long before he ever appeared on the scene, Christians such as myself were forced to deal with Muslim hypocrites who would apply specific criteria and arguments against the Holy Bible which they would dare not use against the Quran.

In fact, even in my initial responses I made it clear that I am using Bravo’s own criteria against him:

Let us NOW TURN THE TABLES ON BRAVO and see if the Quran passes his test… (Source)

Let us NOW use Bravo’s OWN criticism of the Holy Bible against the Quran and see what the outcome would be… (Source)

More importantly, we highly encourage that our readers cull through the first series of responses to Bravo, and then read Bravo’s follow up responses, to see who in fact complained about appealing to non-theists or liberals. In none of my initial replies did I once complain about Bravo’s use of liberal, agnostic, non-theist authors.

The only time a person’s theological presuppositions were even mentioned was in Dr. James D. Price’s response, and even then he did so only to highlight the possible motive behind the author’s gross distortion and exaggerations of the actual facts:


The Interpreter's Bible was written by skeptical critics like Till. But the first statement above is true because all ancient literature suffered the same fate. We are blessed by what has survived. However, the statement "the original copies of the NT books were not looked upon as scripture by those of the early Christian communities" is not true. It is a supposition not consistent with the writings of the early Christian community. All the ancient Christian literature (outside of the NT) indicates that the early Christian community regarded the NT books as divinely inspired and authoritative like the OT. Statements in the NT even indicate that this was true among the apostolic church. (Source)

Yet do notice how many times Bravo attacked the data we presented by calling into question the motives and scholarly credentials of the authors we cited:

Guillaume does not stop there, he has to make more absurd comments in the citations presented by Shamoun: "Both have suffered here and there from variant readings...", he is talking about the Bible and the Quran, this also highlights his ignorance

A guy called "L. Bevan Jones", according to the missionary, "sums it up." This again highlights the desperation of these Christian missionaries…

What are the credentials of this person? Nothing but another bigoted Christian missionary! The guy of course is no authority on the subject and is merely writing a polemical and extremely biased work, but that does not stop missionaries from quoting him! Again, we are not at all impressed by that. Further, this guy does not say anything that is even worth a reply. So why is Sam quoting him? …

Quoting from such bias and extremely prejudiced material actually highlights the desperation of the Christian missionaries yet again. Norman Anderson is merely another bigoted, extremely biased and prejudiced Christian missionary, and the above is simply one of his polemical, biased and narrow minded book on Islam. Just as Sam Shamoun would not be impressed were I to quote Muslims as authorities against the text of the Bible and thereby present the "Muslim perspective", we are similarly neither interested nor impressed by the "Christian perspective" of the Qur'ân because they are not the scholars and authorities when it comes to the Qur'ân Anderson is most definately [sic] not somebody you can trust as a fair and unbiased scholar. Sure, he wrote a lot on the Islamic Law (Sharia'), but that does not make him an authority when it comes to the sciences of the Qur'ân. Why is Shamoun quoting him? I am quoting to him his own [sic] respected scholars [sic] (not Muslim apologists) and experts [sic] and authorities [sic] on the Bible against the Bible to show him what I am saying is the truth, that what I am saying is readily accepted and admitted by the majority [sic] of the top-notch Bible scholars themselves [sic], whereas Sam quotes to me prejudiced bias and bigoted Christian MISSIONARIES as well as biased orientalists against the Qur'ân! I might just as well quote Ahmed Deedat as an authority on the Bible in my next rebuttals to Sam, but I am sure that will not impress Sam just as it does not impress us when he quotes his fellow MISSIONARIES as authorities on the Quran. Furthermore, if one reads Anderson's above mentioned ridiculous book, it will be seen that Anderson mostly relies on Arthur Jeffery's work and basis his arguments on the material by Arthur Jeffery. However, we have already seen that Arthur Jeffery's work is nothing more than shoddy "scholarship" and is extremely unreliable, therefore Anderson's little citation stands refuted…

In his desperate attempt, Sam next refers to Ibn Khaldun as "Muslim scholar", in order to give some weight to his feeble citations. Please note that Ibn Khaldun, as Dr. Haddad also mentioned in one of his SRI posting, "...was a historian, not a Qur'ân specialist and even less a hadith expert." (Source; underline emphasis ours)

Bravo calls into question the credibility of these writers simply because some of them were Christians, and others were not Quran specialists, a very scholarly and rational approach in analyzing sources (note the sarcasm here). And to think that all these previous quotes highlighting Bravo’s mastery of logical fallacies such as the genetic fallacy, poisoning the well etc., are from just one of his rebuttals!

Third, I didn’t complain about Bravo’s use of atheists such as Schacht, Nietzsche etc., but about his being a hypocrite for complaining when we do likewise. Let me post what I did say, this time in bold emphasis:

Finally, BRAVO HAS DONE WHAT HE HAS ACCUSED ME OF. Later in this rebuttal, Bravo will chide me for citing Ali Dashti. Yet here he cites individuals who are just as biased against Islam as they are against Christianity. For instance, one of the names mentioned is J. Schacht. To see a "favorable" review of Schacht, please read this Muslim article.

Bravo's source also cites Nietzsche, infamous for the "God is dead" slogan.

Bravo may object and say that it really doesn't matter what Schacht and Nietzsche believed. What matters is what they say since even unbelievers can speak the truth - SOMETHING THAT I WOULD AGREE WITH. If so, Bravo needs to retract his criticism of my sources. Otherwise, Bravo would be guilty of hypocrisy, using a double standard to suit his own purposes. I will have more to say about this in my response to Bravo's assault on the Orientalists. (Source)

I also said:

Bravo commits the fallacy of false dilemma since he asserts that either I accept all that Dashti has to say, or reject it in toto. I am under no obligation to accept claims that are not supported by the evidence. Dashti's criticism of the Quran's grammatical structure is based on facts, not opinions as the preceding citations clearly demonstrated. Even more evidence will follow shortly.

Second, one major reason why I appeal to scholars who do not hold to conservative views of God and revelation IS TO EXPOSE THE SHODDY SCHOLARSHIP OF MUSLIM APOLOGISTS SUCH AS BRAVO. MUSLIMS ARE FOND OF QUOTING LIBERAL SCHOLARS TO REFUTE CHRISTIANITY, NOT REALIZING THAT THESE SAME SCHOLARS WOULD DEBUNK MUSLIM CLAIMS ABOUT MUHAMMAD AND THE QURAN. See the following two articles for examples of Muslims appealing to liberals in their criticism of Christianity and my responses to them: [1], [2].

Amazingly, Bravo now accuses me of hypocrisy for using liberals in my response WHILE FAILING TO INFORM HIS READERS THAT I AM SIMPLY USING HIS OWN METHODOLOGY AGAINST HIM! I am simply reflecting back Bravo's approach in order to expose his superficial thinking. For example, whom did Bravo appeal to in attacking the Greek of the New Testament? Joseph Schacht and Nietzsche, men that deny revelation and miracles. The direct complaint against the Muslim use of liberal scholars has hardly ever worked. It never got their attention. Therefore, I am now doing exactly the same and suddenly they "see" that this is wrong and get angry at me for doing so. However, Bravo only condemns himself with his outrage.

Furthermore, notice again Bravo's admission above:

It is also interesting to note that this missionary, Sam Shamoun, got profoundly angered in our email exchanges (dealing with another topic) WHEN I QUOTED MATERIAL FROM JEWS FOR JUDAISM WEBSITE. Sam lashed out:

Interestingly, Bravo GETS ANGRY OVER THE FACT that Answering Islam presents the research of men like Geiger, yet finds no problem with using Jews for Judaism who also share Geiger's views of Jesus! And yet Bravo has the nerve to call us hypocrites?

So I say, triple shame on you Bravo. Shame on you for using liberals and Jesus-hating Jews in attacking Christianity throughout your original article. Shame on you for then criticizing me for repaying you the favor by quoting liberals in critiquing the Quran. And finally, shame on you for justifying your inconsistency in applying your criteria objectively with:

But when a Muslim uses A SMALL AMOUNT OF MATERIAL by those hostile to the Christians (and even Muslims),

Is this an excuse? Since you only claim to quote small amounts this means it is therefore okay for you to cite liberals and unbelievers? Since when did the amount of material make a difference in whether one honestly applies their methodology consistently?

Third, the readers can see that throughout my articles I interact with and respond to the use of liberal theologians by Muslim writers and apologists, provide answers to their arguments and do not simply brush them off for being liberal. This is unlike Bravo who has only sought to attack the characters of these scholars while failing to provide a meaningful response to their claims.

This means that Bravo is guilty of the fallacy of ad hominem tu quoque, attacking me for being an alleged hypocrite while failing to respond to the arguments. (Source)

In fact, let us once again look at Bravo’s quote from Jochen Katz, and highlight what Bravo again missed:

Obviously, his expertise on the Old Testament IS SOMEWHAT LACKING. That doesn't mean his knowledge of the Qur'an and Islamic history is similarly shallow. I never recommended his book for learning about the Bible.

Mr. Katz clearly stated his reason for rejecting Dashti’s conclusions about the OT, which clearly had nothing to do with his being an atheist! More importantly, Bravo actually distorts what Mr. Katz said IN CONTEXT:

Note: I have not built any argument on their conclusions which are based on presuppositions that contradict my faith. THAT would be inconsistent. But nowhere have I done so. There is a difference between a book recommendation and basing my arguments on his conclusions. What then is your complaint here:

> Do you think he would not have used the same sort of reasoning
> he used throughout his book to make similar claims about any
> other religion, in particular Jochen's own? It there not a
> great deal of hypocricy in his recommendation of Ali Dashti’s
> book while at the exact same time he was delivering sermons to
> Muslims telling them not to refer to atheists since their
> reasoning might be used against Islam as well as Christianity?

It is hypocrisy and slanderous on your part. I NEVER SAID MUSLIMS CAN’T REFER TO ATHEISTS (and Dashti is not an atheist). I HAVE EXPLAINED THAT A DOZEN TIMES BEFORE, and in response to you, but you repeat it anyway. I also explained it in discussions with Saifullah. Just go and look on dejanews. (Source; bold and capital emphasis ours)

Notice carefully that Mr. Katz clearly stated that HE HAS NEVER SAID MUSLIMS CAN’T REFER TO OR QUOTE FROM ATHEISTS, which means that Bravo’s following statement:

Note, they do not state that Muslims should quote athiests [sic], Jews and others hostile towards Christianity and Islam, only when it comes to such and such topics/issues. They demand that we should not quote them on any matter. This is where the problem arises since they do not practise what they preach.

For example, we are told not to quote Nietzshe [sic] because he was an athiest [sic]…

Is a deliberate and gross lie and slander. And Bravo has the utter audacity of calling us (and myself specifically) liars, deceivers, and dishonest on the basis of his gross misunderstanding and misreading of what we wrote (certainly, what I have written)! Bravo keeps proving over and over again that he can’t read and understand the material before him, nor is he able to refute the facts presented in these papers. All he can do is attack straw man, chase red herrings, and pile quote after quote by sources which do very little in providing actual evidences to support his presuppositions. Bravo is reduced to constantly distorting the very points which he claims to be refuting.


[1] Comment by Jochen Katz: The Bismika Allahuma website started a blog on 9 August 2004 and operated it in a full form for at most five months; full form meaning that it contained postings of smaller and even some larger articles of commentary on certain issues. Apparently, some technical difficulties led to its demise and most of these articles disappeared. A skeleton of a blog containing nearly only technical announcements operated for roughly about 18 more months before the blog finally disappeared altogether.

During this first phase, on 13 August 2004, Usman Sheikh posted on the blog the above discussed article, starting this way:

On the Use of Sources

Exposing the Hypocrisy and Double-Standards of Answering Islam

Bro Menj has raised a very interesting point regarding Answering-Islam’s use of sources. I would like to add to his observation. The following material was meant to be published in an online series of articles which address numerous polemics hurled towards the Quran. However, it occurred to me that it may be more appropriate to have these particular sections published in the blog, since they deal with the methodology of Answering-Islam, addressing their personal attacks, rather than addressing the original topics of discussion. The article itself, which rebuts the various polemics, will be published on the main website in the near future. Once we examine the writings found at Answering-Islam, it becomes clear that its authors make unusual and rationally outrageous demands. This can be shown when we study the writings of one of Answering Islam's premier writers, the polemicist Sam Shamoun. The following examples serve to demonstrate this point: ...

In this first paragraph, Usman Sheikh referred to another blog entry by MENJ, posted on 10 August 2004:

Answering-Islam's Hypocrisy (I)

For years the missionary website Answering Islam have been b*ching (pardon my French) about the use of atheist material by Muslim websites. They allege on their page that:

"Isn't calling on the atheists to bash the Christians exactly the issue of the above verse, namely "taking as friends and protectors those who take your religion for a mockery or sport"? Does the end justify the means, and as long as atheists mocks Christianity more than Islam, it is useful and therefore right? If you Muslim believers can't handle the questions and arguments of Christians, call in the atheists who have no conscience in regard to the manner they attack the sacred?"

However, it seems that Answering Islam do not practise what they preach and exactly the same questions can be asked of them because they have lately been relying on atheist material themselves to discredit Islam. Websites that fall under the category of "atheist material" are Faith Freedom International, Freethought Mecca and Apostates of Islam. They even rely on atheist authors such as Ibn Warraq and Ali Dashti (and deceptively try to portray them as MUSLIMS).

So now the Answering Islam missionaries need to explain the following:

"Isn't calling on the atheists to bash the MUSLIMS exactly the very adoption of the behaviour that you criticise Muslims for? Does the end justify the means, and as long as atheists mocks ISLAM more than CHRISTIANITY, it is useful and therefore right? If you CHRISTIAN believers can't handle the questions and arguments of MUSLIMS, call in the atheists who have no conscience in regard to the manner they attack the sacred?"

What is good for the goose is good for the gander, you morons. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black!

Sam Shamoun’s above response to Usman Sheikh’s blog posting was submitted to me as the editor of Answering Islam on 16 October 2004. The request was that I would write an introduction with a clarification of our approach to the use of materials written by atheist authors since this was attacked by MENJ and Usman Sheikh in both these blog entries. Before I was able to do so, the Bismikaallahuma blog disappeared together with its articles and the blog was only resurrected as a place to post technical announcements. Subsequently, this issue became buried on my end under a mountain of other work.

MENJ resurrected the topic of our alleged hypocrisy in a similar but new article that he posted on 16 December 2005 under the title of Answering Islam: Preaching What They Do Not Practise? so that this issue came back on the agenda of unfinished tasks. My answer to MENJ is posted at the same time with this present article.

It is unclear why Usman Sheikh’s posting was never brought back by Bismika Allahuma. Did they completely lose it due to some hard disk failure? Or did they abandon it deliberately because they came to the conclusion it was not worth publishing after all? Interestingly, his whole series of responses to Sam Shamoun (listed here) disappeared when Bismika Allahuma was restructured some time ago. These articles were never retracted, but they disappeared for whatever reason. Posting this current article completes Sam Shamoun’s series of responses to Sheikh’s claims. In this way, these responses are all available in case Mr. Sheikh wants to resurrect his arguments at any time, just as MENJ resurrected his charges in the above mentioned article.

My sincere apologies to Sam Shamoun for the huge delays in this matter.

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