The data dump of the Ashley Madison Website “Life is short. Have an affair” has revealed some startling revelations:
There are also email addresses linked to the White House and NASA, as well as the Vatican and the United Nations. [Sky]
One name that has come up in the UK is one Hamza Tzortzis, researcher and speaker for The Islamic Education and Research Academy (iERA). Regular readers will remember them from the Lawrence Krauss UCL debate where segregation nearly led to the professor walking out.
Tzortzis, has spoken regularly at Hizb ut-tahrir events, advocating Islamic theocracy and the caliphate over liberal democracy. He has said:
“We as Muslims reject the idea of freedom of speech, and even the idea of freedom. We see under the Khilafa (caliphate), when people used to engage in a positive way, this idea of freedom was redundant, it was unnecessary, because the society understood under the education system of the Khilafa state, and under the political framework of Islam, that people must engage with each other in a positive and productive way to produce results, as the Qur’an says, to get to know one another.”
In the last 24 hours, Tzortzis has issued a denial that he entered his details on the website. Apparently, all his movements whether public or private are accounted for, but he did not check his online credit card statement for the reacquiring fee to the Ashley Madison website. All his emails from the site went to his junk folder, which he never checked either. It took the data leak to reveal this was happening, and the police have been called.
So it is rather odd he talks about the Islamically allowed part of the site “(this includes permissible acts, for instance the endeavour to find another halal wife [who can also be a non-Muslim] who wanted to be with a married man, which is allowed in Islam)”. If he has never registered to join the site, or never used it’s services, why stress?
It is another bizarre story and denial, following on from “Zionists broke in and stole my shoe” that we had from Bukhari. I am more concerned about his stated views than whether he has committed adultery or not.
Below is his denial as posted on Facebook:
Important announcement: It has come to my attention that my details are on the Ashley Madison data leak. This includes my name, address, and bank card details.
This is an obvious case of fraud. My email address (this website doesn’t verify emails, and all the relevant emails went to junk) can be found online and so can my address, as it is linked to my business account, which is registered online. My date of birth is known from either previous lectures or Facebook. These types of online attacks are not uncommon, for example in the past year there have been multiple attempts to access my emails.
The first transaction took place last October after my trip to Hajj (pilgrimage). There have been subsequent transactions every month, not under the named site but a discrete label, which I believe is normal for such websites. I don’t check my bank statements because I have paperless statements, and it is something I haven’t made into a habit.
This is a serious matter of fraud or malice for which the bank and police have been informed. They will now pursue the matter further as a formal crime. I am not ruling anything out at the moment, including the possibility of my phone being illegally hacked. Retrospectively speaking, it has shown signs of being hacked.
It seems that the first transaction was made in Australia when I was there for lectures and courses. It could have been someone who knows me, someone who hates me, or a malicious person who found out who I was. It could be one person or two, they could be working locally, from abroad or both. At the moment I have no idea. But it is clear that they probably didn’t complete what they intended to do, as the data so far indicates that there was not much activity and/or dialogue that would have led to a meeting (although I’m getting a few people to go through the data, they haven’t given me the full details yet, so this is speculative).
My whereabouts and activities, both private and public are traceable and recorded, and there is without any doubt that I have not pursued such immoral acts that the site promotes (this includes permissible acts, for instance the endeavour to find another halal wife [who can also be a non-Muslim] who wanted to be with a married man, which is allowed in Islam). My face is recorded when I enter and leave work, and the gym (the main places I go to). My social and professional meetings are public, and with people that can honestly confirm my presence.
I’m trying to find answers to why someone would do this, and what they intended, as they seemed to have profiled me well and attempted to not be explicit about my identity. This was done maybe to expose me in the future by showing signs that I was deliberate discrete, who knows. Additionally, they obviously did not predict the leak.
Unfortunately, some people will have a field day. This is not my concern at all, there’s already a lot of slander and hate online about me. I have my suspicions and unanswered questions too. However, and most importantly, my concern is now with my family and their privacy. I would appreciate that you all respect that.
Thank you. May God bless you all and shower you all with His guidance, mercy and love.
[Update 24 August 2015: the Facebook post has since been deleted. If you want to see more on Hamza saying how nine year olds can be ready for consensual sex, and women have abortions like ice cream see The Friendly Atheist]
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