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Silahdar Gelayev

As-salamu aleikum! My name is Silahdar. I have have qualifications in history, politics and classical studies. In 2015 I gained a double-major degree in history and politics from a good university in the UK. Since 2011 (first as a secularist, from 2011-2015, then as a Muslim) I have been writing about contemporary issues, historical events and cryptozoology.

My work has been featured on several sites and social media platforms. From 2015 to 2016 I informally advised various people tracking down Assad regime war criminals who had infilitrated Sweden under the guise of being legitimate refugees – while terrorising actual ones.

My journey into writing began in 2011, when I began to write about world events in class breaks. In 2012 I was invited to join Radio Free Syria as a writer and worked in the country for a period in 2013, semi-engaging myself in the world of journalism.

In August 2014 I left Radio Free Syria, becoming an independent writer. By this time the Syrian revolution had become an Islamic rising, calling for Islamic governance and a rejection of the Kemalist-style governance advocated by the most of the FSA. By then, most of the FSA, bar some sincere Islamic formations, had (from personal experience and my knowledge of the conflict) degenerated into gangs of warlords, and in their place sincere Islamic groups had gained ground once Syria’s population began to reassert their natural affinity for Islam (the fitra).

Radio Free Syria unfortunately displayed an inferiority complex towards the western world view, presenting legitimate wishes of Syrian Muslims to govern their society to be the demands of “Islamists” – a buzzword oft employed to deny Muslims that adhere to all aspects of their faith agency. Islam is not a faith of picking and choosing, Islam is a faith of submitting to Allah (God) in entirety, worshipping Him alone and not ruling by man-made law or other forms of conjecture. Islam covers everything from prayer, charity and business to shari’ah – a sublime and perfect, divinely-ordained manner of governance totally different from the Westphalian nation-state, which the secularists specifically designed in a futile effort to push Allah from day-to-day affairs (especially after the French revolution).

To pick parts of Islam and reject others (as many FSA groups had done, and what secularist remnants of those groups largely still do) is rank hypocrisy and I didn’t want to be part of the futile yet cynical effort to twist or deform Allah’s religion to fit secular agendas. By then I was “Muslim” but Muslim in name only, having ostensibly embraced the faith in 2013 after returning from Syria – but I was not practising, nor did I believe in many parts of it yet.

However, I eventually embraced Islam in its entirety and sincerely reverted to Islam, fully rejecting secularist hedonism in all its forms, as well as attempts to replace Syria’s (and indeed, the world’s) rich history and traditions with nihilism – as any sincere believer should, and must.

In October 2015 I worked in Turkey as an English language spokesman for the Salam Organisation (which assists Syrian refugees). I lived among refugees and reported from Reyhanli, before being attacked and deported by the Turkish authorities due to their paranoid disapproval of my work in the border regions. My violent removal from the country, and experiences in captivity, taught me a lot about the nature of this regime and many like it. My two weeks in a Turkish prison (alongside poor and destitute refugees) was a moving experience that gave me time to contemplate on Allah and the universe, which eventually enabled me to sincerely embrace Islam.

It was also in 2015 that I embarked on my most ambitious project – documenting the huge numbers of Iran/Assad-aligned war criminals, militants and terror cells that flooded Europe, hiding among crowds of legitimate refugees. Another prime focus of mine is the anti-Muslim genocide in Myanmar. I have begun devoting attention to American politics (especially Donald Trump) and will continue to do so. I also discuss mass migration, terrorism and other issues. I’m a big fan of cryptozoology and adventure stories.

I’m currently writing a book on the life of Romanian leader Ion Antonescu, planning a text on anti-globalism and constantly producing YouTube videos. More updates to come in shaa’ Allah.