Yes, pretty much beyond a shadow of a doubt. If you autism lurk hard enough you'll see details that are way past the possibility of coincidence; Haz has mentioned he used to play Skyrim all the time, one of Rafiq's only screenshots back on Revleft was an image of Skyrim.
Rafiq was very young, this was leaked in a debate he had with Invader Zim, in which Zim criticised him for being young, ignorant and overly arrogant for his age, to which Rafiq more or less affirm the accusation with indignation. At the time, I think Rafiq was around 16 or 17. This was several years ago, and Haz is in his mid 20's now.
Haz recently wrote an article against Luna Oi on the infrared substack website; problem is, for someone so supposedly intelligent, the writing style is almost identical to Rafiq's, right down to the tendency of bolding text and using enlarged letters for rhetorical emphasis.
There's even more stuff; when Infrared first started out, other autistic fans dug up an essay published on a russian website under a different name than 'Haz', the name used was 'Tahir', and there was some suggesting in the fbi.gov that it seemed like stuff Haz would say–Haz confirmed that this was him. Thing is, this essay had the same writing style as Rafiq. You can confirm that Haz DID in fact once go by the name Tahir because in one of Infrared youtube's oldest videos, there's a skype call showing usernames, and the one next to Haz's webcam is 'Tahir'.
Rafiq's revleft profile listed his location–Detroit, Michigan. Haz has repeatedly said he's from Detroit, Michigan. Likewise, on Revleft Rafiq occasionally mentioned how his uniquely privileged class position allowed him the spare time to read theory etc. Haz is transparently upper middle-class, a Lebanese immigrant. Rafiq was, for what it's worth, also the ostensible child of arabic immigrants.
Oh, and on the topic of older Infrared youtube videos, there's a very early one: "Chomsky is the poison of the left". Remember who else fucking hated Chomsky, had entire threads dedicated to disavowing him?
It gets funnier too–the arguments Haz uses in that video are almost IDENTICAL, word for word, to the primary arguments Rafiq levied against Chomsky back in the day.
Either Haz is a big fan of Rafiq, or Rafiq is Haz.
There's two problems with the Haz is Rafiq theory though. One, Rafiq hated memes, but Haz constantly uses memes. However, you could make the argument that this is an accelerationist ploy to gain momentum and virtual exposure; after all, Rafiq was terminally online and understood the nature of internet culture all too well. Two, Haz seems more deterministic than Rafiq, constantly referring back to an essence of humanity, whereas Rafiq, at least back in the day, seemed militantly opposed to such an idea, advocating for transhumanism etc.
However, people change, years go by, and people who read constantly, always proposing contrarian ideas, tend to adjust themselves in relation to the maintenance of such contrarianism. What's popular now? The same kind of ultra-leftism Rafiq was once an outsider for embracing.
As for the guy talking about Lysenkoism, it's obvious that Haz is using this as a stand-in for the same principle. Rafiq hated the idea of genetic determinism, he wrote screeds and screeds against it. How do you make this fairly radical concept more palatable to outsiders? You use a historical stand-in. Lysenko. Also, there was some thread where Rafiq mentioned the emergencing pertinence of epigenetics off-handedly.
LASTLY, the names of several of the mods in the infrared-discord are too similiar to the names of some of the power users that would thank all of his old posts on Revleft. Ezra comes to mind (go check, Ezra-X was the revleft user, Ezra was chinese, the Ezra we saw on Infrared show was named Ezra just as well, and was chinese just as well), so does a person name 'Alet' who, is really just one character away from 'Alex', another recurring character. coincidentally
, guess what? Both 'Alet' and 'Alex' spoke/speak/are german.