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According to Islam, Muslims Should Not Be at War With Jews

Sinem Tezyapar says, "Let us adopt a language of peace, a language of love. This is easy! And there is no other way."

Turkish political and religious commentator Sinem Tezyapar.

Turkish political and religious commentator Sinem Tezyapar.

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As a Muslim, I have to clarify regarding some false ideas that have been taken for granted as “Islamic.” What goes between Israel and Palestine is an artificial conflict and, what’s more, it is against Islam from several points:

Relations with Jews: Muslims are not at war with Jews. According to the Qur’an, Jews have a special status as “People of the Book” and Muslims can establish good relations with them through marriage and the sharing of food. Kosher food is also lawful for Muslims to eat and permission has been given for Muslim men to marry Jewish women. So from an Islamic perspective, this shows that there can be no obstacle to living together and in harmony, and this is clear evidence that enable the formation of warm human relationships and tranquil togetherness between Jews and Muslims.

War only for self-defense: From an Islamic point of view, there can be only defensive war and war is only an unwanted obligation when one’s life, security and honor is under attack. Muslims do not attack, they can only defend themselves. War has to be inevitable at the point that one has to defend oneself. Even if it is considered obligatory for self-defense, it has to be carried out with strict observance of humane and moral values. To put it in another way, God granted permission for war only for defensive purposes, and Muslims are warned against the use of unnecessary violence. “Fight in the Way of God against those who fight you, but do not go beyond the limits. God does not love those who go beyond the limits.” (Qur’an, 2:190)

In another verse, God commands justice and warns Muslims against feeling rage toward enemies, so that their judgments are not impaired: “You who believe! Show integrity for the sake of God, bearing witness with justice. Do not let hatred for a people incite you into not being just. Be just. That is closer to heedfulness…” (Qur’an, 5:8) I don’t accept any kind of hatred between people, but even at those times when they are not strong enough to overcome their anger, they still are responsible to be just.

Protecting peace: When there is a peace treaty, both sides should adhere to the peace agreement meticulously, and commit not to attack to each other. Especially for Muslims, after making a peace agreement, according to the Qur’an one has to watch out to protect it and abide by it. This the way according to the Qu’ran. God says: “If they incline to peace, you too incline to it…” (Qur’an, 8:61) In the case of the Palestine-Israel conflict, when one side fires rockets at the other side, the other side is fully entitled (and obligated) to protect its citizens. If there is a peace agreement, in times of peace launching rockets from Gaza is a violation of the Qur’an. When Hamas fires rockets, it’s not firing rockets only at Israel, but at its own people as well; Israel retaliates and it becomes inevitable that civilians, including innocent children, are severely effected by this. The same goes for Israel.

Protection of civilians: There is no justification in the Qur’an for killing innocent people. God says that this is like killing all mankind (Qur’an, 5:32). It is a sin to target civilians or be reckless of their security during an attack. When Hamas launches rockets over Israel, there is no aim, no precise target, and thus these rockets fall sometimes on empty land but sometimes onto the homes of innocent Israeli civilians. It is a sin to take an innocent life, and it is also a sin to cause disorder, to cause people to panic. Another important matter is that Islam absolutely forbids suicide attacks. God says: “Do not kill yourselves.” (Qur’an, 4:29) Consequently, killing oneself and killing other people are both prohibited in Islam.

The right to live in the Holy Land: It is against any conscience and above all against the Qur’an to tell Jews to go somewhere else. Jews have been expelled from Spain, they have been slaughtered in Europe and there has been enormous intimidation against them in many places all over the world. So where do they have to go? These lands are places where their forefathers lived. The graves of their grandfathers are on these lands. And it is confirmed by the Qur’an that Bnei Israel will be living in the Holy Land till the end of the world. God says: “And thereafter We said to the Children of Israel: ‘Dwell securely in the Promised Land.’” (Qur’an, 17:104) and the Prophet Moses (pbuh) says “O my people! Enter the holy land which Allah hath assigned unto you, and turn not back ignominiously…” (Qur’an 5: 21) Thus, it is against the Qur’an to tell Jews to leave these lands; any Muslim who does so is in contradiction of the very Word of God Himself.

Let us not forget the sons of Ishmael and the sons of Jacob, the descendants of the prophets, are fighting one another. Both sides are Abraham’s children and surely the land is spacious enough for all. There is no real reason that we can’t coexist together. Let’s live together as brothers; dine together, have conversations together; let us pray side by side, Jews in synagogues, and Muslims in mosques. Let us adopt a language of peace, a language of love. This is easy! And there is no other way.

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About the Author: Sinem Tezyapar is an executive producer on Turkish Television. She is a political and religious commentator and a peace activist. She can be reached on Facebook, and Twitter.

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60 Responses to “According to Islam, Muslims Should Not Be at War With Jews”

  1. Thank you for such an informative and enlightening article. The truth is more important than ever. Many groups are using the Qu'ran to achieve their own ends, at the expense of our faith and community. Peace is Achievable, but only thru education to of all peoples. Peace thru Love, Patience, and education. These are key.

  2. Hinda Blas says:

    Ms. Sinem Tezyapar's individual right as a woman to be a broadcaster is riding on very thin lines. As the mindset of the 6th century is growing throughout the Muslim world so that women lose all status as being an equal; of having intelligence as well as being a part in the business, political and entertainment worlds. Unfortunately Ms. Tezyapar is very young (a lot of makeup for such a pretty face) and has yet to see the real world. Her sentiments can land her into a lot of hot water and probably will.

  3. MashaAllah , elhamdulilah. Sister Sinem is a Messenger of Peace. You speak of Califate. The extremist wish to impose Harsh belives upon the Muslim people. Sister Sinems beauty is the spirit of Allah shining thru. We are working, thru education, to Teach the correct meaning of True Islam, the Qu'ran as it's intended. inshaAllah.

  4. Kreai Ellya says:

    very nice

  5. MasaAllah. Please allow me to provide you a Link for A9 ' Building Bridges" in Istanbul Turkey. We are dedicated to bringing Peace to all Peoples. We Respect the 3 books of Faith. We Allso belive in the Jewish States right to exsist.


  6. Yehuda Cohen says:

    Is it democracy to allow insanity free rein in the public’s eye from those here who constantly support insanity? The Rambam, Rabbi Mosheh Ben Maimon (Maimonides), wrote a formal didactic (teaching) letter to the Yemenite Jews in 1172 informing them that Muhammad is a false prophet and insane. The Muslim’s prophet, Muhammad, advised his followers to drink animal waste, camel urine, (Sahih Bukhari, Ablutions (Wudu'), Volume 1, Book 4, Number 234)" US patent app. 2009/0297622 A1, PM701 (PM stands for prophet medicine). The Muslim’s god, Allah, in very clear Arabic, asserts that he fulfilled his promise to reward the People of Israel with the Promised Land, the same land that the later conquering hordes of Muhammadan Arabs claim as exclusively theirs CONTRARY to their own Quran. Al Israa 17:104 And We said thereafter to the Children of Israel "Dwell securely in the land (of promise)". Al Baqara 2:47 O Children of Israel! call to mind the (special) favor which I bestowed upon You and that I preferred you above the whole world. Al Maida 5:21 "O my people! Inter the holy land which Allah hath assigned unto you and turn not back ignominiously for then will yes be overthrown to your own ruin.” Yet, the Quran repeatedly states that all followers of Muhammad should kill the Jews. This insanity is published in the Quran and also in this talk back forum from the various Muslims and their supporters as one can readily see.

  7. Peace and Goodwill !! Happy holidays !! :)

  8. inshaAllah, MasaAllah, elhemdulillah Thank you so much, Brittany.

  9. Liad Bar-el says:

    Yes, Yehuda, this is just another Islamic Jihad tactic against the Jews much like the big bad wolf and little ridding red hood.
    The wolf (Islamic Jihad) is a villain by nature; evil is simply expected and accepted of him. It is up to Little Red Riding Hood (Jews) to “avoid” what the wolf has in store for her and protect her red hood (a symbol of her maidenhood).
    "What a deep voice you have," said the little girl in surprise.

    "The better to greet you with," said the wolf.

    "Goodness, what big eyes you have."

    "The better to see you with."

    "And what big hands you have!" exclaimed Little Red Riding Hood, stepping over to the bed.

    "The better to hug you with," said the wolf.

    "What a big mouth you have," the little girl murmured in a weak voice.

    "The better to eat you with!" growled the wolf, and jumping out of bed, he swallowed her up too. Then, with a fat full tummy, he fell fast asleep.

  10. No Liad, it isn't. I may be a Muslim now, but My Love of the Jewish People or Jewish state will never die. We are working to educate all peoples concerning the true Peaceful nature of Islam. We belive in The Rights of the Jewish state. The Fanatics have hijacked, then presented it, as truth. Haifa was once my home. The Jewish people welcomed me. Hezbolah hates me. Now, I am a soldier for peace, a Soldier for Allah, God, Hashem .inshaAllah, MasaAllah, elhemdulillah

  11. Brother Liad, if you seek the Truth, walk with me. Please look at building bridges, in Istanbul. The qu'ran tells us The Jews Belong in Israel. Please, take a look.


  12. All about what Muslims should do; not a word about what Jews should do. They too have to abide by some code of behaviour, or they are exempt of all morality. World is catching up with Islam, why not a peep into Judism, to figure out how it treats non-Jews and how its logic of Justice parallels or contradicts Islam's.

  13. Yori Yanover says:

    As religious Jews, it is our duty to embrace gentiles who follow the One God and who speak of love among God's children. I find it difficult to understand why the very natural expression of these sentiments from a Turkish person should elicit so much suspicion and ill will. Do we not trust in the ability of God's word to touch anyone but us? Wake up, folks, God tells us explicitly: "For My House will be a house of prayer for all the nations." Our job in galus was to promote just that, according to Maimonides — why aren't we able to rejoice when one such gentile has clearly gotten it?

  14. inshaAllah, MasaAllah, elhemdulillah Brother Ghulam, well spoken. The Qu'ran clearly forbids war, with self defense, in a very constrained sense, is permitted. The firing of Rockets must stop. Retaliation must also stop. The Jews belong in Israel. Muslims protected the Jews in Ottoman times. Jihad, as mentioned in the qu'ran means to strive to improve the Lower self. The Fanatics are Abusing the Qu'ran. The three books clearly state how we must live. The Jewish people are aware. Please take a look at the Link. InshaAllah


  15. inshaAllah, MasaAllah, elhemdulillah Broter Yori, yours is the language of peace. The 3 books clearly gives us a blueprinyt for peace. Wheater we pray to Allah, God, or Hashem, we all seek peace. Please, look at this link, and read the Header. You will be pleasantly surprised how much Muslims and our brothers and Sisters of Israel share in common. inshaAllah


  16. Yes, it's only the Jews who can kill muslim children, they can kill Jesus, they can poison Arafat to death, because they are the 'chosen people'…

  17. Yori Yanover says:

    Interesting combination there of world famous lies you packaged there, I'm not surprised you work for CRAB — you fit right in.

    Just for the record, Arafat was more likely poisoned by his lieutenants in the PLO than by anyone else, the Romans killed Jesus, if such a man ever actually lived, and the murder of Muslim children in Syria by blood thirsty Muslims is a daily feature on You Tube, check it out, not a single Jew to be found on those tapes, only Arabs murdering the offspring of their neighbors.

    These being you warped, misbegotten views, what brings you to our website?

  18. The writer asserts the legality in Islam of Islamic men marrying Jewish women, but not vice versa. This is because Judaism and Christianity (female, submissive) should be conquered by Islam (male, dominant). Other than that, she is right on. Any kind of a mixed marriage is either domination of one faith or culture by the other or a wishy-washy mess in which both sides lose their identity and the world is poorer from both ends.

  19. well shet mah mouth. She ain’t no li’l red riddin’ hood an’ yo’ ain’t no johnny-boy appleseed.

  20. I have never known muslims to be peacefull, they killed an american even when he had nothing to do with the making of a movie depicting Islam and how they treat their woman. You cant trust arabs they lie so much.

  21. Yori Yanover says:

    Mind you, this is not an article urging Jews to join Islam, nor is it even an article touting the advantages of one religion over the other. We don’t have to agree with all the points made by the author, nor with many examples of countering opinions in the very Quran sh is citing. All we should be doing here, as sane, reasonable, faithful Jews, is embrace this shiny example of fiercely opinionated author who insists on loving, rather than hating fellow monotheists.

    I could get by without inserting an equal-intermarriage clause in the Quran…

  22. Yori Yanover says:

    Are you aware of the difference between Arabs and other Muslims?

    Having said that, are you aware of the pitfalls that have been generated in history because of phrases starting with “You can’t trust _______” enter your favorite other?

    You are perfectly entitled to say, “You can’t trust Yechezkel Mishkin, he stole from me,” or even “You can’t trust the Berkowitzes, they have shifty eyes,” but to go as far as to include one and a half billion human beings in one neatly packaged mistrust is a bit much.

    I’m saying that not as a liberal, which I’m not, but as someone who took Statistics 101 at Baruch College. And got a B+. My professor was an Iranian, so maybe that puts my entire grade in question.

  23. Liad Bar-el says:

    Yori, when religions X1, X2 or Xn (unlimited religions) all are based on paganism and on the destruction of the Jews with hundreds and/or thousands of years of killing Jews; then, someone publicizes that he/she is a devote X1 or X2 or Xn, is there any wonder why we Jews are suspicious? For hundreds and/or thousands of years the conversion of Jews was by force and now the devote X1, X2 and Xn are trying to convert Jews by “love” in your face.

    You said: “…why aren't we able to rejoice when one such gentile has clearly gotten it?” In light of what I mentioned before, if such a gentile has clearly “gotten it”, then he/she would either be a person obeying the 7 Noahide Laws or a convert to Judaism. However, when one states that he/she continues to go against even the 7 Noahide Laws, it is very clear that it is that he/she that does not “get it” and that there is no such thing as real peace from them. It is rather another wolf dressed up like Little Red Riding Hood.

  24. Please, let us take up the Fight fo Peace for All peoples. The 3 books clearly state it. In the Ottoman Times, Muslims protected the Jews. The Qu'ran clearly states that the Jews belong in Israel. We respect all Religions.inshaAllah, MasaAllah,elhemdulillah buildingbridgestv.com

  25. inshaAllah, MasaAllah, elhemdulillah Brother Soheed, the Qu'ran clearly forbids war. The Language of peace is not only our Language, but the will of Allah. Please take a look. inshaAllah https://www.facebook.com/firstmate1060

  26. inshaAllah, MasaAllah, elhemdulillah Brother Sientje, I am an American Muslim that has lived on both sides of the fence. I am also one of the Highest decorated US Vets. I would like you to Look at something that may change your views, for the better. Let not the Fanatics that twist our Faith win. inshaAllah, MasaAllah, elhemdulillah buildingbridges.com and https://www.facebook.com/firstmate1060

  27. Liad Bar-el says:

    Sorry Yori but statistics and bell curves are rather hard to apply to the spiritual realm and prophesy when prophesy states that the whole world will be against Israel (Judaism); so, it not just or not only “one and a half billion human beings in one neatly packaged mistrust” but rather much more than that.

  28. inshaAllah, MasaAllah, elhemdulillah The Launguage of Peace. Here, as on most other sites, it is not hard to perceive the deep ignorance, bigotry, and even hate. The Qu'an, Gospel, and Torah has a blueprint for peace. We continue to come up short. Satan gives us so many reasons for war. Here, a Muslim speaking of peace. inshaAllah. buildingbridges.com



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