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Do Stones and Trees Command Muslims to Kill Jews? (Video)

If a Muslim sees a Jewish child hiding behind a stone and a voice comes from that stone, one can safely presume that he is suffering from an auditory hallucination.

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Here is yet another video that contradicts Islam on its basis while using Islamic concepts. When people hear or read statements like “Killing Jews is a form of worship that draws us closer to Allah,” that makes everyone concerned with important existential questions on their mind ask: Will there ever be peace in the Middle East? Will Muslims ever accept Jews right to live in the Holy Land? What’s more will they accept the right of the Jews to live freely, in tranquility anywhere in the world?


When people make things up out of whole cloth, we could say that these are false teachings of some people in error. However this hate propaganda is systematically introduced into education, media and politics, and done in a wide scale, and makes me feel obliged to point what real Islam is and not.

First of all, Jews are the descendants of the prophets; the Prophets Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, David, Solomon (peace be upon them all) who are also prophets for Muslims as well. Coming from this particular line of descent, hatred purely based on this attribute is satanic. And those who have the desire to annihilate the line of the Prophets have an evil intention; this kind of outlook against Jews is radically false and can never be accepted in any way, shape or form. No true Muslim would ever permit the annihilation of the descendants of the prophets.

There is a hadith (saying of Prophet Mohammed) that some radicals interpret in an unacceptable way. “Judgment Day will come only when the Muslims fight the Jews.” Some interpret this as an excuse or a call to make war against the Jews. However, this can never give legitimacy to war with Jews. In any event, Muslims and Jews have already made war with each other several times in Palestine, Egypt, Syria, Jordan etc. This hadith has already been realized. This is not a saying that sets forth that Jews are enemies of Muslims and they should start a war and fight against Jews, but describes a future event.

Similarly, in the ‘sayings of Prophet Mohammed,’ many events regarding the End Times have been explained in great detail and they have all come true. For instance, in one of them he foretells that blood will be shed in the Kaaba (and this has happened in the recent past, in 1979 to be specific) but that has never been interpreted as a call to shed blood in the Kaaba. Or Mohammed informs that there will be war between Iran and Iraq, and this has never been interpreted that Muslims should fight each other. So these interpretations to call for war against the Jews have no theological or doctrinal basis and this is an apparent misuse of Islam.

And another false interpretation is regarding the continuation of this hadith -which is also mentioned in the Hamas Charter-;

“… and kill them, until the Jew hides behind the tree and the stone, and the tree and the stone say: ‘Oh Muslim, oh servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him’ – except for the Gharqad tree.'” First of all, we make our comments about events based on the Qur’an. That is to say we cannot deduce any judgments based on a single verse of the Qur’an or a single hadith. In the Qur’an different verses are complementary, and they complete one another.

There are many false hadiths that have infiltrated into authentic hadith collections over the centuries. One can understand these with conscience and reason and no hadith can conflict with the Qur’an. If it does, it is not an authentic hadith. It is not acceptable to annul a verse of the Quarn on the basis of fabricated hadiths and of historical information. And even for true hadiths with seem offensive, there is a rational interpretation that is compliant to the spirit of the Qur’an.

For instance, if a Muslim sees a Jewish child hiding behind a stone and a voice comes from that stone, one can safely presume that he is suffering from an auditory hallucination. If somebody turns up one day and claims that stones and trees spoke to him, and thus he went off and killed Jews, we should regard him as a madman and a murderer. His action would be considered haram (unlawful), and definitely unacceptable.

If someone tells me, “Come here, there is a Jew here, come and kill him,” I would regard this individual as a psychopath, as no rational Muslim would do that. Even if the Jewish person in question is someone who has committed a crime, he should be put on trial and sentenced by a judge. There is a legal system and he would be punished for the particular crime he commits. This does not mean that whoever wishes can go off and kill anyone he meets.

In addition, Prophet Mohammed explains the technology of the End Times in many hadiths, and this one regarding stones and trees could possibly be indicating a future technology of the End Times. For instance, it could be micro cameras and intelligence devices in rocks and stones and wood. This would be referring to a system that will be developed in a defensive war. So the meaning of the hadith can be thus: the Jews -the ones who are criminals- will not be able to hide, and their evil activities will be hindered. Of course, this does not hold true only for Jews but indeed for anyone who commits persecution. This is how I would interpret the hadith. However if you put the Qur’an or any other Scripture into the hands of people who are loveless, who desire blood and violence, then the result would no doubt be very different.

Consequently, killing children, killing innocent people or killing women is simply not acceptable. A Muslim can only protect himself in legitimate self-defense. Otherwise, killing the innocent is a grave sin. There is no justification in the Qur’an for killing innocent people. God says in the Qur’an that killing someone for no reason is like killing all of mankind:

… if someone kills another person – unless it is in retaliation for someone else or for causing corruption in the earth – it is as if he had murdered all mankind. And if anyone gives life to another person, it is as if he had given life to all mankind… (Qur’an, 5:32) This being the case, it is obvious what great sins are: the murders, massacres and bombing attacks, popularly known as “suicide attacks,” committed by terrorists. Islam absolutely forbids suicide attacks. God says: “Do not kill yourselves.” (Qur’an, 4:29) And in one hadith it is stated:

“Indeed, whoever (intentionally) kills himself, then certainly he will be punished in the Fire of Hell, wherein he shall dwell forever.” (Bukhari, 5778 and Muslim 109-110) As a result, killing oneself and killing other people -no matter the reason- are both prohibited in Islam. For that reason, it is quite impossible for someone who says he abides by the Qur’an to do such a thing. The only people who can do such things are those who have a very mistaken perception of religion, and fail to use their reason and conscience and who have been brainwashed with feelings of hatred and revenge. God says that the essential thing is peace; He tells people to enter the abode of peace (Qur’an, 10:5). God also tells us to hold to forgiveness (Qur’an, 7:9) and to enjoin what is just, and forbid what is evil (Qur’an, 9:71); He does not tell us to kill and commit wanton slaughter.

What is more, according to the Qur’an, Jews have a special status as ‘People of the Book’ and there is no obstacle for Muslims to live side by side with Jews. On the contrary, Muslims can establish warm human relationships with them through marriage and the sharing of food. God says that food of Jews is lawful (halal) for Muslims. That means that God creates some sort of closeness with Jews as ‘People of the Book’, and that He wants us to consider them as friends and to have a humane affection for them. He wants Muslims to approach their food with a sense of security and eat them. If we are able to eat together and set tables together, how is it conceivable that Jews are Muslims’ inherent foes? It is obvious that Muslims can invite Jews to their homes and dine with them together. It is illogical to claim that you go to the home of a person you consider to be a foe. If God says Muslims can marry and eat with the People of the Book, this is the clearest possible proof that we -Jews and Muslims- can live together in a climate of peace and love.

Sinem Tezyapar

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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