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Thus it is illogical and unreasonable to put the blame on Israel for the ignorance, bigotry, cruelty, lovelessness, and involvement in brutal sectarian fanaticism of some Muslims. This is an outcome of the intense efforts of some Muslim clerics themselves; there is a serious deterioration in their ideology and belief system. We find this hatred in Muslims’ own books – does Israel publish them? We find this hate in their own speeches – are these clerics Rabbis? Of course not. This occurs entirely within their own jurisprudence.

They educate hatred of the “other.” Do we ever see them talk about love and compassion? Since we see many Muslim clerics inciting violence, explaining in their own words the reasons for the need to hate, why do we put the blame on others? Muslims kill each other, and both sides then turn around and blame the Jews. How do Jews make Muslims kill other Muslims? Muslim clerics hand out fatwas (Islamic rulings) calling for sectarian violence like candy. Wahabbi scholars say that all Sunnis are unbelievers and should be destroyed; Sunni scholars say Shias are unbelievers and their death is obligatory; Shias say that it is obligatory to kill Sunnis, as they are enemies. These are Muslim clerics, not Jewish rabbis, who are promoting the most violent brand of sectarianism, preaching hatred and calling upon their followers to commit massacres. When their followers then heed these calls for violence, these same clerics turn around and promptly blame the Jews.

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What about Muslims being united without declaring each other as unbelievers and solving their problems without resorting to violence? What about the Organization of Islamic Cooperation with its 57 member states or the League of Arab States with its 22 states which are utterly helpless to bring about any solutions?

The harm done by some religious scholars is highly destructive, because they have lead many ignorant people astray with their false teachings that plant seeds of hate. They implement a faith which they have largely invented themselves, under the name of Islam; in this faith there is hatred, violence, darkness, and no value for human life. They only speak hostility and espouse bloodshed in the name of Islam, spreading hatred toward Christians, Jews and even other Muslims. These loveless, misguided people are most definitely not Muslims, but bigots or radicals.

So, as Muslims, let’s stop pointing the finger at others whenever we come into trouble. It is time for the Muslim world to take responsibility and to ponder on what has gone so horribly wrong. Superstitions, innovations, localized traditions and bigotry have replaced the Koran in some Islamic countries, and their religiosity is a deeply artificial one. This hatred has to stop and Muslims must embrace the true spirit of the Koran, which is love, compassion and brotherhood for all.

This article was originally published in the Jerusalem Post

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26 COMMENTS

  1. Couldn’t have said it better myself. I often wonder how one can rise spiritually while considering himself or herself victims of anything, much less of some invented, demonic entity they hardly know or understand.

  2. The problem with Islam in general
    and Arab culture in particular, is that they lack a fundamental value which is
    necessary in a civilized society. That value is humility.
    Humility makes a person look
    inwards and take responsibility. It makes a person strive to improve one self.
    More importantly, humility (the negation or diminution of one self) allows a person
    to see and appreciate others around them and to care for their welfare. This value is a key ingredient in making societies
    more caring more calm and potentially preparing them to evolve into democracies.

    Lack of humility results in never
    accepting responsibility and therefore, blaming others. It also results in
    arrogance which leads to honor seeking, and when honor is perceived to be
    lacking, this leads to anger and violence.
    Muslim and Arab societies display the classic signs
    mentioned above: Pursuit of honor, blaming others for their own failings, anger
    and violence on a personal as well as a societal level.
    Therefore, for Arab societies
    to change they must adapt and internalize this very important value.Until they do, violence and bloodshed will persist,
    and the “Arab spring” we are all wishfully awaiting, will remain far far away.

  3. I am so sick of the whining Muslims.  If they are dumb enough to believe everything they read about Ishmael, this simply shows how stupid they are.  This particular rift would never have arisen had the story of Ishmael and Isaac been correctly interpreted.  Clearly a case of the illegitimate son vs the legitimate.  Who would leave their land to a son whose brain capacity a little below normal.  As stated Ishmael is a bit of a Donkey, think of Shakespeare’s Bottom in Mid Summer Night’s dream.  Apart from this the whole religion is a mish mash of Christianity and Old Judaism.  Judaism has moved with the times, hence the Torah, constantly under revision and interpretation.  I don’t believe the Koran has an equivalent.

  4. ChaiGuy53 – With all due respect, you know nothing about Islam, which is all about subjugation of the self to God. You are mixing historic phenomena detailed here with the religion itself which is the epitome of humility. Why do you think they bow down before God five times a day?

  5. Justa Ju  I believe my fellow commentators know plenty about Islam.  You clearly have a very romantic view of Islam.  Even back in 640 AD Islam, was fired up into converting many to Islam, many did since they wanted to keep their heads!  The only sect of Islam professing any form of Spirituality if Sufism. Whom, I might add  disapprove of the current violence, Rape Jihads and other atrocities being carried out in 2013 21st Century.  But then of course you are entitled to refute the facts of Radical Islam dominating world headlines today.  The point is Justa Ju your noble Islamic Leaders i.e. Saudi Royal Family, Wahhabi, want to keep the petrodollars rolling in!  Iran wants more Russian Rupels! Both Iran and Saudi are desperate to get the Chinese multi-billion petrodollar market and to still retain the tiddly Euro-petro market.  Islamic Sheiks just love being able to do as they like, pay for child brides, buy Virgins, not too mention Khomeini’s little daliance with a 6 year old bride, shall I go on?  Omar Khayam was not a Muslim, evident from his poetry!

  6. Justa Ju ChaiGuy53
    With all due respect, to be humble before G-d is not
    a big deal.It is axiomatic with
    believing in G-d.It is the first step, otherwise
    there is no belief.
    The big deal is to take it further: by being humble
    in front of G-d’s other creations; by appreciating G-d through seeing the
    wonder of all his creation; by respecting the people he created and treating
    them as you would want to be treated yourself.

  7. YES this is a very interesting topic to be debated among the Muslim and Jewish Leaders but with the thought to come up with a solution and not to only blame each other and do what s and had been happening all these years,then I am sure things will get sorted out by itself.

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