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Shameless Anti-Jewish Propaganda Is Based on False ‘Hadith’

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

A hadith is a saying or an act or tacit approval or disapproval attributed to the Islamic prophet Muhammad. The hadiths are regarded by traditional Islamic schools of jurisprudence as important tools for understanding the Quran and in matters of jurisprudence.[4] Hadith were evaluated and gathered into large collections during the 8th and 9th centuries. These works are referred to in matters of Islamic law and history to this day.

In an interview with Egyptian Minister of Religious Endowments Ali Afifi, which aired on Sada Al-Balad TV on March 14, 2013, the interviewer asked him: Will you visit Israel only with a Palestinian visa?

Minister Afifi responded: “This is premature. Let’s wait until it happens. However, we hope that the words of the Prophet Muhammad will be fulfilled: ‘Judgment Day will not come before the Muslims fight the Jews, and the Jews will hide behind the rocks and the trees, but the rocks and the trees will say: Oh Muslim , oh servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him – except for the gharqad tree (lycium, or boxthorn), which is one of the trees of the Jews… We fully believe that the future of this land lies with Islam and the Muslims.”

One after the other, we see Arab religious and political leaders referring to one specific hadith (a saying of the prophet Muhammad) as a propaganda tool against Israel. Once again, an Arab channel aired the statements of an Egyptian cleric referring to this false hadith and talking about war with Jews.

Leaving aside the Quranic verses that praise the People of the Book (Jews and Christians), leaving aside the spirit of the Qur’an as a whole, some leaders speak out of nothing but hatred, rage and holding grudges, instead of love, friendship and brotherhood. Based on what? On a false hadith.

At every occasion, I try to correct the impression that this so-called hadith supposedly determines the Muslims’ outlook towards Jews. However, it becomes irrelevant whether it is true or false, when millions of Muslims believe it. I sometimes think if only they embraced the Qur’an as they hold on to this false hadith; since when can one take a hadith that so utterly conflicts with the Qur’an as if it were an absolute truth and based just on that harbor hatred against a nation?

There are many fabricated hadiths that have infiltrated into authentic hadith collections over the centuries. One can discriminate these through conscience and reason, because no hadith can conflict with the Qur’an. If it does, then it is not an authentic hadith, and this is indisputable. What is more, it is not acceptable to annul a verse of the Qur’an on the basis of false hadiths. And even for those true hadiths which seem offensive, there is a rational interpretation that is compatible with the spirit of the Qur’an.

If a Muslim claims to be sincere, he should embrace the teachings of the Qur’an as a whole, because the verses explain one another; they have to be considered in a holistic fashion. I would like to ask these people: What about the other verses and hadiths that praise Jews and talk in their favor? What about the threats, the damnation of God to so-called Muslims—who are described as hypocrites—who misuse the Qur’an for their own benefit? God talks about the false things that their tongues may put forth in the name of Allah and He promises punishment for “…those who conceal Allah’s revelations in the Book, and purchase for them a miserable profit” (Qur’an, 2:174), “…those in whose hearts is perversity follow the part thereof that is allegorical, seeking discord” (Qur’an, 3:7), and those who “…invent (lies) against Allah” (Qur’an, 6:140).

In one particular verse, God mentions the so-called Muslims who take some parts of the Qur’an and overlook the others: “… Then is it only a part of the Book that ye believe in, and do ye reject the rest? but what is the reward for those among you who behave like this but disgrace in this life?- and on the Day of Judgment they shall be consigned to the most grievous penalty. For Allah is not unmindful of what ye do.” (Quran, 2:85)

I view the interpretation by those who approach the text with the spirit of war against Jewish people as a crime, and perceive this as an offense to Islam. One can easily understand that the hadith that these people refer to is false because it conflicts with the Qur’an in an obvious and blatant manner. Killing an innocent man just because one claims to hear a sound from the rocks is the claim of a paranoid madman. In this case, whenever a psychopath commits a crime, he could no doubt claim that he heard the voice of God speaking to him from a rock. This suggestion is laughable; we are all familiar with the claims of assorted and sundry murderers who say they were acting under “divine inspiration” as they committed their crimes.

However, even if we assume that there is such a hadith, it could easily be interpreted in a different way, humanely and reasonably. For instance:

“Judgment Day will come only when the Muslims fight the Jews.”

Some radicals have interpreted this statement as an excuse or a call to make war against the Jews. However, this can never give legitimacy to such a notion: this hadith has already been realized. Muslims and Jews have already made war against each other in Palestine, Egypt, Syria, Jordan, etc., and have done so several times in the last century alone. But this saying does not set forth that Jews are the eternal enemies of Muslims or that Muslims should always fight against Jews. Such interpretations have no theological or doctrinal basis.

Similarly, in the “sayings of the Prophet Mohammed,” many events regarding the End of Times have been explained in great detail and they have all come true. For instance, in one of them the Prophet foretells that blood will be shed in the Kaaba (and this has happened in the recent past, in 1979 to be specific, during the siege of the Masjid al-Haraam), but it has never been interpreted as a call to shed blood in the Kaaba.

The Prophet Mohammed informs us that there will be a great war between Iran and Iraq (the Iran-Iraq War of 1980-1988), and this has never been interpreted to mean that Muslims should fight each other. Therefore, these interpretations that call for war against the Jews have no theological or doctrinal basis, and they are an apparent misuse of Islam.

The other false interpretation, regarding the continuation of this hadith, can be found 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.’”

But we cannot deduce any judgments based on a single verse of the Qur’an or a single hadith.

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 some Jews, we should regard him as a madman and that person would thus be committing murder; he would be an assassin. This would be haram (unlawful), and it is definitely unacceptable.

Killing children, killing women or killing innocent people is not acceptable. A Muslim can protect himself only in legitimate self-defense. Otherwise, killing the innocent is a sin.

If someone tells me, “Come here, there is a Jew here, come and kill him,” I would regard this individual as a psychopath, since no rational Muslim would do that. Even if the Jewish person in question has committed a crime, the police should be summoned, the individual arrested and charged and 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; such is the reasoning of anarchists and delusional psychotics.

According to the Qur’an, Jews have a special status as “People of the Book” and there is no obstacle whatsoever for Muslims to live side by side with Jews. On the contrary, Muslims can establish warm relationships with Jews through marriage and the sharing of food. God says that the food of Jews is lawful (halal) for Muslims; that means that God creates some sort of closeness with Jews, and that he wants us to consider them as friends. If we are able to sit down to dinner together, how could it be that Jews are Muslims’ foes? If God says one can marry and eat with the People of the Book, this is the clearest proof that we can live together in a climate of peace and love.

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

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

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.

The Toulouse Massacre, Why Did It Happen?

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Last week, Mohammed Merah, a Muslim-Frenchman killed three Jewish children and a rabbi at a Jewish school in Toulouse, France. Merah reportedly held one little girl, Myriam Monsonego, by her hair to shoot her in the head. Three days before that, Merah shot dead three French soldiers of North African heritage. Under siege in his apartment by French counter-terrorism squad, France 24 reported Merah told negotiators he was connected to al Qaeda and what he had done was “only the beginning”. He said that he was motivated by France’s ban on wearing the burqa and that “the Jews have killed our brothers and sisters in Palestine.” According to French officials, Merah expressed only one regret: “Not having claimed more victims,” and said he was proud of having “brought France to its knees.” As Merah himself confirmed it was “only the beginning,” it might be worth wondering: Why did Merah, born and raised in France to Algerian-French parents, commit such a ruthless massacre? Was he just an extreme fundamentalist who had taken Islamic teachings to the extreme, or is it basic Islamic fundamentals themselves that lead him to that? As a Muslim, and in an attempt to answer that question, I thought it prudent to look to the factual teaching of Islam on Jihad or “Holy war.”

Sahih Muslim, for example, is a historically renowned book that gathers teachings of Prophet Muhammad that are considered “Sahih,” as in “confirmed” and “authentic.”

In Sahih Muslim and in the Book of Jihad, the first chapter is entitled: “Regarding Permission to Make A Raid, Without An Ultimatum, Upon The Disbelievers Who Have Already Been Invited to Accept Islam” (Book 19, Number 4292):

“Ibn ‘Aun reported: I wrote to Nafi’ inquiring from him whether it was necessary to extend (to the disbelievers) an invitation to accept (Islam) before meeting them in fight. He wrote (in reply) to me that it was necessary in the early days of Islam. The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) made a raid upon Banu Mustaliq while they were unaware and their cattle were having a drink at the water. He killed those who fought and imprisoned others. On that very day, he captured Juwairiya bint al-Harith. Nafi’ said that this tradition was related to him by Abdullah b. Umar who (himself) was among the raiding troops.”

Merah’s un-alerted and un-provoked attack is thus perfectly with the Prophet’s teachings.

Nonetheless, where does Merah’s cold-blooded murder of children stand within the teachings of the prophet?

Chapter two of Sahih Muslim‘s book of Jihad speaks about Muhammad’s advice to his military commanders sent on expeditions (Book 19, Number 4294):

“It has been reported from Sulaiman b. Buraid through his father that when the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) appointed anyone as leader of an army or detachment he would especially exhort him to fear Allah and to be good to the Muslims who were with him. He would say: Fight in the name of Allah and in the way of Allah. Fight against those who disbelieve in Allah. Make a holy war, do not embezzle the spoils; do not break your pledge; and do not mutilate (the dead) bodies; do not kill the children…”

The prophet’s exhortations not to kill women and children are re-enforced in another chapter, Chapter 8: “Prohibition of Killing Women and Children in War” (Book 19, Number 4319):

“It is narrated on the authority of ‘Abdullah that a woman was found killed in one of the battles fought by the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him). He disapproved of the killing of women and children.”

Sounds humane, right? Not so fast. Right after Chapter 8 comes Chapter 9, which reads: “Permissibility of Killing Women and Children in the Night Raids Provided It Is Not Deliberate” (Book 19, Number 4321):

“It is reported on the authority of Sa’b b. Jaththama that the Prophet of Allah (may peace be upon him), when asked about the women and children of the polytheists being killed during the night raid, said: They are from them.”

Merah killed three Jewish children who were “from them,” the “evil Jews.” As Merah explained to the France 24 news channel, while he was under siege by French counter-terrorism police, it had not been his original plan to kill those children, that he was originally planning to kill another French soldier but missed him, so he took the next possible target. Was Merah thinking that this made the murders “Not deliberate”?

While Merah fulfilled his wish by taking away the lives of infidels and their children, and was killed himself after that, he still succeeded in fulfilling an equally noble goal in Islamic warfare – creating “‘Terror,’ which is more far-reaching than the actual body count.”

PM Netanyahu Condemns Jerusalem Mufti’s Anti-Semitic Speech

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu inveighed against the comments made by Jerusalem Mufti Sheikh Muhammad Hussein that glorified the killing of Jews.

“These are heinous words that the world needs to condemn,” Netanyahu said at a cabinet meeting. He called on Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein to investigate the PA religious leader for incitement after quoting an Islamic text attributed to Muhammad that calls for the killing of Jews.

In response, Hussein denied inciting the killing of Jews, saying he was merely quoting the Islamic text. “I can’t change the Hadith,” he retorted.

Energy minister and Yisrael Beiteinu MK Uzi Landau, reminded the cabinet that “this is not coming from Hamas, which we are used to – this is coming from Palestinian Authority television.”

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/pm-netanyahu-condemns-jerusalem-muftis-anti-semitic-speech/2012/01/22/

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