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It was a terrifying event that violated not only the two victims' bodies but their souls.
At every occasion, I try to correct the impression that this so-called hadith supposedly determines the Muslims' outlook towards Jews.
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.
Why did Merah, born and raised in France to Algerian-French parents, commit such a ruthless massacre? Was he just a fundamentalist who took Islamic teachings to the extreme, or is it basic Islamic fundamentals themselves that led 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."
Sheikh Muhammad Hussein in response: "I can't change the Hadith."