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Egyptian Minister of Religious Endowments Ali Afifi.

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.


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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.


  1. SubhaanAllah, my sister Sinem has written a perfectly written blog, we the Muslims should open our hearts to truth and leave the lies of the Salafi ulem who have divided the nation into 73 sects, how can holy prophet send us into hate and lie , we should honor the prophet and not put lies to his name.

  2. SubhaanAllah, my sister Sinem has written a perfectly written blog, we the Muslims should open our hearts to truth and leave the lies of the Salafi ulem who have divided the nation into 73 sects, how can holy prophet send us into hate and lie , we should honor the prophet and not put lies to his name.

  3. We Jews know the truth about Islam and how it could become the world’s second largest religion even though the Rambam stated in his 1172 letter to the Yemenite Jews that the founder of Islam is a false prophet, insane and is the successor of the xian prophet Yeshu. Just as we Jews can prove that xianity is based on lies so too we can prove that Islam is based on lies. One of great masters of lies was Josef Goebbel, Hitler’s minister for propaganda who said: “If you tell a big enough lie, frequently enough, it becomes the truth.” One can see this even today with the Palestinians who are not a people yet claiming Israel as their country of origin which is also false; yet, the lies continue, killings continue and Israel is being forced to give the Holy Land away to them.
    What are the fallacies that support Islam’s existence? One is that Islam has lasted for 1,400 years and therefore it must be true. For many years, everyone believed the Earth was the center of the Cosmos (sun, moon and universe revolved around the Earth) until Galileo proved them wrong. Another fallacy that Muslims cling to is the claim that since a great portion of humanity believes in Islam it must true. They state: “How can so many people be wrong?” Truth does not change nor does it become untrue if nobody believes in it nor does it become true if many people believe in it. Bertrand Russell stated: “The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd; indeed in view of the silliness of the majority of mankind, a widely spread belief is more likely to be foolish than sensible.” The Earth was never flat, even when everyone believed so. Another fallacy is the assertion which is variation of the one above that states that something is true by using emotive language because it is appealing to a lot of people and that billions of people are not mistaken fools. I’ve answered this in the part already.

  4. So why has Islam succeeded? Islam has succeeded because it is a big lie just like Yeshu (xians) and the claim for the Palestinians today.
    Adolf Hitler stated in his book, Mein Kampf (1925), “The broad mass of a nation will more easily fall victim to a big lie than to a small one.” If this big lie is backed up with the threat of your own death if you repudiate him then you compromise yourself to not fight against him and later on you force yourself to believe in whatever he says even if he makes no sense at all. The big lie offsets the scale of our commonsense. Once you let yourself to be fooled, then you should be prepared to be fooled ad infinitum because there is no end to foolishness. How many people would let a 54 year old man sleep their 9 year old daughter? This requires extreme foolishness which creates blind faith.
    The creators of these big lies are psychopaths. Narcissists can be charismatic, intelligent and charming; however, psychopathology has nothing to do with intelligence. By putting the two together, one is a psychopath narcissist that has intelligence but lacks a conscience. This intelligence combined with a lack of conscience that makes a person extremely dangerous. Hitler is an example. An unintelligent psychopath that hold you at gunpoint to rob you is far less dangerous than the intelligent psychopath that seduces millions of people with grandiose talks and empty promises. Hitler, Stalin and others were insane. The Rambam stated that Muhammad was insane.
    The psychopath liar is ready to use violence to defend his lies as mentioned before. Muhammad attributed his victories to divine assistance. The truth is that he won because it was not of Devine help but rather because he was cunning, ruthless and used deceit and treachery to win. One does not need Devine help to kill unarmed villagers taken by surprise. Muhammad taught “Slay the idolaters wherever you find them” (9:5); “I will instill terror into the hearts of the unbelievers: smite ye above their necks and smite all their finger tips off them” (8:12); “And as for those who disbelieve and reject Our Signs, they are the people of Hell” (5:11); “For him (the disbeliever) there is disgrace in his life, and on the Day of Judgment We shall make him taste the Penalty of burning (Fire).” (22:9); “(As for) those who disbelieve in Our communications, We shall make them enter fire; so aft as their skins are thoroughly burned, we will change them for other skins, that they may taste the chastisement; surely Allah is mighty, wise.” (4:56)

  5. There are other Quran quotes but this just goes to show that extreme violence can become very convincing if your life depends on it. Here is a man who has now convinced you that he holds the key to hell and paradise and that your eternal destiny is in his hands otherwise you and your family will be thrown into the fire. You think and say to yourself, “by disobeying him, I would be punished for eternity. How can I take that chance? Just look at how many people have accepted him. Can all these people be wrong?” You then silence your conscience, live and believe in him. Your obedience is rewarded. Your fellow cultists cheer you and praise your faith, devotion and sacrifices. This makes you feel better even though your actions were originally against your conscience. Gradually you come to see evil as good and murder appears to be divine. You’ve become little by little insane as your purposed “prophet” was insane. Insanity breeds insanity so that when your “prophet” tells you that by killing people you will go to heaven, you believe. When he tells you that you must sacrifice your own life, you happily do it. When he tells you to hand over your possessions to him or give him your wife or your under-aged daughter to have sex with, you do not hesitate to please him. There is no point for you to think or question anything, only to obey. You are told and believe that the bigger your sacrifice, the greater will be your reward. You marvel at the absurdities that he utters and instead of using reason to dismiss them outright, you strive to find some esoteric and hidden meanings in them that might offer some justification. The more stupid the utterances, the more miraculous and divine they begin to sound to you.

  6. Omeir was a 16 years old lad who accompanied Muhammad in one of his battles. Muhammad spoke so glowingly of martyrdom that this boy was kindled with zealotry. Throwing away a handful of dates, which he was eating, he exclaimed “Is it these that hold me back from Paradise? Verily, I will taste no more of them, until I meet my Lord!” With such words, he drew his sword, and casting himself upon enemy's ranks, soon obtained the fate he coveted.
    Hitler was convinced that he was doing the work of G-d. Indeed, one of his most revealing statements makes this quite clear. In his book Mein Kampf, he wrote:
    “Hence today I believe that I am acting in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator: by defending myself against the Jew, I am fighting for the work of the Lord.” (Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, Ralph Mannheim, ed., New York. Mariner Books, 1999, p. 65.)
    Hitler attracted the support of many Germans merely by making them feel good with his big lies. He was a spellbinding speaker. When he spoke, he became louder and louder, as he vented his rage at the perceived enemies of Germany . He aroused the patriotism of Germans. His belief, that the bigger the lie the more believable it might become, proved true. Millions of Germans believed in his lies. They loved him and were moved to tears by his fiery speeches.
    Ibn Sa’d reports a hadith that reveals more similarities between Muhammad and Hitler: “During the sermons, the eyes of the Prophet would turn red as he would raise his voice and spoke angrily as if he was the commander of an army warning his men ‘the resurrection and I are like these two fingers (referring to his index and middle finger). He would say ‘the best of guidance is the guidance of Muhammad and the worst thing is innovation and any innovation will result in perdition.” (Ibn Sa’d Tabaqat, page 362)
    To conclude as to why Islam succeeded:
    1. Islam is the biggest lie.
    2. Muhammad was a ruthless tyrant.
    3. Islam is extremely intolerant of opposing ideas
    4. Islam is an instrument of power.
    There is much more information from the same site from which I obtained the information above:

  7. A major fault in Sinem's apologetic is the koranic concept of abrogation. Surah 2:106:

    None of Our revelations do We abrogate or cause to be forgotten, but We substitute something better or similar: Knowest thou not that Allah Hath power over all things?

    This forms the basis of early more tolerant verses accredited to Mohamed in Mecca, (before he made his journey to Yathrib (Medina), at start of his political career) being supplanted by the intolerant anti-Jewish and violent verses. Sinem avoids this completely.

  8. You are right Kenneth.
    Abdullah Ibn Abi Sarh, who wrote the Quran realized there were no revelations and that Muhammad was making the Quran up, had to escape Medina and only in the safety of Mecca he revealed what he had found. However, when Muhammad conquered Mecca , he immediately sought Abi Sarh and ordered his execution. "Slay the idolaters wherever you find them. Qur’an 9:5 Muhammad slaughtered 900 Jews in one day, after he captured them in a raid that he started. (Quranic verses 33:26-27 and 33:9-10) " fight People of the Book, (Christian and Jews) who do not accept the religion of truth (Islam).” Quran 9:20 O you who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians as awliya’ (friends, protectors, helpers, etc.), they are but awliya’ to one another…Quran 5: 51

  9. Forgot to mention, Kenneth, that Ibn Massoud was renowned as the most notable in his knowledge of the Quran. Ibn Massoud’s copy of the Quran was significantly different from the official copy of Uthman, which he refused to recognize. Al-Hajaj Ibn Youssef Al-Thakafi, the ruthless ruler of Iraq during the Umayyad dynasty, made many changes to the official Quran many years after Uthman. The vulnerability of the Quran lies in the fact that not only was it changed by many people to fit their political situation but even the presence of only one error, say a misplaced word or letter, is a good enough proof that the entire book is a hoax.

  10. The Rambam, in his letter to the Yemenite Jews in the year 1172, stated that Muhammad was the successor of Yeshu (xian’s prophet).
    The Prophet Muhammad had launched his movement to dislodge the Quraish priests from the highly profitable posts of the Ka’aba, and to have them reallocated to himself and to his followers is inferable from the Quran itself. His aforesaid attempt was akin to the attempt that Yeshu had made for removing the Jewish rabbis from the top priestly positions they held in the temples of Jerusalem.
    “For me, I have been commanded to serve the Lord of this City [i.e. Mecca], Him Who has sanctified it and to Whom (belong) all things: and I am commanded to be of those who bow in Islam to Allah’s Will,” – (27:91).
    Maulana Abul Ala Mududi’s comment on verse 27:91 is succinct. He says:
    “Finally, the sura addresses itself to the excuse often put forward by the Meccan unbelievers. They argued that if they accepted the new, monotheistic Faith and abandon their old polytheistic religion, they would lose their religious, political and social ascendancy among the Arabs. The result of embracing the new Faith would be that, far from remaining the most powerful tribe in Arabia, they would be reduced to a tribe devoid of power and standing and be deprived of security and protection. This was the real reason behind the Quraysh nobility’s non-acceptance of Islam… (Towards Understanding the Quran; Vol. 7, p. 194).

  11. Totally absurd! When will these people start believing solid proof of science and stop regurgitating ridiculous religious garbage? There has never been a God. Not Allah, Not Ahura Mazda, Not Abraham’s God, nor the one who supposedly impregnated Jesus’ mother. Our Universe is 13.5 Billion years old and our planet is 3.5 Billion years old. We have evolved from lesser life forms and we can continue evolving, if we learn to coexist and help each other out. Otherwise, we are going to make ourselves extinct like the dinosaurs and this planet will create other creatures.

  12. Wish peace had on you!!! What about the so called SECULAR modern people from your country and west who are portraying incests with 6 year old children in term of SEX fantasy?and humiliating every TRUTH cork opener (Like Julian Assange or may be even Strauss Kann) immediately condemned with SEXUAL ABUSE with children?
    If marrying of 6 years old girl is only issues you,non-muslims,have points to raise,please feel free to provide some statistics of unreported sexual harassment,rape cases in your country or in any other country like America,Sweeden,UK…….. @ Gerald Miiller
    Welcome to debate in personal.
    May allah give you hidayah

  13. Do you think we should do some bible burning… look at what it says… this is outrageous.. it says Mohammed has to bow the knee to Jesus.

    Phil 2:9-10 9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
    and gave him the name that is above every name,
    10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

    and in context Phil 2:1-10

    2 Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
    5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
    6 Who, being in very nature[a] God,
    did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
    7 rather, he made himself nothing
    by taking the very nature[b] of a servant,
    being made in human likeness.
    8 And being found in appearance as a man,
    he humbled himself
    by becoming obedient to death—
    even death on a cross!
    9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
    and gave him the name that is above every name,
    10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

  14. Tim Upham

    From the Hadith (Traditions of Mohammad):

    Abu-Dawud 2:2116
    "Aisha said, "The Apostle of Allah married me when I was seven years old." (The narrator Sulaiman said: "Or six years."). "He had intercourse with me when I was 9 years old."

    Sahih Bukhari 5:58:236
    Narrated Hisham's father: Khadija died three years before the Prophet departed to Medina. He stayed there for two years or so and then he married 'Aisha when she was a girl of six years of age, and he consumed (sic – consummated) that marriage when she was nine years old.

    Sahih Bukhari 7:62:64
    Narrated 'Aisha: that the Prophet married her when she was six years old and he consummated his marriage when she was nine years old, and then she remained with him for nine years (i.e., till his death).

    Sahih Bukhari 7:62:65
    Narrated 'Aisha: that the Prophet married her when she was six years old and he consummated his marriage when she was nine years old. Hisham said: I have been informed that 'Aisha remained with the Prophet for nine years (i.e. till his death)." what you know of the Quran (by heart)'

    Sahih Bukhari 7:62:88
    Narrated 'Ursa: The Prophet wrote the (marriage contract) with 'Aisha while she was six years old and consummated his marriage with her while she was nine years old and she remained with him for nine years (i.e. till his death).

    Abu Dawud 41:4915
    Narrated Aisha, Ummul Mu'minin: The Apostle of Allah (peace be upon him) married me when I was seven or six. When we came to Medina, some women came. according to Bishr's version: Umm Ruman came to me when I was swinging. They took me, made me prepared and decorated me. I was then brought to the Apostle of Allah (peace be upon him), and he took up cohabitation with me when I was nine. She halted me at the door, and I burst into laughter.

    Sahih Muslim 8:3310
    'A'isha (Allah be pleased with her) reported: Allah's Apostle (may peace be upon him) married me when I was six years old, and I was admitted to his house when I was nine years old.

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