Police is investigating and the Muslim and Jewish communities are enraged at the Dar Al-Arqam Mosque in Montreal’s Saint-Michel neighborhood which last December hosted an Imam who preached the killing of Jews, CBC reported. The outrage erupted after the video carrying the Imam’s repugnant sermon surfaced online.
The video was posted to the mosque’s YouTube channel, and shows Jordanian scholar Sheikh Muhammad bin Musa Al Nasr, an invited guest at the mosque, reciting in Arabic the verses from the by now renowned hadith where trees and stones say: “O Muslim, O servant of Allah, O Muslim, O servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.”
The hadith describes the end of times, when stones and trees will ask Muslims to kill Jews.
B’nai Brith Canada filed a complaint with Montreal police crimes unit last week. said Harvey Levine, regional director of B’nai Brith in Quebec, told CBC: “This is inciting violence, and this is inciting radicalization. It’s against the law and has to be stopped.”
Salam Elmenyawi, president of the Muslim Council of Montreal, told CBC the mosque, which is a member of the Council, must apologize.
Imam Ziad Asali of the Association of Islamic Charitable Projects told CBC on Thursday that “to use the themes of the Prophet to spread hatred is actually something that is disrespectful towards the Prophet himself.”
The hadith describes the Day of Judgement, which will come only after the Muslims fight the Jews, and the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say, O Muslims, O Abdullah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.
Only the Gharkad (Boxthorn, Atad in Hebrew) tree will not do that because it is one of the trees of the Jews.
In fact, the average Muslim reportedly believes that the State of Israel is busy planting Boxthorn trees everywhere, as protection against the inevitable Muslim victory.
The Boxthorn has a very negative reputation in Jewish lore, as it is described (Judges 9) as a useless tree who forces his rule on all the productive trees.