Understanding the Islam in Muslim Jew-Hatred

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The Koranic curse (verses 2:61/3:112) upon the Jews for (primarily) rejecting, even slaying Allah’s prophets, including Isa, the Muslim Jesus (or at least his “body double” 4:157-4:158),  is updated with perfect thematic logic in the canonical hadith: following the Muslims’ initial conquest of the Jewish farming oasis of Khaybar, one of the vanquished Jewesses reportedly served Muhammad poisoned mutton (or goat), which resulted, ultimately, in his protracted, agonizing death. And Ibn Saad’s sira account—the sira being the earliest pious Muslim biographies of Muhammad—maintains that Muhammad’s poisoning resulted from a well-coordinated Jewish conspiracy.

As characterized in the hadith, Muslim eschatology highlights the Jews’ supreme hostility to Islam. Jews are described as adherents of the Dajjâl – the Muslim equivalent of the Anti-Christ – or according to another tradition, the Dajjâl is himself Jewish. At his appearance, other traditions maintain that the Dajjâl will be accompanied by 70,000 Jews from Isfahan, or Jerusalem, wrapped in their robes, and armed with polished sabers, their heads covered with a sort of veil. When the Dajjâl is defeated, his Jewish companions will be slaughtered—everything will deliver them up except for the so-called gharkad tree, as per the canonical hadith (Sahih Muslim, Book 41, Number 6985) included in the 1988 Hamas Covenant (in article 7). This hadith is cited in the Covenant as a sacralized, obligatory call for a Muslim genocide of the Jews:

…the Islamic Resistance Movement aspires to realize the promise of Allah, no matter how long it takes. The Prophet, Allah’s prayer and peace be upon him, says: “The hour of judgment shall not come until the Muslims fight the Jews and kill them, so that the Jews hide behind trees and stones, and each tree and stone will say: ‘Oh Muslim, oh servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him,’ except for the Gharqad tree, for it is the tree of the Jews.” (Sahih Muslim, Book 41, Number 6985)

Moreover, findings reported by the politically left Israel Foundation, July 15, 2011, from an “intensive, face-to-face survey in Arabic of 1,010 Palestinian adults in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip” revealed  that 73% of this representative statistical sample of Palestinians surveyed agree with the dictates of the annihilationist canonical hadith (i.e., Sahih Muslim, Book 41, Number 6985) quoted in the Hamas Covenant.

Unfortunately, Hamas’ views on Islamic Jew hatred, are entirely concordant with those of the most authoritative religious educational institution within Sunni Islam for over 1000 years, since the late 10th century—Al Azhar University, in Cairo, Egypt. Consider a fatwa written January 5, 1956 by then Grand Mufti of Egypt, Sheikh Hasan Ma’moun, and signed by the leading members of the Fatwa Committee of Al Azhar, and the major representatives of all four Sunni Islamic schools of jurisprudence. [English translation from State Department Telegram 1763/ Embassy (Cairo) Telegram 1256 D441214] This ruling elaborated the following key initial point: that all of historical Palestine—modern Jordan, Israel, and the disputed territories of Judea and Samaria, as well as Gaza—having been conquered by jihad, was a permanent possession of the global Muslim umma (community), “fay territory”—booty or spoils—to be governed eternally by Islamic Law. The January, 1956 Al Azhar fatwa’s language and arguments are indistinguishable from those employed by Hamas (in its Covenant), revealing the same conjoined motivations of jihad, and conspiratorial Islamic Jew hatred:

Muslims cannot conclude peace with those Jews who have usurped the territory of Palestine and attacked its people and their property in any manner which allows the Jews to continue as a state in that sacred Muslim territory.

[as] Jews have taken a part of Palestine and there established their non-Islamic government and have also evacuated from that part most of its Muslim inhabitants… Jihad… to restore the country to its people.. is the duty of all Muslims, not just those who can undertake it. And since all Islamic countries constitute the abode of every Muslim, the Jihad is imperative for both the Muslims inhabiting the territory attacked, and Muslims everywhere else because even though some sections have not been attacked directly, the attack nevertheless took place on a part of the Muslim territory which is a legitimate residence for any Muslim.

Everyone knows that from the early days of Islam to the present day the Jews have been plotting against Islam and Muslims and the Islamic homeland. They do not propose to be content with the attack they made on Palestine and Al Aqsa Mosque, but they plan for the possession of all Islamic territories from the Nile to the Euphrates.

The continual, monotonous invocation by Al Azhar clerics of such jihadist and antisemitic motifs from the Koran (or other foundational Muslim texts) is entirely consistent with the published writings and statements of the late Sheikh Muhammad Sayyid Tantawi—Grand Imam of this pre-eminent Islamic religious institution from 1996, till his death in March 2010.

My book The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism includes extensive first time English translations of Tantawi’s academic magnum opus, Jews in the Koran and the Traditions. Tantawi wrote these words rationalizing Muslim Jew-hatred, in his 700 page treatise:

[The] Koran describes the Jews with their own particular degenerate characteristics, i.e. killing the prophets of Allah [Koran 2:61/ 3:112], corrupting His words by putting them in the wrong places, consuming the people’s wealth frivolously, refusal to distance themselves from the evil they do, and other ugly characteristics caused by their deep-rooted lasciviousness…only a minority of the Jews keep their word…[A]ll Jews are not the same. The good ones become Muslims [Koran 3:113], 41 the bad ones do not.

Tantawi was apparently rewarded for this scholarly effort by being named Grand Imam of Al-Azhar University, a position he held for 14-years. These were the expressed, “carefully researched” views on Jews held by the nearest Muslim equivalent to a Pope – the head of the most prestigious center of Muslim learning in Sunni Islam, which represents some 85 to 90% of the world’s Muslims. And Sheikh Tantawi never mollified such hatemongering beliefs after becoming the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar as his statements on “dialogue” (January 1998) with Jews, the Jews as “enemies of Allah, descendants of apes and pigs” (April 2002), and the legitimacy of homicide bombing of Jews (April 2002) make clear.

Here is but a very incomplete sampling of barely known pogroms and mass murderous violence against Jews living under Islamic rule, across space and time, all resulting from the combined effects of jihadism, general anti-dhimmi, and/or specifically Antisemitic motifs in Islam: 6,000 Jews massacred in Fez in 1033; hundreds of Jews slaughtered in Muslim Cordoba between 1010 and 1015; 4,000 Jews killed in Muslim riots in Grenada in 1066, wiping out the entire community; the Berber Muslim Almohad depredations of Jews (and Christians) in Spain and North Africa between 1130 and 1232, which killed tens of thousands, while forcibly converting thousands more, and subjecting the forced Jewish converts to Islam to a Muslim Inquisition; the 1291 pogroms in Baghdad and its environs, which killed (at least) hundreds of Jews; the 1465 pogrom against the Jews of Fez; the late 15th century pogrom against the Jews of the Southern Moroccan oasis town of Touat; the 1679 pogroms against, and then expulsion of 10,000 Jews from Sanaa, Yemen to the unlivable, hot and dry Plain of Tihama, from which only 1,000 returned alive, in 1680, 90% having died from exposure; recurring Muslim anti-Jewish violence—including pogroms and forced conversions—throughout the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, which rendered areas of Iran (for example, Tabriz) Judenrein; the 1834 pogrom in Safed where raging Muslim mobs killed and grievously wounded hundreds of Jews; the 1888 massacres of Jews in Isfahan and Shiraz, Iran; the 1910 pogrom in Shiraz; the pillage and destruction of the Casablanca, Morocco ghetto in 1907; the pillage of the ghetto of Fez  Morocco in 1912; the government sanctioned anti-Jewish pogroms by Muslims in Turkish Eastern Thrace during June-July, 1934 which ethnically cleansed at least 3000 Jews; and the series of pogroms, expropriations, and finally mass expulsions of some 900,000 Jews from Arab Muslim nations, beginning in 1941 in Baghdad (the murderous “Farhud,” during which 600 Jews were murdered, and at least 12,000 pillaged)—eventually involving cities and towns in Egypt, Morocco, Libya, Syria, Aden, Bahrain, and culminating in 1967 in Tunisia—that accompanied the planning and creation of a Jewish state, Israel, on a portion of the Jews’ ancestral homeland.

Part 2, tomorrow: Dr. Bostom discusses the nexus of Islam and Nazism and describes his forthcoming book.

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  • Anamah

    Thanks Dr. Botom and Mark Tapson; this is so interesting. That part of history (among others) is what people as Ron Paul doesn't get. How can be this possible? Could be simply ignorance or dumbness, or bad faith?

  • kafir

    So is the article implying that I cannot mention the made up moon good, allah, nor its inventor and pedophile mohamat, the dog faced pig (or is that pig faced dog?)? Apparently, the article is mistaken.

    Let's remember, when muslims kill muslims, it's a mitzvah.

  • aspacia

    It would be nice if an Arab media source would print this.

  • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

    Another book for the candle and incense store.

    • BFP

      You don't even bother with a normal response, do you?.
      I get it you adore Islam and Muslims because of their hate for jews.
      But i assure you, jews are not the only ones they hate, your turn will come as well.
      Too bad you not living in Europe at the moment, in about 15 years they will discover what the real islam is.

      • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

        No. I don't give a squirt about Islam.

  • jacob


    Then, ET TU BRUTUS, all of this is lies, same as the Holocaust never haqppened
    and more recently, the 9/11 horror was a combined operation of the Mossad and
    the US government,….. right ???
    Furthermore, ABBAS, the Arab "peace" partner of ISRAEL as per HUSSEIN OBAMA,
    graduation thesis at the Moscau University was the denial of the Holocaust but
    nothing to worry about, ISLAM IS A RELIGION OF PEACE…which, from what I've
    learned, is the peace of the graveyards…or "Dhimmitude" at best

    By the way, if neither Christians nor Jews are allowed to build or repair churches
    and GOD forbid, synagogues, why in the hell are Muslims allowed to build
    mosques and call the faithfull with loudspeakers to the chagrin of the "infidels"
    around ????
    Is it once more "Political Correctness" at work ?????

    • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

      Question mark.

    • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

      Stay tuned. Next week these questions will be answered. Same bat time. Same bat channel. Same bat mitzvah.

      • Western Canadian

        Bat mitzvah….. hmmm, i always suspected that flippedout was a girl. A fat, stupid, ugly, jew hating girl…..

  • Boston

    So, they tried to kill Mo ? Too bad they didn't succeed sooner.


    President Bush said that Islam was hijacked by bad guys representing a small minority of Islam. The Brilliant Rosie O'Donnel and her crowd insist that to say otherwise is Islamaphobic. Ophra Winfrey would be besides herself to hear such hate. This article must be wrong since it contradicts "The Views" of the smartest women on earth.

  • Yetwave

    For the reason that a swift read through the koran dispels the myth that there is anything peaceful about islam is reason unto itself for not banning it.
    The only time that islam becomes 'the religion of peace' is when the meaning of its name, submission, is effective. Once everyone submits to islam, then, the koran says, there will be peace.
    The eternally battling sunnis and the shias must have skipped that sura, though.

  • diogenesusa

    For a comprehensive understanding of Islam and its history, there is a recently published Ebook at Amazon.com Kindle Books, the title is;
    Allah of the Qur'an and the God of the Bible "Are They the Same?" The Verdict Is Yours.
    Solid scriptural references both Qur'anic and Biblical scriptures will provide the reader a rare insight into the mind of the Muslim.

  • Ghostwriter

    Flipside would probably like to buy this book on anti-semitism in Islam. He's never liked Jews to begin with and reading about progroms will probably make him happy.

    • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

      Buy? That’s a strong word.

      • Western Canadian

        Steal would be more in line with your level of ethical development.