The context to this is that not everyone in Jordan is terribly fond of the “Palestinians” for obvious reasons. And it’s only going to get worse as tensions increase.
Sheikh Ahmad Adwan, who introduces himself as a Muslim scholar who lives in Jordan, said on his personal Facebook page that there is no such thing as “Palestine” in the Koran. Allah has assigned the Holy Land to the Children of Israel until the Day of Judgment (Koran, Sura 5 – “The Sura of the Table”, Verse 21), and “We made the Children of Israel the inheritors (of the land)” (Koran, Sura 26 – “The Sura of the Poets”, Verse 59).
“I say to those who distort their Lord’s book, the Koran: From where did you bring the name Palestine, you liars, you accursed, when Allah has already named it “The Holy Land” and bequeathed it to the Children of Israel until the Day of Judgment. There is no such thing as ‘Palestine’ in the Koran. Your demand for the Land of Israel is a falsehood and it constitutes an attack on the Koran, on the Jews and their land. Therefore you won’t succeed, and Allah will fail you and humiliate you, because Allah is the one who will protect them (i.e. the Jews).”
The sheikh added: “The Palestinians are the killers of children, the elderly and women. They attack the Jews and then they use those (children, the elderly and women) as human shields and hide behind them, without mercy for their children as if they weren’t their own children, in order to tell the public opinion that the Jews intended to kill them.
This is exactly what I saw with my own two eyes in the 70’s, when they attacked the Jordanian army, which sheltered and protected them. Instead of thanking it (the Jordanian army), they brought their children forward to (face) the Jordanian army, in order to make the world believe that the army kills their children.
This is their habit and custom, their viciousness, their having hearts of stones towards their children, and their lying to public opinion, in order to get its support.”
It is worth mentioning, that the above mentioned sheikh visited Israel and met Jewish religious scholars. The “Israel in Arabic” site conducted an interview with him, in which he said that the reason for his openness towards the Jewish people “comes from my acknowledgment of their sovereignty on their land and my belief in the Koran, which told us and emphasized this in many places, like His (Allah’s) saying ”Oh People (i.e the Children of Israel), enter the Holy Land which Allah has assigned unto you” (Koran, Sura 5 – “The Sura of the Table”, Verse 21), and His saying “We made the Children of Israel the inheritors (of the land)” (Koran, Sura 26 – “The Sura of the Poets”, Verse 59) and many other verses.
He (Adwan) added: “(The Jews) are peaceful people who love peace, who are not hostile and are not aggressors, but if they are attacked, they defend themselves while causing as little damage to the attackers as possible. It is an honor for them that Allah has chosen them over the worlds – meaning over the people and the Jinns until the Day of Judgment. I made the reasons for Allah’s choice clear in my books and pamphlets. When Allah chose them, He didn’t do so out of politeness, and He wasn’t unjust other peoples, it is just that they (the Jews) deserved this.”
Palestine obviously has no legitimate standing in the Islamic lexicon. It’s why you see videos of Salafists burning Palestinian flags and Hamas officials talking openly about being Saudis and Egyptians.
The Muslim claim on Israel is religious, rather than nationalistic. It’s replacement theology. Adwan’s seeming rejection of that is somewhat confusing. Some people cite Sheikh Abdul Hadi Palazzi, but his views were rather far outside mainstream Islam.
Adwan’s views are, to the extent that we know them, likely to be about as far outside mainstream Islam. Muslim scholars, to the extent that they concede some element of the chosen people issue, place that in the past, rather than the present. In a video he states that the Koran doesn’t abrogate the Bible, even though a basic Muslim belief is that the belief was distorted.
So while some may be tempted to get excited about this, Islam does have its dissident figures, they just tend to get stamped out pretty quickly, if they don’t vanish into obscurity. There’s a reason that people are grabbing onto this story, because it’s very much man-bites-dog. It’s about as “exotic” a view from a Muslim scholar as you can imagine.
And there is just too little information to determine what Sheikh Adwan really stands for. His site, located on a Christian website, seems to suggest the kind of dissident scholar figure with its emphasis on original investigations of the Koran that challenge conventional views. It can be interesting in its own way, but is in the larger sense meaningless.
There is a reason that Islam doesn’t get “reformed”. Because Islam is what it is. It’s a tool and a weapon.