Muslim Scholar: “Allah Gave Israel to the Jews”, “Palestinians are the Killers of Children”

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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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.

  • unionville

    It may be meaningless but it definitely shocks the system to hear a Muslim scholar speak the truth.

    • UCSPanther

      To the fanatics, truth is heresy…

  • defcon 4

    I’d imagine he might not have long to live, islamic states being as tolerant and open as they are.
    I seem to remember another member of the Jordanian royal family being murdered by his fellow muslimes for coming out in moral support of Israel in ’48′

  • Hass

    “There is a reason that Islam doesn’t get “reformed”. Because Islam is what it is. It’s a tool and a weapon.”

    Whilst reading this article, I was thinking exactly what you wrote above Daniel.

    As usual, you’re bang on mate.

  • crankywhitewoman

    Fatwa in 5…4…3…2….

  • Lanna

    The truth will set everyone free, the Lord hates liars and his punishment will be enormous for those who go against Israel and try to push her out of her God given land and divide Jerusalem. God has a covenant with the seeds of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and the 12 tribes of Israel, they have the title deed to the land of Canaan. I would not want to be on the receiving end of his wrath!

  • Adnane Khirchi

    The Jews inherited the treasures and the goods of Pharaoh and those who died with him. There is no mention of the holy land!! They Jewish people still haven’t escaped from Egypt yet. And I read these comments and people are jumping with joy and praising this man. Check your facts FIRST!
    ((And We inspired to Moses, “Travel by night with My servants; indeed, you will be pursued.”
    Then Pharaoh sent heralds to (all) the Cities,
    (Saying): “These (Israelites) are but a small band,
    And indeed, they are enraging us,
    And indeed, we are a cautious society… ”
    So We removed them from gardens and springs
    And treasures and honorable station -
    Thus. And We caused to inherit it the Children of Israel.))

    • Daniel Greenfield

      The text can be read that way and some Islamic commenters do read it that way, but overall it tends to be interpreted as referring to the land of Israel.

      Koran 7:137 backs this up.

      And We caused the people who had been oppressed to inherit the eastern regions of the land and the western ones, which We had blessed. And the good word of your Lord was fulfilled for the Children of Israel because of what they had patiently endured. And We destroyed [all] that Pharaoh and his people were producing and what they had been building.

      • Adnane Khirchi

        It is NOT an interpretation, it’s what the actual text says.

        As for 7:137, the Hebrews never entered the holy land because of their disbelief and their arrogance. If you read the following verses you’ll see that they started worshiping a golden calf, rejected God’s food (Manna) and asked for the fish they used to have in Egypt … And when they reached the land the following happened:
        http://quran.com/5/20-26

        So yeah … God’s chosen people, all they did is to disobey

  • http://www.unmexicoposible.com/ JoseAngel

    Jordan has been a neighbour in peace to Israel for quite some time already, with both nations cooperating in a number of projects. There are embassies and regular exchanges, Jordanians will be the first to openly embrace friendship and partnerships with Israel.

  • Jim Miller

    Sheikh Ahmad Adwan, ia very brave and courageous man, he has earned my trust and respect, I am sure Israel ‘d make room for him among the RIGHTEOUS.
    I lived in Israel and had some good Arab friends but, the muslim fanatics you NEVER can reason with them, they have lost touch with reality as our black jack-ass at the white mosque.