“Islamic Anti-Semitism”- LETTER TO INDIAN EXPRESS

via H. Balakrishnan published on January 2, 2009
Reference Faizur Rahman’s ” India is about democracy not Hindu theocracy ” (TNIE-02 JAN).


The writer deploys a ” smokescreen ” when he wrote: ” Swamy expects readers to dogmatically believe that the ‘Jews were hated by Prophet Mohammed’, without quoting a single statement of the Prophet in support.” On the contrary, Islamic Holy Texts are replete with ” Anti-Semitism “.


For starters, Palestinian cleric Wael Al-Zarad during a television program which aired on Al-Aqsa TV on February 28, 2008 intoned the following about the Jews of Israel: ” By Allah, if each and every Arab spat on them, they would drown in Arab spit.” The crux of Al-Zarad’s remarks explained that the Muslims’ blood vengeance against the Jews, ” will only subside with their [the Jews] annihilation, Allah willing, because they tried to kill our Prophet several times.”


These allegations are part of a central antisemitic motif in the Koran which decrees an eternal curse upon the Jews (Koran 2:61/ reiterated at 3:112) for slaying the prophets and transgressing against the will of Allah. It should be noted that Koran 3:112 is featured in the pre-amble to Hamas’ foundational Covenant. This central motif is coupled to Koranic verses 5:60, and 5:78, which describe the Jews transformation into apes and swine (5:60), or simply apes, (i.e. verses 2:65 and 7:166), having been “…cursed by the tongue of David, and Jesus, Mary’s son” (5:7. Muhammad himself repeats this Koranic curse in a canonical hadith (Sunan Abu Dawoud, Book 37, Number 4322). And the related verse, 5:64, accuses the Jews-as Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas did in a January 2007 speech, citing Koran 5:64-of being “spreaders of war and corruption,” a sort of ancient Koranic antecedent of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. Indeed the Koran’s overall discussion of the Jews is marked by a litany of their sins and punishments, as if part of a divine indictment, conviction, and punishment process. The Jews’ ultimate sin and punishment are made clear: they are the devil’s minions (4:60) cursed by Allah, their faces will be obliterated (4:47), and if they do not accept the true faith of Islam-the Jews who understand their faith become Muslims (3:113)-they will be made into apes (2:65/ 7:166), or apes and swine (5:60), and burn in the Hellfires (4:55, 5:29, 98:6, and 58:14-19).


Muhammad Sayyid Tantawi wrote these words in his 700 page treatise rationalizing Muslim Jew hatred, [Jews in the Koran and the Traditions], originally published in 1968/69, and then re-issued in 1986: ” [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], the bad ones do not. “



Tantawi was apparently rewarded for this scholarly effort by being named Grand Imam of Al-Azhar University in 1996, a position he still holds. These are 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 90% of the world’s Muslims. And Sheikh Tantawi has not mollified such hatemongering beliefs since 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. Tantawi’s statements on dialogue, which were issued shortly after he met with the Chief Rabbi of Israel, Israel Meir Lau, in Cairo, on December 15, 1997, provided him another opportunity to re-affirm
his ongoing commitment to the views expressed about Jews in his Ph.D. thesis.Al-Azhar Grand Imam Tantawi’s case illustrates the prevalence and depth of sacralized, “normative” Jew hatred in the contemporary Muslim world.


Historian David Littman has waged an heroic personal campaign—in public, at the United Nations Human Rights Commission, since January, 1989—to elucidate key aspects of Hamas’ genocidal ideology, demonstrating unapologetically how this annihilationist hatred is sanctioned by Islam’s foundational texts.He quotes Salah al-Khalidi (fl. late 20th century),

who makes plain how these motifs of Koranic Jew-hatred are interpreted by Hamas in a manner that is entirely consistent with classical exegeses. ” Humiliation is attached to the Jews for their entire lifetime: they were humiliated in Egypt, and when they arrived in [sic] Palestine, and when they were exiled from Palestine, and when they dispersed into the valleys of the earth. What concerns us here—in our discussion of the Jewish character—is to indicate that this humiliation is to be considered as an inveterate Jewish character trait, and a destructive Jewish perversion. Humiliation is one of their historical attributes, a fixed fact of their existence, and a  qaa`ida, basis of their life…
(Koran 2:61) The Jews are humiliated because they disbelieved in God, killed His prophets, disobeyed His emissaries, transgressed His prohibitions— all of this is humiliation. They are humiliated—and this is why they search out lustful indulgences, and have become their slaves. All of this is humiliation.”


Again. ” It is impossible that the Jews could not be cursed. How could they not be accursed when they are attributed with such degenerate inveterate character traits, twenty of which we have demonstrated above. (Note: Khalidi earlier states, ‘We have extracted from Koran twenty Jewish traits. The Jews are: liars, perverters (of the Text), envious, tricky, fickle, mercurial, sardonic, treacherous, in error, causing others to be in error, merchants, fools, humiliated, dastards, misers, avid for (this) life, disloyal to their firm contracts, rush into sinful aggression, concealers of true evidence, corrupters in the earth, and obstructors in God’s path.’ They are worthy of eternal curse because of the villainous traits they display and the corrupt evils they have perpetrated.” And so on, and so forth, it goes!!


Littman’s two decades of appeals and admonitions having gone entirely unheeded, the global community must now grapple with the bloodthirsty, Jew-annihilationist aspirations of an unreformed Hamas, which, on its official website (posted December 31, 2008 at the site hosted by Emirnet, United Arab Emirates) urged Muslims to attack Jews across the world, making the ugly claim that, ” …a Jewish adolescent boy in an Australian synagogue, a Jewish minister in the Georgian government, a Jewish businessman at the New York Stock Exchange, and an illiterate Jew from the Ethiopian desert… they all belong to the same gang and the same nation, apart from the rest of humanity.”



Where is the ‘mad mullah’, the writer refers to? Unless quoting the Koranic verses and the Hadiths is ‘mad’?!!


And, as regards the Hindu – Muslim relationships go, it is best to quote Albureni,writing about Mahmud Ghaznavi : ” This prince chose the Holy War [ jihad ] as his calling – -. God be merciful to both father and son! Mahmud utterly ruined the prosperity of the country, and performed there wonderful exploits, by which the Hindus became like atoms of dust scattered in all directions – – Their scattered remains cherish, of course, the most inveterate aversion of all the Muslims.”


As for the writer’s reference to ‘Hindu theocracy’- its laughable, to say the least. Sanatana Dharma believes in  “AHOM TVA BRAHMOSMI” (YOU ARE THE DIVINE). In islam it is “blasphemy’. And his quoting ‘ Ekam Sad Viprah Bahuda Vadanti ‘, it is a Rig Vedic shloka. At the time of the Rig Veda, mercifully, the Abrahamic ‘revealed’ religions had not come into existence. The shloka was evidently directed at the various sects and sub-sects within Sanatana Dharama.

I throw the gauntlet down at the writer to show JUST ONE SHLOKA in any Sanatana Dharma texts that is an equivalent to : ” The punishment for those who oppose Allah and His messenger is Execution or Crucifixion or the cutting off of hands and feet from opposite sides or exile from the land.” (Q -5:33)


As long as Muslims continue to live in ‘denial mode’,as Fizuer  Rehaman has just demonstrated, strife lies ahead. However, Rehman has fooled none.


Happy New Year,



Vande Mataram

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