[Rushtalk] Why Muslims Must Hate the Jews
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Why Muslims Must Hate the Jews
Sunday, 20 January 2013 04:41 Nonie Darwish
Recently, a Pakistani religious leader, Pirzada Muhammad Raza Saqib
Mustafai, said: "When the Jews are wiped out ... the sun of peace [will]
begin to rise on the entire world." The same preaching is routinely done
not only by clerics, but by politicians -- in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Egypt,
and elsewhere. This is not just Ahmedinijad; it is at the heart of
Islamic theology that world peace will be established only when all the
Jews are wiped from the earth. But few people in Western media are
alarmed by this kind of rhetoric or care to expose this dreadful dark
side of Islam's obsession with Jew-hatred.
I do not believe that one has to be an authority on human behavior or
group thinking to find out the obvious pathology in Islamic Jew-hatred.
It is time for all of us to uncover and expose this atrocity against the
Jewish people. We owe that to humanity and the truth.
No true Muslim can see that such hatred is unbecoming and unholy for a
world religion to focus on and that the credibility of Islam
is tarnished by such hatred. No Muslim is allowed to go far enough to
self-analyze or ask why such hatred. Muslims defend Jew-hatred by
claiming that Jews betrayed Muhammad and thus deserve of this kind of
treatment. Even when I was a Muslim, I believed that the one-sided story
against Jews by Islam was enough to justify all the killing, terror,
lies, and propaganda by Islamic leaders against Jews. To the average
Muslim, routinely cursing Jews in mosques feels normal and even holy!
After a lot of thinking, analysis, research, and writing, I discovered
that Jew-hatred in Islam is an essential foundation to the Islamic
belief system that Muslims cannot seem to be able to rid themselves of.
Jew-hatred masks an existential problem in Islam. Islam is terrified of
the Jews, and the number-one enemy of Islam is the truth, which must be
constantly covered at any cost. It does not matter how many Muslim men,
women, and children die in the process of saving Islam's reputation. The
number-one duty of Muslims is to protect the reputation of Islam and
Muhammad. But why would a religion burden its followers like that? This
When Mohammed embarked on his mission to spread Islam, his objective was
to create a uniquely Arabian religion, one created by an Arab prophet,
which reflected the Arabian values and culture. Yet to obtain
legitimacy, he had to link it to the two previous Abrahamic religions,
Judaism and Christianity. He expected the Jewish tribes who lived in
Arabia to declare him their Messiah and thereby bring him more
legitimacy with Arabs, especially with his own tribe in Mecca, the
Quraish. Because his own tribe had rejected and ridiculed him, Mohammed
needed the approval of the Jews, whom he called the people of the book.
But the conversion of Jews to Islam was part of the scenario that
Mohammed had to accomplish in order to prove to Meccans that they had
made a mistake by rejecting him.
That was one of the reasons Mohammed chose to migrate to Medina, a town
that had predominantly been settled by Jewish tribes and a few
impoverished Arabs who lived around the Jews. The Jews allowed Mohammed
to move in. At the beginning, the Koran of Mecca was full of appeals to
the Jews, who were then described as "guidance and light" (5:44) and a
"righteous" people (6:153-154), who "excelled the nations" (45:16). But
when the Jews rejected the appeasement and refused to convert to Islam,
Mohammed simply and completely flipped. The Quran changed from love to
threats and then pure hatred, cursing, and commandments to kill
Jews. Rejection by the Jews became an intolerable obsession with
Not only did the Jews reject him, but their prosperity made Mohammed
extremely envious. The Jewish Arabian tribes earned their living from
legitimate and successful business, but Mohammed earned his living and
wealth through warfare -- by attacking Arab tribes, some of whom were
from his own tribe -- and trade caravans, seizing their wealth and
property. That did not look good for a man who claimed to be a prophet
of God. The mere existence of the Jews made Mohammed look bad, which led
Mohammed to unspeakable slaughter, beheading of 600 to 900 Jewish men of
one tribe, and taking their women and children as slaves. Mohammed had
the first pick of the prettiest woman as his sex slave. All of this
senseless slaughter of the Jews was elaborately documented in Islamic
books on the life of Mohammed -- not as something to be ashamed of, but
as justified behavior against evil people.
One does not have to be psychiatrist to see the obvious: that Muhammad
was a tormented man after the massacre he orchestrated and forced his
fighters to undertake to empower and to enrich himself and his religion.
To reduce his torment, he needed everyone around him, as well as future
generations, to participate in the genocide against the Jews, the only
people whom he could not control. An enormous number of verses in the
Koran encouraged Mohammed's fighters to fight, kill, and curse Muslim
fighters who wanted to escape fighting and killing Jews. The Quran is
full of promises of all kinds of pleasure in heaven to those who
followed Mohammed's killing spree and curses and condemnation to those
who chose to escape from fighting. Muslims were encouraged to feel no
hesitation or guilt for the genocide because it was not they who did it,
but rather "Allah's hand."
Mohammed never got over his anger, humiliation, and rejection by "the
people of the book" and went to his grave tormented and obsessed that
some Jews were still alive. On his deathbed, Mohammed entrusted Muslims
to kill Jews wherever they found them, which made this a "holy
commandment" that no Muslim can reject. Muslims who wrote sharia
understood how Mohammed was extremely sensitive to criticism, and that
is why criticizing Mohammed became the highest crime in Islam that will
never be forgiven even if the offender repents. Mohammed's message on
his deathbed was not for his followers to strive for holiness, peace,
goodness, and to treat their neighbors as themselves, but rather a
commandment for Muslims to continue the killing and the genocide against
the Jews. Killing thus became a holy act of obedience to Mohammed and
Mohammed portrayed himself as a victim of Jews, and Muslims must avenge
him until judgement day. With all Arab power, money, and influence
around the world today, they still thrive at portraying themselves as
victims. Sharia also codified into law the duty of every Muslim to
defend Mohammed's honor and Islam with his own blood, and allowed the
violation of many commandments if it is for the benefit of defending
Islam and Mohammed. Thus, Muslims are carrying a huge burden, a holy
burden, to defend Mohammed with their blood, and in doing so they are
allowed to kill, lie, cheat, slander, and mislead.
Mohammed must have felt deep and extreme shame after what he had done to
the Jews, and thus a very good reason had to be found to explain away
his genocide. By commanding Muslims to continue the genocide for him,
even after his death, Muhammad expanded the shame to cover all Muslims
and Islam itself. All Muslims were commanded to follow Mohammed's
example and chase the Jews wherever they went. One hundred years after
Mohammed's death, Arabs occupied Jerusalem and built Al Aqsa mosque
right on top of the Jewish Temple ruins, the holiest spot of the Jews.
Muslims thought they had erased all memory of Jewish existence.
Mohammed's genocide of the Jews of Arabia became an unholy dark mark of
shame in Islamic history, and that shame, envy, and anger continues to
get the best of Muslims today. In the eyes of Mohammed and Muslims, the
mere existence of the Jewish people, let alone an entire Jewish state,
delegitimizes Islam and makes Mohammed look more like a mass murderer
than like a prophet. For Muslims to make peace with Jews and acknowledge
that Jews are humans who deserve the same rights as everyone else would
have a devastating effect on how Muslims view their religion, their
history, and the actions of their prophet.
Islam has a major existential problem. By no will of their own, the Jews
found themselves in the middle of this Islamic dilemma. Islam must
justify the genocide that Muhammad waged against the Jews. Muhammad and
Muslims had two choices: either the Jews are evil sub-humans, apes,
pigs, and enemies of Allah, a common description of Jews still heard
regularly in Middle Eastern mosques today, or Muhammad was a genocidal
warlord not fit to be a prophet of God -- a choice that would mean the
end of Islam.
Then and now, Muhammad and Muslims clearly chose the first worldview and
decreed that any hint of the second must be severely punished. Jews must
remain eternally evil enemies of Islam if Islam is to remain legitimate.
There is no third solution to save the core of Islam from collapsing;
either Mohammed was evil, or the Jews were evil. Any attempt to forgive,
humanize, or live peacefully with Jews is considered treason against
Islam. How can Muslims forgive the Jews and then go back to their
mosques, only to read their prophet's words, telling them they must kill
Jews wherever they find them? It does not add up, if someone wants to
That is why the number-one enemy of Islam is, and must remain, the
truth. If the truth exposes Islam's unjustified Jew-hatred, Muslims will
be left with an empty shell of a religion, a religion whose prophet was
a murderer, a thief, and a warlord. Without Jew-hatred, Islam would
Nonie Darwish author is the author of The Devil We Don't Know.
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