[Rushtalk] Why do Muslims Hate the Jews?
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Thu Nov 5 09:54:02 MST 2015
Answering Islam - A Christian-Muslim dialog
Why do Muslims Hate the Jews?
By Dallas M. Roark, Ph.D.
There is a long and complicated history to the Muslim hatred of Jews.
Some people seek to trace the issue back to Abraham’s two sons, Isaac
and Ishmael, or Isaac’s two sons, Jacob and Esau. Whatever enmity
existed between the two offspring, there was not a command of God to
kill the Jews. The immense hatred of the Jews began in the time of
Mohammed, by Mohammed, and it is alleged that Allah gave the command for
it. The Qur’an, the hadiths, and the events in Mohammed’s life will
explain the hatred that began with Mohammed and continued in his
followers to this day.
1. The Qur’anic data
Q. 5:60 Say (O Muhammad to the people of the Scripture): "Shall I
inform you of something worse than that, regarding the recompense from
Allah: those (Jews) who incurred the Curse of Allah and His Wrath, those
of whom (some) He transformed into monkeys and swines, those who
worshipped Taghut (false deities); such are worse in rank (on the Day of
Resurrection in the Hellfire), and far more astray from the Right
This quote is in contradiction to the verses quoted below from the Bible
about the Jews as God’s chosen people. Did not Allah “remember” what
he told Abraham and others? There seems to be a lot of self-serving
comments in the Qur’an that reveal Mohammed’s hatred of the Jews in his
area rather than the words of Yahweh.
One must understand that the Jewish rejection of the prophethood of
Mohammed deeply affected him. Mohammed wanted to be accepted as a
prophet and his pride could not stand the rejection.
Q. 2:61 “And when ye said: O Moses! We are weary of one kind of food;
so call upon thy Lord for us that He bring forth for us of that which
the earth groweth - of its herbs and its cucumbers and its corn and its
lentils and its onions. He said: Would ye exchange that which is higher
for that which is lower? Go down to settled country, thus ye shall get
that which ye demand. And humiliation and wretchedness were stamped upon
them and they were visited with wrath from Allah. That was because they
disbelieved in Allah's revelations and slew the prophets wrongfully.
That was for their disobedience and transgression.”
This story involves Moses and the Exodus from Egypt and the grumbling of
the people for food. This happened about 2000 years before the time of
Mohammed. Judgment did take place on the unbelievers who were not
allowed into the Promised Land and who died in the wandering in the
wilderness. Why should this story be resurrected and used to accuse the
Jews in Mohammed’s time? That is irrational. The Jews in Medina did
not believe Mohammed because he did not fit the demands of a prophet.
For them to accept a false prophet would have been to reject their own
revelation from Yahweh who did perform great miracles in rescuing the
people from slavery in Egypt. Remember, Mohammed did no miracles!
Q. 2:65-66 “And ye know of those of you who broke the Sabbath, how We
said unto them: Be ye apes, despised and hated! And We made it an
example to their own and to succeeding generations, and an admonition to
How can this be accepted by anyone? Yahweh did not make apes out of
Jews. If you read the Old Testament you will discover that Yahweh did
punish disobedient people in various ways but he never defiled the image
of God that he created in humans (cf. Genesis 1:26-27).
Q. 2:96 And thou wilt find them greediest of mankind for life and
(greedier) than the idolaters. (Each) one of them would like to be
allowed to live a thousand years. And to live (a thousand years) would
be no means remove him from the doom. Allah is Seer of what they do.
This is a strange verse since it reflects on Mohammed as a greedy
person. He did not work but had his followers raid caravans, plunder
villages for gain, and he was to receive 20 percent of the booty. In
contrast, many of the Jews were hard working farmers and orchard people
who earned a living by the sweat of their brow.
Q. 5:12-13 “Allah made a covenant of old with the Children of Israel…
And because of their breaking their covenant, We have cursed them and
made hard their hearts. They change words from their context and forget
a part of that whereof they were admonished. Thou wilt not cease to
discover treachery from all save a few of them.”
Q. 5:7 “We made a covenant of old with the Children of Israel and We
sent unto them messengers. As often as a messenger came unto them with
that which their souls desired not (they became rebellious). Some (of
them) they denied and some they slew.”
There are lots of Jews who were disobedient throughout the history of
Israel. Yahweh judged them. Yet, nowhere is there a command for
individual non-Jews to hate the Jews. In reality what the Qur’an says
about the Jews is seen more widespread in the Muslims’ reactions to
Christians. Hundreds of millions of Christians have died because of the
brutality of Muslims through the centuries (*).
2. This hatred is underscored in the hadiths:
"Abu Huraira reported Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) as
saying: The last hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight
against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would
hide themselves behind a stone or a tree and a stone or a tree would
say: Muslim, or the servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me; come and
kill him; but the tree Gharqad would not say, for it is the tree of the
Jews." -- Sahih Muslim 6985
And in Sahih Bukhari 4.52.177 we read: "Allah's Apostle said, The Hour
will not be established until you fight with the Jews, and the stone
behind which a Jew will be hiding will say: 'O Muslim! There is a Jew
hiding behind me, so kill him'."
The intolerance of Mohammed and the Muslim movement toward the Jews and
the Christians is seen in the hadith, Sahih Muslim, Book 019, Number
4366, narrated by ‘Umar b. al-Khattib: He heard the Messenger of Allah
(may peace be upon him) say, “I will expel the Jews and Christians from
the Arabian Peninsula and will not leave any but Muslim.” Other
issues may be seen at this site.
3. The Events in Mohammed’s time and his treatment of the Jews.
Mohammed was incensed that the Jew did not accept him as a prophet.
There were different tribes of Jews in the area. Mohammed had a truce
with the Banu Qaynuqa tribe. He resolved to deal with them for their
rejection of him as a prophet. The Muslims laid siege to them and would
have killed them had it not been for the intervention of Abdullah bin
Ubayy who was a Muslim. They were allowed to leave with their lives but
had to turn over all their property to Mohammed. Can you imagine the
gain that the Muslims got from this? And Mohammed accused the Jews of
A second tribe, Banu Nadir, was expelled when one of their members
planned to kill Mohammed but the Muslims learned of the plot and they
marched against the tribe and laid siege to it. After a couple of weeks
of the siege they agreed to go into exile. They took what they were
able to carry themselves, but the rest became Mohammed’s property.
A third tribe, Banu Qurayza, a Jewish tribe was massacred after the
battle of the Trench. The Jews did not fight for Mohammed and after the
Meccans withdrew the Jewish tribe was laid siege. After 25 days they
surrendered and the men were beheaded and the women and children were
taken by the Muslims and sold into slavery. Reports on the number of men
beheaded range from 600 to 900.
Shortly after this Mohammed attacked Khaybar which was north of Medina
in an area where Jews lived. Many of the men were killed and women taken
as wives. One person was tortured by building a fire on his chest to
force the Jew to tell where a big treasure was hidden. Following the
conquest the fruit of the land was to be shared with Mohammed and his
wives; i.e., some of the Jews were allowed to stay and farm the land on
shares with Mohammed getting 50 percent of the crop; but later the Jews
were banished to Syria. (Cf. Sahih Muslim: Book 010, Number 3759)
4. This hatred has continued from the time of Mohammed to the present.
A recent story about a Saudi textbook affirms the tradition.
A twelfth-grade Saudi textbook is teaching hatred of Jews and jihad to
liberate Palestine, according to MEMRI. The report illustrates that
hatred and violence continue to be themes in Saudi educational
materials, putting a black mark on the conservative Islamic kingdom's
desire to become a "knowledge society."
"Whoever studies the nature of the conflict between the Muslims and the
Jews understands an important fact, [namely that] this is a religious
conflict, not a dispute about politics or nationality, or a conflict
between races or tribes, or a fight over land or country, as some
describe it," states Saudi textbook Studies from the Muslim World.
The book says that the conflict will not end unless one side vanquishes
the other, because "throughout Islamic history, the Jews have striven to
destroy the [Islamic] religion and spread fitna [chaos] among the
Muslims. The book also repeats classic anti-Semitic lies that Jews have
taken control of Western media and culture, exploited their home
societies, and aligned themselves with Christians to destroy
Islam.” (Saudi High School Textbook Preaches Hate, Dec. 8, 2011)
There is a good bit of paranoia in these statements. When did the Jews
seek to destroy Islam? The Muslims have persecuted the Jews from the
time of Mohammed. They have outnumbered the Jews for centuries. Jews
have been forced to depart Muslim countries so that very few are left in
5. In 2011 a survey was taken of 1010 Palestinians in the West Bank,
Gaza on the question who agreed with the hadith in the Hamas Charter
“about the need to kill Jews hiding behind stones, trees. Seventy-three
(73) percent of the 1010 Palestinians agreed with the hadith (*).
6. Following are excerpts from statements made at a rally of the
Palestinian Al-Ahrar movement in Gaza, a pro-Hamas group that split from
Fatah, which aired on Al-Aqsa TV on November 3, 2011 (*):
“Praise be to you, our Lord. You have made our killing of the Jews an
act of worship, through which we come closer to you.”
>From the time of Mohammed to the present there is hatred for the Jews
especially and for non-Muslims generally. How does this come about?
This amounts to brain-washing on a massive scale. When a young child
can appear on a TV show in the Muslim world and professes hate for the
Jews this is quite unnatural. Children do not have hate to begin with in
their young lives. The only way hate could occur is if the innocent
child has been brainwashed. This child probably never saw a Jew or even
knew what one was.
While Mohammed taught hate of the Jews, claiming Allah as the source,
Muslims need to look at another source, the Bible and the words of
The LORD said to Abram: Leave your country, your family, and your
relatives and go to the land that I will show you. I will bless you and
make your descendants into a great nation. You will become famous and be
a blessing to others. I will bless anyone who blesses you, but I will
put a curse on anyone who puts a curse on you. Everyone on earth will be
blessed because of you. (Genesis 12:1-3)
This is the beginning of the story of the Jews. This is a promise that
has not been abrogated. Muslims could do well to consider the
implications of these verses. There is blessing and there is cursing.
This is the beginning of the “chosen people” through whom the Messiah
would come. To curse the Jews is to place oneself under a curse of
The idea of killing all the Jews is more than genocide. It is to
attempt to abrogate the promise of Yahweh. Trying to wipe the Jews from
the face of the earth seems like a strategy that the Devil would try in
nullifying the words of Yahweh. The question is: who is God? Yahweh
or Allah? We know a lot about Yahweh but we don’t know much about Allah
except what is written in the Qur’an and we are not given much except
his will for people. Yahweh has declared the Jews to be his chosen
people. The word of Allah in the Qur’an rejects the role of the Jews.
The character of Allah in the Qur’an contradicts the character of Yahweh
in the Scriptures.
Consider the following passages of Yahweh’s revelation scattered through
I am the LORD, the holy God. You have been chosen to be my people, and
so you must be holy too. (Leviticus 20:26)
Israel, you are the chosen people of the LORD your God. There are many
nations on this earth, but he chose only Israel to be his very own.
But the LORD has chosen you to be his own people. He will always take
care of you so that everyone will know how great he is. (1 Samuel
My people, you are my witnesses and my chosen servant. I want you to
know me, to trust me, and understand that I alone am God. I have always
been God; there can be no others. (Isaiah 43:10)
I have chosen the people of Israel and Judah, and I will bless them with
many descendants. They will settle here in this land of mountains, and
it will be theirs. (Isaiah 65:9)
The people of Israel are treated as God's enemies, so that the good news
can come to you Gentiles. But they are still the chosen ones, and God
loves them because of their famous ancestors. (Romans 11:28)
We need to turn to the issues of anger and hatred. Anger is the
beginning of hatred. Here are the words of Jesus.
You must obey God's commands better than the Pharisees and the teachers
of the Law obey them. If you don't, I promise you that you will never
get into the kingdom of heaven. You know that our ancestors were told,
"Do not murder" and "A murderer must be brought to trial." But I
promise you that if you are angry with someone, you will have to stand
trial. If you call someone a fool, you will be taken to court. And if
you say that someone is worthless, you will be in danger of the fires of
hell. (Matthew 5:20-22)
Anger is a cancer of the soul. It becomes the driving force for
murdering someone. Other acts of anger can lead to revenge, to
mutilation, to wounding, slandering other’s reputation, honor killings
and other horrible deeds. Anger uncontrolled will lead one to bring
about the destruction of one’s soul by terrible deeds. Even slander in
the words of Jesus brings to the danger of the fires of hell. The anger
of the Muslims toward the Jews is a dangerous state of the soul.
Consider the claim of Muslims that doing jihad is a guarantee of
paradise. But the words of Jesus indicate that jihad is a guarantee of
hell. It is imperative for a Muslim to question who is correct and
Anger leads to hatred. Hatred is a serious problem according to
Here are the words of Jesus:
You have heard people say, "Love your neighbors and hate your enemies."
But I tell you to love your enemies and pray for anyone who mistreats
you. Then you will be acting like your Father in heaven. He makes the
sun rise on both good and bad people. And he sends rain for the ones who
do right and for the ones who do wrong. If you love only those people
who love you, will God reward you for that? Even tax collectors love
their friends. If you greet only your friends, what's so great about
that? Don't even unbelievers do that? But you must always act like your
Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:43-48)
Muslims do not only ignore the command of Jesus to pray for one’s
enemies, but the concept of jihad brings them to killing their enemies.
Jesus said that loving your enemy will be acting like your Father in
heaven. If this is the case, the command of Allah to kill the Jews and
others, then Allah is certainly not the same as Yahweh.
You can love people without liking them. Loving people is to regard
them as made in the image of God. They are sacred and worthy of
respect. Even enemies are human beings. Praying for them is one of the
most loving things one can do, praying that they may be truly human,
humane, and humble before God. The words of Jesus are difficult for
Muslims to comprehend. The command is “love your enemies and pray for
anyone who mistreats you.” This is in contrast to the Qur’an’s command
to kill non-Muslims. It also condemns the practices of Shia killing
and bombing the Sunnis as well as the Sunnis killing and bombing the
Shia. It also requires both groups refrain from killing the Jews, the
Christians, and the pagans. There is no command from Jesus to go to war
The letter of the Apostle John declares, “If we claim to be in the light
and hate someone, we are still in the dark. (1 John 2:9) The thought is
continued in verse 2:11, ‘If we hate others, we are living and walking
in the dark. We don’t know where we are going, because we can’t see in
the dark.” Even stronger and more serious are these words: “If you
hate each other, you are murderers, and we know that murderers do not
have eternal life.” (3:15)
If a Muslim is reasonable and honest, the question must be raised
concerning Islam. The Qur’an says that doing jihad and killing
“non-believers” is the way to Paradise but the words of Jesus and the
rest of the Bible is that killers do not have eternal life. Which is
right? Does it not seem stupid to engage in activities that destroy
your chance for eternal life in the presence of Yahweh?
If the Jews are God’s chosen people why would one dare to murder them?
Why would one want to oppose that which Yahweh has chosen as His own? If
Yahweh declares that he will bless the world through the Jewish people
why would anyone want to promote the murder of the Jews? If hatred is
wrong as Jesus declared, why would one build an educational system based
on hatred for the Jews?
There are Muslims who have asserted that non-Muslim love life while
Muslims love death. If the process of killing other people brings you
to hell that is self-defeating. Jesus declared: “A thief comes only
to rob, kill, and destroy. I came so that everyone would have life, and
have it in its fullest.” (John 10:10) One might substitute the first
words: a jihadist comes only to rob, kill, and destroy, but Jesus came
so that everyone would have life, and have it in its fullest.
What does a Muslim really want? Not only life here and now, but life
after death. How do you get that?
Consider the words of Jesus:
"I am the way, the truth, and the life!" Jesus answered. "Without me, no
one can go to the Father.” (John 14:6)
“God loved the people of this world so much that he gave his only Son,
so that everyone who has faith in him will have eternal life and never
really die. God did not send his Son into the world to condemn its
people. He sent him to save them! No one who has faith in God's Son
will be condemned. But everyone who doesn't have faith in him has
already been condemned for not having faith in God's only Son.” (John
“The Father loves the Son and has given him everything. Everyone who
has faith in the Son has eternal life. But no one who rejects him will
ever share in that life, and God will be angry with them forever.” (John
Can you conceive of the idea that Mohammed only cared about his power
and control. He is dead and cannot care about you or know you. Jesus
is alive. He came into the world to rescue you from sin and its
judgment. Mohammed guarantees you nothing but hell. Jesus welcomes you
to everlasting life right now. You have before you the choice of life or
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