Debunking the Extremist Myth That Islam is Anti-Jewish

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New bus ads in DC say the Qu’ran promotes Jew-hatred. It’s a meritless, dangerous accusation

The fiasco continues.

Islamophobes are fabricating the myth that Islam promotes Jew-hatred by taking out ads on D.C. buses. Take a look at the ad, linked above—does anyone else find it insane that these ignorant people are spending money promoting pictures of Adolf Hitler?

Now, certainly some Muslims are anti-Jewish, as are some Christians, agnostics, atheists—you get the idea. However, nothing in the Qur’an or in Prophet Muhammad’s example supports the myth of “Islamic Jew hatred.”

As I detail in my upcoming book, EXTREMIST, an objective study of Islam demonstrates that the myth of Islamic Jew hatred crumbles like a house of cards.

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10 replies

  1. There are several verses in the Holy Quran to refute the claims of anti-semitism or prejuidice against any people. For example:

    Allah does not forbid you to be kind and act equitably towards those who have not fought you because of your religion, and who have not driven you forth from your homes. Surely Allah loves those who are equitable.

    Allah only forbids you, respecting those who have fought against you on account of your religion, and have driven you out of your homes, and have helped others in driving you out, that you make friends of them, and whosoever makes friends of them — it is these that are the transgressors. (Al Quran 60:9-10)

    And:

    Surely, those who have believed, and the Jews, and the Sabians, and the Christians — whoso believes in Allah and the Last Day and does good deeds, on them shall come no fear, nor shall they grieve. (Al Quran 5:70)

    The Holy Quran declares that the purpose of defensive wars is to secure synagogues and churches, for the Jews and the Christians respectively:

    Permission to fight is given to those against whom war is made, because they have been wronged — and Allah indeed has power to help them — those who have been driven out from their homes unjustly only because they said, ‘Our Lord is Allah’ — And if Allah did not repel some men by means of others, there would surely have been pulled down cloisters and churches and synagogues and mosques, wherein the name of Allah is oft commemorated. And Allah will surely help one who helps Him. Allah is indeed Powerful, Mighty. (Al Quran 22:40-41)

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  2. @ Zia Shah—-
    What do you think these verses below? Do you have a good explanation for us here?
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    Most international communities, or non Muslim do not know Allah’s laws very well. They can misunderstand about Islam by looking what is happening in Middle East, Africa, and Asia,
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    They see and hear from international media that Muslim are killing Muslim, Muslim are killing innocent people, Muslim punish the blasphemy, the apostasy and the gay-lesbian. This is the fact, we can not say that those who kill innocent people, those who abducted 200 girls, those who shot Malala’s girl, are nothing to do with Islamic teaching. Honesty is the tenet of Islamic teaching, Do not be shame to admit our self, that some Muslim are misunderstand about Islam.
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    FROM AL QURAN.
    Fight against those who believe not in Allâh, nor in the Last Day, nor forbid that which has been forbidden by Allâh and His Messenger (Muhammad SAW) and those who acknowledge not the religion of truth (i.e. Islâm) among the people of the Scripture (Extremist Jews and Christians), until they pay the Jizyah with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued. QS 9;29.
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    O you who believe! Fight those of the disbelievers who are close to you, and let them find harshness in you, and know that Allâh is with those who are the Al-Muttaqûn QS 9;123..
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    O you who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians ( extremist ) as Auliyâ’ (friends, protectors, helpers), they are but Auliyâ’ of each other. And if any amongst you takes them (as Auliyâ’), then surely he is one of them. Verily, Allâh guides not those people who are the Zâlimûn (polytheists and wrong-doers and unjust). QS 5:51.
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    So enjoy what you have gotten of booty in war, lawful and good, and be afraid of Allâh. Certainly, Allâh is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. QS. 8;69.
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    Those who believe, fight in the Cause of Allâh, and those who disbelieve, fight in the cause of Tâghût (Satan,).[] So fight you against the friends of Shaitân QS 4;76.
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    There are some more verses, I post here few of them as examples.
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    With all my love
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  3. The Quranic perspective is to do your best to avoid conflict and not get into a defensive war. Let me quote two more verses here:

    And good and evil are not alike. Repel evil with that which is best. And lo, he between whom and thyself was enmity will become as though he were a warm friend. But none is granted it save those who are steadfast; and none is granted it save those who possess a large share of good. (Al Quran 41:35-36)

    And:

    And those who persevere in seeking the favor of their Lord, and observe Prayer, and spend out of that with which We have provided them, secretly and openly, and repel evil with good. It is these who shall have the best reward of the final Abode. (Al Quran 13:23)

    But, if you do get into a war, despite your best efforts to avoid it, then the Quranic message is that be well prepared for it and fight it well.

    I have not known any army General tell their army to go out their, dance with the enemy soldiers, then lick their boots and surrender!

    So, please do not expect the Holy Quran to say that.

    But, the Holy Quran does say that if the enemy inclines towards peace, even if by the way of deceit, you should also incline towards peace:

    But if they desist, then surely Allah is Most Forgiving, Merciful. And fight them until there is no persecution, and religion is freely professed for Allah. But if they desist, then remember that no hostility is allowed except against the aggressors. (Al Quran 2:193-194)

  4. The war and fight verses in the Quran are of two types.
    1) Those that permit fighting when Muslims are attacked. In other words Quran permits fighting in self defense. Quran also sets limits of this defensive action and teaches forgiveness etc.
    2) Then there are those verses which have been translated wrong. If you replace the word fight or kill in these verses with “strive”, suddenly these become very acceptable and logical. This translation will be correct according to Arabic lexicon.
    Islam is not a pacifist religion. It permits fight in self defense with strict regulation. But mostly it is talking about making an effort or struggle to become a good person and establish a just and peaceful society.

  5. This incident of a falsely fabricated ideology of ‘Islamic Jewish hatred’ stems from a lack of knowledge of the Holy Quran and the Traditions of the Holy Prophet (pbuh)-Sunnah. Our guidance is from the Holy Quran and the Sunnah. If the perpetrators of this Bus ad would have read the Holy Quran, they would have come across a multitude of Prophets from Jacob (on him be peace), Joseph(on him be peace), Moses (on him be peace), David (on him be peace), Solomon (on him be peace), right up to Jesus (on him be peace). Their actions are used as examples of courage, fortitude and all the exemplary characters of a Prophet of Allah(Almighty God). One may have noted the words in brackets (on him be peace). Which shows the amount of respect we Muslims have for these Jewish Prophets. For one to claim to be a Muslim, one of the requirements of his faith is that he affirms and believes in all the Prophets of Allah(God Almighty), which include all the Prophets from the Jewish community and others.
    One must no also forget, that the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be on him), had a wife from the Jewish community! The example of our Beloved Holy Prophet was to foster Peace and to submit to Allah’s Will. He was the ultimate Diplomat and an example that all should emulate. One cannot stop the ‘ignorant’ from voicing their opinions. We can only try and remove their ‘ignorance’ and misunderstandings. We should constantly pray that all our words and actions will continuously foster Peace and Goodwill amongst all humanity irrespective of colour, creed, or race. The people of Jewish origin are our brothers just as each and every human on earth. As true Muslims, it is our duty to foster this universal love and in so doing work towards universal peace.

  6. My suggestion to Qasim Rashid sahib in confronting Geert Wilders and Terrorists, it is necessary to highlight the meaning of the word “Kafir”.
    Terry Jones and Geert had claimed that Quran is harsh book…
    The reason is that in our Quran, we have translated the “Kafir” as a disbeliever (or non believer). That is a very gentle (mild) translation and gives chance to opponents to attack the Quran.
    Any one who does not believe in Muhammad s.a.w.s. and is a peaceful person is not Kafir.
    While the real meaning of Kafir is a fanatic disbeliever, a hostile, enemy type disbeliever. This is easily proved from the Quran.
    If we translate the word “kafir” in the Quran as fanatic disbeliever then T.Jones and G.Wilders will not be able to raise any alarm. They could not have any objection.
    At the moment they say “Quran teaches Muslims to kill the disbelievers…”, “Orders to break the neck of disbelievers”

    There is another Arabic word “Wali” which is being used against us when translated as “friend”. There are verses which say that Muslims should not take Christians and Jews as their friends… (Wali).
    The real meaning of Wali is guardian or supporter. Friend is only a derived meaning.
    The verses should be translated as “The Muslims should not take the Jews and the Christians as their guradians…”
    The Arabic word for friend is “Khaleel” not Wali.
    My suggestion to Qasim Rashid sahib is to use the above meanings in support of his book.
    Wassalam.

  7. @.. Ghulam Sarwar
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    quote–The reason is that in our Quran, we have translated the “Kafir” as a disbeliever (or non believer). That is a very gentle (mild) translation and gives chance to opponents to attack the Quran.
    Any one who does not believe in Muhammad s.a.w.s. and is a peaceful person is not Kafir–unquote.
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    Ghulam Sarwar, you are correct 100 percent—-we need to correct some translation in Holy Book that was printed by extremist Scholars from Saudi Arabia. They have been misguiding millions Mulim around the world, and a good chance to opponents to attact the Islam or Al Quran.
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    Not only that– Ghulam Sarwar–also we need to correct interpretation of some harsh verses like QS 9;5, QS 9:29 etc.as post above.
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    If we do not correct and do not proclaim publicly, give chance to opponents to attack Islam, as accused satanic verses etc.as well as the book of Hadits.
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    Extremist Muslim blame and threaten them to kill.Surely, we deny to correct them, we are wrong side, not blame them 100 percent. We should blame our self.
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    I agree with you –.Ghulam Sarwar, –let us speak up loudly to correct what are wrong—Allah need us. Allah will not change, we do not do it.
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    With all my love

  8. Kafir means a person firmly sticking to own negitive beliefs regarding religion, not accecting GODLY norms. No need going in lengthy details,as it cause confusion.

  9. Kafir means a person firmly sticking to own negitive beliefs regarding religion, not accepting GODLY norms. No need going in lengthy details,as it cause confusion.

  10. I add my voice in agreement with Ghulam Sarwar and Alatif that the problem is mistranslation of the Quran.
    History shows that the best time for the Jews was when they were living under Muslim rule. What happened in Europe with the Jews was the doing of friends of Geert Wilder.
    According to Tom Friedman of New York Times (A Jew) if Muslims were in charge of Europe in the 30s and 40s, there will be 6 millions extra Jews I the world.

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