SHEIKH Shamiel Panday (28 February) excoriates Rev Wilmot (21 February) for his support of “Zionists” (Panday). Rev Wilmot didn’t mention the word “Zionist”, he said “Jew”.
My brief here is not Zionism but to show that in Islam, the hatred of Zionism and the Jews are two sides of the same coin. The Imam of the Al-Haram mosque in Mecca, Sheikh Abd Al-Rahman Al-Sudayis, said in one of his sermons:
“Read history and you will understand that the Jews of yesterday are the evil forefathers of the even more evil Jews of today: infidels, falsifiers of words, calf worshippers, prophet murderers, deniers of prophecies . . . the scum of the human race, accursed by Allah, who turned them into apes and pigs . . . these are the Jews – an ongoing continuum of deceit, obstinacy, licentiousness, evil, and corruption . . . ”
The intense Islamic hatred of the Jew did not originate with the declaration of the state of Israel in 1948, but with “Allah”. In three places in the uncreated, eternal Koran, Allah calls Jews monkeys and/or pigs. For example: Surah 2:65 “And you know well the story of those among you who broke Sabbath. We said to them: “Be apes – despised and hated by all” (Trans. Maududi)”.
Ibn Ishaq, an early and reliable biographer of Muhammad, writes that Muhammad called the Medinan Jewish clan, Qurayzah, “brothers of monkeys”. Did Muhammad mean this figuratively? The Iranian medieval commentator Razi said the appearances of the Jews were changed, but they kept their human minds. Maududi says that in the original Arabic: “The words of the Koran . . . indicate that it was . . . a physical metamorphosis”. Whether literal or figurative, this does not affect the fact that Muhammad and company hated Jews. Jews thought he was a very confused Gentile; spinning for him bizarre yarns about Abraham and Solomon, which he (Allah?) incorporated into his Koran.
The Koran says: “Fight those who believe not in God nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by God and His Apostle, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued” (Surah 9:29).
In sum, the Islamic hatred of the Jew didn’t originate with Zionism but with Allah/Muhammad. To be faithful to the Koran, a Muslim must believe and imitate – if not “ape” – every word of it; and, therefore, either kill or subjugate Jews and make them feel subdued – very subdued.
-Dr G Gamaroff