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Sermon No: 1433-Islam and Christianity - Part 2 - Infidels and Jews



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SERMON TOPIC: Islam and Christianity - Part 2 - Infidels and Jews

Speaker: Gavin Paynter

Language: ENGLISH

Date: 13 April 2014

Topic Groups: FALSE RELIGION, ISLAM, APOLOGETICS

Sermon synopsis: The Quran is sharply contrasted to the Bible when it comes to the status and treatment of infidels (i.e. non-believers) and other races (in particular Jews).

Ishmael’s mother, Hagar, was told by an angel that he would live in conflict with his brothers. (Gen 16:11-12) Not only was this prophecy true of Ishmael, but even his descendants “lived in hostility toward all their brothers.” (Gen 25:18)

Today Ishmael’s descendants (the Arab races) still live in hostility, both amongst themselves (Sunni and Shiite) and with their brother race – the Jews (Isaac’s descendants).
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DO MUSLIMS WORSHIP THE

SAME GOD AS CHRISTIANS?

PART 2

TREATMENT OF INFIDELS

ABRAHAMIC RELIGIONS

At face value, Islam appears to share common roots with both Judaism and Christianity.

Muslims believe in a single, personal Creator God.

Islam too is an Abrahamic religion and honours Adam, Noah, Moses, Abraham, Solomon and Jesus as prophets.

Muslims also claim to accept the Old and New Testament writings and look forward to the return of Jesus (Isa) to judge the earth.

But the teachings of the Quran are sharply contrasted to the Bible when it comes to the status and treatment of women, infidels (i.e. non-believers) and other races (in particular Jews).

You will have a son. You shall name him Ishmael, for the LORD has heard of your misery… his hand will be against everyone and everyone’s hand against him, and he will live in hostility toward all his brothers.

Ishmael’s mother, Hagar, was told by an angel that he would live in conflict with his brothers. (Gen 16:11-12)

Not only was this prophecy true of Ishmael, but even his descendants “lived in hostility toward all their brothers.” (Gen 25:18)

Today Ishmael’s descendants (the Arab races) still live in hostility, both amongst themselves (Sunni and Shiite) and with their brother race – the Jews (Isaac’s descendants).

ISAAC & ISHMAEL

TREATMENT OF JEWS

When the Jewish leaders of Medina first heard of the coming of a prophet preaching belief in one God, they were intrigued. They did not immediately accept or reject him, but they wanted to know more (Ibn Ishaq, 192). Relations began to deteriorate as the Jews discovered Muhammad was not very familiar with their scriptures and traditions. The rabbis would taunt him with questions he could not answer (Ibn Ishaq, 351).

The Jews’ rejection of Muhammad’s message must have disappointed him greatly. He saw himself preaching the same monotheism to which the Jews subscribed - why then wouldn’t they accept him as a prophet? 1

1 "http:// www.peacewithrealism.org/ jihad/ jihad06.htm">http:// www.peacewithrealism.org/ jihad/ jihad06.htm

ANTI-SEMITISM

To establish his affinity with the Jews, he borrowed some Jewish practices and prescribed them to his followers. Muslims were to meet for prayer on Friday afternoon as Jews prepare for the Sabbath, they were to face Jerusalem in prayer as Jews do, they were to observe some of the Jewish dietary laws, as well as the fast on the Day of Atonement. Muslims called this the fast of Ashura, meaning “tenth,” since the Day of Atonement falls on the tenth of the Jewish month of Tishri. When the Jews rejected his prophecy in spite of these practices, Muhammad changed them, and fixed the qibla (direction of prayer) to Mecca in place of Jerusalem. 1

1 Ibid

ANTI-SEMITISM

There are several incidents recorded in Islamic histories and the Hadith which demonstrate Muhammad’s cruel and unforgiving behaviour towards Jews. For instance Muhammad has been criticised for the massacre of Banu Qurayza, a Jewish tribe of Medina.

The tribe was accused of having engaged in treasonous agreements with the enemies besieging Medina in the Battle of the Trench in 627. Ibn Ishaq writes that Muhammad approved the beheading of some 600 to 900 individuals who surrendered unconditionally after a siege that lasted several weeks. (Bukhari 5:59:362) (Yusuf Ali notes that the Quran discusses this battle in verses 33:10-27). 1

1 StateMaster Encyclopedia "http:// www.statemaster.com/ encyclopedia/ Criticism-of-Muhammad">http:// www.statemaster.com/ encyclopedia/ Criticism-of-Muhammad

ANTI-SEMITISM

Trenches were dug and the men were beheaded, and their decapitated corpses buried in the trenches while Muhammad watched in attendance. Women and children were sold into slavery, a number of them being distributed as gifts among Muhammad’s companions, and Muhammad chose one of the Qurayza women (Rayhana) for himself. The Qurayza’s property and other possessions (including weapons) were also divided up as additional ‘booty’ among the Muslims, to support further jihad campaigns. 1

1 http:// prophetofdoom.net/ Islam_in_Action_Kim_Sun-Il.Islam

ANTI-SEMITISM

Muhammad was also okay with the use of torture:

Another controversial story is that of an attack on a Jewish settlement called Khaybar. After its last fort was taken by Muhammad and his men, the chief of the Jews, called Kinana ibn al-Rabi, was asked by Muhammad to reveal the location of some hidden treasure. When he refused, Muhammad ordered a man to torture Kinana, and the man “kindled a fire with flint and steel on his chest until he was nearly dead.” Kinana was then beheaded, and Muhammad took his young wife Safiyya bint Huyayy. 1

1 http:// www.statemaster.com/ encyclopedia/ Criticism-of-Muhammad

ANTI-SEMITISM

In the Quran, infidel Jews are denied good food:

Sura 4:160-161 Because of the wickedness of certain Jews, and because they turn many from the way of God, We have forbidden them good and wholesome foods which were formerly allowed them; and because they have taken to usury, though they were forbidden it; and have cheated others of their possessions, We have prepared a grievous punishment for the Infidels amongst them.

In the Bible we are told to feed a hungry enemy:

Rom 12:20 On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink…”

FOOD

Jews and Christians must not be befriended:

Sura 5:51 Believers! take neither Jews nor Christians for your friends. They are friends with one another. Whoever of you seeks their friendship shall become one of their number. Allah does not guide the wrongdoers.

Sura 5:56-64 O Believers, do not take as your friends the infidels or those who received the Scriptures before you [Jews and Christians] and who scoff and jest at your religion , but fear God if you are believers. Nor those who when you call them to prayer, make it an object of mirth and derision This is only because they are a people who do not understand.

FRIENDS

The Hadith itself states the duty of Muslims to kill Jews in the End Times, “The Day of Resurrection will not arrive until the Muslims make war against the Jews and kill them, and until a Jew hiding behind a rock and tree, and the rock and tree will say: ‘Oh Muslim, Oh servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him!’” – Sheikh Muhammed Abd al Hadi La’afi

The NT (Rom 11:25-27) says the following about Jews in the End Times: “I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: ‘The deliverer will come from Zion; he will turn godlessness away from Jacob. And this is my covenant with them when I take away their sins.’”

ANTI-SEMITISM

NAZI SYMPATHY

The Grand Mufti is the highest official of religious law in a Sunni or Ibadi Muslim country. Starting in 1921, Muhammed Amin al-Husseini was the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, using the position to promote Islam and pursue fiercely anti-Semitic policies.

In 1937 the Grand Mufti expressed his solidarity with Germany, asking the Nazi Third Reich to oppose establishment of a Jewish state, stop Jewish immigration to Palestine, and provide arms to the Arab population.

According to documentation from the Nuremberg and Eichmann trials, the Nazi Germany SS helped finance al-Husseini’s efforts in the 1936-39 revolt in Palestine. Adolf Eichmann actually visited Palestine and met with al-Husseini at that time and subsequently maintained regular contact with him later in Berlin.

NAZI SYMPATHY

While in Baghdad, Syria al-Husseini aided the pro-Nazi revolt of 1941. He then spent the rest of World War II as Hitler’s special guest in Berlin, advocating the extermination of Jews in radio broadcasts back to the Middle East and recruiting Balkan Muslims for infamous SS “mountain divisions” that tried to wipe out Jewish communities throughout the region.

NAZI SYMPATHY

Haj Amin al-Husseini meeting with Adolf Hitler (December 1941)

Muhammad Amin al-Husseni on Islam: “The Friendship between Muslims and Germans has gotten much stronger because National Socialism in many respects runs parallel with the Islamic worldview. Their tangential points are: Monotheism and the unit of leadership. Islam as the ordering power. The battle, the fellowship, the family and the aftergrowth. The relationship with the Jews. The glorification of work and labour.”

At the Nuremberg Trials, Eichmann’s deputy Dieter Wisliceny (subsequently executed as a war criminal) testified: “The Mufti was one of the initiators of the systematic extermination of European Jewry and had been a collaborator and adviser of Eichmann and Himmler in the execution of this plan... He was one of Eichmann’s best friends and had constantly incited him to accelerate the extermination measures. I heard him say, accompanied by Eichmann, he had visited incognito the gas chamber of Auschwitz.”

NAZI SYMPATHY

Haj Amin al-Husseini meeting with SS chief, Heinrich Himmler (1943)

One German officer noted in his journals that the Mufti would liked to have seen the Jews “preferably all killed.” On a visit to Auschwitz, he reportedly admonished the guards running the gas chambers to work more diligently.

In September 1943, intense negotiations to rescue 500 Jewish children from the Arbe concentration camp collapsed due to the objection of al-Husseini who blocked the children’s departure to Turkey because they would end up in Palestine. 1

1 http:// en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/ Haj_Amin_al-Husseini

NAZI SYMPATHY

“Islam is very similar to our worldview” - Heinrich Himmler, chief of Nazi SS.

In June 1943 the Mufti recommended to the Hungarian minister that it would be better to send Jews in Hungary to Concentration Camps in Poland rather than let them find asylum in Palestine (it is not entirely clear that the Mufti was aware of the Extermination Camps in Poland, e.g. Auschwitz, at this time). A year later, on 25 July 1944 (when he certainly knew the details about the Nazi program to destroy the Jews) he wrote to the Hungarian foreign minister to register his objection to the release of certificates for 900 Jewish children and 100 adults for transfer from Hungary, fearing they might end up in Palestine. 1

1 Ibid

NAZI SYMPATHY

Gilbert Achcar, referring to a meeting with the Mufti and Himmler, observes:

The Mufti was well aware that the European Jews were being wiped out; he never claimed the contrary. Nor, unlike some of his present-day admirers, did he play the ignoble, perverse, and stupid game of Holocaust denial…. His armour-propre would not allow him to justify himself to the Jews… gloating that the Jews had paid a much higher price than the Germans… he cites… : ”Their losses in the Second World War represent more than thirty percent of the total number of their people …. Statements like this, from a man who was well placed to know what the Nazis had done … constitute a powerful argument against Holocaust deniers. 1

1 Ibid

NAZI SYMPATHY

Throughout the war, he appeared regularly on German radio broadcasts to the Middle East, preaching his pro-Nazi, anti-Semitic message to the Arab masses back home.

On 1 March 1944, while speaking on Radio Berlin, al-Husseini said: “Arabs, rise as one man and fight for your sacred rights. Kill the Jews wherever you find them. This pleases God, history, and religion. This saves your honour. God is with you.” 1

For full details see the Appendices 1 and 2.

1 Ibid

NAZI SYMPATHY

Adolf Hitler on Islam: “If Charles Martel had not been victorious at Poitiers: We have already taken on the Jewish world – Christianity is somewhat stale –, we would much rather have accepted Mohammedanism, this doctrine of rewarding heroism: the warrior alone gets the seventh Heaven! The Germans would have conquered the world with it, only through Christianity have we been held back from doing so.” 1

1 Hitler’s Table Talk 1941-1944, Enigma Books, 2000, pg. 607, ISBN 1929631480

At a mosque in Sudan in 2007, the Acting Speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council, Sheik Ahmad Bahr said:

… you will be victorious, while America and Israel will be annihilated, Allah willing… They are cowards, who are eager for life, while we are eager for death for the sake of Allah…Oh Allah, vanquish the Jews and their supporters. Oh Allah, vanquish the Americans and their supporters. Oh Allah, count their numbers, and kill them all, down to the very last one. 1

1 SOURCE: MEMRI TV

ANTI-SEMITISM TODAY

In 2013, two Jewish British teenage girls working as volunteer teachers in an orphanage for Muslim children in Tanzania’s majority Muslim Zanzibar region, had acid thrown at them by men riding a motorbike, leaving them with facial, chest and back injuries. One of the girls had earlier been accosted for singing during Ramadan. Two Christian leaders were killed early in the year in separate attacks.

APES & PIGS

The Quran relates a story (borrowed from an Arabian fable) of an entire village of Jews who were supposedly turned into apes and pigs because they broke the Sabbath by fishing (Suras 2:65; 7:163-166).

And you know well the story of those among you who broke Sabbath. We said to them: “Be apes—despised and hated by all. Thus we made their end a warning to the people of their time and succeeding generation, and an admonition for God-fearing people.” Sura 2:65

They failed a test of their devotion when God tempted them with big fish that would appear in the waters only on their Sabbath day; but never on the other days of the week. 1

1 http:// www.ucalgary.ca/ ~elsegal/ Shokel/ 070419_MonkeyBusiness.html

APES & PIGS

The issue was the subject of an Islamic religious edict [fatwah] made known in Germany (April 15, 2002) and spread around the Muslim world via the Internet. The author of the fatwah was the Egyptian Sheikh Attiyyah Saqr, formerly chairman of the Committee for Islamic Religious edicts at Al-Azhar University in Egypt. The fatwah is entitled “The reincarnation of the sons of Israel in the bodies of apes and pigs.” The question asked was: “In the holy Quran it is written that Allah reincarnated the souls of some of the Jews in the bodies of apes. Did apes exist before the Jews and are there any relics of [the Jews who became apes] today?” 1

1 http:// www.terrorisminfo.org.il/ malam_multimedia/ html/ final/ eng/ sib/ 4_04/ as_egypt.htm

APES & PIGS

Part of the answer was: “Allah, may He be praised, said: ‘Surely you knew [those] who violated the Sabbath among them and of whom it is said: [those] will forever be apes [Quran, The Cow Sura (2), Verse 65]. The verse warns the Jews living at the time the Quran was heavenly given (and afterwards) lest they reject the Prophet [Muhammad], may the blessing of Allah and peace be upon him… Thus their punishment was that Allah reincarnated their souls in [the form of] apes and pigs and [in this way] humiliated them – that is, made them outcasts, scorned, unwanted…” 1

1 Ibid

3-year old girl on Iqra TV in Saudi Arabia saying that Jews are apes and pigs

APES & PIGS

“Scientific evidence” for the fatwah’s claim that the Jews are the descendants of apes and pigs can be found in a book called “The Bomb”. It was written by Muhammad ‘Issa Daud and published by Madbuli al-Saghir, Cairo, for the International Book Fair held in Cairo in February, 2003. 1

1 Ibid

APES & PIGS

In this anti-Semitic cartoon, the inscription reads: “Barbaric Israeli acts against the unarmed Palestinian populace.” The ape and the pig weep during an interview and the ape says: “I want to ask [Israeli prime minister] Sharon: how could you be descended from apes and pigs? There is no way we [i.e. the apes] could be so cruel!” (Al-Wafd, 11 April 2001) 1

1 Ibid

APES & PIGS

Former Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi, a member of the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood, was criticised after a video surfaced with him calling Jews and Zionists “bloodsuckers” and “the descendants of apes and pigs.” When attempting to justify himself in a meeting with senior US lawmakers, Morsi implied that Jews control the US media and thus distorted the comments he made.

TREATMENT OF INFIDELS

In the Quran both Jews and Christians are considered to be infidels:

Sura 9:30 The Jews claim that Ezra is a son of God, 1 and the Christians say, “the Messiah is a son of God”. Those are their claims which do indeed resemble the sayings of the Infidels of Old. May God do battle with them! How they are deluded!

1 Incidentally, since when do the Jews claim that Ezra is a son of God?

INFIDELS

The Quran says that God hates unbelievers:

Sura 25:55 Yet the unbelievers worship idols which can neither help nor harm. Surely the unbeliever is his Lord’s enemy.

The Bible says God loves sinners:

Rom 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Jesus said:

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” (John 3:16-17)

GOD HATES UNBELIEVERS

In fact, the example Jesus gives for loving enemies is God himself, who still blesses the unrighteous with sun and rain. Jesus says that even pagans love those who love them in return.

Matt 5:44-48 “But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

LOVE YOUR ENEMIES

Unbelievers are to be viewed by Muslims as enemies:

Sura 4:101 The unbelievers are your sworn enemies.

Sura 9:4 We renounce you (i.e. the idolaters): enmity and hate shall reign between us until you believe in Allah only…

They are to be fought against:

Fight the people of the Book (Jews and Christians) … (Sura 9:29)

and killed:

Kill the infidels (non-Muslims) wherever you find them. (Sura 9:5)

INFIDELS ARE ENEMIES

Jesus taught us to love our enemies, pray for them and to respond to their curses with blessings (Luke 6:27-28).

Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.

There is no credit in being only good to those who are good to you (Luke 6:32-33)

If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ do that.

Violence must not be reciprocated to with more violence.

You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. (Matt 5:38-39)

Non-believers in Islam must not even be befriended:

Sura 11:28 Let believers not make friends with the infidels in preference to the faithful; he that does this has nothing to hope for from Allah – except in self-defence.

Sura 3:118 Believers! do not make friends with any men other than your own people. They will spare no pains to corrupt you. They desire nothing but your ruin. Their hatred is clear from what they say, but more violent is the hatred which their breasts conceal …

Sura 5:14 Therefore, We stirred among them (the Christians) enmity and hatred, which shall endure till the Day of Resurrection, when Allah will declare to them all that they have done.

DON’T BEFRIEND INFIDELS

In stark contrast, even Jesus’ enemies accused him of being a “friend of sinners” (Matt 11:19).

The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and ‘sinners.’

Jesus saw ‘sinners’ as lost sheep that needed to be restored to the sheepfold:

Luke 15:1-7 Now the tax collectors and “sinners” were all gathering around to hear him. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” Then Jesus told them this parable: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?”

And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbours together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.

Jesus was criticized for visiting Zacchaeus, a tax collector, who was known to be a cheat and a sinner (Luke 19:5-7).

He has gone to be the guest of a ‘sinner.’

Jesus was a strong critic of the Pharisees because of their hypocrisy and he often rebuked them publicly. And the Pharisees were part of the conspiracy to kill Jesus, yet he didn’t refuse to associate with them socially. We read of 3 occasions when Jesus went to eat with Pharisees.

Luke 7:36 Now one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, so he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table.

Luke 11:37 When Jesus had finished speaking, a Pharisee invited him to eat with him; so he went in and reclined at the table.

Luke 14:1 One Sabbath, when Jesus went to eat in the house of a prominent Pharisee, he was being carefully watched.

EATING WITH SINNERS

And Jesus counselled a Pharisee who came to question him in private: “Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to Jesus at night …” (John 3:1-3)

Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.

Jesus greets the man who betrays him to death (Judas) with a kiss and calls him “friend”. (Matt 26:49 -50)

Friend, do what you came for.

Greetings, Rabbi!

And on the cross, Jesus forgives those who have falsely accused him and sentenced him to death. (Luke 23:34)

Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.

Paul tells Christians that they are free to accept meal invitations from unbelievers, without raising questions of conscience about the meal put before them.

1 Cor 10:27 If some unbeliever invites you to a meal and you want to go, eat whatever is put before you without raising questions of conscience.

EATING WITH SINNERS

However Christians are cautioned against close fellowship with unbelievers (e.g. marriage or business partners), because of a lack of common ground:

2 Cor 6:14 Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?

A Christian has to be careful that they are not badly influenced by the company they keep.

1 Cor 15:33 Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”

UNEQUALLY YOKED

But Christians are not to judge those outside the church (that is God’s business) - only those inside.

1 Corinthians 5:9-13 I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world. But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people. What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside. “Expel the wicked person from among you.”

EATING WITH SINNERS

The Quran instructs believers to be harsh with infidels (unbelievers):

Sura 9:123 Believers! make war on the infidels who dwell around you let them find harshness in you.

Sura 9:73 O Prophet Make war on the unbelievers and the hypocrites. Be harsh with them. Their ultimate abode is hell, a hapless journey’s end.

BE HARSH WITH ENEMIES

Christians must not return evil for evil:

1 Thess 5:15 See that no one repays another with evil for evil, but always seek after that which is good for one another and for all people.

Christians must instead repay evil with good:

Rom 12:21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

1 Peter 3:9 Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.

BE HARSH WITH ENEMIES

And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.

(Matt 5:40-41)

The Quran instructs Muslims to fight against non-believers:

Sura 2:193 Fight against them until idolatry is no more and Allah’s religion reigns supreme.

Sura 2:216 Fighting is obligatory for you, much as you dislike it. But you may hate a thing although it is good for you, and love a thing although it is bad for you. Allah knows, but you do not.

Sura 9:41 Whether unarmed or well-equipped, march on and fight for the cause of Allah, with your wealth and your persons. This is best for you, if you but knew it.

RELIGION OF PEACE?

Sura 8:65 O Prophet! Exhort the believers to fight. If there are twenty steadfast men among you, they shall vanquish two hundred; and if there are a hundred, they shall rout a thousand unbelievers, for they are devoid of understanding.

Unbelievers must be killed:

Sura 9:5-6 Kill those who join other gods with God wherever you may find them.

KILL UNBELIEVERS

In 1988, Salman Rushdie’s novel “The Satanic Verses” was published in its English-language original edition. Its publication led the Iranian state and its revolutionary leader, Ayatollah Khomeini, to issue a “fatwa” against Rushdie and offer a hefty bounty for his murder. This triggered several attacks on the novel’s translators and publishers, including the murder of Japanese translator Hitoshi Igarashi. 1

1 http:// www.spiegel.de/ international/ europe / after-attack-on-danish-cartoonist-the-west-is-choked-by-fear-a-669888.html

Hitoshi Igarashi (1947–1991)

KILL UNBELIEVERS

The September 11 attacks were a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks launched by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda upon the US in New York City and the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area on Sep 11, 2001. Four passenger airliners were hijacked by 19 al-Qaeda terrorists so they could be flown into buildings in suicide attacks… Osama bin Laden’s declaration of a holy war against the US, and a 1998 fatwā signed by bin Laden and others, calling for the killing of American civilians, are seen by investigators as evidence of his motivation. 1

1 http:// en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/ September_11_attacks

Theodoor van Gogh was a Dutch film director, film producer, columnist, author and actor. Van Gogh worked with the Somali-born writer Ayaan Hirsi Ali to produce the film Submission, which criticized the treatment of women in Islam and aroused controversy among Muslims. On 2 November 2004 he was assassinated by Mohammed Bouyeri, a Dutch-Moroccan Muslim. 1

1 http:// en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/ Theo_van_Gogh_(film_director)

Theodoor van Gogh (1957–2004)

KILL UNBELIEVERS

In September 2005, the Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard was asked by his newspaper, Jyllands-Posten, to draw the prophet Muhammad “as you see him”. He did, and it changed his life. The resulting cartoon was deemed blasphemous by hard-line Muslims around the world and drew death threats. 1

In 2010, after Westergaard and his wife had been forced to spend a few months on the run, a Somali man forced his way into their home wielding an axe and a knife and attempted to kill him.

1 http:// www.theguardian.com/ world/ 2010 / jan/ 04/ danish-cartoonist-axe-attack

Kurt Westergaard (1935–)

KILL UNBELIEVERS

According to Reuters 27 Mar 2014:

Judge Lahore Ghulam Murtaza Chaudhry sentenced Sawan Masih to hang after a Muslim said he had insulted the prophet Mohammed in the eastern city of Lahore a year ago. The accusation against Masih sparked a riot in which Muslims burned more than 100 Christian homes… “Today (the judge) announced his verdict that says that Sawan must be hanged and fined,” said Nameem Shakir, a lawyer for the accused… At least 16 people are on death row in Pakistan for blasphemy and at least 20 others are serving life sentences. 1

1 http:// www.reuters.com/ article/ 2014/ 03/ 27/ us-pakistan-blasphemy-sentence-idUSBREA2Q1YF20140327 (Author: Mubasher Bukhari)

KILL BLASPHEMERS

Pakistan has not yet executed anyone for blasphemy. Members of religious minorities say they are often threatened with such accusations. The law does not require evidence to be presented in court and there are no penalties for false allegations. Courts often hesitate to hear evidence, fearful that reproducing it will also be considered blasphemous. Activists who want to reform the law say it is often abused by those seeking to grab money or property from the accused. Often the accused do not even make it to court. At least 52 people accused of blasphemy have been lynched since 1990, according to a 2012 report from the Islamabad-based think tank the Center for Research and Security Studies. 1

1 Ibid

KILL BLASPHEMERS

Jesus rebuked James and John for wanting to retaliate against the hostile Samaritans:

Luke 9:51-55 (NKJV) Now it came to pass, when the time had come for Him to be received up, that He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem, and sent messengers before His face. And as they went, they entered a village of the Samaritans, to prepare for Him. But they did not receive Him, because His face was set for the journey to Jerusalem. And when His disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them, just as Elijah did?” But He turned and rebuked them, and said, “You do not know what manner of spirit you are of.”

LOVE YOUR ENEMIES

Christians are not to seek revenge, but to entrust justice to God:

Rom 12:17-19 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.

Our life amongst unbelievers must be characterized by good deeds:

1 Pet 2:12 Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.

LOVE YOUR ENEMIES

Recent Jihad-inspired decapitations of infidels by Muslims have occurred across the globe - Christians in Indonesia, the Philippines, and Nigeria; Hindu priests and “unveiled” Hindu women in Kashmir; Wall Street Journal reporter, and Jew, Daniel Pearl. We should not be surprised that these contemporary paroxysms of Jihad violence are accompanied by ritualized beheadings. 1

1 http:// prophetofdoom.net/ Islam_in_Action_Kim_Sun-Il.Islam

BEHEADING

Journalist Daniel Pearl was an American Jew who was kidnapped by Pakistani militants and later beheaded.

Such gruesome acts are in fact sanctioned in the Quran:

Sura 47:4-15 When you meet the unbelievers in the battlefield strike off their heads and when you have laid them low, bind your captives firmly …

Sura 8:12 I will instil terror into the hearts of the Infidels, strike off their heads then, and strike off from them every fingertip.

BEHEADING

Since the 1990’s, Sudan in north-east Africa has been suffering a Muslim jihad-war, whereby thousands of Christians and unbelievers have died, many by crucifixion, or have suffered by having their hands and feet on alternate sides cut off. Is it only coincidental that we find in the Quran the sanction for this very practice? 1

Sura 5:33 “The only reward of those who make war upon Allah and his Messenger and strive after corruption in the land will be that they will be killed or crucified, or have their hands and feet on alternate sides cut off...”

1 “An African Asks Some Disturbing Questions of Islam” http:// debate.org.uk/ topics/ trtracts/ t12.htm

MUTILATION

In 2010 T. J. Joseph, a Professor of Malayalam in India had his hand chopped off by a Muslim mob after being accused of blasphemy. The mob consisted of people belonging to the Popular Front of India, a confederation of radical, fanatic, Muslim fundamentalist and extremist organisations in South India. 1

1 SOURCE: http:// en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/ Assault_on_T._J._Joseph

MUTILATION

Don’t show mercy to captives; rather slaughter them:

Sura 8:67 It is not for any Prophet to have captives until he has made slaughter in the land …

Jesus said we must show mercy to sinners and enemies:

Luke 6:35-36 “But love your enemies, do good to them… Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”

Matt 9:11-13 When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and ‘sinners’?” On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

MERCY

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy… Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. (Matt 5:7,9)

The Quran states that a Muslim should not befriend unbelievers in the family:

Sura 9:23 Believers! do not befriend your fathers or your brothers if they choose unbelief in preference to faith. Wrong-doers are those that befriend them.

Sura 58:23 You will not find believers in Allah and the Last day on friendly terms with those who oppose Allah and His apostle, even though they be their fathers, their sons, their brothers, or their nearest kindred …

UNBELIEVING FAMILY

Paul instructs Christian spouses to stay with their unbelieving partners and to endeavour to lead them to salvation (1 Cor 7:12-14). Peter instructs wives with unbelieving husbands to attempt to win them for Christ by treating them well:

1 Pet 3:1-2 Wives, in the same way be submissive to your husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behaviour of their wives, when they see the purity and reverence of your lives.

UNBELIEVING FAMILY

If anyone chooses a religion other than Islam, it will never be accepted. (Sura 3:85)

Kill whoever changes his religion [from Islam]. (Sura 9:57)

Muslims should not punish a Muslim if he kills a non-Muslim. (Hadith 9:50)

CONVERTS TO OTHER RELIGIONS

If a Muslim does not battle against the unbelievers, they will be punished by God and sent to hell:

Sura 9:39 If you do not fight, He will punish you severely, and put others in your place.

Sura 8:15,16 Believers, when you meet the unbelievers preparing for battle do not turn your backs to them. [ Anyone who does ] shall incur the wrath of God and hell shall be his home: an evil dwelling indeed.

DYING WHILE FIGHTING

Paradise is promised to those who die for the cause of Islam:

Sura 10:4-15 ... As for those who are slain in the cause of Allah, He will not allow their works to perish. He will vouchsafe them guidance and ennoble their state; He will admit them to Paradise He has made known to them.

Sura 3:169-171 You must not think that those who were slain in the cause of Allah are dead. They are alive, and well-provided for by their Lord….

Sura 4:74 Let those fight in the cause of God who barter the life of this world for that which is to come; for whoever fights on God’s path, whether he is killed or triumphs, We will give him a handsome reward.

DYING WHILE FIGHTING

Christians are told that if you give up your life and the motivation is not love, it is worth nothing.

1 Cor 13:3 If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.

It is not commendable to kill others; rather it is commendable to give up your life for a friend.

John 15:12-13 “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”

DYING WHILE FIGHTING

Muslims are instructed to declare war on unbelievers and to dominate them by exacting pay taxes from them:

Sura 9:29,30 Declare war upon those to whom the Scriptures were revealed but believe neither in God nor the Last Day, and who do not forbid that which God and His Apostle have forbidden, and who refuse to acknowledge the true religion [Islam] until they pay the poll-tax without reservation and are totally subjugated.

Jesus said, “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” (Matt 5:5)

Meek means humbly patient and docile under provocation from others, submissive, compliant, tame, quiet, mild, gentle, kind.

INFIDELS & FINANCE

Muslims should extort money from unbelievers:

Fight the people of the Book (Jews and Christians) and extort money from them. (Sura 9:29)

The definition of extortion is “a criminal offense of obtaining money, property, or services from a person, entity, or institution, through coercion… Extortion is commonly practiced by organized crime groups. The actual obtainment of money or property is not required to commit the offense. Making a threat of violence which refers to a requirement of a payment of money or property to halt future violence is sufficient to commit the offense.” 1

1 http:// en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/ Extortion

INFIDELS & FINANCE

John the Baptist instructed his listeners who were soldiers:

Luke 3:14 “Don’t extort money and don’t accuse people falsely—be content with your pay.”

The Bible tells us not to practice extortion or to mistreat foreigners by denying them justice:

Ez 22:29 The people of the land practice extortion and commit robbery; they oppress the poor and needy and mistreat the alien, denying them justice.

These are some other Bible passages on extortion:

Prov 7:7 Extortion turns a wise man into a fool, and a bribe corrupts the heart.

INFIDELS & FINANCE

Ps 62:10 Do not trust in extortion or take pride in stolen goods; though your riches increase, do not set your heart on them.

Isa 33:15-16 He who walks righteously and speaks what is right, who rejects gain from extortion and keeps his hand from accepting bribes, who stops his ears against plots of murder and shuts his eyes against contemplating evil—this is the man who will dwell on the heights, whose refuge will be the mountain fortress. His bread will be supplied, and water will not fail him.

Hab 2:6 “Will not all of them taunt him with ridicule and scorn, saying, ‘Woe to him who piles up stolen goods and makes himself wealthy by extortion! …’”

INFIDELS & FINANCE

Rather than extorting money from unbelievers, Jesus taught us to assist sinners and enemies financially:

Luke 6:33-35 And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ lend to ‘sinners,’ expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.

INFIDELS & FINANCE

The status and treatment of unbelievers in Islam is sharply contrasted to the Christian model of how unbelievers are to be treated.

ISLAM: Do not befriend or associate with – rather you should extort money, torture, mutilate, behead or kill unbelievers.

CHRISTIANITY: Befriend, assist financially, pray for, forgive, show mercy to unbelievers.

SUMMARY

Muhammad claimed to be a prophet of God.

Jesus said, “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. ” (Matt 7:15-20)

SUMMARY

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SOURCE: Excerpts from http:// en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/ Haj_Amin_al-Husseini

In 1933, within weeks of Hitler’s rise to power in Germany, the German Consul-General in Palestine, the pro-Nazi Heinrich Wolff, sent a telegram to Berlin reporting al-Husseini’s belief that Palestinian Muslims were enthusiastic about the new regime and looked forward to the spread of Fascism throughout the region.

When Husseini eventually met with Hitler and Ribbentrop in 1941, he assured Hitler that “The Arabs were Germany’s natural friends because they had the same enemies... namely the English, the Jews, and the Communists”.

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Husseini reports that Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler … told him in summer 1943 that the Germans had ‘already exterminated more than three million’ Jews: “I was astonished by this figure, as I had known nothing about the matter until then.” …Thus. in 1943, Husseini knew about the genocide…

By Husseini's admission therefore he was informed of the Nazi genocide of the Jews certainly by the summer of 1943. Wolfgang G. Schwanitz doubts the sincerity of his surprise since, he argues, Husseini had publicly declared that Muslims should follow the example Germans set for a “definitive solution to the Jewish problem”.

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Subsequently, the Mufti declared in November, 1943:

It is the duty of Muhammadans in general and Arabs in particular to … drive all Jews from Arab and Muhammadan countries… Germany is also struggling against the common foe who oppressed Arabs and Muhammadans in their different countries. It has very clearly recognized the Jews for what they are and resolved to find a definitive solution [endgültige Lösung] for the Jewish danger that will eliminate the scourge that Jews represent in the world.

APPENDIX 1

Haj Amin el-Husseini reviewing SS 13th Division soldiers from a car

At the Nuremberg trials, one of Adolf Eichmann's deputies, Dieter Wisliceny, stated that al-Husseini had actively encouraged the extermination of European Jews, and that he had had an elaborate meeting with Eichmann at his office, during which Eichmann gave him an intensive look at the current state of the “Solution of the Jewish Question in Europe” by the Third Reich. These allegations are controversial. A single affidavit by Rudolf Kastner reported that Wisliceny told him that he had overheard Husseini say he had visited Auschwitz incognito in Eichmann’s company.

APPENDIX 1

Gilbert Achcar sums up al-Husseini’s significance:

“One must note in passing that Amin al-Husseini's memoirs are an antidote against Holocaust denial: He knew that the genocide took place and boasted of having been perfectly aware of it from 1943 on. I believe he is an architect of the Nakba (the defeat of 1948 and the departure of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians who had been driven out of their lands) in the sense that he bears a share of responsibility for what has happened to the Palestinian people.”

APPENDIX 1

The appointment of the young Muhammed Amin al-Husseini as Mufti of Jerusalem was a seminal event. Prior to his rise to power, there were active Arab factions supporting cooperative development of Palestine involving Arabs and Jews. But al-Husseini would have none of that; he was devoted to driving Jews out of Palestine, without compromise.

As a young man, al-Husseini worked with a native Jew, Abbady, who documented this comment:

Remember, Abbady, this was and will remain an Arab land. We do not mind you natives of the country, but those alien invaders, the Zionists, will be massacred to the last man. We want no progress, no prosperity. Nothing but the sword will decide the fate of this country.

APPENDIX 2

In 1929, major Arab riots were instigated against the Jews of Palestine. They began when al-Husseini falsely accused Jews of defiling and endangering local mosques, including al-Aqsa. The call went out to the Arab masses: “Itbakh al-Yahud!” — “Slaughter the Jews!” After the killing of Jews in Hebron, the Mufti disseminated photographs of slaughtered Jews with the claim that the dead were Arabs killed by Jews.

In 1937 the Grand Mufti expressed his solidarity with Germany, asking the Nazi Third Reich to oppose establishment of a Jewish state, stop Jewish immigration to Palestine, and provide arms to the Arab population.

APPENDIX 2

Following an assassination attempt on the British Inspector-General of the Palestine Police Force and the murder by Arab extremists of Jews and moderate Arabs, the Grand Mufti lost his office of President of the Supreme Muslim Council, his membership on the Waqf committee, and was forced into exile in 1937.

According to documentation from the Nuremberg and Eichmann trials, the Nazi Germany SS helped finance al-Husseini's efforts in the 1936-39 revolt in Palestine. Adolf Eichmann actually visited Palestine and met with al-Husseini at that time and subsequently maintained regular contact with him later in Berlin.

APPENDIX 2

While in Baghdad, Syria al-Husseini aided the pro-Nazi revolt of 1941. He then spent the rest of World War II as Hitler’s special guest in Berlin, advocating the extermination of Jews in radio broadcasts back to the Middle East and recruiting Balkan Muslims for infamous SS “mountain divisions” that tried to wipe out Jewish communities throughout the region.

APPENDIX 2

November 1943 al-Husseini greeting Bosnian Waffen-SS volunteers with a Nazi salute. At right is SS General Karl-Gustav Sauberzweig.

Once in Berlin, the Mufti received an enthusiastic reception by the “Islamische Zentralinstitut” and the whole Islamic community of Germany, which welcomed him as the “Führer of the Arabic world.” In an introductory speech, he called the Jews the “most fierce enemies of the Muslims” and an “ever corruptive element” in the world.

APPENDIX 2

Al-Husseini meeting with Muslim volunteers, including the Legion of Azerbaijan, at the opening of the Islamic Central Institute in Berlin on 18 December 1942, during the Muslim festival Eid al-Adha.

Throughout the war, he appeared regularly on German radio broadcasts to the Middle East, preaching his pro-Nazi, anti-Semitic message to the Arab masses back home. To show gratitude towards his hosts, in 1943 the Mufti travelled several times to Bosnia, where on orders of the SS he recruited the notorious “Hanjar troopers,” a special Bosnian Waffen SS company which slaughtered 90% of Bosnia’s Jews and burned countless Serbian churches and villages. These Bosnian Muslim recruits rapidly found favour with SS chief Heinrich Himmler, who established a special Mullah Military school in Dresden. The only condition the Mufti set for his help was that after Hitler won the war, the entire Jewish population in Palestine should be liquidated.

APPENDIX 2

After the war, Husseini fled to Switzerland and from there escaped via France to Cairo, were he was warmly received. The Mufti used funds received earlier from the Hitler regime to finance the Nazi-inspired Arab Liberation Army that terrorized Jews in Palestine.

In 1951, a close relative of the Mufti named Rahman Abdul Rauf el-Qudwa el-Husseini matriculated to the University of Cairo. The student decided to conceal his true identity and enlisted as “Yasser Arafat.”

A previous top PLO figure, Faisal Husseini (1940–2001), was the grandson to the Führer’s Mufti. Arafat (1929-2004) also considered the Grand Mufti a respected educator and leader, and in 1985 declared it an honour to follow in his footsteps.

APPENDIX 2

Haj Amin al-Husseini eventually died in exile in 1974. His place as leader of the radical, nationalist Palestinian Arabs was taken by his nephew, Yasser Arafat. In August 2002, Arafat gave an interview in which he referred to "our hero al-Husseini" as a symbol of Palestinian Arab resistance.

In 1970’s and 80’s Arafat:.

Used aircraft hijacking as a terrorist tool. The PLO hijacked 4 planes in the 1970’s.

Responsible for 1972 Munich massacre in which 11 Israeli athletes were murdered by the PLO

Responsible for the deaths of 650 Israelis, 28 Americans amongst others.

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Attack on school in Ma-Alat in Israel in 1974 resulted in death of 21 small school children.

Hijacked Italian ship Achille-Laro. Aboard the ship they murdered Leon Klinghoffer, a wheelchair bound American in his 70’s. They brutally beat him and then pushed him, wheelchair and all, overboard.

Assassinated the Jordanian Prime Minister on a direct order by Arafat (recorded)

Kidnapped and killed US ambassador to the Sudan

In 1974 attempted to attack US embassy in Aman, Jordan and kill Jordanian king.

APPENDIX 2

In 1994 Arafat was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

He was responsible for killing over 1000 Israelis after becoming a Nobel Peace laureate.

He stole billions of dollars from his people in order to maintain his hold on power.

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Jewish populations by country and year

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