by Jerry Gordon (May 2010)
Al-Yahud: Eternal Islamic Enmity & the Jews
By Elias Al-Maqdisi & Sam Solomon
PO. BOX 5303
Charlottesville, Virginia 22905
ISBN 9-780971 534636
This most important book examines in depth and with a mastery of basic documents, the crucial issues of our time. What are the sources of the enmity that drive and justify jihad in all its forms? Will Judaism and Christianity survive when global Islam supported by the universal Caliphate’s jihad against Israel enforces its 7th Century claim to be the origin of these two faiths? This is the real meaning of Jihad against Israel.
Sam Solomon and the late Elias Al-Maqdisi have produced in Al-Yahud an indictment of the implacable Islamic hatred towards Jews and Christians. The authors present the exegesis of primal hatred at the core of the Quranic Canon, but they do something more. They make the connection between the doctrinal hatred of Jews and denial of ancient Biblical claims to the Holy Land of Jews and Christians. They use this Islamic doctrinal hatred of Jews to illustrate why a lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians will never occur. The author’s message is that such agreements pursued by an Obama Administration and members of the so-called Quartet are a folly. For they have failed to understand this hate-filled doctrine.
We have had the privilege of meeting co-author Sam Solomon at events in New York City and Washington. Solomon notes the courage of fellow apostates from Islam, among them co-founders of Former Muslims United. He is the author of A Proposed Charter of Muslim Understanding that seeks to obtain pledges from Muslim leaders to honor the human civil rights of those who left have left Islam. Leaving Islam is tantamount to treason or sedition under the totalitarian doctrine of Islam and can lead to death fatwas.
Solomon comes to the task of writing and debating about the totalitarianism at the core of the Quranic Canon as an apostate. He spent more than 15 years in training to become an Islamic jurist, before his conversion to Christianity and expulsion from his native Muslim country on the eve of a death sentence. He claimed the U.K. as his adopted county because he was able to speak freely about the hatred in doctrinal Islam. He has allied himself with the U.K. Christian advocacy group, Christian Concern for our Nation (CCFON).
Solomon has participated in several debates with Muslim Leaders sponsored by Lord Malcolm Pearson and Baroness Caroline Cox at the House of Lords. Last summer, Solomon with colleague Kathryn Wakeling of the CCFON, presented a comparison of Shariah with English Law as part of a debate at the House of Lords concerning the adoption of elements of Shariah Law in the arbitration system of the UK.
Solomon and Bat Ye’or will appear together at three different venues in Canada (London, Toronto and Ottawa) in June, 2010 in a program arranged by the Canadian branch of the International Free Press Society. You may listen to a recent interview by radio talk show host Joyce Kaufman with Sam Solomon, discussing Al-Yahud, here.
Why Al-Yahud is timely
Al-Yahud is timely given the Obama Administration’s tilt towards the Muslim ummah's efforts to isolate Israel amid broad hints about imposing a peace settlement for the benefit of the Palestinian Authority. In the preface to Al-Yahud, the authors set up the thesis:
. . . well meaning people with an understandable motivation to find peace at any cost theorize hopefully: “no matter how the problem got started, the solution remains the same: What we need is a proper allocation of their competing desire for social justice and political identity.”
. . . Islamic counter-claims to the land are only a smokescreen emanating from, and obscuring several earlier and more important key decisions regarding the Jewish presence in the “land” and Monotheism – as taken in the 7th century by Mohammed personally during the formative days of Islam. This was long before any Muslim either saw or set foot in the Holy Land.
. . .is this conflict with modern Israel really a limited political/ethnic Palestinian issue over the “land” and “social justice” set in the 19th through the 21st centuries or is it a basic and eternal Islamic issue of “enmity” as proclaimed and mandated towards Jews - both individuals and collectively –from the pages of the Qu’ran and the Sunnah of Muhammad?
What is the Islamic doctrine of enmity towards Jews and unbelievers?
The authors note that when Muslims pray toward Mecca five times daily, they recite Sura verses laden with hatred towards Jews and Christians:
In each of the five daily ritual prayers, Muslims around the world pray the opening Sura of the Qur’an ending in these two verses, “Guide us to the straight path, the path of those whom You have favored with guidance, not [the path] of those against whom there is wrath, nor of those who are astray.” [Sura 1:6-7]… Muslim scholars are in unanimous agreement that “those against whom there is wrath” are the Jews . . . While “those who are astray” are identified as being the Christians.
The demonization of Jews dominates the Qu’ran. Virtually three fifths (60%) of the Aya or verses, nearly half of the Suras (50 out of 114 Chapters) deal with Jews; 500 of the Aya are explicitly negative. According to the Syrian Mufti, Abdul Sattar El Sayed Jews are demonized by purportedly “lying about G-d, mutiny against Allah, hard heartedness, hypocrisy, exploitation and opportunism, trickery, cowardice, miserliness, and garbling the holy books.” The Qu’ran essentially supplants the Torah, Psalms and Gospels of Jesus considering them and other antecedent religious texts as distortions of the revealed truth as propounded by Mohammed. The Sunnah and Hadiths exemplify the character and role of Allah’s Messenger, Mohammed, through his deeds and actions to be copied by Muslims in their daily lives. The authors show that both in word and deed Mohammed vilified, exterminated, enslaved and subjugated Jewish tribes making Arabia virtually judenrein.
The authors tie these doctrinal bases to hatred by contemporary Muslim scholars like Sheikh al Qaradawi:
“…they are full of venom of malice, deception, breakers of covenants, and treaties, and all these have been mentioned by the Qur’an about them, clarifying that the Jews of yesterday are the Jews of today, they hold the same characteristics and temperaments.”
This enmity towards Jews is non-argumentable and non-negotiable with no quarter or mercy to be granted:
Thus we have established that the enmity of the Muslims towards the Jews is deeply rooted in the religion itself, in the Qu’ran and the Sunnah, and as such is a non-argumentable religious decree. In other words, in Islamic law, “non-argumentable” is the ultimate case of non-negotiable. It is an absolute ruling that cannot even be considered to be changeable.
For doctrinal reasons, Arab Muslim leaders deride the merest possibility of concluding agreements with Israel as being in violation of Shariah. Note the late Anwar Sadat was deemed a Murtadd (apostate) for signing the Camp David peace accords in 1979 which led to his assassination by Egyptian Islamic Jihad in 1981. Any such agreements that are entered into with Israel are simply viewed as a Hudna (cease fire) until such time as Muslim forces can gain the upper hand.
The Islamic doctrine of Fitra (disposition or nature) plays an important role. In effect under Fitra all are born Muslim. Not only that but all Jewish and Christian prophets are Muslim. Furthermore, Islam ignores any prior standing of Judaism or Christianity. Anything of value in the texts of Jews and Christians has been abrogated by the Qu’ran.
Tawheed or monotheism under Islam is a central doctrine that belief in Allah and Mohammed are inseparable.
The doctrine of Al-Walaa wa Al Baraa (allegiance and rejection) mandates that Muslims obey the will of Allah and his prophet Mohammed by demonstrating perpetual enmity eternally towards their enemies, the Jews.
Jews and Christians who reject Muslim Tawheed are denigrated as fighting for Satan and by refusing the Da’wa (the call of Allah’s prophet Mohammed) that justifies Jihad or holy war against them.
The eradication of Jews in Arabia: a guide for contemporary Islamic doctrine.
The authors examine the implications of the eradication of the Jewish Tribes in 7th century Arabia as a doctrinal guide for contemporary Islam. The Jews in Arabia were refugees from the destruction of the First and Second Temples (586 B.C.E. and 70 C.E.) and the destruction of the Jewish Republic by Rome in 135 C.E. Jews in Yathrib (later renamed Medina) were sedentary farmers and craftsmen. The authors re-tell the story of the “honeymoon period” between Jews and Islam in the period from 622 to 624 C.E. and their fateful destruction contained in Mohammed’s biography, the Sira. The hapless Banu–Kanuyka tribe was faced with the end of their pact with Mohammed in 624 C.E. They were given the choice of death, conversion or exile by Mohammed. They negotiated for exile and were allowed to take meager provisions and animals with them. The second Jewish tribe, the Banu–Nadir who lived outside Yathrib faced a similar threat and fled to join the Khaybar. After the Battle of the Ditch in 626-627 C.E., the third Jewish tribe, the Banu-Qurayza surrendered with all their wealth and 800 men and boys were beheaded and their women raped and enslaved. The Banu-Qurayza wealth became war booty shared among Mohammed and his followers.
This leads to the unpremeditated attack on the Jewish oasis town of Khaybar, during which Mohammed took Safiyya bin Huyayy as his wife after beheading her husband and father. The Pact of Khaybar was entered into because Mohammed needed the expertise of the Jewish farmers and merchants. It established what became the Dhimmi Laws under which lands and wealth were handed over and the subjugated Jews had to pay a humiliation tax or Jizya. Thus creating a fourth option under Islamic doctrine of Jihad: conversion, exile, death or Dhimmitude. See a discussion of Dhimmitude in our NER review, “Dhimmitude Dominates” of Mark Durie’s book, The Third Choice: Islam Dhimmitude and Freedom.
The authors note that the Danish Mohammed cartoons that created discord in the Muslim ummah in 2005, including threats and attacks on the life of Danish Cartoonist Kurt Westergaard in 2009, have their origin in the murder of Jewish poet, Ka’ab Ibn Al-Ashraf of the Banu- Nadir tribe who wrote of the deaths of Quraish leaders in the Battle of Badr in 624 C.E. Thus was born the incident that became the basis of Qu’ranic death injunctions under Shariah law relating to any criticism of Mohammed as being tantamount to blasphemy of Allah and Islam.
Jerusalem & Israel is a Waqf in Trust for Islam forever.
Anyone who has been to Jerusalem has doubtless seen the Dome of the Rock at the Al Aksa Mosque on the Temple Mount. At the center of the dispute concerning Israeli jurisdiction over Jerusalem is the myth of Mohammed’s night journey to Jerusalem.
Islamic doctrine uses Mohammed’s night journey as a Meta narrative to establish jurisdiction over Jerusalem and Israel as being part of the Waqf (property decreed by Allah for Muslims only).
Bat Ye’or has said:
….the whole world is a trust kept by Allah for his Muslim community, elected above all others to govern the world. This is the trigger and sacred duty of the Jihad. Muslims have the duty to take back from the infidels the lands that belong to them.
It is this Islamic doctrine that underlines the current dispute between Obama and Netanyahu over any peace accords between Israel and the Palestinians.
The Islamic doctrines presented in Al-Yahud constitute the basis for Jihad against Israel and the Jews. Al-Yahud is a must read for Middle East policy makers to understand that prospects for lasting peace between Israel, the Palestinians and the Muslim ummah are delusional.
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