A couple of weeks ago, when swine flu was all the rage, an Egyptian government official and Islamic scholar issued a fatwa (religious ruling) that all pigs in Egypt should be killed because …wait for it… they’re descended from Jews!
Sheikh ‘Othman: The Jews that Allah Turned into Swine Were the Forefathers of Today’s Pigs
According to the website, Sheikh ‘Othman states in his fatwa that all pigs are descended from the Jews whom Allah transformed into apes, swine and worshippers of Satan, and must therefore be slaughtered. He bases this on Koran 5:60: "Shall I point out to you something much worse than this, [as judged] by the treatment it received from Allah? Those who incurred the curse of Allah and His wrath, those of whom some He transformed into apes and swine, those who worshipped Satan – these are [many times] worse in rank, and far more astray from the even path!"
The report states: "’Othman argues that this verse [refers] to the people of Moses, and that [Muslim commentators] Ibn Kathir, Al-Tabari and Al-Qassimi bring proof of this in their books. He [also] points out that there are two schools of thought on this among the Koranic commentators: One opinion states that the Jews whom Allah turned into swine remained that way and died without multiplying, while the other says that they did multiply and that their descendants are still alive today.
"In support [of the latter opinion], the sheikh quotes hadiths in which the Prophet describes one of the signs that will herald the arrival of Judgment Day: The Jews will turn into pigs and will then be swallowed up by the earth."
The report quotes ‘Othman as saying: "I personally tend to believe that the pigs living today are descended from those Jews, and that is why Allah forbade us to eat them, saying, ‘Forbidden unto you [for food] are carrion and blood and swineflesh [Koran 5:3].’ In addition, one of the things that Jesus will do when he returns to earth on Judgment Day is kill all the pigs, and that is proof that they are descended from Jews. All the pigs on earth will be destroyed by Jesus on Judgment Day."
Yes, that’s right. Jesus is going to come back and kill all the Jew-pigs. Even South Park can’t satirize this — these clowns make mockeries of themselves.
Now, to be fair, the article cites Sheikh ‘Ali Abu Al-Hassan, head of the Al-Azhar Fatwa Committee, as saying those Jews turned into pigs and apes did not breed, so the current Jews cannot be descended from them. (Al-Azhar is one of the top Islamic universities and the center of Sunni thought.) Very tolerant of him, but it puts him at odds with his boss, Sheikh Tantawi, the head of Al-Azhar, who calls Jews
"…the enemies of Allah, descendants of apes and pigs."
Read the whole document (also via the invaluable MEMRI) to get an idea of just how widespread in Islam is the belief that Jews are descended from animals — in other words, not really human.
This is what reveals the "peace process" between Israel and the Arabs to be a farce: with such dehumanization and raw Jew-hatred hardwired into Islam, how can one expect expect to reach anything resembling a genuine and just peace? And purging this anti-Semitism would require renouncing portions of the Qur’an itself, which is, in Islam, supposedly the literal word of Allah. So, how does one abjure Allah’s words about the Jews, and the learned opinions of all the major schools of Islamic law, and yet remain a good Muslim? How do you make peace with someone whose beloved religion tells him he has to hate you, fight you, kill you, and pray for your destruction?
Quite a quandary.
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