From the time of Muhammad, Islam has equated Jews with apes and pigs. Islamic scholars regard this as a literal relation, not metaphorical:
But that doesn’t exhaust the Qur’anic menagerie when it comes to Jews. Nope, far from it. For now, via Amil Imani, we see evidence that Islam also equates Jews and rats. Citing Bukhari and the Sahih Muslim collections of ahadith (Canonical sayings and deeds of Muhammad. These are the two most highly regarded collections.), we read the following:
Narrated Abu Huraira:
The Prophet said, “A group of Israelites were lost. Nobody knows what they did. But I do not see them except that they were cursed and changed into rats, for if you put the milk of a she-camel in front of a rat, it will not drink it, but if the milk of a sheep is put in front of it, it will drink it.” I told this to Ka’b who asked me, “Did you hear it from the Prophet ?” I said, “Yes.” Ka’b asked me the same question several times.; I said to Ka’b. “Do I read the Torah? (i.e. I tell you this from the Prophet.)”
Abu Huraira reported that Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: A group of Bani Isra’il was lost. I do not know what happened to it, but I think (that it ‘underwent a process of metamorphosis) and assumed the shape of rats. Don’t you see when the milk of the camel is placed before them, these do not drink and when the milk of goat is placed before them, these do drink. Abu Huraira said: I narrated this very hadith to Ka’b and he said: Did you hear this from Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him)? I (Abu Huraira) said: Yes. He said this again and again, and I said: Have I read Torah? This hadith has been transmitted on the authority of Ishaq with a slight variation of wording.
Abu Huraira reported that the rat (is the result of) metamorphosis (of a group of Bani Isra’il) and the proof of this is that when the milk of goat is placed before it, it drinks it, and when the milk of the camel is placed before it, it would not taste it at all. Ka’b said: Did you hear it from Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him)? Thereupon he said: Has Torah been revealed to me?
Bear in mind that Allah in the Qur’an tells Mankind that Muhammad is a perfect example of proper conduct for all time, and that the Qur’an is, in Islam, Allah’s literal word. Therefore, if Muhammad says Jews were the forefathers of rats….
Remember this next time someone tell you that Islam respects the “People of the Book.”
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