The theology of genocide

May 14, 2010

A couple of days ago, I commented on the UC San Diego student, a member of the Muslim Students Association (which itself is a front for the Muslim Brotherhood), who publicly stated her support for another Holocaust against the Jews.

In response to the inevitable question, “How in the name of all that’s decent can she make such a statement,” Robert Spencer, a noted scholar of Islam, explains how the roots of Ms. Albahri’s murderous antisemitism is grounded in the core works of Islam itself: Theology for a Holocaust

None of this should come as any surprise. The genocidal hadith [Sahih Muslim 6985 –Phineas] quoted on Palestinian TV is just one element of an anti-Semitism that is deeply rooted in the Qur’an and Sunnah, and which runs through Islamic history with a remarkable consistency. The Qur’an portrays the Jews as the craftiest, most persistent, and most implacable enemies of the Muslims. Three notorious Qur’anic passages depict an angry Allah transforming Jews into apes and pigs: 2:63–66; 5:59–60; and 7:166. The first of those passages depicts Allah telling the Jews who “profaned the Sabbath”: “Be as apes despicable!” It goes on to say that these accursed ones serve “as a warning example for their time and for all times to come.” The second has Allah directing Muhammad to remind the “People of the Book” about “those who incurred the curse of Allah and His wrath, those of whom some He transformed into apes and swine, those who worshipped evil.” The third essentially repeats this, saying of the Sabbath-breaking Jews that when “in their insolence they transgressed (all) prohibitions,” Allah said to them, “Be ye apes, despised and rejected.”

In traditional Islamic theology these passages have not been considered to apply to all Jews. However, that hasn’t stopped contemporary jihadists from frequently referring to Jews as the “descendants of apes and swine.” The implication is that today’s Jews are bestial in character and are the enemies of Allah, just as the Sabbath-breakers were. The grand sheikh of Al-Azhar, Muhammad Sayyid Tantawi, the most respected cleric in the world among Sunni Muslims today, has called Jews “the enemies of Allah, descendants of apes and pigs.” Saudi sheikh Abd al-Rahman al-Sudayyis, imam of the principal mosque in the holiest city in Islam, Mecca, said in a sermon that Jews are “the scum of the human race, the rats of the world, the violators of pacts and agreements, the murderers of the prophets, and the offspring of apes and pigs.”

Another Saudi sheikh, Ba’d bin Abdallah al-Ajameh al-Ghamidi, made the connection explicit: “The current behavior of the brothers of apes and pigs, their treachery, violation of agreements, and defiling of holy places … is connected with the deeds of their forefathers during the early period of Islam—which proves the great similarity between all the Jews living today and the Jews who lived at the dawn of Islam.” A 1996 Hamas publication says that today’s Jews are bestial in spirit, and this is a manifestation of the punishment of their forefathers. In January 2007, Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas stated, “The sons of Israel are mentioned as those who are corrupting humanity on earth,” referring to Qur’an 5:64.

It information such as this that our government (and others) willfully ignores when dealing with the Arab-Israeli dispute and the threat from Islamic terrorism. Trading land for peace and clinging to illusory “root causes” makes no sense -in fact, it’s downright dangerous- when dealing with a foe who believes he is fighting for a holy cause. Any concession or act of good faith is seen as weakness on our part and a proof of the righteousness of their struggle.

Be sure to read the whole thing. Of Spencer’s books, I most recommend “The Truth About Muhammad: Founder of the World’s Most Intolerant Religion” and “The Complete Infidel’s Guide to the Koran.”

(Cross-posted at Sister Toldjah, where I’m guest-hosting for the day)