Ms.Darwish is a former Muslim, and a convert to Christianity.
She is the author of The Devil We Don't Know.
(See also: "Fed to the Sharks by
a Pakistani religious leader, Pirzada Muhammad Raza Saqib Mustafai,
said: "When the Jews are wiped out ... the sun of peace [will] begin to
rise on the entire world." The same preaching is routinely done not
only by clerics, but by politicians -- in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and
elsewhere. This is not just Ahmedinijad; it is at the heart of Islamic
theology that world peace will be established only when all the Jews
are wiped from the earth. But few people in Western media are alarmed
by this kind of rhetoric or care to expose this dreadful dark side of
Islam's obsession with Jew-hatred.
I do not believe that one has to be an authority on
human behavior or group thinking to find out the obvious pathology in
Islamic Jew-hatred. It is time for all of us to uncover and expose this
atrocity against the Jewish people. We owe that to humanity and the
Muslim can see that such hatred is unbecoming, and unholy for a world
religion to focus on - and that the credibility of Islam is tarnished by
such hatred. No Muslim is allowed to go far enough to self-analyze or
ask why such hatred. Muslims defend Jew-hatred by claiming that Jews
betrayed Muhammad and thus deserve of this kind of treatment.
Even when I was a Muslim, I believed that the one-sided story against
Jews by Islam was enough to justify all the killing, terror, lies, and
propaganda by Islamic leaders against Jews. To the average Muslim,
routinely cursing Jews in mosques feels normal and even holy!
After a lot of thinking, analysis, research, and
writing, I discovered that Jew-hatred in Islam is an essential
foundation to the Islamic belief system that Muslims cannot seem to be
able to rid themselves of. Jew-hatred masks an existential problem in
Islam is terrified of the Jews, and the
number-one enemy of Islam is the truth, which must be constantly
covered at any cost. It does not matter how many Muslim men, women, and
children die in the process of saving Islam's reputation.
number-one duty of Muslims is to protect the reputation of Islam and
Mohammad. But why would a religion burden its followers like that?
This is why:
embarked on his mission to spread Islam, his objective was to create a
uniquely Arabian religion, one created by an Arab prophet, which
reflected the Arabian values and culture. Yet to obtain legitimacy, he
had to link it to the two previous Abrahamic religions, Judaism and
He expected the Jewish tribes who lived in Arabia to
declare him their Messiah and thereby bring him more legitimacy with
Arabs, especially with his own tribe in Mecca, the Quraish. Because his
own tribe had rejected and ridiculed him, Mohammed needed
the approval of the Jews, whom he called the people of the book. But
the conversion of Jews to Islam was part of the scenario that Mohammed
had to accomplish in order to prove to Meccans that they had made a
mistake by rejecting him.
That was one of the reasons Mohammed chose to migrate
to Medina, a town that had predominantly been settled by Jewish tribes
and a few impoverished Arabs who lived around the Jews. The Jews
allowed Mohammed to move in.
At the beginning, the Koran of Mecca was full of
appeals to the Jews, who were then described as "guidance and light"
(5:44) and a "righteous" people (6:153-154), who "excelled the nations"
(45:16). But when the Jews rejected the appeasement and refused to
convert to Islam, Mohammed simply and completely flipped. The Quran
changed from love to threats and then pure hatred, cursing, and
commandments to kill Jews. Rejection by the Jews became an intolerable
obsession with Mohammed.
Not only did the
Jews reject him, but their prosperity made Mohammed extremely envious.
The Jewish Arabian tribes earned their living from legitimate and
successful business, but Mohammed earned his living and wealth through
warfare -- by attacking Arab tribes, some of whom were from his own
tribe -- and trade caravans, seizing their wealth and property.
That did not look good for a man who claimed to be a
prophet of God. The mere existence of the Jews made Mohammed look bad,
which led Mohammed to unspeakable slaughter, beheading of 600 to 900
Jewish men of one tribe, and taking their women and children as slaves.
Mohammed had the first pick of the prettiest woman as his sex slave.
All of this senseless slaughter of the Jews was elaborately documented
in Islamic books on the life of Mohammed -- not as something to be
ashamed of, but as justified behavior against evil
One does not have to be
psychiatrist to see the obvious: that Mohammad was a tormented man after
the massacre he orchestrated and forced his fighters to undertake to
empower and to enrich himself and his religion. To reduce his torment,
he needed everyone around him, as well as future generations, to
participate in the genocide against the Jews, the only people whom he
could not control. An enormous number of verses in the Koran encouraged
Mohammed's fighters to fight, kill, and curse Muslim fighters who
wanted to escape fighting and killing Jews. The Quran is full of
promises of all kinds of pleasure in heaven to those who followed
Mohammed's killing spree and curses and condemnation to those who chose
to escape from fighting.
Muslims were encouraged to feel no
hesitation or guilt for the genocide because it was not they who did it,
but rather "Allah's hand."
Mohammed never got
over his anger,
humiliation, and rejection by "the people of the book" and went to his
grave tormented and obsessed that some Jews were still alive. On his
deathbed, Mohammed entrusted Muslims to kill Jews wherever they found
them, which made this a "holy commandment" that no Muslim can reject.
Muslims who wrote sharia understood how
Mohammed was extremely sensitive to criticism, and that is why
criticizing Mohammed became the highest crime in Islam that will never
be forgiven even if the offender repents. Mohammed's message on his
deathbed was not for his followers to strive for holiness, peace,
goodness, and to treat their neighbors as themselves, but rather a
commandment for Muslims to continue the killing and the genocide against
the Jews. Killing thus became a holy act of obedience to Mohammed and
Mohammed portrayed himself as a victim of Jews, and Muslims must avenge him until judgment day. With
all Arab power, money, and influence around the world today, they still thrive at portraying themselves as victims.
also codified into law the duty of every Muslim to defend Mohammed's
honor and Islam with his own blood, and allowed the violation of many
commandments if it is for the benefit of defending Islam and Mohammed.
Thus, Muslims are carrying a huge burden, a holy burden, to defend
Mohammed with their blood, and in doing so they are allowed to kill,
lie, cheat, slander, and mislead.
Mohammed must have felt deep and extreme shame after
what he had done to the Jews, and thus a very good reason had to be
found to explain away his genocide. By commanding Muslims to continue
the genocide for him, even after his death, Mohammad expanded the shame
to cover all Muslims and Islam itself.
All Muslims were commanded to follow Mohammed's
example and chase the Jews wherever they went. One hundred
years after Mohammed's death, Arabs occupied Jerusalem and built Al
Aqsa mosque right on top of the Jewish Temple ruins, the holiest spot of
the Jews. Muslims thought they had erased all memory of Jewish
Mohammed's genocide of the Jews of Arabia became an
unholy dark mark of shame in Islamic history, and that shame, envy, and
anger continues to get the best of Muslims today. In the eyes of
Mohammed and Muslims, the mere existence of the Jewish people, let alone
an entire Jewish state, delegitimizes Islam and makes Mohammed look
more like a mass murderer than like a prophet.
For Muslims to make peace with Jews and acknowledge
that Jews are humans who deserve the same rights as everyone else would
have a devastating effect on how Muslims view their religion, their
history, and the actions of their prophet.
Islam has a major existential problem.
By no will of their own, the Jews found
themselves in the middle of this Islamic dilemma. Islam must justify
the genocide that Mohammad waged against the Jews. Mohammad and Muslims
had two choices: either the Jews are evil sub-humans, apes, pigs, and
enemies of Allah, a common description of Jews still heard regularly in
Middle Eastern mosques today, or Mohammad was a genocidal warlord not
fit to be a prophet of God -- a choice that would mean the end of Islam.
Then and now, Mohammad and Muslims clearly chose the
first worldview and decreed that any hint of the second must be severely
punished. Jews must remain eternally evil enemies of Islam if Islam is
to remain legitimate. There is no third solution to save the core of
Islam from collapsing; either Mohammed was evil, or the Jews were evil.
Any attempt to forgive, humanize, or live peacefully with Jews is
considered treason against Islam. How can Muslims forgive the Jews and
then go back to
their mosques, only to read their prophet's words, telling them they
must kill Jews wherever they find them? It does not add up, if someone
wants to remain Muslim.
That is why the
number-one enemy of Islam is, and must remain, the truth. If the truth
exposes Islam's unjustified Jew-hatred, Muslims will be left with an
empty shell of a religion, a religion whose prophet was a murderer, a
thief, and a warlord. Without Jew-hatred, Islam would self-destruct.
Nonie Darwish author is the author of The Devil We Don't Know.
(See also: "Fed to the Sharks by Political Correctness")
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