Canada: Arabic newspaper publishes calls for Muslims to kill Jews

“Canadian Islamic Sermons, Literature on Killing Jews and Enemies of Islam,” by Jonathan Halevi, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, December 18, 2018:

Al Forqan is a Canadian Arabic newspaper based in Windsor, Ontario. According to its website,1 “Al Forqan is a daily online newspaper and a monthly printed newspaper issued by Al Forqan Media Foundation, Editor and Managing Director Mohamad Hisham Khalifeh [محمد هشام خليفة], accompanied by a group of administrators and highly qualified individuals.”

Al Forqan states:2

It is an independent, political and cultural newspaper that does not follow any political party yet pursues a policy of truth and justice and includes sections on education, culture, sports and society. Al Forqan is a contemporary newspaper which deals with life affairs and includes topics of interest to all segments of society (Arab and Canadian writers, elite, doctors, professors and professionals).

Distribution: The administrators purposely made the distribution of the newspaper free so as to ensure that it reaches all segments of society. The newspaper consists of 16 pages (Eight in color), Five of which will be in English and the other 11 in the Arabic Language, with over ten thousand copies distributed a month in the Windsor, London and Michigan areas (including all shops, mosques and residential complexes).

The opinions expressed in the articles published on this website are strictly those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Al Forqan Newspaper, its publishers or employees.

In Issue 64, May-June 2018, p. 7, Al Forqan published an article entitled “Prophecies that have not yet been fulfilled after the time of the Prophet [Mohammad].” Here is an excerpt from the original Arabic article:3

Fighting the Jews. “It is narrated from the hadith of Abu Hurayrah that the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: ‘The Hour will not begin until the Muslims fight the Jews and the Muslims will kill them.’”

This is a first segment of hadith 2922 in Sahih Muslim: “Abu Huraira reported Allahs Messenger as saying: The last hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree and a stone or a tree would say: “Muslim, or the servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him; but the tree Gharqad would not say, for it is the tree of the Jews.”4

The same hadith, accompanied with modern commentary, appears also in an online book (Riyadh as-Salihin – The Gardens of the Righteous, by Al-Nawawi) on the website of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) Canada:5

[Hadith] 1820. Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) said: “The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said: The Last Hour will not come until the Muslims fight against the Jews, until a Jew will hide himself behind a stone or a tree, and the stone or the tree will say: “O Muslim, there is a Jew behind me. Come and kill him,” but Al-Gharqad tree will not say so, for it is the tree of the Jews.’” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Commentary: Gharqad is a thorny plant which is well-known in the area of Palestine. Allah can bestow the power of speech to whatever thing He likes. When Allah wills, He will give mastery to the Muslims. He will help them even by means of plants and stones which will assist the Muslims against the Jews by informing them about the whereabouts of the Jews. The Jews have predominance over the Muslims in spite of the fact that they are a minority. But according to this true narration, the situation will definitely change before the Day of Resurrection, and the Muslims will dominate the Jews. Allah is the Master and Rubb of everything.

It appears in the online book (Riyadh as-Salihin – The Gardens of the Righteous, by Al-Nawawi) posted on the website of Brampton Islamic Center in Ontario:6

Abu Hurayra reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said: The Hour will not come until the Muslims fight the Jews and the Jews hide themselves behind stones and trees and the stones and the trees say: ‘O Muslim! This Jew is behind me, so kill him! With the exception of the thorn-tree which is one of the trees of the Jews.” [Agreed upon]

In recent years Muslim religious leaders (imams) in Canada have cited this hadith and recited prayers in support of killing Jews and/or disbelievers.

In a Friday sermon delivered on December 23, 2016, at Dar Al-Arkam Mosque in Montreal, Canada, Jordanian cleric Sheikh Muhammad Bin Musa Aal Nasr said:7

What is the disease of the Jews? It is that they believed in only part of the Scripture, while rejecting another part. As Allah said, disparaging them: “Do you believe in part of the Scripture and reject another part? And what is the reward of those among you who do so, except disgrace in this world?” Allah ordained disgrace for them in this world: “On the Day of Resurrection they will be consigned to the most severe torment. Allah is not ignorant of what you do.” And what is said about the Jews is also said about all those who imitate the Jews… If you worship Allah, you can rest assured that Allah will fulfill His promise and will support you. On Judgment Day, when the Muslims defeat the most vicious of creatures – the human demons – the stones and the trees will say: “Oh Muslim, oh servant of Allah, there is a Jew hiding behind me, come and kill him!” – except for the Gharqad tree, for it is the tree of the Jews.

In response to a media report about the content of the sermon, the president of the Muslim Council of Montreal, Salam Elmenyawi, told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC):

I do not understand how this person was invited to come and give a sermon and spread this hatred in Montreal against any community… to use the themes of the Prophet to spread hatred is actually something that is disrespectful towards the Prophet himself… these people, not only do they show hatred towards non-Muslims, they even show hatred to us Muslims.8

In two Friday sermons delivered on August 16, 2014 at the Al-Andalous Islamic Center in Montreal, Canada, Sheikh Sayyed Al-Ghitawi said:9

Oh Allah, support our brothers who wage Jihad for Your sake everywhere. Oh Allah, support our brothers the mujahideen in Palestine. Oh Allah, give them patience. Oh Allah, help them gain a foothold. Oh Allah, help them gain a foothold. Oh Allah, give them victory over their enemy. Oh Allah, destroy the accursed Jews. Oh Allah, show us the black day You inflict upon them. Oh Allah, show us the wonders of Your might and ability inflicted upon them… Oh Allah, turn their children into orphans and their women into widows, and make them suffer adversities, oh Lord of the Worlds.

In his sermon at the same mosque on August 3, 2014, Al-Ghitawi said:

Oh Allah, grant victory to our brothers who wage Jihad in Palestine, oh Lord… Oh Allah, destroy the accursed Jews. Oh Allah, show us the black day You inflict upon them. Oh Allah, show us the wonders of Your might and ability inflicted upon them, and make the land quake under their feet. Oh Allah, kill them one by one. Do not leave a single one of them. Oh Allah, turn their children into orphans and their women into widows. Oh Allah, make them suffer adversities.

Subsequently the Al-Andalous Islamic Center issued a clarifying statement:10

Al-Andalous Islamic Center administration reiterates its strong condemnation of any hate speech regardless of the target community, and regardless of the speaker. This condemnation includes any speech targeting the Jewish community, including the clumsy and unacceptable phrasing used in the videos of a sermon held in 2014 at the Center by a substitute imam.

In a lecture at the at Masjid Al Hikma mosque in Toronto Sheikh Abdulqani Mursal read the chapter, “Turmoil and Portents of The Last Hour” from Sahih Muslim, including the hadith about fighting the Jews (originally in Arabic):11

Ibn ’Umar reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: “You will fight against the Jews and you will kill them until even a stone would say: ‘Come here, Muslim, there is a Jew (hiding himself behind me); kill him.’” Ubaidullah has reported this hadith with this chain of transmitters (and the Words are): “There is a Jew behind me.” Abdullah b. ’Umar reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: “You and the Jews would fight against one another until a stone would say: ‘Muslim, here is a Jew behind me; come and kill him.’” ….

 

 

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