Life in the religious fantasy world and how to stand out as a gormless twit!
by Alan Simons
Jesus and the prophets were all Muslim? So said Sheik Muhammad Hussein, the Mufti of the Palestinian Authority who asserted some years ago that all monotheistic prophets preached the same religion – namely Islam.
This is the same sheik that in 2012 said: “it is Muslim destiny to kill the Jews.” He has also claimed that Jesus and his mother Mary were Palestinians. In a video, the PA turns Jesus into a Palestinian, who of course preached . . . yes, Islam.
Sheikh Muhammad Hussein is the highest religious official in the Palestinian Authority. He was appointed by Chairman Mahmoud Abbas. So, he would know that Muslims identify the prophets of Islam as those humans chosen by Allah to teach mankind. In both Arabic and Hebrew, the term nabī, plural forms nabiyyūn and anbiyā, mean prophet. The Qur’an identifies twenty-five prophets by name, starting with Adam and ending with Muhammad.
As Jews, through our writings, we are familiar with twenty of them. Adam, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Lot, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Job, Jethro, Moses, Aaron, David, Solomon, Elijah, Elisha, Jonah, Ezekiel and Zechariah.
In response to the mufti’s fatuous comments I say this: Don’t you think it would be just as absurd for our Jewish religious leaders to conclude that, any Muslim who readily accepts the mufti’s teachings will be denied the right to revere the twenty prophets named above? In other words, we will take back our twenty, plus John the Baptist and Jesus, and you can keep Ishmael (well maybe), Hud, Saleh and Muhammad.
Following such a statement, I can only imagine the vicious demonstrations and threats of murder that would take place in many parts of the world against Jews.
Some of you might chuckle at Sheik Muhammad Hussein’s words. Yet, this gormless twit of an individual’s sole aim is to incite hate, intolerance and antisemitism in all sectors of society through blatant lies, misinformation and propaganda.
The Sheik Muhammad Hussein’s of this world are quite simply racists- let’s call a spade a spade. They profess to be utterly convinced that their knowledge of religion and history is boundless. Coupled with their convoluted conspiracy theories, they are unshakable in their hatred not just of Israel, but of all Jews.
We must therefore continue to hold these harebrained miscreants accountable for their virulent Judeophobia and bigotry. Any slight passivity from us will be taken as a sign of weakness, thus helping their cause further. I wish more Jews would stand up today and understand this and voice their opinion outside of the diaspora, instead of shielding themselves within the boundary of their community’s eruv.
It would also be reassuring, don’t you think, to hear something positive emanating from “moderate” Muslims – whatever that means today – against these Jew haters. But, their fear of standing out as individuals from the collective is too much to ask for. As Aboud Dandachi the Syrian activist has said: “Moderates may very well be the majority of Muslims worldwide, but moderation that is cowed, intimidated and silenced counts for little in practical terms. The world has yet to see the influence of moderate Muslims, or any proof of their ability and willingness to reign in the more extreme elements in Muslim societies.”
So, back to goblins. To quote E.M. Forster’s Howards End. “And the goblins–they had not really been there at all? They were only the phantoms of cowardice and unbelief?”
Sheik Muhammad Hussein and his many followers are not mythical beings. They are the real thing. They believe in using whatever influence they can muster to annihilate Jews. Out of 7.1 billion people in this world there are only 13.7 million Jews. We need friends. We better not forget it.
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