Monday, 12 January 2009

Not all Jews are Zionists

Not all Jews are Zionists

"Jahannam Yahudi!

Jahannam Yahudi Laknatullah!

Mampus Yahudi!"

Those were amongts the swears being loudly uttered by the demonstrators in any rallies organised in Malaysia in condemning Israel and showing solidarity towards the Palestinians. For some parties, Jews are equal to Zionists, Judaism is equal to Zionism, Jewish nation is equal to Israel.

I wouldn't agree much with such generalisation. The fact that what is happening in Gaza, and Palestine as a whole has nothing to do with the Jewish people as a nation nor the Judaism as a religion. Since the day Herzl (the founder of World Zionist Organisation) declared the idea of Erez Yisrael (Israeli state) until today, thousands of Jews, from the lay people to intellectuals, politicians and thinkers strongly diagreed and oppossed the idea and the ideology for whatever reasons they adherent to.

If the Jewish people are all Zionists, What have we to say about people like Alan Hart, Ilan Pappe, Norman Finkelstein, Muhammad Asad, Mariam Jameelah, or Jewish organisations like Satmar and Naturei Karta who repeatedly calling for the inhilation of the Israeli state for it is against the teaching of Torah and Talmud?

Are not they all Jews?

Or do we want to agree with the Zionists' label against those good hearted people as 'Self-hating Jews'?

For those who still insist to curse or swear the 'Yahudi' as a nation, I am afraid this will lead to the Medieval Christian's and Europeans' creed that created the centuries of pogrom and discrimination towards the Jewish people, hence resulted to the butchery crime of Holocaust. The Medieval Europeans, specifically pre-protestant period and the Catholics later on adamantly
Justify Full believed that Jewish people were the murderers of Jesus. Hence they are entitled to all the presecutions. Had not the Protestants and in specific, the Millenists promulgated the belief of Apocalypse, and had not Hitler slaughtered the non-Zionist Jews in Europe, the Jewish people should continue living in difficulties in Europe.

As Uri Avnery used to mention in his writing criticising Pope Benedict's hatred remark on the Muslims, the Jewish people have never experienced more security and prospherity in Europe as they were in Islamic Andalusia. When the inquisition of the Christian Spain chased the Jewish people from the Iberian Peninsular, it was the Ottoman Empire in Turkey who sheltered them. Muslim lands were safe heaven for the Jewish people when their brethens in Europe were experiencing discrimination, execution and massacres.

Furthermore, Jewish people along with the Christians were regarded as 'Ahl al-Kitab' or the people of the book. Muslims are allowed to eat their slaughter and to marry their women. They even enjoy lot of previleges during the Islamic empires reigns. The condemns and critiques on the Jewish people in al-Quran was mentioned as part of the history which even the Old Testament (or Torah according to the Judaism) also shared lot of says. While some verses and even Hadiths cursing the Jews were mentioned in contexts, which amongts them were the acts of treason by the Jewish tribes (Bani Nadhir, Bani Qurayzar, Bani Qaynuqa') settling in Medina during that period and those critiques were not dedicated to the Jewish as a nation.

In sum, while confronting the inhumane Israeli agressions not only in Gaza, but every single inch of the occupied land, we should not neglect the justice. The sterotype of some anti-Islam parties in generalising all Muslims as terrorist, and the Islamic teaching as the doctrine of terror must be avoided by the Muslims in giving their judgement to the Jewish people. As I strongly oppose those who embrace the idea that 'Muslims are terrorists', I am also against those who blatantly chanting 'Jahannam Yahudi'...

As for the Zionists, they are not necessary to be Jews; the Christian Zionists in the USA and all over Europe are not to be forgotten. Perhaps their number is outnumbering the Jewish Zionists in Israel. However, the worst amongst them are the cold-hearted Muslim Zionists who have the guts to condone what their Zionist comrades committed to their Muslim brethens in Palestine.

Allahummansur Filistiniyin wa Muslimin,

Allahumma dammir Israel wa man wallahum,

Allahumma a'izzil Islaam wal Muslimin

Durham, UK.


  1. Assalamualaikum..

    syukran for bringing up the issue.. yup, i truly agree with you. it is not the jews that should go down, but the zionists...
    for many of the zionists are not even jews.

    liked ur blog a lot.. mind if i link my blog to yours?

  2. Salam Ustaz,

    Ana link-kan entry ini ngan ana. I'll bet some would blow their top reading about Zionist Muslims. But if its a way to help them realise the truth, so be it.

  3. Salam Abu Rufaydah,

    I came via the link from Cakapaje's site.

    What you say is correct. Muslims should not confuse the pernicious Zionist ideology with Jews as a people and the zionist and racist state of Israel.

    Maaf cakap, but this distinction is seldom heard in sermons in our mosques. Perhaps this accounts for the present state of affairs?

    PS allowing OpenID comments will help you visitors to post comments ;)

  4. Salam,

    Alhamdulillah, ada juga yang komen isu ini. Saya terkonfius sebab dalam Quran pun, Allah mengatakan" Wa lan tardha 'ankal yahuda wa lan nasara...". Macam mana para ulama' mentafsirkan ayat ini?

  5. Salaam,

    Tru, jangan hanya baca satu ayat dan terus buat konklusi.Baca juga ayat surah al-Maidah yang Allah menghalalkan makanan mereka dan juga berkahwin dengan wanita mereka.

    Baca juga Al Imran bagaimana Allah membahagikan ahli Kitab kepada yg boleh dipercayai dan yang tidak boleh dipercayai.

    Baca juga hadis2 yg Rasulullah SAW juga bermuamalah dgn ahli kitab di waktu damai...malah Safiyyah isteri Nabi juga seorang Yahudi kan?

    Elakkan mengambil ayat-ayat al-Quran secara terpisah-pisah atau tercerai-cerai. Lihat secara menyeluruh isi kandungan al-Quran.


  6. The Qur’an depicts the Jews as inveterately evil and bent on destroying the well-being of the Muslims.

    They are the strongest of all people in enmity toward the Muslims (5:82); they fabricate things and falsely ascribe them to Allah (2:79; 3:75, 3:181); they claim that Allah’s power is limited (5:64); they love to listen to lies (5:41); they disobey Allah and never observe his commands (5:13). They are disputing and quarreling (2:247); hiding the truth and misleading people (3:78); staging rebellion against the prophets and rejecting their guidance (2:55); being hypocritical (2:14, 2:44); giving preference to their own interests over the teachings of Muhammad (2:87); wishing evil for people and trying to mislead them (2:109); feeling pain when others are happy or fortunate (3:120); being arrogant about their being Allah’s beloved people (5:18); devouring people’s wealth by subterfuge (4:161); slandering the true religion and being cursed by Allah (4:46); killing the prophets (2:61); being merciless and heartless (2:74); never keeping their promises or fulfilling their words (2:100); being unrestrained in committing sins (5:79); being cowardly (59:13-14); being miserly (4:53); being transformed into apes and pigs for breaking the Sabbath (2:63-65; 5:59-60; 7:166); and more. They are under Allah’s curse (9:30), and Muslims should wage war against them and subjugate them under Islamic hegemony (9:29). If this ain't bullshit what is ? It is your creed to hate Jews. Not all Jews are Zionists is bullshit, it's one and the same.