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by Harold Reisman


For all Muslims, the Qur'an contains the uncreated word of God himself. It is valid for all time and in all places. Its ideals are — according to Muslims — true and beyond any criticism, modification or reformation.

The Qur'an describes Jews' transformation into apes and pigs having been "...cursed by the tongue of David and Jesus, Mary's son." (5:47)

The Jews are among the devil's minions (Qur'an 4:60). Cursed by God, their faces will be obliterated (Qur'an 4:47). If they do not accept the true faith, on the day of judgment they will be made into apes (Qur'an 2:65 and 7:166) and burn in Hellfire (Qur'an 4:55). In the Sura of the Proof (Sura 98): "The unbelievers among the People of the Book and the pagans shall burn forever in the fire of Hell. They are the vilest of creatures." (Qur'an 98:7)

"We welcome, as we did in the past, any Jew who wants to live in this land as a Dhimmi, just as the Jews have lived in our countries, as Dhimmis, and have earned appreciation, and some of them have even reached the positions of counselor or minister here and there. We welcome the Jews to live as Dhimmis, but the rule in this land and in all the Muslim countries must be the rule of Allah."
— Sh. Muhammad Ibrahim Al-Madhi, broadcast from the Sh. Ijlin Mosque in Gaza
on Palestinian Authority Television on June 6, 2001

From Pickthall, The Meaning of the Glorious Koran an authorized translation into English Note the spelling of the author is used; both Koran and Qur'an are in use. Exact citations and suras may be different in different translations as placement has not been constant through the centuries.

Surah II the Crow: 89 "The curse of Allah is on disbelievers."
: 191 "And slay them wherever ye find them, and drive them out of places whence they drove you out, for persecution is worse than slaughter."
: 216 "Warfare is ordained for you, though it is hateful unto you; but it may happen that ye hate a thing which is good for you."

Surah IX Repentance: 29 "Fight against such of those who have been given the Scripture as believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, and forbid not that which Allah hath forbidden by His messenger, and follow not the religion of truth, until they pay the tribute readily, being brought low."

Surah III The Family of Imran: 28 "Let not believers take disbelievers for their friends in preference to believers. Whoso doeth that hath no connection with Allah unless [it be] that ye but guard yourselves against them, taking [as it were] security. Allah biddeth you beware [only] of Himself. Unto Allah is the journeying."

Surah IV Women: 155 "Then because of their breaking of their covenant and their disbelieving in the revelations of Allah, and their slaying of the Prophets wrongfully, and their saying: Our hearts are hardened — Nay, but Allah hath set a seal upon them for their disbelief, so that they believe not save a few -"
: 161 "We have prepared for those of them who disbelieve a painful doom."

Surah V The Table Spread: 44 "Lo! We did reveal the Torah, wherein is guidance and a light, by which the Prophets who surrendered [unto Allah] judged the Jews..."
: 51 "O ye who believe! Take not the Jews and Christians for friends. They are friends one to another. He among you who taketh them for friends is [one] of them. Lo! Allah guideth not wrongdoing folk."
: 64 "The Jews say: Allah's hand is fettered. Their hands are fettered and they are accursed for saying so."
: 82 "Thou wilt find the most vehement of mankind in hostility to those who believe [to be] the Jews and the idolaters. And thou wilt find the nearest of them in affection to those who believe [to be] those who say: Lo! We are Christians. That is because there are among them priests and monks, and because they are not proud."

"Love of the Prophet requires hatred of the Jews."
al-Maghili, medieval Morroccan theologian

"Whenever a Jew is killed, it is for the benefit of Islam."
Sirhindi, 17th century Sufi theologian

"The Koran describes the Jews with their own particular degenerate characteristics, i.e., killing the prophets of Allah, corrupting His words by putting them in the wrong places, consuming the people's wealth frivolously, refusal to distance themselves from the evil they do, and other ugly characteristics caused by their deep-rooted lasciviousness...only a minority of the Jews keep their word...[All] Jews are not the same. The good ones become Muslims, the bad ones do not."
— Muhammad Sayyid Tantawi, grand imam of Al-Azhar from 1996 to the present, written in 1986

"Read history and you will understand that the Jews of yesterday are the evil fathers of the Jews of today, who are evil offspring, infidels, distorters of [others'] words, calf-worshipers, prophet murderers, prophecy-deniers...the scum of the human race whom Allah cursed and turned into apes and pigs...These are the Jews, an ongoing continuum of deceit, obstinacy, licentiousness, evil, and corruption."
— Abd Al-Rahman Al-Sudayyis, imam of Al-Haraam, chief mosque in Mecca, April, 2002

From the canonical Hadiths of Bukhari and Muslim: "The hour of judgment shall not come until the Muslims fight the Jews and kill them, so that the Jews hide behind trees and stones, and each tree and stone will say: 'Oh Muslim, oh servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him', except for the Gharqad tree, for it is the tree of the Jews."
— Sahih Muslim bk. 041 no. 6985 and Sahih Bukhari vol. 4, bk. 52 no 176/177

"We are fighting in the name of religion, in the name of Islam, which makes this Jihad an individual duty, in which the entire nation takes part, and whoever is killed in this [jihad] is a martyr. This is why I ruled that martyrdom operations are permitted, because he commits martyrdom for the sake of Allah, and sacrifices his soul for the sake of Allah. We do not disassociate Islam from the war. On the contrary, disassociating Islam from the war is the reason for our defeat. We are fighting in the name of Islam."
— Sh. Yusuf al-Qaradawi, head of the European Fatwah Council and spiritual leader of the
Muslim Brotherhood, Qatar TV sermon, Feb. 25, 2006

Ayatollah Khomeini has stated,
"Non-Muslims of any religion or creed are najis (ritually unclean)."
"Eleven things are unclean: urine, excrement, sperm, blood, a dog, a pig, bones, a non-Muslim man and woman, wine, beer, perspiration of a camel that eats filth...The whole body of a non-Muslim is unclean, even his hair, his nails, and all the secretions of his body."

"The Jews have astonishing attributes. In each Jew is a complex of ethical depravities and behavioral corruptions so astonishing that it is doubtful that this can be found in other people. These traits have taken permanent root in their character, such as never occurred in other people. These depravities, corruptions, maleficences, deficiencies, sicknesses, and handicaps have their own special taint, prominent indications, and deep imbeddedness in the Jews' astoundingly complex personality. These defects reached their furthest development, and then they infiltrated into the very heart and soul of every Jew, to the point that they influence every aspect of the Jew's soul....The baneful Jewish moral system demonstrates itself in each and every Jew. This is the result of determined inherited "genes" carried by every Jew everywhere and throughout all of history...[A]nd it indicates their true mission in the world. Then we analyzed the Jewish belief in its inner workings, and we demonstrated that they have no faith, as it is evidenced by their description at Qur'an 5:68: "(The Jews) do not have a leg to stand on." We then discussed at length the Jewish consciousness and had more Qur'anic support, with its own wonderfully applicable analysis which lays out the perversity which emanated from the Jewish consciousness and clarifies for us the abject execrableness inherent in this, the Jewish consciousness. This makes it reasonable that we label it a "combination of depravities". Qur'an records for us the most important of the Jewish character traits which becomes apparent in every Jew in every time period."
— From Qur'anic Truths regarding the Palestinian Issue by Salah 'Abd al-Fattah al-Khalidi
(London: Muslim Palestine Publications, 1994)

"Behind the doctrine of atheistic materialism was a "Jew"; behind the doctrine of animalistic sexuality was a Jew; and behind the destruction of the family and the shattering of sacred relationships in society...was a Jew. The war which the Jews launched against Islam was longer, more extensive, and of greater ferocity than the war which the polytheists and idol worshipers perpetrated — then and now...Indeed, (Islam's) struggle with the Arab polytheists did not last more than twenty years altogether. And likewise the battle with Faris in the first period...As for the modern period, the intensity of the struggle between the Hindu idol worshipers and Islam is vividly apparent, but it does not equal the viciousness of world Zionism which considers Marxism as a virtual branch of its (own activities).
— Translation by R. Nettler in A Muslim Fundamentalist's View of the Jews, 1987
"Our Struggle with the Jews" by Sayyid Qutb

"In the hadiths, Jews are represented in the darkest colors. Convinced by the clear testimony of their books that Muhammad was the true prophet, they refused to convert, out of envy, jealousy, and national particularism, even out of private interest. They have falsified their sacred books and do not apply the laws of God; nevertheless, they pursued Muhammad with their raillery and their oaths, and harassed him with questions, an enterprise that turned to their own confusion and merely corroborated the authenticity of the supernatural science of the Prophet. From words they moved to action: sorcery, poisoning, assassination held no scruples for them. They should be granted life, the enjoyment of their goods and the practice of their religion, but treat them with contempt and especially beware of asking them for information of a religious kind."
— From Georges Vajda, "Jews and Muslims according to the Hadith"
Jour. Asiatique 229 (1937)


Harold Reisman writes, "I am a believer that black letter text serves as a greater truth than interpretation and analysis. In this [article], I detail some text and references to text." Contact him at

This article was submitted May 25, 2009.


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