Muslim Attitude Towards Jews

QUESTION

What should our interactions with Jews be, especially in the current climate? A lot of Muslims are very angry at how Israel treats the Palestinians, and quite rightly so. However, how should we interact in our encounters with the Jews? I read in hadiths how the Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) did dawah to the Jews and did business with them, yet these days some Muslims absolutely refuse to give dawah to Jews.

 Also many Muslims seem to have hatred for Jews on racial grounds. I know a brother who is a good man, who reverted to Islam. A Muslim attacked his Jewish ancestry which was absolutely wrong.

Nowadays there are Muslims in Western countries, who whenever Israel does something in Palestine react and chant “death to the Jews, kill the Jews” and randomly beat up Jews walking on the streets just because they are Jewish, and in some extreme cases synagogues and Jewish graves get desecrated. They argue that these acts are done because of Israel’s actions abroad in the Middle East.

Also some Muslims believe it is ok to blow up synagogues and murder Jews even if those Jews are not Zionists. They still think its ok to murder them solely because they are Jewish although there are many Jews who do not support Israel and condemn Israel’s actions abroad.

The same people as above also make the dangerous claim that in our time if an Islamic state returns then there is no more Jizyah for the Jews, arguing that the state of Israel completely nullifies any chance of Jizyah for the Jews. They say either accept Islam or be slaughtered. I do not understand this claim as there are more Christian Zionists than Jews, yet the same people do not advocate genocide of Christians and still believe you can take Jizyah from them while the jews are excluded?

I have spoken to Jews including a rabbi who is anti-zionist and he said to me that orthodox Jews condemn Israel and its actions and say the state of Israel is illegal in Jewish law. He also said that Jews would prefer to live under an Islamic state, and cited the historical examples of Muslim rule in Spain and the Ottoman Empire when Muslims saved the Jews from the mass killings in Christian Europe. He was impressed by Muslim tolerance and kindness. May Allah guide him to Islam.

How should we interact with the Jews whilst we live in the West and what is your advice about the angry youth who are hell -bent on aggressive actions?

ANSWER

There is no basis in Islam for the kind of savage behaviour you have described. Those displaying such uncouth and cruel conduct are callous morons with corrupt beliefs which have no relationship with Islam. They have inherited kuffaar attitudes as a consequence of their assimilation into western culture. However, they exhibit the attitudes of kuffaar which they taint with ‘islamic’ hues.

Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) was sent by Allah Ta’ala as the Nabi for all mankind and jinnkind. No nation/race is excluded from the scope of Rasululla’s Risaalat. One of the Holy Wives of Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam), Hadhrat Safiyyah (Radhiyallahu anha) was a Jewish lady. For her sake, Allah Ta’ala freed all the Jewish prisoners of war who were related to her.

The Qur’aan states the permissibility of marrying Jewish women and consuming their slaughtered meat although today the fatwa is of impermissibility due to extraneous circumstances. But this fatwa should not be construed as an abrogation of the Qur’aanic permissibility. Per se Nikah to women of the Ahl-e-Kitaab remain valid. If there is any Islamic validity in the egregious hatred displayed by some ignorant Muslims, Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) would not have married a Jewish lady nor would the Qur’aan have granted the permission.

The corrupt view which the ignoramuses hold regarding Jizyah is tantamount to abrogation of the Qur’aanic Law, and such cancellation is kufr. This corrupt view illustrates their ignorance. These types of morons have no affinity with the Shariah and the Sunnah, hence they blurt out just any haraam drivel disgorged by their nafs

Whatever you have described of the reactions of Muslims towards Jews in the West is haraam. Israel’s oppression does not justify the hatred and injustices committed on Jews in general. There is no Islamic justification for their haraam conduct.

Muslims should display good moral conduct and always be just. The manner in which these jaahil Muslims conduct themselves only drives non-Muslims away from Islam. This was never the conduct of the Sahaabah and the Salafus Saaliheen who had conquered the lands of the kuffaar.

Those who say that Jizyah is abolished for Jews if Muslims ever gain control of Israel, are stupid. They do not know anything about the Shariah nor about Islamic morals, hence they react like kuffaar. In day to day affairs, Muslims should portray excellent moral conduct when dealing with all people even if they are Jews.

[Answered by Hazrat Maulana Ahmad Sadeq Desai]

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