A third Muslim imam in the United States has been recorded citing an Islamic text that prophesies the killing of Jews by Muslims.
As with the other two imams, Abdullah Khadra, speaking at a mosque Dec. 8 in the Raleigh, North Carolina, area, was responding to President Trump’s Dec. 6 recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Citing a familiar hadith, a collection of the sayings of Muhammad, Khadra said Islam’s prophet “gave us the glad tidings that at the End of Time, we will fight those Jews until the rocks and the trees will speak: ‘Oh Muslim, this is a Jew behind me.'”
Khadra asserted that the Israeli cities of Haifa, Acre and Jaffa are “Muslim land.”
“May Allah destroy everyone who wants evil for Islam and Muslims,” he prayed.
WND reported a Texas imam who cited the hadith, urging Muslims to “fight the Jews in Palestine” and “kill the Jews,” tried to repair relations with local Jewish leaders with an apology.
Imam Raed Saleh Al-Rousan of the Tajweed Institute in Houston said he was “absolutely and completely opposed to and disgusted by all forms of terrorism, all terrorists, and I oppose anyone who would commit, call for, or threaten violence against civilians.”
But Dayan Gross, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, pointed out that video of the sermon shows the imam basing his statement on the well-known Islamic hadith declaring, “Judgment Day will not come until the Muslims fight the Jews.”
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Another Texas imam, Sheik Ramadan Elsabagh of Garland, Texas, posted a recorded prayer on his Facebook page in December calling for Israel’s destruction along with “their allies, and those who assist them and those who allowed them into the abodes of the Muslims.”
‘Standard, mainstream religion’
Commenting on the North Carolina imam’s remarks, Jihad Watch Director Robert Spencer pointed out that the declaration is not a tenet of “extremist” Islam.
“This is the standard, mainstream religion. It’s a hadith in a collection that Muslims consider authentic,” Spencer wrote.
The hadith states:
Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) 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. (Sahih Muslim 6985)
Spencer said Muslims in North Carolina “don’t have a different version of Islamic texts and teachings from the version Muslims have elsewhere.”
“They have the same Quran, the same Sunnah. Why should anyone expect them not to teach the things these sources say?”
Spencer asked what American authorities are going to do “when they realize this is not twisted, hijacked Islam, but orthodox Islam?”
“Or will it be too late by then?” he asks.
The imam Khadra declared Muslims “should teach our children that it is our land and will remain our land, and will return to us sooner or later.”
“But the question is: Will you be among those who will contribute to regaining it or not? The Prophet Muhammad gave us the glad tidings that at the End of Time, we will fight those Jews until the rocks and the trees will speak: ‘Oh Muslim, this is a Jew behind me.'”
Khadra said the “occupiers, aggressors and murderers” in the Holy Land “can never take our holy city – only if we are dead.”
“If you are dead, they can do to you whatever they can, but if we are truly alive – they cannot. May Allah make us of those who are alive, who are aware of their holy places, who are defending their religion, and who move by all possible means to defend their rights.”
He prayed: “May Allah liberate the Al-Aqsa Mosque from the hands of the aggressors and the occupiers. May Allah destroy everyone who wants evil for Islam and Muslims.”