Mosque Defends Imam: He Meant ‘Destroy’ Jews, Not ‘Annihilate’ Them

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Breitbart: The Islamic Center of Davis, California, has defended Imam Ammar Shahin over a sermon last Friday in which he quoted an antisemitic text and prayed for Allah to “annihilate” Jews “down to the very last one.”

In a statement issued Tuesday morning, and e-mailed to Breitbart News, the mosque claimed that Shahin’s sermon was quoted out of context, and lashed out against “Islamophobic news organizations.”

It claimed that the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) had mis-translated Shahin’s prayer, and that he prayed that Allah “destroy” rather than “annihilate” the Jews responsible for temporarily closing access to the Al-Aqsa mosque (after a terror attack).

The word “destroy,” the mosque claimed, was not a call to violence but merely a “supplication that is generally used against oppressors.” more …

Opinion: Try to imagine the outrage if a Jewish Rabbi were to call for Jews to DESTROY EVERY MUSLIM down to the last one. Yet just this past week both the US State Department and the Vatican have blamed Israel for Palestinian violence.

In our book Antichrist: The Search for Amalek we trace the enmity that Esau had for his brother Jacob to the blessings that their father Isaac bestowed on them:

To Jacob: “May God give you heaven’s dew and earth’s richness—an
abundance of grain and new wine. May nations serve
you and peoples bow down to you. Be lord over your brothers,
and may the sons of your mother bow down to you. May those
who curse you be cursed and those who bless you be blessed”
(Gen. 27:28–29 NIV).

To Esau: “Your dwelling will be away from the earth’s richness,
away from the dew of heaven above. You will live by the sword
and you will serve your brother. But when you grow restless, you
will throw his yoke from off your neck” (Gen. 27:39–40 NIV).

One verse later Esau vowed to kill Jacob. Over 2000 years would pass before the blood feud found a host religion started by one man named Muhammad.

In our e-book Blood Feud (home page) we quote Egyptian writer and former Muslim Noni Darwish, who characterized how the hatred of the Jew became synonymous with Islam:

“In his late 30’s, Mohammed began visiting a cave in Mount Hira for contemplation, and in 610 AD at the age of 40, Mohammed claimed he was visited by the angel Gabriel who commanded him to become a “proclaimer”.

When Mohammed embarked on his mission to spread Islam, his objective was to create a uniquely Arabian religion, one created by an Arab prophet, which reflected the Arabian values and culture.  Yet to obtain legitimacy, he had to link it to the two previous Abrahamic religions, Judaism and Christianity.

He expected the Jewish tribes who lived in Arabia to declare him their Messiah and thereby bring him more legitimacy with Arabs, especially with his own tribe in Mecca, the Quraish.  Because his own tribe had rejected and ridiculed him, Mohammed needed the approval of the Jews, whom he called the people of the book.  But the conversion of Jews to Islam was part of the scenario that Mohammed had to accomplish in order to prove to Meccans that they had made a mistake by rejecting him.

That was one of the reasons Mohammed chose to migrate to Medina, a town that had predominantly been settled by Jewish tribes and a few impoverished Arabs who lived around the Jews.  The Jews allowed Mohammed to move in.  At the beginning, the Koran of Mecca was full of appeals to the Jews, who were then described as “guidance and light” (5:44) and a “righteous” people (6:153-154), who “excelled the nations” (45:16).  But when the Jews rejected the appeasement and refused to convert to Islam, Mohammed simply and completely flipped.  The Quran changed from love to threats and then pure hatred, cursing, and commandments to kill Jews.  Rejection by the Jews became an intolerable obsession with Mohammed.

Mohammed never got over his anger, humiliation, and rejection by “the people of the book” and went to his grave tormented and obsessed that some Jews were still alive.  On his deathbed, Mohammed entrusted Muslims to kill Jews wherever they found them, which made this a “holy commandment” that no Muslim can reject.”

The end of the blood feud is written down for all to see. But don’t take my word for it, take Daniel 9:26-27; Isaiah 63:1-3, and Revelation 19:13-15.

(See Blood Feud chapter 2 here and 9 here)

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  1. I think Imam Ammar’s publicist may be dyslexic. He used a synonym where an antonym probably would’ve been more appropriate.

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