Jews and Muslims get together for a ‘Weekend of Twinning’
Why don’t we start with twinning Muhammad’s own words:
“The Hour will not be established until you fight with the Jews, and the stone behind which a Jew will be hiding will say, ‘O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, so kill him.'”
Or how ’bout we twin this:
“When judgment day arrives, Allah will give every Muslim a Jew or Christian to kill, so that the Muslim will not enter into hell fire.”
by Shlomo Shamir Â /Â Source:Â Haaretz
Thousands of Jews and Muslims across North America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa will participate in joint Jewish-Muslim events this weekend, as part of the “Weekend of Twinning” project.
The project began four years ago with a modest and limited scope at interreligious events that took place in synagogues and mosques in a few American cities.
This year, the project has expanded to become a global event, with 125 meetings taking place at 250 Jewish and Muslim institutions, including synagogues and mosques, in 26 countries.
In Israel, the joint events will take place in Jerusalem and the surrounding area, and will be led by rabbis and imams.
Rabbi Marc Schneier, FFEU President based in New York, told Haaretz he is “proud to showcase the unprecedented international gathering of Jews and Muslims that will take place this weekend.”
On the program are Torah and Quran lessons, lectures about subjects relating to Judaism and Islam and symposiums for members of the public from both religions.
In Boston, New Jersey, Washington and Toronto, community activists from both the Jewish and Muslim communities will, together, hand out food to the needy.
The “Weekend of Twinning” project began as an initiative of The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, an organization that was established for the purpose of promoting cooperation between Jews and African-Americans, but over the past few years it has focused its efforts on advancing dialogue and understanding between Jews and Muslims.
Schneier, who also serves as Vice President of the World Jewish Congress, said,
“This historic outpouring of Muslims and Jews worldwide demonstrates that we not only share a common faith, but a common fate. It is our single destiny that we must strengthen our bonds of concern, compassion and caring for each other.”
Seek help, Schneier. Read Koran, sira and hadith. Read Robert Spencer and Ibn Warraq, Ali Sina and open your eyes to what Muslims say and do. God will never forgive you for being such a dolt!
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A front pageÂ New York Times storyÂ published Saturday January 10, 2009, included extracts from the Friday sermon (of the day before) at Al Azhar mosque pronounced by Egyptian-government appointed cleric Sheik Eid Abdel Hamid Youssef. Referencing well-establishedÂ Antisemitic motifs from the KoranÂ (citations provided, below), Sheikh Youssef intoned,
Muslim brothers, God has inflicted the Muslim nation with a people whom God has become angry at [KoranÂ 1:7Â ] and whom he cursed [KoranÂ 5:78Â ] so he made monkeys and pigs [KoranÂ 5:60Â ] out of them. They killed prophets and messengers [KoranÂ 2:61Â /Â 3:112Â ] and sowed corruption on Earth. [KoranÂ 5:33Â /Â 5:64Â ] They are the most evil on Earth. [Â 5:62Â /Â 63Â ]
Indeed the Koran’s overall discussion of the Jews is marked by a litany of their sins and punishments, as if part of a divine indictment, conviction, and punishment process. The Jews’ ultimate sin and punishment are made clear: they are the devil’s minions (4:60) cursed by Allah, their faces will be obliterated (4:47), and if they do not accept the true faith of Islamâ€”the Jews who understand their faith become Muslims (3:113)â€”they will be made into apes (2:65/ 7:166), or apes and swine (5:60), and burn in the Hellfires (4:55, 5:29, 98:6, and 58:14-19).
The Koranic curse upon the Jews for (primarily) rejecting, even slaying Allah’s prophets (verses 2:61/3:112), including Isa/Jesus (or at least his “body double” 4:157-4:158), is updated with perfect archetypal logic in the canonical hadith: following the Muslims’ initial conquest of the Jewish farming oasis of Khaybar, one of the vanquished Jewesses reportedly served Muhammad poisoned mutton (or goat), which resulted, ultimately, in his protracted, agonizing death. And Ibn Saad’s sira account maintains that Muhammad’s poisoning resulted from a well-coordinated Jewish conspiracy.
It is worth recountingâ€”as depicted in the Muslim sourcesâ€”the events that antedated Muhammad’s reputed poisoning at Khaybar.
Muhammad’s failures or incomplete successes were consistently recompensed by murderous attacks on the Jews. The Muslim prophet-warrior developed a penchant for assassinating individual Jews, and destroying Jewish communitiesâ€”by expropriation and expulsion (Banu Quaynuqa and B. Nadir), or massacring their men, and enslaving their women and children (Banu Qurayza).Â Just before subduing the Medinan Jewish tribe Banu Qurayza and orchestrating the mass execution of their adult males, Muhammad invoked perhaps the most striking Koranic motif for the Jews debasementâ€”he addressed these Jews, with hateful disparagement, as “You brothers of apes.”Â Subsequently, in the case of the Khaybar Jews, Muhammad had the male leadership killed, and plundered their riches. The terrorized Khaybar survivorsâ€”industrious Jewish farmersâ€”became prototype subjugatedÂ dhimmisÂ whose productivity was extracted by the Muslims as a form of permanent booty. (And according to the Muslim sources, even this tenuous vassalage was arbitrarily terminated within a decade of Muhammad’s death when Caliph Umar expelled the Jews of Khaybar.)
Thus Maimonides (d. 1203), the renowned Talmudist, philosopher, astronomer, and physician, as noted by historianÂ Salo BaronÂ [from Baron’s essay entitled,Â “The Historical Outlook of Maimonides,”Â inÂ Proc of the Amer Acad for Jewish Res, vol. 6, 1934-35, p. 82],Â emphasizesÂ the bellicose “madness” of Muhammad, and his quest for political control. Muhammad’s mindset, and the actions it engendered, had immediate, and long term tragic consequences for Jewsâ€”from his massacring up to 24,000 Jews, to their chronic oppressionâ€”as described in the Islamic sources, by Muslims themselves:
Following an apparently prevalent usage [Maimonides] calls the founder of Islam a “madman,” [meshugga] with both religious and political aspirations, who failed to formulate any new religious ideas, but merely re-stated well-known concepts.Â Nevertheless, he attracted a large following and inflicted many wrongs upon the Jews, being himself responsible for the massacre of 24,000. Following his example the Muslims of the subsequent generations oppressed the Jews and debased them even more harshly than any other nation. (source)