Rasul Allâh’s wife, Umm Al-Mu’mineen Safiyyah bint
Huyayy - radiallaahu 'anha - was the daughter of one of the Jewish leaders of
Madinah. After her Islâm, she informed the Prophet - sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam
- when she had first felt the rays of Islâm enter her blessed heart.
It was the day that Anas - radiallaahu 'anhu - describes
as the most radiant day to every come upon al-Madinah - the day Rasul Allâh - sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam
- entered it. All the Ansar men, women and children gathered to greet him,
cheers of praise to Allâh filled the air.
Amongst the gathering were 2 men; as much as the Ansar
and Muhaajireen revered the Prophet, they despised him. It was the father
of Safiyyah - radiallaahu 'anha - and her uncle.
She was only a youngster as she looked into the darkness
and gloom that had enveloped their faces when they returned home that day.
Her Jewish uncle 1400 years ago asked, “Is it him? Is it the Prophet that our
scriptures speak of?” Huyayy lowered his head and said, “Yes. It is
him.” “Then what shall we do?” Safiyyah’s uncle continued.
Huyayy looked into his eyes, “Till the final day we shall be his bitterest
From the very first raka’ah of Taraweeh we read the
verse in the opening Sűrah: [Guide us to the straight
path - The path of those upon whom You have bestowed favor, not of those who
have evoked (Your) anger! ...]
Adiyy ibn Hatim asked Rasul Allâh - sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam
- who it was that evoked Allâh’s anger? He said, “It
was the Jews.” - Tafseer Ibn Katheer
When I was in high school, studying in journalism class,
our teacher had placed on the wall a statement that I spent many days
contemplating. It simply said, “Freedom of the press (speech) belongs to those
that own the press!” Who owns the press? Well, you can believe me
when I say that it is not the god fearing beloved of Allâh.
It is this same press that molds and programs the
aqeedah of a huge section of our Ummah. Many of our brothers and sisters are
illiterate to the words of Allâh and the guidance of Rasul Allâh - sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam,
so it is with little doubt that their ideas are subconsciously molded by what
Seinfeld tells them at 8 pm every Wednesday evening.
It is this same brother or sister that asks the
question, “I don’t understand why the Jews were cursed. Seinfeld is funny.
What did he do?”
This khutbah is our media and insha’ Allâh we shall
learn in these few moments only samples of what carried the Jews to evoke Allâh’s
In the opening verses of Surat Al-Baqarah, Allâh
invites the Children of Isra’eel to come back - to remember the favor and
blessing He bestowed upon them - and to fulfill the promise that they would
follow the Prophet when he was sent to them.
[O Children of Israel, remember
My favor that I bestowed upon you and fulfill My covenant upon you that I will
fulfill your convenant (from Me) and fear only Me.] - Sűrah al-Baqarah
Allâh saved them of their slavery to Fir’own, he
saved them from sea and drowned Fir’own and his army. Allâh selected
them to receive food from the sky. Allâh sent them Prophet after Prophet
from amongst themselves, and sent the Holy scriptures - the Towrah and the
Injeel. Allâh preferred them over all others at their time.
[...And that I preferred you over
the worlds (i.e. people).] - Sűrah al-Baqarah 2/47
How did they reply these Blessings of Allâh?
(i) They Followed Only What They Wanted to
When a Prophet came to them, if what he taught did not
appeal to them they either rejected that truth or slit the throat of the Prophet
and followed what was to them appealing.
[We had already taken the
covenant of the Children of Israel and had sent to them messengers.
Whenever there came to them a messenger with what their souls did not desire,
a groups (of the Messengers) they denied and another party they killed.]
- al-Maa’idah 5/70
And we must remember here that this is not the
commentary of some human journalist who claims to be neutral. This is the
Lord of the Universe telling us - in verses to be read till the final day - the
deepest secrets that lie in the pits of Judaism. [And
who is more truthful than Allâh in statement!] - al Nisaa’ 4/87
(ii) They Changed the Words of Allâh
There was groups of Jews that would change the words of
Allâh - adding something here, deleting there - to pound the truth and keep the
flock in servitude to what they desired.
[And indeed, there is among them
a party who alter the Scripture with their tongues so you may think it is from
the Scripture, but it is not from the Scripture. And they say, “This
is from Allâh,” but it is not from Allâh. And they speak untruth about Allâh
while they know.] Ali-Imran 3/78
(iii) Their claim that they are the beloved children of
Ibn Abbas narrates: Nu’maan ibn Aasaa, Bahr ibn ‘Amr
and Shaas ibn Adee (3 Jews) came to Allâh’s Messenger - sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam.
He sat with them and invited them to Allâh and warned them of Allâh’s anger.
They replied, “Why are you trying to scare us O Muhammad? By God, we are the
children of God and His beloved ones!” At that the verse was revealed:
[And the Jews and the Christians
say, ‘We are the Children of Allâh and His beloved.’ Say: ‘Then
why does He punish you for your sins?’ Rather, you are humans from
among (all the others) that He created.] Al-Maa’idah 5/18 ~ Ibn
(iv) Their Blasphemous Statements
There came upon the Jews a time of poverty, so they went
to Shaas ibn Qays and questioned him. He said, “Your Lord is stingy, he
never provides.” Allâh revealed in the Qur'ân:
[And the Jews say, “The hand
of Allâh is chained.” Chained are their hands and cursed are they for
what they say. Rather, both His hands are extended; He spends however He
wills.] Al-Maa’idah 5/64
(v) Their Murdering of the Prophets
One of the most horrific sins that they performed was
the slaughtering of their Prophets. This was one of the major reasons they
were struck with humiliation.
[And they were covered with
humiliation and poverty and returned with anger from Allâh (upon them).
That was because they (repeatedly) disbelieved in the signs of Allâh and
killed the Prophets without right. That was because they disobeyed and
were (habitually) transgressing.] - Baqarah 2/61
Not only did they try to kill their Prophets, but they
attempted to assassinate Rasul Allâh - sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam - himself.
RasulAllah went with some companions to meet with the Jews of Banu Nadheer.
While he waited for them at the side of a building, they climed the roof with a
boulder to crush down upon the head of Rasul Allâh. Jibreel warned Rasul Allâh
- sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam - of their plan. He stood up without saying
anything, left for Madinah, and came back with an army. This was the cause of
Banu Nadheer’s expulsion from Madinah - Mukhtasar Seerat Ibn Hisham 159
And the list goes on - They did not command the good or
forbid the evil, they did not accept the ruling of what Allâh revealed upon
them, they disbelieved their book, they received food from the heavens but
rejected it, they challenged their Prophet to show them Allâh in this life,
they took Angel Jibreel as their sworn enemy, they took the graves of their
Prophets as symbols of worship ... and the list goes on and on in the Qur'ân
There are some verses in the Qur'ân that spoke about
those that do not judge by what Allâh has decreed is a transgressor. Some
students of Ibn Abbas - radiallaahu 'anhu - asked him, “Were these not
revealed for the Jews and Christians?” He said, “Subhan Allâh! Are
all the glad tidings in the Qur'ân for us and all the admonitions for them?
If our we do what they did, our end will be their end.” Rasul Allâh - sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam
- said, “"You will follow the wrong ways, of your predecessors so
completely and literally that if they should go into the hole of a lizard, you
too will go there." We said, "O Allah's Apostle! Do you mean the Jews
and the Christians?" He replied, "Whom else?" - Bukhari
The Qur'ân tells us of snakes in the grass that bit the
Jews. Allâh tells us this so that we may take warning of what led them to
evoke Allâh’s anger and not be bitten by the same snake.
Let us take an example from the following verse:
[And there followed them
successors who inherited the scripture (while) taking the stock of this lower
life (i.e. Haram gains and whims), saying (regardless), “We will be
forgiven.”] - A’raaf 7/169
So many Muslims take this Qur'ân as something
inherited, the real power of Allâh’s word’s has not penetrated the hearts.
How many of our young Muslim youth understand the language of Cobolt and A++,
spending years to understand, but do not comprehend a single sentence in the
Have we desisted from the Riba that Allâh made Haram
upon us? In the years of 1973 to 1976, when the Muslims went out to
challenge Israel, the entertainment armies were summoned. Female singers
were brought, belly dancers hired, and soap operas dedicated to the
encouragement of our fighting Muslims. The songs were drenched in
nationalism and Arab pride.
In conclusion, a fundamental part of our Deen is Al-Wala’
and Al-Bara’ (wala’ - love and loyalty / Bara’ hatred and disownment).
It would be profitable for us to reflect on the implementation of our Wala’
and Bara’ in regards to the Jews:
Firstly: We should not take them as our
Allâh commands us in the Qur'ân: [O
you who have belied, do not take the Jews and the Christians as allies.
They are allies of one another. And whoever is an ally to them among you -
then indeed, he is one of them. Indeed Allâh does not guide the wrongdoing
people.] - Ma’idah 5/51
Secondly: We should not Imitate them
The forbiddance of imitating the Jews and the Christians
applies to those things that have become icons of their customs and falsehood.
So for example, if someone wore a white collar on his neck, everyone would
assume he was Christian. This is because the white collar has become a
symbol of theirs.
The ruling is more general than just clothes.
Rasul Allâh - sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam - said: [Act differently then the
Jews.] - Saheeh Abu Dawood
Thirdly: A Muslimah may never marry a Jewish or
Christian man that remains in his beliefs.
Allâh declares in the Qur'ân: [They
are not (i.e. the Muslim women) lawful wives for them, nor are they lawful
(husbands) for them.] - Mumtahinah 60/10
Is all this a death sentence on the Jews? Nay, Allâh’s
infinite Mercy has left the gate open for ANYONE who wishes to come back to him.
[And if only the People of the
Scripture had believed and feared Allâh, We would have removed from them
their misdeeds and admitted them to joyful Gardens] - Ma’idah 5/65
O Allâh guide us to the straight path - the path of
those who You have bestowed favor, not of those who have evoked (Your) anger,
nor of those that went astray. Ameen.
Student of Knowledge
(Graduate of Muhammad Bin Saud University, Madinah SA, in Islâmic Law)
Currently teaches at Al-Huda School in College Park, Maryland
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