Avi Benlolo, Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center, spoke at a Toronto Mosque honouring the Muslims murdered in Christchurch while attending services. He shared his concerns.

He said:

We ask ourselves, what is happening to us? What is happening to humanity? Where is the sanctity and preservation of life?

As an organization that is built in memory of six million Jewish people who were murdered by the Nazis in the Holocaust, we understand hate and intolerance. We have learned that you must take words seriously – hate incidents all start with words.”

Let’s repeat that: “hate incidents all start with words”

So, where is the concern from your organization for the constant hate streaming out of mosques all over Canada, all over the world, against the Jews?  And the Christians? And the infidels?

You sit with people and commiserate with them over their losses, yet sit with them while they share the Al Fatiha prayer that attacks the Jewish people. I don’t understand.

Why do our Jewish leaders bend the knee to those who call for our death?

The Fatihah, recited at least seventeen times daily by Muslims in the canonical prayers, reminds one of the praise and gratitude due to God for His Attributes of Infinite Goodness and All-Mercifulness, not merely for His Goodness and Mercy to us in this life but ultimately, on the Day of Judgement when those who die while not believing that “There is no true god but God, and Muhammad is the Messenger (Prophet) of God” or are not Muslim will lose Paradise forever and will be sent to Hellfire as God said “And whoever seeks a religion other than Islam, it will not be accepted from him and he will be one of the losers in the Hereafter.” Quran 3:85)

In this Surah, the Fatihah Allah has taught His servants how to supplicate and speak to Him, simply and without a mediator.

In fact, besides referring to the Resurrection, this Surah presents facts concerning the Unity of the Divine Essence, Unity of Attributes, Unity of Divine Acts, and Unity of Worship. It is the essence of the whole meaning of the Qur’an.

The recitation of this Surah, because of its extreme importance, is frequently emphasized in Islamic traditions and narrations.

As for its virtue, it is narrated from the holy Prophet (S) that:

“The reward of any Muslim who recites the Surah ‘Opening’, is like that of a person who has recited two thirds of the Qur’an, and so much reward would he receive as if he has given every believing Muslim, man or woman, a free will offering “

“In the name of God, the infinitely Compassionate and Merciful.
Praise be to God, Lord of all the worlds.
The Compassionate, the Merciful. Ruler on the Day of Reckoning.
You alone do we worship, and You alone do we ask for help.
Guide us on the straight path,
the path of those who have received your grace;
not the path of those who have brought down wrath, nor of those who wander astray.

Verse 7A ‘those who wander astray’ refers to the misguided of the Christians; and / maqdubi ‘alayhim / and Verse 7b ‘those who have brought down Wrath’ refers to the misguided of the Jews.

The Mr. Benlolo also shared:

After the attack in New Zealand, there is anger and rage. Perhaps we can channel it to the memory of the victims of this horrific crime. We can reach out and embrace one another as an act of defiance for those who want to see us divided and civilization destroyed

After all, our faiths, Judaism and Islam, are part of the Abrahamic tradition. We are Sisters and Brothers.

Does he really believe this or is this the #IslamophobiaIndustry at work because the truth is, according to Islam, we are not in any way shape or form related to Islam via the the Abrahamic tradition.

In 628, after the siege of Khaybar, lasting a month and a half, the inhabitants surrendered under terms of a treaty known as the dhimmi. Upon the death of Mohammed in 630 C.E., his successor, Omar, issued a charter consisting of 12 laws under which a non-Muslim or dhimmi was allowed to live among believers or Muslims.  The charter codified the conditions of life for Jews under Islam and specified that any Jew who broke these codes forfeited his life.

Included in this charter was a prohibition forbidding Jews to touch the Koran. It also compelled Jews to wear distinctive clothes, usually dark blue or black, and further compelled them to wear a yellow piece of cloth as a badge (This yellow cloth became the inspiration for the yellow star which the Nazi government of Germany forced upon Jews). Other rules prohibited the wearing of shoes or sandals. Jews were also prohibited from performing their religious practices in public.  Jews were not allowed to own a horse or to drink wine in public. The anti-Jewish laws went so far as to prohibit Jews from letting their grief be heard by Muslims during or after a Jewish burial.

Rules would be formulated to deny the dhimmi due process of the law. Both Jews and Christians had to pay a special head tax and a special property tax as protection money to the Muslim government.  This tax came from an edict in the Koran:

“Fight against those Jews and Christians who believe not in Allah …. until they pay the tribute readily, being brought low.” (Surah 9:29)

Living under the laws of dhimmitude meant being barely tolerated in your dispossessed land. And on a whim a  pogrom would ensue. Communities could find themselves evicted, women raped, exorbitant ransoms placed on them, children abducted and forced to convert, and in other cases mass murders of the dhimmi population was condoned.

And dhimmitude makes these statements possible.

I am providing numerous examples of Islam from Muslims. Look for the similarities amongst Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

Hamas’s TV channel has warned Israelis that “[we] love death more than you love life.” Or as Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah has put it:

“The Jews love life, so that is what we shall take away from them. We are going to win, because they love life and we love death.”

Or as a 16-year-old Taliban warrior declared:

“War is our best hobby. The sound of guns firing is like music for us…. The Americans love Pepsi Cola, we love death.”

PA TV Preacher:

Allah, punish Your enemies, the enemies of religion, count their numbers and kill them to the last one, and bring them a black day. Allah, punish the wicked Jews, and those among the atheists who help them. Allah, we ask that You bestow upon us respect and honor by enabling us to repel them, and we ask You to save us from their evil.”[Official PA TV, April 22, 2016] 

We’re not concern, and this is what the Olama [scholars of Islam] say in [the book] “Ila Al-Sunan” [إعلاء السنن] in the books of “fiqh” [فقه jurisprudence], it’s mentioned that the verse where Allah, Exalted and Glorified be He, says that the “mushrikun” [مشركون polytheists] are impure it doesn’t refer to the external impurity. It’s referring to the “aqidah” [عقيدة faith] and the belief that they have, that may be corrupt. So people generally quote the verse of Surah [chapter of the Quran] Al-Tawbah [Repentence] where Allah, Exalted and Glorified be He, says لا يدخلون المسجد الحرم [إِنَّمَا الْمُشْرِكُونَ نَجَسٌ فَلا يَقْرَبُوا الْمَسْجِدَ الْحَرَامَ ] they should not enter the masjid [mosque]. So this is referring to their internal filth not their external filth, their internal impurity, not their external impurity. So this is condition number two.

Sociologist Peter L. Berger wrote that 70 years ago scholars said it was artificial to substitute “a fuzzy commonality for the sharp differences” between Judaism and Christianity. Likewise with the “Abrahamic” concept:

“The way in which the Quran interprets Judaism and Christianity is hardly compatible with the self-understanding of these religions.”

Jon Levenson, the prominent professor of Jewish studies at Harvard Divinity School, in his “Inheriting Abraham” (Princeton, 2012) shared important differences:

“For Judaism, Abraham is the first Jew, both biologically and spiritually. For Christianity, he is the father of all believers who prefigures faith in Jesus Christ. For Islam, he is neither Jew nor Christian but a Muslim and forefather of its one true faith.”

Prof. Dr. Mehmet Görmez announced that Islam was brought to the world by Allah to correct the “distortions” of Judaism and Christianity. At the center of Judaism, he said, was “material, money and wealth.” Christianity, he asserted, took the opposite, albeit equally “wrong,” interpretation of the divine, as it “came up with an understanding that denigrated the world and deemed property and wealth almost forbidden [haram].”

In the beginning… Islam did its best to separate itself from Judaism and Christianity.

We, in the west must not bend the knee to those who call for our extermination.

From the Ethics of the Fathers: “Rabbi Tarfon used to say, it is not incumbent upon you to complete the task, but you are not exempt from undertaking it.”