There are millions of Muslims who wish only to live in peace with their non-Muslim neighbors. Unfortunately, they are condemned and marginalized by Islamic jihadists who take their justifications for violence straight from core Islamic texts such as the hadith, or sayings of the Prophet, which were compiled 200 years after his death. In particular, they cite the following hadith, attributed to Mohammed, to justify their genocidal attitudes toward Jews:
“The Prophet, Allah bless him and grant him salvation, has said: ‘The Day of Judgement will not come about until Moslems fight the Jews (killing the Jews), when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Moslems, O Abdulla [slave of Allah], there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him. Only the Gharkad tree, (evidently a certain kind of tree) would not do that because it is one of the trees of the Jews.’
(related by al-Bukhari and Moslem).
This hadith is approvingly quoted in the Charter of the terrorist group Hamas, which declares that it “aspires to the realization of Allah’s promise, no matter how long that should take.” What promise is Hamas referring to? The promise that the Day of Judgment will come when Muslims exterminate the Jews.
Hamas is not alone in citing hadith as a justification for religious slaughter. Across the Internet and the world, Muslim leaders and activists cite genocidal precedents from the life of Muhammad himself – as depicted in canonical hadith — to justify their actions today.
This must stop. We respectfully appeal to Islamic reformers and to those who claim that Islam is a religion of peace — chief among them the Muslim Students Association — to disavow such calls to genocide. The Turkish government has shown that it is possible to reform the hadith. It has appointed a commission to “reconsider” such murderous texts so as to “bring out the positive side of Islam that promotes personal honor, human rights, justice, morality, women’s rights, respect for the other.”
Petition for Hadith Reform
Whereas every human being has a right to life;
Whereas every human being has a right to just and equitable treatment before the law;
Whereas the equality of dignity and rights of women with men is a universal human right;
Whereas the freedom of conscience is likewise a universal human right;
Whereas these human rights and others are contravened daily by Islamic jihadists acting, by their own account, in accord with the words and example of Muhammad as recorded in the canonical hadith;
Whereas the genocide of the Jews is called for in a hadith understood by many Muslims as authoritative and echoes through sermons in some mosques today, and is proclaimed by certain leaders of the Islamic religion;
Whereas Catholicism and other Christian denominations have condemned the Holocaust and repudiated anti-Jewish pronouncements that have stained their religious past;
We call on the Muslim Students Association to:
- Condemn and repudiate the hadith which reads: “The prophet, prayer and peace be upon him, said: The time [of judgment] will not come until Muslims will fight the Jews and kill them; until the Jews hide behind rocks and trees, which will cry: O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, come on and kill him!” (Sahih Muslim book 41, no. 6985);
- Condemn and repudiate all other a hadith that teach Islamic supremacism, the subjugation of non-Muslims under the rule of Islamic law, and the subjugation of women.
- The right of all people to live in freedom and dignity
- The freedom of the individual conscience: to change religions or have no religion at all
- The equal dignity of women and men
- The right of all people to live free from violence, intimidation, and coercion
Endorsed by the American Islamic Forum for Democracy