Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it:
it is even the time of Jacobís
trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.
27 Adar, 5761
March 22, 2001
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Well, you exchatology buffs will LOVE this one.
At the Western Wall today and in yeshivas and synagogues and religious
schools throughout Israel the sound of shofar blasts, the singing of
Hebrew Psalms and cries and tears and wails of repentance were heard
in response to a declaration by the Gedolei Yisrael (Great Ones of
Israel) formally recognizing the beginning of the "time of Jacob's
Thursday, March 22, 2001 (the 27th of Adar, 5761), was earlier
designated the time to celebrate Rosh Chodesh Nisan, (the first day of
Nisan), since the first day of Nisan actually falls on Sunday.
Ordinarily Rosh Chodesh Nisan is designated a Yom Kippur Katan (a
small Yom Kippur).
So over the past 24 hours the Jewish community here in Israel and
throughout the world has united in prayer. What is unusual about this
year's Yom Kippur Katan is that in light of the 6-month-old
Palestinian uprising which has claimed the lives of 57 Israelis,
including more than 20 through the direct involvment and participation
of Yasser Arafat's Palestinian Authority, the rabbis have added the
designation as "a time of Jacob's trouble."
Further it is signed by ALL 27 of the leading Orthodox and Chassidic
sages, both the "maranan verabonon" (masters and teachers) and the
"gedolei ha-Torah vehaChassidus (Torah sages among the Chassidut)."
The declaration begins and is formally designated:
"IT IS A TROUBLED TIME FOR YA'ACOV BUT HE WILL BE SAVED."
The declaration continues in full:
"Israel, the holy nation, is experiencing a time of suffering. Wicked
people are launching attacks against our people, and are intent on
causing trouble for the Jews in the Holy Land."
"May Hashem safeguard the Jewish nation in Eretz Hakodesh (the holy
land) from the wicked machinations of our enemies. May He protect us
from the oppressive calamities which crush body and soul. May He grant
succor to those who suffer from severe and bitter illnesses. May he
save us from the terrible plague in the form of traffic accidents. May
He ease the pain of the hearts which grieve over the spiritual
degeneration in our times, and over the decline in the belief in our
"Our only power is in exercising of the age-old tool of our fathers,
which is to cry out and to cause an uproar, as the Rambam says at the
beginning of Hilchos Taanis: "It is a positive command of the Torah to
cry out and to soud the shofar over every calamity which strikes the
community, as it is written, "At hatsar hastsoreir eschem veharei'osem
bechatzotzeros (against the adversary that oppresses you, you should
blow an alarm with the trumpets -- Numbers 10:9) - the word tsar
alluding to everything which oppresses (metsar) you.
"Therefore we entreat Jews everywhere -- men, womem and children -- to
assemble at worldwide prayer rallies and to plead with the A-mighty,
Who is most compassionate and kind, for deliverance. On Thursday, 27
Adar, ever rosh chodesh Nisan, in the shmittah year, we will gather
with one heart, to issue pleas and fervent cries to the Master of all,
and to recite the prayers of Yom Kippur Katan, selichos and Tehillim.
"Hashem will not reject the prayers of the many, and will accept our
prayers and hearken to our outcries with compassion and grace. He will
issue a spirit of purity from Above, in order to return us to Ovinu
shebaShomayim. Fathers will return to their sons and sons to their
fathers. Hashem will heed us, and we will not be lost. We will merit
the coming of Moshiach tzidkeinu speedily, out of great mercy and
While precious minutes of 27 Adar remain, I encourage every JOE on
this list who wishes to unite his heart in prayer with Judah to
MINIMALLY pray the MINCHAH prayers (on my website
www.torahvoice.org/minchah.htm ) or the prayers for the State of
Israel www.torahvoice.org/prayers.htm and if you have a shofar to
sound it before sunset tonight. (The alarm of Yom Kippur is "one
continuous blast" but I heard a variety of blasts today.)
The special prayers for 27 Adar actually began last night in a
celebration of Thanksgiving to Hashem for what was being termed
througout Jerusalem today as a "very great NES (miracle)." A car
packed full of explosives was parked in the heart of Jerusalem's Mea
Shearim neighborhood on Rehov Mea Shearim in Kikar Shabbat (Shabbat
Square). An off-duty parking warden noticed the car parked illegally
in a taxi-only zone, looked inside and thought he saw suspicious wires
coming out of a cellphone. He recruited local passersby to clear
pedestrians and bloc traffic until police arrived and confirmed it was
Helicopters flew overhead as a mass evacuation took place of the
neighborhood surrounding the car and Israeli bomb squads (Sappers) to
partially disarm the device and to conduct two controlled detonations.
Buses and cars were backed up for miles in all directions but the
inconvenience of walking two miles and more from Mea Shearim to the
nearest bus stop that was still accessible was mitigated by the
spontaneous praises and thanksgivings ... and added to the crowds on
hand in the shuls for Yom Kippur Katan.
The air in and around Jerusalem today was noticeably lighter and
spirits were noticeably uplifted as this REVIVAL INITIATED BY THE
MODERN TORAH SAGES got underway.
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A few of you have enquired as to whether the declaration of a "time of
Jacob's trouble" Yesterday with a Yom Kippur Katan (little Yom Kippur)
was the first time this has been done by the rabbonim.
I did not know the answer so I spoke this morning with Rav Schneider
about this. He said the kabbalists characteristically think of the
eve of EVERY new month as a "Yom Kippur Katan," but this is not the
ordinary practice of the Orthodox or the rest of the Hassidim,
including the Breslovers.
He added that Yom Kippur Katan is more often associated with Erev
Chodesh Nisan due primarily to the growing influence of the tzaddikim
among the Hassidim and Orthodox and the desire to prepare for the
Passover two weeks later through a "little" day of atonement.
But he said the phrase "time of Jacob's trouble" is a special
declaration. He recalls the catch phrase being thrown around (at least
informally) during the Gulf War when the Scud attacks were ongoing and
even a good percentage of secular Jews were seeking some consolance in
the shuls on Shabbat. But while it may be simply a "catch phrase,"
when the world seems to be getting out of hand from the perspective of
the rabbonim, he agreed with me that Hashem can use it to ignite
something at the grass roots, which appears to be what is happening.
It is too early to say just how far this "revival" will go and whether
it will spread at all. But whatever else can be said of yesterday, it
is clear that hearts cried out to Hashem in a way that had to be
pleasing to Him.
At the same time, Rav Schneider places the responsibility for the
current problems solely on the heads of rabbonim who had the
opportunity to resist and speak out against Oslo and did not, against
Palestinian autonomy in Judea-Samaria-Gaza and did not. The rabbonim
were united in their support for retaining the Golan and supported the
rally for a reunited Jerusalem and in those two areas, Israel remains
strong and committed and inflexible. The same could be true with
Judea-Samaria and the Jewish settlement towns today had the rabbonim
I know that I personally approached several rabbis to support the
"right-wing opposition" and the Jewish settlers back in 1992-93 when
the movement was looking to THEM for spiritual leadership and was
sorely disappointed at their response, so I share Rav Schneider's
sentiment about this FAILURE on their part, which branded those of us
who were arrested or imprisoned or deported for our "fragmented"
oppositon. On the other hand, perhaps the spiritual leadership of
Judah had to wash its hands of Samaria before Hashem could awaken JOES
to their rights and responsibilities in this same area!)
It is promising that the rabbonim are NOW FINALLY uniting but there is
much spiritual ground to be reclaimed. Again, Joes, I believe that
without the spiritual and perhaps even the human resources of the
House of Joseph, what can NOW be done by the House of Judah in this
regard is limited. It is my hope that as part of this crying out to
Hashem for an answer, that more of Judah will come to this realization
And that is another MAJOR reason why the authority of the rabbonim
should be respected and obeyed. In fact, I will go so far as to say
that Hashem could be bringing about this very change of heart NOW,
BECAUSE -- NOW -- there are Joes who do respect rabbinic authority and
ARE waiting on their lead.
So, the bottom line to me is the "time of Jacob's trouble" is not a
time of just "JUDAH's" trouble. It is a time when JOES must share in
the responsibility as part of JACOB. I can't say it often enough.
Two-thirds of those unannexed territories are the inheritance of the
tribes of Joseph.
Since I am NOT an eschatologist I can't tell you what else could be
implied by the words of Daniel and in the New Testament as it relates
to the "time of Jacob's trouble." To me it simply represents an
OPPORTUNITY for greater solidarity with my Jewish brothers and the
recognition by the spiritual leaders of Judah that they need Hashem's
help and greater spiritual resources. But Rav Schneider has some
mystical ideas that tie it to the removal of the "wicked" Saddam and
the coming of Moshiah, which we have discussed earlier and I will try
to pin him down on later.
Shalom Shalom & Shabbat Shalom & Hashem's love & blessings,
March 22, 2004 three years to the day of the declaration regarding the time of Jacob's Trouble:
ARCH-MURDERER IS DEAD IN ISRAELI MISSILE STRIKE
Arch-terrorist Sheikh Ahmed Yassin is dead - following an Israeli missile
strike in Gaza at dawn today. Head of the international Hamas terror
organization, Yassin met his end together with two of his sons, two other
Hamas terrorists, and three others.
Three air-to-surface missiles were fired at Yassin's vehicle around 5:30
AM as he left a local mosque. Yassin, bound to a wheelchair since he hurt
his back in a childhood accident, was the charismatic leader and founder
of the murderous terror organization.
Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, leader of the Hamas terrorist group and personally
responsible for dozens of terrorist attacks and the deaths of Israelis,
foreigners and security personnel, was killed in an air strike on his
car," read a statement released by the IDF this morning, shortly after the
strike. "The Hamas leadership, headed by Yassin, is also responsible for
the ties and cooperation with the other terrorist organizations," the
Since the beginning of the Oslo War in September 2000, Hamas has
perpetrated 425 terrorist attacks of various types, killing a total of 377
Israelis and wounding 2,076 civilians and soldiers. Of these, 52 were
suicide attacks, murdering 288 people. A full list of all deadly
terrorist attacks during this period, including those perpetrated by
Hamas, can be seen on the Foreign Ministry website at
Tens of thousands of Gaza residents took to the streets this morning upon
hearing the news, while terrorists fired into the air. Continuous shouts
of "Allahu Akbar" were heard from the loudspeakers of mosques throughout
Yesha (Judea, Samaria and Gaza). These scenes repeated themselves
several-fold during the funeral early in the afternoon. "The battle is
open, and war between us and them is open. They are the killers of
prophets and today they killed an Islamic symbol," said Hamas chief
spokesman Abdul Aziz Rantisi.
Arab leaders and PA officials condemned the attack, with Abu Ala - the PA
prime minister - actually calling Yassin a "moderate." Abu Ala said that
the killing of Yassin was "crazy and very dangerous and opens the door
wide to chaos. Yassin is known for his moderation, and therefore this is
a dangerous, cowardly act."
In addition to Ahmed Yassin, four other Hamas terrorists were also killed
in this morning's attack. These included two of his sons, who accompanied
him everywhere, were among his closest confidantes, and were in touch with
all Hamas terrorists who came in contact with their father.
Likud MK Ehud Yatom said that Hamas could be expected to try to retaliate
for the killing, but that this should not deter Israel from killing
The United States called on both sides to show restraint, while Great
Britain's Foreign Secretary Jack Straw condemned Israel for what he called
the "unlawful killing." France, the European Union in general and The
Vatican also condemned Israel for killing its arch-enemy. "Violence is
never the answer," read the statement from Paris.
The IDF imposed a complete closure on all of Yesha following this
morning's operation, with all of Israel's cities placed on heightened
alert. Security forces have taken up positions inside and outside of the
Knesset plenum, and general security has been increased in the Knesset
building. IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Moshe Yaalon instructed his forces
this morning to respond with "maximum restraint" to various phenomena of
"active" mourning, protests and even rioting today. Live fire is not
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was directly involved in the strike against
the Hamas chief, supervising the operation personally from his Shikmim
Farm in the Negev.
Sheikh Yassin is the author of suicide terrorism in Israel. Yassin
encouraged the killing of Jews wherever they are found, and recently
proposed that Israel be replaced by a Jewish state in Europe. Speaking
with Der Spiegel in Germany, Yassin said that the purpose of the
"Palestinian struggle is so that all Palestinians can live on their
homeland... I am against a Jewish state on Palestinian land. The Jews
should found a state in Europe." He was arrested in 1983 for starting to
form Hamas, but was released two years later in the Jibril exchange. In
1989, he was arrested again, and was this time sentenced to life in prison
- but was released in October 1997 in order to obtain the release of two
Mossad agents being held in Jordan for trying to kill Hamas leader Khaled
Israel targeted Yassin six months ago, firing a missile at his house where
he was meeting other Hamas leaders. He escaped from that attack with only
Reaction in the Cabinet to today's missile strike was overwhelmingly
approving, with some saying it was time for the next step: the fulfillment
of the cabinet decision to expel or kill Yasser Arafat. The Mukata
compound in Ramallah, where Arafat has been holed up for over two years,
has gone on high alert. Senior officials have indicated the strike
against Yassin is in fact not the last, and that other terrorist leaders
are marked as well.
Deputy Defense Minister Ze'ev Boim said that Yassin received his just
rewards after overseeing hundreds of attacks by Hamas. "Sheikh Yassin
deserved to die for all the terrorist attacks committed by Hamas," Boim
told Israel Radio in the first reaction by the government. Boim hinted
that more attacks on terrorist leaders were likely, warning that "no
terrorist leader will be immune."
The decision to kill Yassin at the earliest opportunity was made six days
ago, two days after the double Hamas attack in the Ashdod port that killed
ten Israelis. The suicide explosions not only could have been a
mega-attack had they occurred close to fuel or ammonia tanks, but occurred
inside a strategic and nationally symbolic site. At a meeting of top
Israeli defense and political leaders, it was decided to embark on a
full-scale campaign to wipe out terrorism in Gaza, with both religious and
political terrorist leaders in the crosshairs. Several relatively minor
operations were carried out in the ensuing days - but the ongoing
offensive, codenamed Operation Continuing Story - went into high gear when
intelligence was received around 4:30 AM today that Yassin had entered a
mosque and would soon be leaving. Three missiles were rained down onto
his car just an hour later.
The Yesha Council says that the government "must not stop now, but must
continue with the killing of the remainder of the terrorist leadership,
Arafat declared three days of mourning for Yassin, whom he called a
"tortured holy martyr." A black cloud covered Gaza cities, as residents
burned tires in memory of the slain murderer.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - Sheik Ahmed Yassin, the founder and
leader of the Hamas militant group that targeted Israelis in suicide
bombings, was killed by missiles fired from Israeli helicopters as he
left a mosque at daybreak Monday, witnesses said.
Hamas confirmed the death in an announcement broadcast over
mosque loudspeakers and vowed revenge against Israeli Prime
Minister Ariel Sharon.
Witnesses said Israeli helicopters fired three missiles at the
wheelchair-bound Yassin and two bodyguards as they left the
mosque, killing them instantly.
A total of four people were killed and 12 were wounded in the
attack, witnesses said.
Yussef Haddad, 35, a taxi driver, said he saw the missiles hit Yassin
and the bodyguards.
"Their bodies were shattered," he said.
Yassin was by far the most senior Palestinian militant killed in more
than three years of Israeli-Palestinian fighting. Since September
2000, 474 people - the majority of them Israelis - have been killed in
112 Palestinian suicide bombings.
Sharon's government has gone after militant leaders using Israeli
helicopter gunships in a controversial policy that has resulted in a
number of civilian casualties in addition to the deaths of senior
figures in Hamas and other groups.
Yassin was viewed as an inspirational figure by his followers in the
Gaza Strip and West Bank. His death could spur violent protests not
only in the Palestinian areas but in the wider Arab and Islamic world,
where he was well-regarded as a symbol of the Palestinian battle for
Thousands of angry Palestinians gathered minutes after the attack,
calling for revenge against Israel.
In announcing Yassin's death, Hamas said, "(Israeli Prime Minister
Ariel) Sharon has opened the gates of hell and nothing will stop us
from cutting off his head."
Ambulances and fire trucks raced to the scene with sirens wailing,
and rescue workers gathered up the shattered bodies.
Outside the morgue at Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, Hamas official
Ismail Haniyeh, a close associate of Yassin, had tears in his eyes as
he confirmed Yassin's death and pledged revenge.
"This is the moment Sheik Yassin dreamed about," Haniyeh said.
"Sheik Yassin lived and died and offered his life to Palestine. Sheik
Yassin was a hero and a fighter and the leader of a nation, and (he)
is in heaven now."
Yassin founded Hamas at the start of the first Palestinian intefadeh,
or uprising, in 1987. It is an offshoot of the Islamic fundamentalist
Muslim Brotherhood, which is based in Egypt.
The Bush administration, as well as Israel, lists Hamas as a terrorist
Yassin was held in Israeli prisons for several years before being
released in 1994.
Yassin lived in a modest house in the rundown Sabra neighborhood
in Gaza City. Israel, which blamed him for inspiring Hamas bombers
and attackers who killed hundreds of Israelis, tried unsuccessfully to
kill him in a September missile strike that injured 16 people.
Past Israeli governments were reluctant to target Yassin, fearing a
firestorm of revenge attacks.
Britain leads condemnation of killing
March 23, 2004
Politicians across the world last night roundly condemned the Israeli
Government's assassination of Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin.
British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said on arrival at a European Union
foreign ministers' meeting that while Israel had a "need to defend itself"
against terrorists, if it wanted to have "the full support of the
international community, it needed to do so within the boundaries set by
"We therefore condemn (this action). It's unacceptable, it's unjustified,
and it's very unlikely to achieve its objective," he told reporters.
EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana added: "The policy of the European
Union has been consistently condemnation of extra-judicial killing. In this
particular case, I think the condemnation has to be stronger... This is
not going to be a constructive, a positive contribution. It's going to be
very, very bad news for the peace process."
French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin said: "At a time when it is
so important to mobilise ourselves to advance the peace process, such
acts can only feed the spiral of violence."
Israel's Deputy Defence Minister Zeev Boim said Sheikh Yassin "had been
marked for death for a long time".
"As long as there is terror, we will continue to strike. Sheikh Yassin and
his deputies want the destruction of Israel," he said.
A senior US State Department official urged all sides to "remain calm and
exercise restraint", but the assassination has incensed the Arab and
Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qurie said the assassination "opens the
door wide to chaos. Yassin was known for his moderation and he was
controlling Hamas. Therefore this is a dangerous, cowardly act."
Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak announced that his country was pulling
out of celebrations to mark the 25th anniversary of its Camp David
peace deal with Israel.
"We condemn this cowardly aggression, and I am suspending the
participation of Egypt in the celebrations," Mr Mubarak said. An Egyptian
delegation led by parliamentary foreign affairs committee chairman
Mustafa al-Fekki was to have travelled to Israel for the anniversary
Lebanese President Emile Lahoud said Israel was mistaken if it thought
violence could suppress the will of the Palestinians. "Assassinating any
symbol cannot kill those rights but will increase the resistance... Israel
will find the same fate in the occupied territories as it found in south
Lebanon," he said.
In Moscow, Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Yakovenko said Russia
was deeply concerned by the assassination.
By Yoav Stern, Haaretz Correspondent, and News Agencies
United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan
condemned the targeted assassination of Hamas
spiritual leader Ahmed Yassin on Monday and said it
would do nothing to help Middle East peace efforts.
"I do condemn the targeted assassination of Hamas
leader Ahmed Yassin and the others who died with him,"
Annan said as he arrived at United Nations headquarters
in New York.
"Such actions are not only contrary to international law
but they do not do anything to help the search for a
peaceful solution," he told reporters.
The United States denied Monday it had given the green
light to Israel to kill Yassin and appealed for calm in the
region following the assassination.
Meanwhile, the European Union and other countries
condemned Israel's killing of Yassin as a violation of
international law that has further "inflamed" tensions in
the Middle East.
In addition, representatives of the Quartet - the U.S.,
United Nations, Russia and the EU - will be meeting for
talks on the consequences of the assassination in Cairo
on Monday night.
White House national security advisor Condoleezza Rice
said in morning television shows the United States did
not have advance warning of the assassination from
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
"It is very important that everyone step back now and try
now to be calm in the region. There is always a
possibility of a better day in the Middle East and some of
the things being talked about by the Israelis - about
disengagement from areas - might provide new
opportunities," Rice told NBC's "Today" show.
"I would hope that nothing will be done to preclude those
new opportunities from emerging," she added.
Pressed on whether the United States had played a role
in Yassin's death or whether Sharon had called
President George W. Bush directly to tell him that Israeli
forces planned the assassination, Rice replied: "He did
She did not directly condemn the attack. "Let's remember
that Hamas is a terrorist organization and that Sheikh
Yassin himself has been heavily involved in terrorism,"
Quartet to meet on consequences of assassination
Envoys from the United Nations, United States, Russia
and the European Union have arranged to meet for talks
on the consequences of the assassination, Egyptian
Foreign Minister Ahmed Maher said Monday.
The four representatives will meet at the U.S. Embassy
in Cairo on Monday night.
Maher said that in his talks with U.S. envoy William Burns
hours after the assassination, Egyptian President Hosni
Mubarak said there needed to be "a crystal-clear position
on the peace process under these circumstances."
Burns, who is America's envoy to the Middle East, is one
of the four representatives who is scheduled to take part
in the meeting. The others are: the European Union's
Marc Otte, Russian envoy Alexander Kalugin and U.N.
representative Terje Roed-Larsen.
French FM condemns Israeli killing of Hamas leader
EU Business, UK
Norway condemns killing of Yassin
Arab World Condemns Killing of Hamas Founder
Voice of America, DC
Fischer [Germany] adds voice to criticism of Yassin killing
Dutch government condemns Hamas leader's killing
China "greatly worried" about impact of Yassin's death
Former Al-Azhar Fatwa Committee Head Sets Out the Jews' 20 Bad Traits As
Described in the Qur'an
On March 22, 2004 Sheikh 'Atiyyah Saqr, former head of the Al-Azhar Fatwa
Committee who in the past issued a Fatwa declaring Jews "apes and
pigs,"(1) was asked the following question this week in an online chat
room: "What, according to the Qur'an, are the Jews' main characteristics
and qualities?" The following is his answer:(2)
The Bad Traits of the Jews Outweigh Their One Good Trait
Sheikh Saqr lists one positive trait of the Jews(3), and then 20 bad
traits: fabricating; listening to lies; disputing and quarreling; hiding
the truth and supporting deception; rebelling against the Prophets and
rejecting their guidance; hypocrisy; wishing evil on people; feeling pain
at others' happiness and feeling happiness at others' afflictions;
rudeness and vulgarity; murder of innocents; mercilessness and
heartlessness; breaking promises; cowardice; and miserliness.
In discussing these bad traits, Sheikh Saqr wrote, "We would like to note
that these are but some of the most famous traits of the Jews as described
in the Qur'an. They have revolted against the divine ordinances,
distorted what has been revealed to them and invented new teachings which,
they claimed, were much more better than what has been recorded in the
"It was [because of] these traits that they were not warmly received in
all the countries where they tried to reside. Instead, they were either
driven out, or lived in isolation.
"It was the Almighty Allah who placed on them His Wrath and [humiliated]
them due to their transgression. Almighty Allah told us that He had sent
to them those who would pour upon them rain of severe punishment that
would last till the Day of Resurrection.
"All this gives us glad tidings of the coming victory of Muslims over [the
Jews], as soon as Muslims cling to strong faith and belief in Allah and
adopt modern means of technology."
Explaining the discrepancy between the Jews' bad and good traits, Saqr
added: "The Qur'an [devoted] a considerable [number] of its verses to
talking about Jews [and] their personal qualities and characteristics. The
Qur'anic description of Jews is quite impartial, praising them in some
occasions where they deserve praise and condemning them in other occasions
where they practice blameworthy acts. Yet the latter occasions outnumbered
the former, due to their bad qualities and the heinous acts they
Saqr then lists the following 20 "bad traits" of the Jews, as they appear
in the Qur'an:
1. "They used to fabricate things and falsely ascribe them to Allah. Allah
Almighty says: 'That is because they say: We have no duty to the Gentiles.
They knowingly speak a lie concerning Allah.' (Al-'Imran: 75) Also: 'The
Jews say: Allah's hand is fettered. [But it is] their hands that are
fettered and they are accursed for saying [Allah's hands are fettered].
Nay, but both His hands are spread out wide in bounty. He bestoweth as He
will' (Al-Ma'idah: 64) In another verse, Almighty Allah says: 'Verily,
Allah heard the words of those who said, (when asked for contributions to
the war): 'Allah, forsooth, is poor, and we are rich! We shall record
their words with their wrongful slaying of the Prophets and we shall say:
Taste ye the punishment of burning!' (Al-'Imran: 181)
2. "They love to listen to lies. Concerning this Allah says: 'And of the
Jews: listeners for the sake of falsehood, listeners on behalf of other
folk.' (Al-Ma'idah: 41)
3. "Disobeying Almighty Allah and never observing His commands. Allah
says: 'And because they broke their covenant, We have cursed them and
hardened their hearts.' (Al-Ma'idah: 13)
4. "Disputing and quarreling. This is clear in the verse that reads:
'Their Prophet said unto them: Lo! Allah hath raised up Saul to be a king
for you. They said: How can he have kingdom over us when we are more
deserving of the kingdom than he is, since he hath not been given wealth
enough?' (Al-Baqarah: 247)
5. "Hiding the truth and supporting deception. This can be understood from
the verse that reads: '... [They] distort the Scripture with their
tongues, that ye may think that what they say is from the Scripture, when
it is not from the Scripture.' (Al-'Imran: 78)
6. "Rebelling against the Prophets and rejecting their guidance. This is
clear in the verse: 'And when ye said: O Moses! We will not believe in
thee till we see Allah plainly.' (Al-Baqarah: 55)
7. "Hypocrisy. In a verse, we read: 'And when they fall in with those who
believe, they say: We believe; but when they go apart to their devils they
declare: Lo! we are with you; verily we did but mock.' (Al-Baqarah: 14) In
another verse, we read: 'Enjoin ye righteousness upon mankind while ye
yourselves forget (to practice it)? And ye are readers of the Scripture!
Have ye then no sense?' (Al-Baqarah: 44)
8. "Giving preference to their own interests over the rulings of religion
and the dictates of truth. Allah says [to the Jews]: '... When there
cometh unto you a messenger (from Allah) with that which ye yourselves
desire not, ye grow arrogant, and some ye disbelieve and some ye slay?'
9. "Wishing evil for people and trying to mislead them. This is clear in
the verse that reads: 'Many of the People of the Book long to make you
disbelievers after your belief, through envy on their own account, after
the truth hath become manifest unto them.' (Al-Baqarah: 109)
10. "They feel pain to see others in happiness and are gleeful when others
are afflicted with a calamity. This is clear in the verse that reads: 'If
a lucky chance befall you, it is evil unto them, and if disaster strike
you they rejoice thereat.' (Al-'Imran: 120)
11. "They are known for their arrogance and haughtiness. They claim to be
the sons and of Allah and His beloved ones. Allah tells us about this in
the verse that reads: 'The Jews and Christians say: We are sons of Allah
and His loved ones.' (Al-Ma'idah: 18)
12. "Utilitarianism and opportunism are among their innate traits. This is
clear in the verse that reads: 'And of their taking usury when they were
forbidden it, and of their devouring people's wealth by false pretences.'
13. "Their rudeness and vulgarity is beyond description. Referring to
this, the Qur'anic verse reads: 'Some of those who are Jews change words
from their context and say: We hear and disobey; hear thou as one who
heareth not, and Listen to us!, distorting with their tongues and
slandering religion. If they had said: We hear and we obey; hear thou, and
look at us, it had been better for them, and more upright. But Allah hath
cursed them for their disbelief, so they believe not, save for a few.'
14. "It is easy for them to slay people and kill innocents. Nothing in the
world is dearer to their hearts than shedding blood and murdering human
beings. They never give up this trait even with the Messengers and the
Prophets. Allah says: '... And [they] slew the prophets wrongfully.'
15. "They are merciless and heartless. In this meaning, the Qur'anic verse
explains: 'Then, even after that, your hearts were hardened and became as
rocks, or worse than rocks, for hardness.' (Al-Baqarah: 74)
16. "They never keep their promises or fulfill their words. Almighty Allah
says: Is it ever so that when ye make a covenant, a party of you violates
it?' The truth is, most of them believe not.' (Al-Baqarah: 100)
17. "They rush hurriedly to sin and compete in transgression. Allah says:
'They restrained not one another from the wickedness they did. Verily,
evil was what they used to do!' (Al-Ma'idah: 79)
18. "Cowardice and love for this worldly life are undisputable traits [of
the Jews]. It is to this that the Qur'an refers when saying: 'Ye [Muslims]
are more awful as fear in their [the Jews'] bosoms than Allah. That is
because they are people who understand not. They will not fight against
you in a group save in fortified villages or from behind walls. Their
adversity among themselves is very great. Ye think of them as a whole
whereas their hearts are diverse.' (Al-Hashr: 13-14) Allah Almighty also
says: 'And thou wilt find them greediest of mankind for life and
(greedier) than the idolaters.' (Al-Baqarah: 96)
19. "Miserliness runs deep in their hearts. Describing this, the Qur'an
states: 'Or have they even a share in the Sovereignty? Then in that case,
they would not give mankind even the speck on a date stone.' (An-Nisa':
20. "Distorting Divine Revelation and Allah's Sacred Books. Allah says in
this regard: 'Therefore woe be unto those who write the Scripture with
their hands and say, 'This is from Allah,' that they may purchase a small
gain therewith. Woe unto them for what their hands have written, and woe
unto them for what they earn thereby.' (Al-Baqara: 79)
(1) April 15, 2002.
(2) IslamOnline.com, March 22, 2004.
(3) According to Sheikh 'Atiyyah Saqr: "The Qur'an has specified a
considerable deal of its verses to talking about Jews, their personal
qualities and characteristics. The Qur'anic description of Jews is quite
impartial; praising them in some occasions where they deserve praise and
condemning them in other occasions where they practice blameworthy acts.
Yet, the latter occasions outnumbered the former, due to their bad
qualities and the heinous acts they used to commit. The Qur'an praises
them on the verse that reads: 'And verily We gave the Children of Israel
the Scripture and the Command and the Prophethood, and provided them with
good things and favored them above (all) peoples.' (Al-Jathiyah:16) i.e.
the peoples of their time."
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