Why the Jews Were Cursed

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					                   Why the Jews Were Cursed
                          by Muhammad Alshareef

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

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 enemies!”

From the very first raka‟ah of Taraweeh we read the verse in the opening
Sûrah: [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

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 anger.

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.] - Sûrah al-Baqarah 2/40

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).] - Sûrah 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

(iii) Their claim that they are the beloved children of God

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 Katheer 2/36

(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 and Sunnah.

Part II

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 Quran?

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 close allies.

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

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

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 thos

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