Jordan’s ‘Zionist Sheikh’ Cites Quranic Sources for Islam-Jewish Relations

March 7, 2014 1:40 pm 25 comments

Jordan's 'Zionist Sheikh'.

A Jordanian Quranic scholar, and former postal worker, cited the Quranic sources that affirm Islam and Judaism should have friendly relations and that ‘Palestine’ should be for Jews, according to an interview published by Israel’s Mida magazine.

Sheikh Ahmad al-Adwan, the ‘Zionist Sheikh,’ said, “God may he be praised and blessed rewarded me with knowledge of His holy book and chose me to renew the knowledge of God and religion among the Islamic Ummah, and interpret that which needs interpreting in its verses, which most Islamic scholars misinterpret.”

“Among these are the verses which deal with the People of the Book (Jews and Christians) and their rights in particular,” he said in the interview. “There are a hundred holy verses in the Koran which contemporary scholars did not properly interpret… These verses prove and express God’s will and his intentions: the will and desire for peace and harmony and His instructions for people to ensure them.”

“The Jews are our cousins and therefore we must pray for them and visit them, live alongside them, grant them respect and cooperate with them at the highest levels of esteem and appreciation,” he said. “This, because we are not more God-fearing, smarter, or better than the Prophet Muhammad may he rest in peace, who lived alongside them and behaved honorably, mercifully and amicably with them. Let us state that it was permitted for Muslims to marry them.”

When asked if his openness towards the People of Israel leads him to recognize Jewish sovereignty of their historic land, he said yes.

“Indeed, I recognize their sovereignty over their land. I believe in the Holy Koran, and this fact is stated many times in the book. For instance ‘O my people! Enter the holy land which Allah hath assigned unto you,’ [Koran 5:21], ‘We made the Children of Israel inheritors of such things.’ [Koran 26:59] and additional verses in the Holy Book.”

“And there are additional reasons: this people (Israel) is peaceful and peace-loving, is not hostile or aggressive; [they are] a people that defends itself only when necessary, while trying to minimally harm its enemies,” he said. “In addition, I recognize the fact that God may He be praised gave preference to these people over humans and demons until the end of days. God does not give preference for nothing but grants all that which they deserve. God may He be praised never turned to any [other] people by name and grant them this honor, aside from the People of Israel, who are named for their ancestor Israel (Jacob), may he rest in peace, as it says in the Koran ‘O Children of Israel.’ In contrast, in approaching others it is said ‘O Believers’ or ‘O people,’ which is a more general greeting.”

He also answered the magazine’s question on how to end anti-Semitism in the Muslim world:

“In my opinion the way to end anti-Semitism is to concentrate efforts and call for peace, spreading knowledge and forthrightly educate people of the values of justice and truth in accordance with what appears in the books of God – the Torah, Tehillim, the Ingil [the Gospel] and the Koran, which admired the Israelites, clarified their rights, gave preference to them and bequeathed to them the Holy Land and their direction of prayer – to Jerusalem. The books testify that this is a peace-loving and peace-calling nation, and it is the first people for whom the Creator designated a role in order to serve as its messenger on this earth until the Day of Resurrection.”

“In the Koran, it is written ‘Those who have faith and do righteous deeds, they are the best of creatures.’ [Koran 98:7]. The intent in the word best is ‘the best among people,’ but regarding the Umma of the Koran – that is the Arabs and those who preach Islam – they have no recourse but to return to the straight and true voice as appears in the Koran that many of its scholars interpreted in a mistaken and deviant manner. They distorted the true will of God may He be praised, as it is expressed in the verses, in a false and fallacious manner to say that murder of Jews is part of the commandment of Jihad for Allah and that this land is not the Land of [the People of] Israel.”

“They continue to hold this villainous interpretation towards others, and there will be no true peace but with the return of the Ummah of the Koran to the book of the Koran, as God bequeathed to his adherents. My religious education allowed me to strengthen what I say, and I have merited much honor in succeeding in interpreting verses which scholars did not properly interpret. These are verses which spell out the obligations and rights of people and that which is required so that peoples not be hostile to one another.”

He was also asked if Palestinian-Arabs have rights to the land of Israel as well.

“Allah may He be praised wrote in the Torah that this is the land of the sons of Israel, he bequeathed the Holy Land to the sons of Israel and called the land by this name (the Land of Israel) and so it is stated by the Holy Koran: ‘O my people! Enter the holy land which Allah hath assigned unto you, and turn not back ignominiously, for then will ye be overthrown, to your own ruin.’ [Koran 5:21]. This holy verse is a ‘Kushan’ (deed) which confirms that this land is granted to the Jews. It is also said ‘We made the Children of Israel inheritors of such things.’ [Koran 26:59], and in the following verse, ‘And We said thereafter to the Children of Israel, ‘Dwell securely in the land (of promise)” [Koran 17:104] and there are many additional holy verses which prove and confirm this.”

“So in an answer to your question, how can they (the Palestinians) have the right to establish a State on the Jewish Land of Israel, which Allah granted and bequeathed to the Jews? More than that, even if all the inhabitants of the land forgot their right, or went crazy and collaborated with those who call themselves ‘Palestinians’ to establish a state for the latter, they won’t succeed, and Allah will not allow this until the Day of Judgment, this because Allah Himself willed and specifically wrote in His book that this land will be the land of the People of Israel under Israeli sovereignty so that no-one would later dispute it.”

At the start of the interview, al-Adwan said he was born in 1952 and raised in Amman, Jordan, where he graduated high school and went on to learn Islamic Sharia studies at the College for Islamic studies, also in Amman. He resigned from the post office in 1997, and has since dedicated himself “to the book of God may He be praised (the Koran), and I expanded my knowledge of the Islamic religion and the life of the Islamic Ummah.”

The interview was flagged on Friday by blogger Elder of Ziyon, who said the original excerpt from the interview was one of the most popular posts in the history of his blog.


25 Comments

  • Hi Guys,

    I’m Muslim and I can attest to this and say that this Sheikh is 100% correct! The land Israel (Judah, not present day Israel) does belong to the Jews (descendants of Prophet Abraham (PBUH)) and it has been bestowed onto them by God and they will in fact be its righteous inhabitants one day i’A. Before carrying on any further, please do take into account all the verses in the Quran to its entirety and refrain from knit picking only a few verses to try and prove a point. Please re-read this quote from the article while relating it properly to the Quranic verses and to its entirety. “So in an answer to your question, how can they (the Palestinians) have the right to establish a State on the Jewish Land of Israel, which Allah granted and bequeathed to the Jews? More than that, even if all the inhabitants of the land forgot their right, or went crazy and collaborated with those who call themselves ‘Palestinians’ to establish a state for the latter, they won’t succeed, and Allah will not allow this until the Day of Judgment, this because Allah Himself willed and specifically wrote in His book that this land will be the land of the People of Israel under Israeli sovereignty so that no-one would later dispute it.”

    Furthermore, here is a more detailed explanation pertaining to the matter :)
    http://www.onislam.net/english/ask-about-islam/islam-and-the-world/politics-and-economics/166085-was-palestine-promised-by-allah-to-the-israelis.html?Economics=

    And FYI: If you’re a true Jew (Torah practicing)and not a zion (movement based) you would in fact recognize that the Quranic version is very similar to the Torah scriptures in that they both clearly acknowledge that having a jewish state is forbidden and “unlawful” and not possible until the ends of time.

  • Liberty Knight

    Yes the Muslims are my cousins and I wish our family life were better not bitter. If this brilliant Imam is able to spread his wisdom all of the Abrahamic religions will live in peace and harmony. Long life to you my cousin Sheikh Ahmad al- Adwan.

    • All Muslims are aware of this fact dear such as the Jews (Tohra practicing) are but the verses should never be taken out of context or misinterpreted. Please give my post on the topic a look :)

  • This is just one “Sheikh” saying this, valuable nut to Zionism efforts. I pray the Muslims will not be sheep to this wolf, this disgusting, vile being. This old chap must be making millions with all this nonsense. Sheikh, what abt that army from Khorasan that is going to liberate your Israel? Prophet Muhammad foretold us this, didnt he? Sheikh, what abt the Quranic verses forbidding the Jews from reclaiming the land as their own? After their continous blasphemy! Nay! We will never recognize Zionist and terrorist state of Israel! Nay, we pray for the army of Khorasan be victorious soon, bi iznillahi! So damned be the Zionists! Blessed be those Jews who recognize the truth.

    • Najih, you need to open your eyes, The verses this holy man has quoted are real. he did not make it up. You have been thought nothing but hate, you have been blinded by the hate you keep in your heart. I wish you a speedy recovery. may the Allah open your eyes and let you see what this courageous holy man sees.

    • Najih you are nothing but a hateful ignorance person! Your hate will consume you. You idea of “liberation” will never be. Wake-up

    • Najih is suffering and needs prayer that his eyes will be opened before it is too late. The King, even the Lord Jesus Christ, will render all the Gentiles (including Muslims) and Jews that which they have sown. Hatred from whatever source, Jew or Gentile (including Muslims) is the equivalent to murder and no unrepentant murderer of whatever ethnicity or religion can enter into the Kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

    • Najih, I urge you to re-read the Quran on this matter. This sheikh did not say anything incorrect regarding this matter. However, verses were knit picked and due to that matter much of the article can be misinterpreted/misunderstood.

  • I wish this scholar a long and blessed life. I hope other Muslims come to realize the truth of his words!

  • Vivienne Leijonhufvud (goldie)

    Sad this is the only wise and truthful voice coming from Islam. Islam of today is nothing like Islam practiced by men like the Shaykh or Omar Khayam. Wahhabism has re-written the Koran. The Ottoman’s abused the Koran in order to dominate and create an Islamic Empire as is Iran doing now. There are too many questions surrounding Islam today which simply do not sit well with this wise and Holy man of Islam.

  • Miracles can happen, I suppose.

    • Yes really… and it’s happening in the 13th month of the pregnant year. I’d say that this is just the beginning.

  • One look at any map – even one made by an honest Islamic mapmaker, would show that one tiny strip of land is that of the Jews, and its name is Israel.

    With all the lands that Islam already has,( and does nothing with,) why does Islam DEMAND YET ANOTHER SLIVER?

    And finally, WHY are Islamics so terrified of the Jews?

    What has Islam suffered from the Jews…FOR ALL AGES?

    LET’S HEAR ITFROM THE ISLAMICS. I, a Jew, would surely like to hear “their” side of the story.

  • dante benedetti

    this Shaykh has a lot of courage. and, unfortunately, it requires a lot of courage to say the things that he has said. Heaven should protect him and give him the power to touch the hearts of his brothers and sisters so that the blessings of peace can be enjoyed by Arabs and the Jews.

  • Lance Silver

    1,400 years of Islamic history and abrogation in the Qur’an make what this supposed-well intentioned Sheikh say what it is; it’s Taqiyya. Duplicity is systemic within Islam. This Sheikh’s time on earth is not for long if he espoused this Quaranic interpretation on a street corner in Cairo, Amman, Rumallah etc….

  • IN THE ISLAMIC SCRIPTURES IT IS STATED THAT : “GOD IS WITH THOSE WHO HAVE PATIENCE”!
    SO JEWS SHOULD BE VERY PATIENTS…AND ONE DAY MAY BE ALL ARABS WILL THINK LIKE THIS RIGHTEOUS SHEIKH. INSHALLAH AMEN!!!!

  • david freilich

    Unfortunately, I give this chap a short shelf lfe.

  • This is very nice, but the fact is that his prophet did not “live alongside them and behave honorably, mercifully and amicably with them”. On the contrary, he massacred them and expelled them from Arabia.

  • Perhaps this is what the Elder of Ziyon means:

    “In Sura 7 al-A’raf verse 137 (or 138 in some editions) the blessed land is inherited to be inherited by the sons of Israel. And we bequeathed upon the people that were abased all the east and the west of the land We had blessed. And the fair word of thy Lord was fulfilled for the Children of Israel, because of their endurance.”

    Thank goodness we’re hearing other Islamic voices.

    • Kerry M. Berger

      Alas, this cleric’s interpretation (opinion) is a minority among Muslim scholars. As long as Wahabbi-sect dominates Sunni Islam and the Iranian Clerics of Shi’ia dominates the other major sect of Islam, there is little hope that Sheikh Ahmad al-Adwan, the ‘Zionist Sheikh’s” words will amount to anything but ridicule among mainstream Muslims. It’s a shame.

    • Amen. We need to hear more Islamic voices of peace and reconciliation.

  • It is a shame that more Muslims do not agree. This would put an end to the egregious “peace plans” the world has tried to foist upon Israel.

  • Perhaps this presents a possible way for Abbas to clearly state that Israel is the Jewish homeland – USE Koranic language.

    • like arafat, y”sh, before him, abbas is only a moslem when it suits his (mostly secular) terrorist group’s interests. like when screaming: “jihad, jihad, jihad!” at the end of a speech to his followers (after signing the oslo accords), or interpreting the koran to allow suicide attacks (which islam forbids) against women and children (which islam also forbids). and likewise with rumours and lies about the al-aqsa mosque (which was never the 3rd holiest site in islam), which are useful to rally the gullible against israel.

      so why should he care about the truth?

  • It’s the king of Jordan, not Israel, who holds the site of the Holy Temple under a sharia trust (wafq).

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