From our buddy Andy at Breitbart.
Saturday, December 26, 2015, an audio statement (transcribed fully here) allegedly issued by Islamic State “Caliph”, al-Baghdadi, contained the following threat to the Jewish State of Israel, and Jews in general:
The Jews thought we forgot Palestine and that they had distracted us from it. Not at all, Jews. We did not forget Palestine for a moment. With the help of Allah, we will not forget it… The pioneers of the jihadist fighters will surround you on a day that you think is distant and we know is close. We are getting closer every day. You will never find comfort in Palestine, Jews. Palestine will not be your land or your home, but it will be a graveyard for you. Allah assembled you in Palestine so that the Muslims kill you, so that you may hide behind stones and trees (i.e., hiding behind “stones and trees,” explicitly references the canonical utterance [hadith] of Islam’s prophet Muhammad, Sahih Muslim Book 041, 6985; “Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger [Muhammad] as saying: ‘The last hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree and a stone or a tree would say: ‘Muslim, or the servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him;’”).
Despite incessant efforts at denial by non-Muslim and Muslim apologists for Islam of all ilks, Al-Baghdadi’s rhetoric of annihilationist Jew-hatred is firmly rooted in Islamic theology, re-affirmed by Islam’s most authoritative modern religious teaching institutions, and grotesquely popular amongst the world’s Muslims.
Sunni Islam’s leading religious teaching institution (since the mid-13th century founding of the Egyptian Mamluk dynasty), and de facto Vatican, is Cairo’s Al-Azhar University. During a May 10, 2013 sermon at Al- Azhar, Muhammad Al-Mahdi, a senior scholar and head of Al-Azhar’s Sharia [Islamic law] association proclaimed the same end of times Jew-annihilating hadith just featured in the putative audio statement by IS’s al-Baghdadi. Current Grand Imam Ahmed al-Tayeb is the Papal equivalent of Al-Azhar University. In the spring of 2002, al-Tayeb (then Al-Azhar Mufti), extolled Palestinian jihadist homicide bombing “martyrdom operations” against Israeli Jews—including civilian non-combatants — as reported by an Al-Azhar affiliated Arabic website. As Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, al-Tayeb has publicly reiterated Islam’s canonical, Jew-hating bigotry. During an interview with al-Tayeb, which aired on Channel 1, Egyptian TV, October 25, 2013, he gave a brief explanation of the ongoing relevance of the Koranic verse 5:82 which has been invoked—successfully—to inspire Muslim hatred of Jews since the advent of Islam:
A verse in the Koran explains the Muslims’ relations with the Jews…This is an historical perspective, which has not changed to this day. See how we suffer today from global Zionism and Judaism…Since the inception of Islam 1,400 years ago, we have been suffering from Jewish and Zionist interference in Muslim affairs. This is a cause of great distress for the Muslims. The Koran said it and history has proven it: “You shall find the strongest among men in enmity to the believers to be the Jews …” [5:82]
As I describe in my book The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism: From Sacred Texts to Solemn History, Grand Imam Al-Tayaeb’s assessment is upheld by a continuum of authoritative Koranic exegeses that span over a thousand years up to the present day.
The classical Koranic commentaries on Koran 5:82 by Tabari (d. 923), Zamakashari (d. 1143), Baydawi (d. 1316), and Ibn Kathir (d. 1373) demonstrate a uniformity of opinion regarding the confirmed animus of the Jews toward the Muslims, which is repeatedly linked to the curse of Koran 2:61 (i.e., for killing prophets, and transgressing against the will of Allah, repeated at verses including 2:90–91, 3:112, 3:181, and 4:155). Indeed, Koran1:7, the final verse of the Koran’s short opening sura or chapter, which reiterates this curse (as “Allah’s anger”), is repeated 17 times per day during a pious Muslim’s five daily prayer sessions.