Jordanian Newspaper: "How Can (the Jews), Being Unclean, Claim Possession of His Mosque, to Defile It with Their Stench and Their Filthy Deeds?!"
Dr. 'Ali al-'Atoum, writing for the online Jordanian newspaper as-Sabeel (March 2, 2010) criticizes the Jews for naming the Bilal ibn Rabah and al-Ibrahimi Mosques as part of their Jewish cultural heritage, and devotes several paragraphs of his essay to explaining how wicked and filthy the Jews have been and continue to be. Quite often we will hear Muslims claim to be anti-Zionist but not anti-Jewish. Not so, in this essay.
The author also states that these holy sites are "purely an Islamic inheritance, set apart by the Prophet...as an exclusive gift." This same claim has been made regarding Jerusalem, which was named an Islamic waqf, or endowment, by the caliph 'Umar ibn al-Khattab.
To them, they are the chosen people of God—he chose them for himself, and would not punish them no matter what crimes they committed. But if necessary, (they would be punished for only) a few days, for they considered themselves the favored people, even that God had not created other people except to serve them. They considered themselves the masters and all others their servants. For this reason they deemed it permissible to oppress others with bloodshed, or rob their property, or violate their holy sites, without feeling a stinging in their conscience. For, in their belief, they alone own that which is holy. Yea, these are their morals, from which they will never be separated unless obligated by force--for their wickedness is sufficient that I should say this--and every day we hear of their insults towards our holy sites in Palestine. They are those who for more than 90 years have occupied our land unjustly and with hostility. But they weren't satisfied with that, and even have the audacity to trample on our rights and steal our possessions. Thus for days they have claimed possession of the Ibrahim Mosque in Khalil (Hebron), and the Bilal ibn Rabah Mosque in Bethlehem, and appropriated them into their Jewish heritage, arguing that they are the sole owners. This is of course not true, but is just one in a series of plans for Judaizing (making Jewish) everything in Palestine, including Arab and Islamic landmarks.
…it is the Jewish arrogance and Zionist impudence, and treacherous audacity towards their opponents that drives them to persist in falsehood. But the Jews are not from the true religion, nor linked to Abraham and his children in anything. Allah in his noble book called them kuffar (infidels), saying: "Cursed are those who disbelieved from the children of Israel on the tongue of David and 'Isa (Jesus) son of Mary." He said regarding their relationship to Abraham: "Abraham was not a Jew nor a Christian, but he was an upright Muslim, and joined not gods with Allah" [Qur’an 3.67]. The text of the book of Allah has decreed that the closest to Abraham and his heritage are the Muslims and their prophet, for thus it says: "The closest in kin to Abraham are those who follow him, as are also this Prophet, and those who believe, and Allah is the protector of those who have faith” [Qur’an 3.68].
For these holy places in the city of Khalil al-Rahman and the surrounding area are purely an Islamic inheritance, set apart by the Prophet more than 1,400 years ago for the owner of Galilee Abu Raqiya Tamim ibn Ausa al-Dari and his companions, and for those that come after them until the day of resurrection, as an exclusive gift.
Now concerning the Bilal ibn Rabah Mosque in Bethlehem, may Allah be pleased with it, which they [the Jews] call the Tomb of Rachel (the wife of Jacob)--what an evil claim (they make). Bilal, who was from the Levant, was the muezzin (i.e. the one who makes the call to prayer) of the Prophet. His name, body, voice, and faith increased, as did his purity and cleanliness. How can they, being unclean, claim possession of his mosque, to defile it with their stench and their filthy deeds?! While they are attacking our holy sites and insulting our places of worship, where are the Muslims, who follow the commandments of their prophet and his successors and followers, and who respect the religions and minarets of others, even during war?!Yea, they (i.e. the Jews) are as the idolaters of Quraysh, who claimed that they were the only ones eligible to enter the al-Haram Mosque, even though they did not worship anything in truth. Allah attested: "Their prayer at the House (of Allah) is nothing but whistling and clapping of hands: (Its only answer can be), "Taste ye the penalty because ye blasphemed." They worship the whistle and the applause… But either the Arabs and Muslims rise up to defend their rights before the backbone of the kufr and deceipt of the Jews who have taken these reprehensible actions and made those false claims, which are but a preface to taking control of the al-Aqsa Mosque itself, or--Allah forbid--there will be nothing but eternal shame and humiliation…
Dr. ‘Ali al-‘Atoum, As-Sabeel, March 2, 2010