Antisemitism is Racism Totally Contrary to Islam
In the 20th century, antisemitism has signed its name to great disasters, one of
the most horrible being the cruelty and murder inflicted by the Nazis
on the Jews. Besides this, in many countries authoritarian regimes have
targeted Jews and subjected them to cruel treatment. Fascist
organizations have harassed Jews and arranged bloody attacks against
In our times antisemitism is still an ideology
which threatens world peace and targets the well-being and security of
So, how should a Muslim regard antisemitism?
answer is obvious. Every Muslim must oppose antisemitism as he would
oppose every other racist ideology; he must resist this ideology of
hatred and defend the rights of Jews as he would defend the rights of
all other people. Every Muslim must recognize and defend the rights of
Jews whether in Israel or in the diaspora to live in peace, to worship,
to protect their identity and to express themselves.
justly condemn the cruel and aggressive policies of the State of
Israel. But to condemn Israel and criticize its official atheist
Zionist ideology has nothing to do with antisemitism. The reason we
object to Godless Zionism is because that it is a racist ideology. For
the same reason we reject antisemitism.
Antisemitism: The Product of Neo Paganism
A basic fact that must be appreciated about antisemitism is that it is a pagan creed that no Muslim could ever espouse.
In order to make this clear, we must examine the
roots of Antisemitism. This term is generally understood as meaning
"anti Jewish," but its basic meaning is a "hatred of Semitic peoples".
The Semitic peoples are basically made up of Arabs, Jews and a few
other Middle Eastern ethnic groups. There is a great similarity between
the languages and cultures of the Semites; for example, Arabic and
Hebrew are much alike.
second largest linguistic and racial group in the world is the
Indo-European community of nations. Most of the countries of present
day Europe have Indo-European roots.
The pagan war god Wotan, one of the
symbols of pagan barbarism and bigotry.
these various civilizations have had their prophets who proclaimed the
existence and the unity of God and made His commands known. But when we
examine recorded history, we see that Indo-European peoples from
ancient times always believed in paganism. The Greek and Roman civilizations, the Teutons, Vikings and other Barbarian peoples living
in southern Europe at that time were all polytheistic pagans. For this
reason, these communities remained completely without moral guidance. Violence and savagery were regarded as praiseworthy; homosexuality and adultery were widely practiced. (The most important historical representative of
Indo-European civilization was the Roman Empire, and we must not forget
that it was a savage society that delighted in seeing people torn apart
in the arenas.)
These peoples who ruled Europe encountered
monotheism through Jesus Christ, a prophet sent to Semitic people. Sent
as a prophet to the children of Israel, the teaching of Jesus spread
throughout Europe in the course of time and all the formerly pagan peoples gradually accepted Christianity.
But in the 18th and 19th centuries, with the weakening of Christianity and the growth of
ideologies and philosophies that promoted the rejection of religion, a
strange current of thought circulated in Europe- Neo-Paganism.
The leaders of this movement claimed that European societies must
reject Christianity and return to ancient pagan beliefs. According to
the adherents of Neo-Paganism, the way European societies understood
morality in ancient pagan times (i.e., a warlike, pitiless,
bloodthirsty, unbounded barbarous morality), was much superior to the
morality they adopted when they accepted Christianity (i.e., a humble,
compassionate, peace-loving and religious morality).
Nietzsche was an antisemite, because
he sympathized with the pagan culture of violence and hated
of the most important representatives of this trend is also one of the
greatest theorists of Fascism- Friedrich Nietzsche. He hated
Christianity; he believed that it had destroyed the warlike spirit of
the German people (*), that is, it's very essence.
adherents of Neo-Paganism were hostile to Christianity; at the same
time, they adopted a great hatred for Judaism which they saw as the
source of Christianity. Indeed, they saw Christianity as the
disseminator of Jewish ideas throughout the world and regarded it as a
kind of Jewish plot.
So, this Neo-Paganism, on the one hand
incited hostility against religion and, on the other, gave birth to
fascism and antisemitism. Especially when we look at the
foundations of the Nazi ideology, we can see clearly that Hitler and
his confreres were, in fact, pagans.
Nazism: 20th Century Paganism
of the greatest roles in the development of the Nazi ideology was
played by a thinker by the name of Jorg Lanz von Liebenfels. Lanz
fervently believed in the ideas of Neo-Paganism. He was the first
person to find in ancient sources the swastika which was later to
become the symbol of the Nazi party. The Ordo Novi Templi (Order of the
New Temple), an organization founded by Lanz, devoted itself totally to
the rebirth of paganism. Lanz freely proclaimed that he worshiped
Wotan, the imaginary "War God" of the ancient German people. He thought
that the worship of Wotan was the true religion of the German people
and that Germans could be saved only by returning to this religion.
ideology developed on the road prepared for it by Lanz and other
devotees of Neo-Paganism. One of the most important Nazi ideologues,
Alfred Rosenberg, thought that Christianity could not provide the
spiritual energy needed by the new Germany being established by Hitler,
and declared openly that the German people must return to their ancient pagan religion.
According to Rosenberg, when the Nazis came to power, religious symbols
in churches should be removed and replaced by swastikas, a copy of
Hitler's book "Mein Kampf" (My Struggle) and swords
symbolizing German invincibility. Hitler adopted the views of Rosenberg
but, thinking it would cause too much of a reaction among the people,
he did not put this new theory of German religion into effect. 
Nazis were neo-pagans who sought
to destroy the Judeo-Christian ethics and convert the German
society to pagan barbarism.
during the Nazi regime, some important practices of Neo-Paganism were
instituted. Shortly after Hitler came to power, the holy days and
feasts of Christianity began to be suppressed and replaced by the holy
days of pagan religions. At weddings, oaths were sworn to such
imaginary gods as "Mother Earth" and "Father Sky". In 1935, students in
schools were forbidden to say Christian prayers and later, lessons with
any Christian content were completely discontinued.
Hitler once revealed his attitude toward Christianity when he bluntly stated that religion is an:
lie [that] must be smashed. The State must remain the absolute master.
When I was younger, I thought it was necessary to set about [destroying
religion] .with dynamite. I've since realized there's room for a little
subtlety .. The final state must be . in St. Peter's Chair, a senile
officiant; facing him a few sinister old women. The young and healthy
are on our side . Our peoples had previously succeeded in living all
right without this religion. I have six divisions of SS men absolutely
indifferent in matters of religion. It doesn't prevent them from going
to their death with serenity in their souls. 
we can see, Hitler saw only one idea as having importance in the
spiritual realm: the idea that would lead people to "go to their death
with serenity in their souls". He found it in abundance in such pagan
concepts as "the German spirit" and "honor in battle". He saw
monotheistic religions as beliefs that must be "destroyed with
dynamite" but, for political reasons, he acted more moderately.
The Nazi hatred for Jews was a part of this
anti-Theistic ideology. Nazis who hated Christianity saw it as a
"Jewish plot." That Jesus Christ, a prophet of Israeli origin, should
be loved and revered by Germans, who regarded themselves as the "master
race", was for them unthinkable. For the Nazis, it was not a prophet of
Israeli origin that would be a guide for Germans, but the barbarous and
cruel warriors of pagan German culture.
is the real truth about Nazism and antisemitism in general. Today, the
leaders of antisemitism are various Neo-Nazi and Fascist groups. If we
look at them, we see immediately that every one of them has an
anti-religious ideology and what they say is based on pagan ideas.
Antisemitism And Every Kind Of Racism Is Contrary
From the facts that we have examined so far, the following is clear:
is an anti-religion ideology that has its roots in Neo-Paganism.
Therefore, it is unthinkable that a Muslim would espouse antisemitism
or feel sympathy for this ideology. Anti-Semites have no respect for Abraham, Moses or David who were blessed prophets chosen by God to be examples for humanity.
and other kinds of racism (eg. prejudice against Blacks) have no place
in true religion; they are perversions arising from various ideologies
when we examine antisemitism and other forms of racism, we see clearly
that they promote ideas and a model of society that is totally contrary
to the moral teachings of the Qur'an, For example, at the root of
antisemitism lie hatred, violence, and lack of compassion. An
anti-Semite may be so cruel as to support the murder of Jewish people
without distinguishing between women, children and the aged, and
condone their being subjected to torture. However, the moral teaching
of the Qur'an enjoins love, compassion and mercy for all people. It
also commands Muslims to show justice and be forgiving even to their
On the other hand,
anti-Semites and other kinds of racists balk against living together in
peace with people of different race or creed. For example, German
racists (Nazis) and Jewish racists (atheist Zionists) were opposed to
Germans and Jews living together; each side rejected this in the name
of their respective race as a degeneration. However, in the Qur'an,
there is not the slightest distinction between races; the Qur'an
advises that people of different faiths live together in the same
society in peace and happiness.
According to the Qur'an, Muslims, Jews and Christians
Must Live in Friendship
and Christians (called in the Qur'an the "People of the Book") are much
closer to Muslims than idolaters (pagans or the atheists). The People
of the Book, like Muslims, believe in one God and are subject to His
In the Qur'an, there is a significant difference
between the People of the Book and the idolaters. This is especially
emphasized in the area of social life. For example, it is said
concerning the idolaters: "(they) are unclean, so after this year they should not come near the Masjid al-Haram." (Surat at-Tawba: 28) Idolaters are people who know no divine law, have no moral precepts and
who can commit every kind of degrading and perverse deed without
People of the Book, while they rely basically on God's revelation, have
moral precepts and know what is lawful and what is not. For
this reason, if one of the People of the Book cooks some food, it is
lawful for Muslims to eat it. In the same way, permission has been
given to a Muslim man to marry a woman from among the People of the
Book. On this subject God commands:
Today all good things have been made lawful for you. And the food of those given the Book is also lawful for you and your food is lawful for them. So are chaste women from among the believers and chaste women of those given the Book before you,
once you have given them their dowries in marriage, not in fornication
or taking them as lovers. But as for anyone who disbelieve, his actions
will come to nothing and in the hereafter he will be among the losers.
(Surat al-Mai'da: 5)
commands show that bonds of kinship may be established as a result of
the marriage of a Muslim with a woman from the People of the Book and
that those on each side of the union can accept an invitation to a
meal. These are the fundamentals that will ensure the establishment of equitable human relationships and a happy communal life. Since the Qur'an enjoins this equitable and tolerant attitude, it is unthinkable that a Muslim could take an opposing view.
Monasteries, Churches And Synagogues Must Be Respected
Temples that deserve respect: A church...
important fact we learn from the Qur'an is that Muslims must respect
Jewish and Christian places of worship. In the Qur'an, the places of
worship of the People of the Book, ie. monasteries, churches and
synagogues, are mentioned as places of worship protected by God.
God had not driven some people back by means of others, monasteries,
churches, synagogues and mosques, where God's name is mentioned much,
would have been pulled down and destroyed. God will certainly help
those who help Him - God is All-Strong, Almighty." (Surat al-Hajj: 40 )
This verse shows to every Muslim the importance of respecting and protecting the holy places of the People of the Book.
... and a synagouge.
in the Qur'an, God commands Muslims not to harbor any enmity toward any
people. In many verses, friendship is recommended even with the
idolaters. God even refers to the idolaters at war with Muslims like
this: "If any of the idolaters ask you for protection, give
them protection until they have heard the words of God. Then convey
them to a place where they are safe." (Surat at-Tawba: 6)
Jews and Christians, however, are much closer to
Muslims than idolaters. Each of these religions has its book, that is,
they are subject to a book sent down by God. They know what is right
and what is wrong, what is lawful and what is unlawful. They know they
will give an account to God and they love and revere His prophets. This
shows that Muslims and the People of the Book can live easily together.
a Muslim's outlook on the world, one of his basic criteria is justice.
No matter whom he may oppose, he cannot depart from justice. He acts
not according to his feelings, but with his reason and conscience. He
removes himself from fanaticism and bigotry, and makes his decisions
according to wisdom.
What God teaches us in the Qur'an about different peoples and creeds is clear:
1. The morality of the Qur'an excludes every kind of racism.
It is commanded in the Qur'an that, so long as they show no hostility
to Islam or Muslims, a tolerant and friendly attitude must be
maintained toward other religions.
is evident that the Jews have committed many errors which the Qur'an
points out, criticizes and about which it gives a warning. The crimes
committed by Israel in the present day against humanity are painfully
well known, but all this must not be taken by Muslims as a cause to
feel hostility against Jews. The crimes committed by a group of Jews in
allegiance to their atheist Zionist ideology will never be blamed on
Judaism or the Jewish people.
Our wish is that a world will be
established in which people will be able to live together in peace no
matter to what race or religion they belong, in which every racist
perversion will be rejected, everyone's rights will be regarded and
everyone will be respected.
(*) Of course, the "warlike
spirit of the German people" was a Nazi construction. There
is no inherently "warlike spirit" in any nation; it is
wrong ideologies and philosophies that make people belligerent.
Today's Germany, with its pacifism, is a good example of how nations
can get rid of evil ideologies like Nazism.
1- Michael Howard, The Occult Conspiracy: The Secret History of Mystics, Templars, Masons and Occult Societies, 1.b., London: Rider, 1989, p. 130
2- Hitler, A., Hitler's Secret Conversations 1941-1944, With an introductory essay on The Mind of Adolf Hitler by H.R. Trevor-Roper, Farrar, Straus and Young, New York, p. 117