by Jerry Gordon, New English Review (May2010)
Sam Solomon and the late Elias Al-Maqdisi have produced in Al-Yahud an indictment of the implacable Islamic hatred towards Jews and Christians. The authors present the exegesis of primal hatred at the core of the Quranic Canon, but they do something more. They make the connection between the doctrinal hatred of Jews and denial of ancient Biblical claims to the Holy Land of Jews and Christians.
By Elias Al-Maqdisi & Sam Solomon
PO. BOX 5303
Charlottesville, Virginia 22905
ISBN 9-780971 534636
Bat Ye’or, author of The Dhimmi: Jews and Christians under Islam, Islam and Dhimmitude: where Civilizations Collide, and Eurabia: The Euro-Arab Axis said this about Al-Yahud:
This most important book examines in depth and with a mastery of basic documents, the crucial issues of our time. What are the sources of the enmity that drive and justify jihad in all its forms? Will Judaism and Christianity survive when global Islam supported by the universal Caliphate’s jihad against Israel enforces its 7th Century claim to be the origin of these two faiths? This is the real meaning of Jihad against Israel.
Sam Solomon and the late Elias Al-Maqdisi have produced in Al-Yahud an indictment of the implacable Islamic hatred towards Jews and Christians. The authors present the exegesis of primal hatred at the core of the Quranic Canon, but they do something more. They make the connection between the doctrinal hatred of Jews and denial of ancient Biblical claims to the Holy Land of Jews and Christians. They use this Islamic doctrinal hatred of Jews to illustrate why a lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians will never occur. The author’s message is that such agreements pursued by an Obama Administration and members of the so-called Quartet are a folly. For they have failed to understand this hate-filled doctrine.
We have had the privilege of meeting co-author Sam Solomon at events in New York City and Washington. Solomon notes the courage of fellow apostates from Islam, among them co-founders of Former Muslims United. He is the author of A Proposed Charter of Muslim Understanding that seeks to obtain pledges from Muslim leaders to honor the human civil rights of those who left have left Islam. Leaving Islam is tantamount to treason or sedition under the totalitarian doctrine of Islam and can lead to death fatwas. Solomon comes to the task of writing and debating about the totalitarianism at the core of the Quranic Canon as an apostate. He spent more than 15 years in training to become an Islamic jurist, before his conversion to Christianity and expulsion from his native Muslim country on the eve of a death sentence. He claimed the U.K. as his adopted county because he was able to speak freely about the hatred in doctrinal Islam. He has allied himself with the U.K. Christian advocacy group, Christian Concern for our Nation (CCFON). Solomon has participated in several debates with Muslim Leaders sponsored by Lord Malcolm Pearson and Baroness Caroline Cox at the House of Lords. Last summer, Solomon with colleague Kathryn Wakeling of the CCFON, presented a comparison of Shariah with English Law as part of a debate at the House of Lords concerning the adoption of elements of Shariah Law in the arbitration system of the UK. Solomon and Bat Ye’or will appear together at three different venues in Canada (London, Toronto and Ottawa) in June, 2010 in a program arranged by the Canadian branch of the International Free Press Society. You may listen to a recent interview by radio talk show host Joyce Kaufman with Sam Solomon, discussing Al-Yahud, here. Al-Yahud is the latest in a series of works by the authors that include The Mosques Exposed, The Common Word: The Undermining of the Church, and Modern Day Trojan Horse: The Islamic Doctrine of Immigration.
Why Al-Yahud is timely
Al-Yahud is timely given the Obama Administration’s tilt towards the Muslim ummah’s efforts to isolate Israel amid broad hints about imposing a peace settlement for the benefit of the Palestinian Authority. In the preface to Al-Yahud, the authors set up the thesis:
. . . well meaning people with an understandable motivation to find peace at any cost theorize hopefully: “no matter how the problem got started, the solution remains the same: What we need is a proper allocation of their competing desire for social justice and political identity.”
. . . Islamic counter-claims to the land are only a smokescreen emanating from, and obscuring several earlier and more important key decisions regarding the Jewish presence in the “land” and Monotheism – as taken in the 7th century by Mohammed personally during the formative days of Islam. This was long before any Muslim either saw or set foot in the Holy Land.
. . .is this conflict with modern Israel really a limited political/ethnic Palestinian issue over the “land” and “social justice” set in the 19th through the 21st centuries or is it a basic and eternal Islamic issue of “enmity” as proclaimed and mandated towards Jews – both individuals and collectively –from the pages of the Qu’ran and the Sunnah of Muhammad? (Read more)