Sunday, November 18, 2012

Yusuf Qaradawi asks Allah to "deal with" (destroy) the Jews


As my translator "Al Gharqad" notes:

"Allahuma alayka bil-yahud iz-zalimin il-jairin, Allahuma alayka bil-yahud il-mustakbirin il-mutajabbirin"

This means:
Allah, "alayka bi" the tyrannical and despotic Jews, Allah, "alayka bi" the arrogant and tyrant Jews

"Alayka bi" is a curse, which has no exact English translation. It is a prayer to Allah to do something with the subject of the curse. This "something" has been translated in many different ways:

1. "Take" (as in "kill"):
(second line from top)

2. "Destroy":
(sixth Arabic paragraph from bottom)

3. "Deal with":
Egyptian President Morsi Joins Preacher in Prayer for Dispersal of the Jews

Either way, he isn't calling for Allah to punish Zionists or Israelis - but Jews.

Qaradawi is perhaps the most popular preacher in the Sunni Muslim world and has famously encouraged suicide bombings.