Hello! I'm struggling a little and maybe you can help? I didn't know who to ask. I really like Islam, but I'm Jewish and I've always been told that Islam preaches against Jewish people and there was a tribe of Jewish people that Muhammad
executed. I guess what I want to know is is Islam open to me? Will I be descriminated against? Did Muhammad hate Jewish people? I’m sorry if these are dumb questions. I literally don’t know a single Muslim irl. :( I’m sorry if I offended you at all.
Hello and Salam (Peace) ❤︎
I’m very happy you reached out to me! Feel free to always ask me any questions, there should be no worry if they’re ‘dumb’ or not! No need to apologize!
Islam is a mercy for all mankind, it doesn’t matter who or what you are, Islam is for you! I actually know a Jewish revert, if you wanna speak to her lemme know!
1. Islam DOES NOT preach against Jewish people
Islam tells Muslims to be tolerant of all religions and it is not permissible for a Muslim to mock other’s beliefs. We are all from Adam, and from that we must believe in respect of each other.
We believe simply,
“For you is your religion, and for me is mine.” [109:6]
Allah doesn’t not encourage the Prophet (pbuh) to compel people to be Muslims;
And had your Lord willed, those on earth would have believed - all of them entirely. Then, [O Muhammad], would you compel the people in order that they become believers? [10:99]
Islam says no to compulsion in religion;
There shall be no compulsion in [acceptance of] the religion [2:256]
2. Jews are ‘People of the Book’, who have an honor in Islam
Jews and Christians are People of the Book, meaning that we are all monotheistic and share the same religious principles. The true definition of a Muslim is to submit to God (who is one), and so Jews do this! We honor this highly. In fact, we are allowed to marry Jews and Christians (Quran 5:5).
We are encouraged to recognize our similarities;
“Say O people of the Book! Come to common terms as between us and you that we worship none but God; that we associate no partners with Him; that we erect not, from among ourselves, lords and patrons other than God. If then they turn back, say: “Bear witness that we (at least) are Muslims (bowing to God’s Will).” [3:64]
We make no distinction between us;
“Say: We believe in God, and in what has been revealed to us and what was revealed to Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, and the Tribes, and in (the Books) given to Moses, Jesus, and the Prophets from their Lord: We make no distinction between one and another.” [3:84]
We should not argue with you and only be kind (except with means better) (unless it is self-defense matters)
“And dispute not with People of the Book, except with means better (than mere disputation), unless it be with those of them who inflict wrong and injury.” [29:46]
3. The Prophet (pbuh) treated Jews extremely well
Muhammad (peace be upon him) worked hard to ensure Jews had freedom of religion in Medina, and they did. Jews and Christians and Muslims lived peacefully among each other.
The Prophet (pbuh) said: “Let it be known, if any one (Muslim) commits injustice, insults, aggravates, mistreats or abuses a person of the People of the Book (protected, by the state or an agreement), he will have to answer me (for his immoral action) on the Day of Judgment.” (Ahmad)
The Prophet (pbuh) purchased and traded with Jews;
His wife Aisha said: The Prophet (ﷺ) purchased food grains from a Jew on credit and mortgaged his iron armor to him. (Bukhari)
The Prophet was respectful of Jews in many cases - here is another one:
The Prophet (pbuh) was with his companions and saw the funeral passing of a Jew. He stood and his companions asked why? They were like, he’s not a Muslim, why should we care? The Prophet remarked that we are all equal in death. He said, “was he not a human being or did he not have a soul?” (Bukhari)
The Prophet had a Jewish wife - Saffiyah. His other wife once made a rude-ish comment about her, and the Prophet did not like that;
Narrated Anas: said: “It reached Safiyyah that Hafsah said: ‘The daughter of a Jew’ so she wept. Then the Prophet entered upon her while she was crying, so he said: ‘What makes you cry?’ She said: ‘Hafsah said to me that I am the daughter of a Jew.’ So the Prophet said: ‘And you are the daughter of a Prophet, and your uncle is a Prophet, and you are married to a Prophet, so what is she boasting to you about?’ Then he said: ‘Fear Allah, O Hafsah.‘” (Tirmidhi)
The Prophet (pbuh) always said the greeting of Islam to Jews
Narrated Usamah bin Zaid: that the Prophet passed by a gathering in which the Muslims and the Jews were mixed, so he gave the Salam to them. (Tirmidhi)
We can work for Jews (why wouldn’t we, just an example of our good relations exhibited by the Prophet (pbuh))
“Narrated Jabir bin `Abdullah: There was a Jew in Medina who used to lend me money up to the season of plucking dates. (Jabir had a piece of land which was on the way to Ruma). That year the land was not promising, so the payment of the debt was delayed one year. The Jew came to me at the time of plucking, but gathered nothing from my land. I asked him to give me one year respite, but he refused. This news reached the Prophet whereupon he said to his companions, “Let us go and ask the Jew for respite for Jabir.” All of them came to me in my garden, and the Prophet started speaking to the Jew, but he Jew said, “O Abu Qasim! I will not grant him respite.” When the Prophet saw the Jew’s attitude, he stood up and walked all around the garden and came again and talked to the Jew, but the Jew refused his request. I got up and brought some ripe fresh dates and put it in front of the Prophet. He ate and then said to me, “Where is your hut, O Jabir?” I informed him, and he said, “Spread out a bed for me in it.” I spread out a bed, and he entered and slept. When he woke up, I brought some dates to him again and he ate of it and then got up and talked to the Jew again, but the Jew again refused his request. Then the Prophet got up for the second time amidst the palm trees loaded with fresh dates, and said, “O Jabir! Pluck dates to repay your debt.” The Jew remained with me while I was plucking the dates, till I paid him all his right, yet there remained extra quantity of dates. So I went out and proceeded till I reached the Prophet and informed him of the good news, whereupon he said, “I testify that I am Allah’s Messenger.” (Bukhari)
This story is cool because the Prophet (pbuh) had the power at that time in Medina to take away his rights in the debt but he never would do that. He always respected all people. That is what Muslims should do as well.
Once a group of Jews were mean to the Prophet, but he didn’t respond mean and even told his wife to not be rude back;
“Narrated `Aisha: (the wife of the Prophet) A group of Jews entered upon the Prophet and said, “As-Samu-Alaikum.” (i.e. death be upon you). I understood it and said, “Wa-Alaikum As-Samu wal-la’n. (death and the curse of Allah be Upon you).” Allah’s Messenger said “Be calm, O `Aisha! Allah loves that one should be kind and lenient in all matters.” I said, “O Allah’s Messenger! Haven’t you heard what they (the Jews) have said?” Allah’s Messenger said “I have already told them: Upon you” (Bukhari)
There’s a lot of examples, here’s one where a companion followed the Prophet’s examples and gave some meat as a gift to his neighbor, a Jew;
Abdullah ibn Amr slaughtered a sheep and said: Have you presented a gift from it to my neighbour, the Jew, for I heard the Messenger of Allah say: Gabriel kept on commending the neighbour to me so that I thought he would make an heir? (Tirmidhi)
There was a Jewish woman who didn’t like the Prophet (pbuh) because of Islam, so to be rude she threw garbage at his house. One day, there was no trash and so the Prophet asked where the woman was. He found out she was sick and so he went to visit her and asked if she needed anything.
I could go on but yeah, the Prophet wasn’t antisemitic
4. Banu Qurayza, the tribe you heard of, weren’t executed because they were Jewish.
I prefer you read this to read the full story, but those who broke a pack that ended up hurting Muslims were the ones who were executed. They happened to be Jews, but it wasn’t because they were Jewish that they were killed. He granted many of them safety, but basically they fought back against the Muslims twice so then it was a battle.
5. The Muslims that discriminate against Jews are sinning!!
Islam is for you. Doesn’t matter if you’re Jewish or Hindu or Atheist. Anyone who says otherwise is committing a sin against you and their Lord.
There are many Jewish Muslims and many Muslims who loved Jews, marry Jews, have Jewish family and friends, and fight against antisemitism. They’re following what Islam taught them, those who do not are leaving the teachings of Islam.
If you have any other questions or need clarification, please ask me anything! I hope I made it clear a Jew can be a Muslim ~