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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 ~

Allah surely loves those who are the Sabireen (patient). (3:146) 

Hardships and ease are a trial for you. Everything Allah chooses for you; from good or evil, is for your benefit. Whatever occurred to you could not have missed you and what missed you could never have reached you. Rewards are only for those who are patient with the Decree of Allah.

Panic and impatience cannot prevent Allah’s Decree. Shakwah (complaining) is contradictory to Sabr (patience). Allah alone can protect you from harm and ease your difficulties.

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Trust that there is benefit in the matter according to the perfect knowledge of Allah. The Prophet (sallAllahu alyhi wasallam) had to leave his beloved city of Makkah; nonetheless it was for a great benefit. When we believe in Allah’s justice and wisdom we know for certain that He does not decree except what is good.

Appreciation of blessings is complementary to patience. One can appreciate his own condition more when comparing it with others whose afflictions are greater than his own. The believer praises Allah that his affliction was not greater than it was and for whatever is left to him that could have been taken away.

He acknowledges that the remaining blessings are far greater than what he lost. Undoubtedly, this attitude is the source of much forbearance and peace of mind.

Allah has blessed man in countless ways that cannot compare to the limited problems he faces. These blessings are sufficient to instill in a believer gratitude to Allah, acceptance of His decree and patience to endure it.

The Prophet (sallAllahu alyhi wasallam) taught this du‘aa’: “O Allah, make not our affliction in our religion and make not the world our greatest concern or the sum of our knowledge.” (At-Tirmidhi)

Let us pray.

But why do you really pray?

Do you pray because you need something? Do you pray because you want something? Do you pray because you are just told so? Come, think of it, ask yourself, why do you pray?

Many thoughts are coming now to your mind, right?

Yes, we have all our own reasons why we pray to Allaah Azza Wa Jall, but before anything else, let it be known that you pray because it is not because you are told so but because you are obliged to do so, it is the first pillar of Islam.

Realize that Allaah Azza Wa Jall never gets tired of Providing and Sustaining for your needs, He forgives you as long as you repent yet when He calls you to pray and have a talk with Him, you refuse?

Salaah is a gift and a mercy from Allaah Azza Wa Jall. It is the best form of giving thanks to Allaah Azza Wa Jall, best way to have a talk with him and pour everything that is in your heart without being ashamed because you know Allaah Azza Wa Jall can be the only One who can bring such comfort in your heart, you know that when you pour out your feelings to Him, He comforts it by letting your tears fall from your eyes which in return gives such relief in you, have you ever notice that?

Yes, when we cry, we release all out the stress, hatred and pain away from our hearts, that is a mercy from Allaah Azza Wa Jall, so when you cry it doesn’t mean you are weak, it just means that you are being comforted by Allaah Azza Wa Jall, there is nothing wrong on crying. It is a gift, so embrace it.

When you pray, concentrate, do not be fast on uttering the words of the Qur'an, feel every word, there is nothing wrong if you take long in salaah, it is a moment gifted to you by Allaah Azza Wa Jall, so make it count.

When you pray, know that you stand infront of Allaah Azza Wa Jall, so be firm. Stay focused, remember sooner or later, death may come upon you, so pray as if it is your last, cry, because with all the sins we have committed, we should cry, cry out for forgiveness from Him, for every minute that we have displeased Him, He tells us…

[1] Muhammad sallallahu allaihi wassalaam said in a Hadith Qudsi that Allaah Azza Wa Jall said:

“O son of Adam, so long as you call upon Me and ask of Me, I shall forgive you for what you have done, and I shall not mind. O son of Adam, were your sins to reach the clouds of the sky and were you then to ask forgiveness of Me, I would forgive you.

O son of Adam, were you to come to Me with sins nearly as great as the earth and were you then to face Me, ascribing no partner to Me, I would bring you forgiveness nearly as great as its.”

Subhan'Allaah, how can a heart full of sins can not call out for forgiveness to the One Who says I will forgive you?

Every time, every time and i mean every single time we pray our Salaah, make it the most meaningful one. Make it so meaningful that your du'a would make the angels say Amin with you.

Allaah is Al Wadood, The Most Loving, my brother and sister in Islam, Allaah Azza Wa Jall loves you, just by the mere fact that he handpicked you to be a Muslim, says so much about His Love for you, or by just the fact that you were lost and He guided you back, doesn’t that make the heart grow fonder for Him more?

When you got lost, He didn’t put you astray more, rather He called you back, wallahi He gave you that honor back, so why are you putting this honor away by not praying?

Every salaah we make is a worship to Him, but go beyond that, make it a communication, a direct communication from you to Him, rather just praying just because you have to, pray because you want to, because you need to because its all that you have, the first step to become better, the first step to become closer to Him.

My dear child, we are bound to return to our Lord soon, either I go first or you go, all of us will. So make everyday count, you are given 5 gifts everyday, open it, fill it, embrace it and make use of it.

Remember, not all the people in this world is given this honor of having a talk with Him 5 times a day, We are blessed for we are Muslims and Allaah Azza Wa Jall honored us that.

Now, are you up for another talk with Him?

Yes, start with the next Salaah, give meaning to it.

And we pray that Allaah Azza Wa Jall softens our hearts through our salah, through remembering His Mercy, His Love, His Protection, His Guidance and His Blessings that we may realize the bountiful blessings He has given us and in return we could give thanks by staying consistent on offering prayers to Him.





[1] Tirmidhi

MAXIMISE your rewards this RAMADAN – The SUNNAH the BETTER!

1. Wake up for Suhoor
2. Read 20 pages of Quran per day and you will complete it
3. Break your fast on an odd number of dates and if no dates available then break it on water
4. Learn and say the Dua prior to breaking your fast
5. Pray Taraaweeh /night prayers
6. Fast from all types of evil speech – lying, gossip, slander, backbiting, etc.
7. Be generous. Feed the poor and needy
8. Contribute towards breaking other people’s fast and receive their reward without any of their reward being reduced
9. Pray ‘Ishaa’ with the Imam until he has completed the entire prayer including Taraweeh and witr and it will be recorded for you as if you spent the entire night in prayer
10. Make lots of Dua and ask Allah to bless you with His bounties in this life and the next
11. Perform ‘Umrah if you have the ability to do so and you will receive the reward of having performed Hajj with the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam)
12. Get into the habit of praying the 12 Sunnah prayers associated with the 5 daily prayers and a mansion will await you in Jannah (2 before Fajr, 4 before Dhuhr, 2 after Dhuhr, 2 after Maghrib and 2 after ‘Ishaa’)
13. ‘Itikaaf - Devout yourself to the mosque during the last 10 days of Ramadan
14. Stay up engaging in various acts of worship during the evenings of the odd days of the last 10 days of Ramadan seeking out Laylatul Qadr which offers the reward of 1000 years of worship (83.3 years)
15. Pay Zakat/Sadaqatul Fitr towards the end of Ramadan and before the Eid prayer

I ask Allah to grant me and you the ability to do all this and more during Ramadan 1435/2014.
Shaykh Bilal Dannoun

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