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July 25, 2018 No.
7587

Antisemitic Hadith: 'The Prophecy Of The Rock And The Tree' – MEMRI Clips And Reports

MEMRI TV recently translated and released excerpts from a Friday sermon delivered on December 15, 2017 by Imam Mohamed Tatai, formerly imam of the Mosquée Ennour in Toulouse and currently imam of the new Grand Mosque of Toulouse, in which he cited an antisemitic hadith.[1]

Over the years MEMRI TV has translated many sermons citing this hadith. The hadith, "The Prophecy of the Rock and the Tree," appears in the Muslim [d. 875 CE], the Al-Tirmidhi [d. 892 CE], and the Ibn Hanbal [d. 855 CE] compilations of hadiths,[2] and a shorter version of the hadith appears in the Bukhari [d. 870 CE] compilation.

The longer version states that on Judgment Day, the Muslims will fight the Jews, and the Jews will hide behind rocks and trees. Then the rocks and the trees will speak, calling upon the Muslims: "Oh Muslim, oh servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill them." The hadith goes on to say that all trees will act this way, except for one tree – the gharqad tree, which is therefore defined as "one of the trees of the Jews."[3]

Various imams have claimed that Israel, being aware of the Jews' fate on Judgment Day, plants many gharqad trees as protection,[4] One even suggested that this can be viewed on Google Earth.[5]

In a July 12, 2018 press release, the Great Mosque of Paris called it "a hadith reported by a traditionalist author (Abu Horaira) who was himself rejected by Umayyad Muslim dynasty" and added: "There is no reason for this hadith to have been exhumed from oblivion."[6] This claim is incorrect, as can be seen in the list below of references to the hadith translated by MEMRI in sermons and speeches over the years. Furthermore, not only does Hamas cite this hadith in its charter,[7] but it also appears in official statements of Salafi-jihadi organizations such as Al-Qaeda. Osama bin Laden cited it, for example, in a February 2003 sermon marking 'Eid Al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice).[8]

CLIPS AND REPORTS ON THE HADITH

MEMRI TV Clips

MEMRI Reports

 

[2] Read the hadith in the Muslim compilation here; read the hadith in the Bukhari compilation here; read the hadith in Ibn Hanbal compilation here; read the hadith in the Al-Tirmidhi compilation here.

[3] The botanical identification of this tree is unknown.

[4] MEMRI TV Clip 6668, On Hamas TV, Islamic Cleric Salah Nour Cites Antisemitic Hadith, Glorifies Jihad: The Muslims Will Rule The Entire Earth, June 24, 2018; MEMRI TV Clip 6326, Houston Imam Raed Saleh Al-Rousan: 'Good Tidings' – Muslims Will Kill Jews On Judgment Day; 'Do Not Tell Me That Palestine Is The Country Of The Jewish [People],' December 8, 2017; MEMRI TV Clip 5432, Egypt Friday Sermon: Moshe Dayan Acknowledged That Stones And Trees Would Urge Muslims To Kill Jews On Judgment Day, January 30, 2016; MEMRI TV Clip 4694, Former Mufti Of Egypt Ali Gomaa: Jews Plant "Gharqad" Trees To Hide From Muslims On Judgment Day, September 23, 2014; MEMRI TV Clip 2106, Children Indoctrinated With Antisemitism On An Egyptian-Saudi Koran-Memorization Channel, April 27, 2009; MEMRI TV Clip 2042, Egyptian Cleric Muhammad Hussein Ya’qoub: The Jews Are The Enemies Of Muslims Regardless Of The Occupation Of Palestine, January 7, 2009; MEMRI TV Clip 1965, Egyptian Clerics Intensify Antisemitic Rants Against The Backdrop Of The Gaza Fighting, December 28-29, 2008; MEMRI TV Clip 1867, Saudi Cleric Muhammad Al-Arifi: Jews Plant Gharqad Trees To Hide Behind When Muslims Come To Kill Them On Judgment Day, September 12, 2008; MEMRI TV Clip 820, Deputy Head Of The Palestinian Clerics Association, Sheik Muhammad Ali: Muslims Should Liberate Andalusia. The Jews Believe In Prophet Muhammad's Prophecy And Began Planting Gharqad Trees That Will Protect Them On Judgment Day, August 19, 2005; MEMRI TV clip 670, Egyptian Imam Sings Of Apes, Pigs And The Annihilation Of Jews On Judgment Day, May 4, 2005.

[6] Mosqueedeparis.net/polemique-sur-limam-de-toulouse-mise-au-point, July 12, 2018.

[7] MEMRI Special Dispatch No. 1092, The Covenant Of The Islamic Resistance Movement – Hamas, February 14, 2006.

[8] MEMRI Special Dispatch No. 476, Bin Laden's Sermon for the Feast of the Sacrifice March 6, 2003.