During a May 1 sermon in Brooklyn, New York, Imam Tareq Yousef stated that the famous hadith predicting a war between the Muslims and the Jews before Judgment Day is not reliable. He added that the Jews in America are a million times more honorable than 50% of the Muslims, and that the problem with the "bully" leaders of Israel is because they are bullies, not because they are Jews.
Tareq Yousef: "This hadith is very strange, and we should reexamine it, because it leads Islam to disaster. It says: 'Judgement day will not come before the Muslims fight the Jews, and then the rocks and the trees will say: Oh Muslim. There is a Jew behind me, come and kill him – except for the gharqad tree, which is one of the trees of the Jews.' Did the Prophet Muhammad say this to Abu Hurayra in a private conversation?
"We have no religious dispute with anyone. (The Quran says:) 'And among the people of Moses is a community which guides by truth and by it establishes justice.' We cannot say that tall Jews are bad. The Jews here, in America, are a million times more honorable than the Muslims. There's one man here who concurs. They are a million times more honorable than 50% of the Muslims.
"Our dispute is with the (Israeli) bully politicians – not because they are Jews, but because they are bullies.
"If a hadith is narrated by 40 or 50 of the Prophet's companions, we may deem it a reliable hadith. But if only one or two of the Prophet's companions narrate it, we should not take it at face value and base our entire relationship with the Jews upon it. With all due respect, such a hadith should be put aside, Abu Harayra or not. Everything should be determined according to the Quran. One might argue that the Quran says: 'You shall find the strongest people in enmity towards the believers to the Jews and the polytheists.' Does the word 'Jews' here refer to specific Jews or to all of them? It could mean the Jews who lived in Medina when these verses were conveyed, or it could refer to all Jews. The Quran did not refer to all the Jews."