In 2014, Saudi cleric and author Sheikh Muhammad Al-Arifi gave an address in which he cited the antisemitic hadith "The Prophecy of the Rock and the Tree," and said that the Jews were cowardly by nature, as could be seen throughout history - in the days of the Prophet Muhammad, in the Holocaust, and in Palestine today. "They are not real men," he said. "When they talk about the Holocaust - the Jewish Holocaust which they say was carried out by Hitler or whoever... It is all about more and more massacres. They come to be slaughtered." The address was posted on Al-Arifi's YouTube channel on September 20, 2014.
Following are excerpts:
Saudi Cleric Muhammad Al-Arifi: Allah said to the Jews: If you claim that you are the only allies of Allah – go ahead, and wish for death, if you want to attain this honor that you claim to hold. But the Jews are afraid of death, as is well known. I have searched in the annals of history... A while ago, I delivered a sermon about the history of the Jews. I studied the history of the Jews, and I could not find a single case in which they engaged in face-to-face war. Can you believe that? Search the history of the Jews – not only their record with the Prophet Muhammad, but their entire history. This is the nature of the Jews. It is impossible for the Jews ever to engage in face-to-face war, where there is a line of Jews facing a line of their enemies – Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, or others. This is why the Jews always cry about... Whenever the Jews talk about their history and the wars they have undergone, they are always talking about the “massacre of the Jews” – because they are not men enough to defend themselves. When they talk about the Jewish Holocaust, which they say was carried out by Hitler or whoever... It is all about more and more massacres. They come to be slaughtered. Take the Jews of the days of the Prophet Muhammad. The Jewish tribe of Banu Nadir shut themselves in their homes and said that they did not want to fight. Get out! Act like real men! Defend yourselves if you claim to be so brave! But they did not do that, and the Prophet Muhammad expelled them to Khaybar. The Jewish tribe of Banu Qaynuqa were immediately [sent] to Syria. The Jewish tribe of Banu Qurayza also shut themselves in their homes, even though there were many of them and they were armed. But they never dare to engage in confrontation. [The Quran says]: “You will surely find them, of all people, the most greedy for life.” And when Sa’d ibn Mu’adh ruled that their warriors should be killed, their women taken into slavery, and their property confiscated, they simply came like lambs to the slaughter.
The Prophet Muhammad said: “Judgment day will not come before the Muslims fight the Jews and kill them. But the trees and the rocks will say: Oh Muslim, oh servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.” What comes to your mind when you hear: “But the rocks and the trees will say...”? That the Jews immediately run away and hide behind rocks and trees. Allah said about them: “They will not fight you all, except from within the fortified cities or from behind walls.”
This is still happening today. Look at some of the confrontations that are taking place between the Jews in Palestine – may Allah liberate it soon – and the mujahideen there. You will find that the Jew is always behind his car, behind an armed vehicle, behind a wall, and so on. You will never find five Jews confronting five Palestinians, unless the Palestinians are children or unarmed. Even if the Palestinians are only armed with stones, the Jews will hide from them. This is the nature of the Jews. They cannot change it.