As Zulfat Suara was sworn into her position on the Metro Nashville Council, another Muslim opened the celebration with a prayer.
Please don’t let me be like the Christians or the Jews”, is the verse in the Al-Fatihah recited by Muslims. If they complete all five daily prayers, they will have recited the Al-Fatihah multiple times in the same day.
Authoritative Islamic scholars refer to the Al-Fatihah, the first chapter of the Quran, as containing “the meanings of the entire Qur’an”. The Al-Fatihah is considered so central to a Muslim’s prayer that if it is not recited, any and all other prayer is considered invalid.
“In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful,
All praise and thanks be to Allah, the Lord of all that exists,
the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful,
the Owner of the Day of Recompense.
You we worship, and You we ask for help.
Guide us to the straight path,
The way of those upon whom You have bestowed Your Grace, not (that) of those who
earned your anger nor of those who went astray.”
Jews “earned your anger” and Christians are “those who went astray”
Ibn Kathir was a highly respected Muslim scholar (1301 CE – 1373 CE) credited with writing a commentary on the Quran that has been translated into several languages, including English. This commentary titled “Tafsir al-Qur’an al-Adhim” is reported to be popular because it uses the hadiths (sayings of Muhammad) to help explain the Quran. Ibn Kathir’s commentary explains the meaning of the last verse of the Al-Fatihah daily prayer that demeans and denounces Jews and Christians as follows:
“Not (the way) of those who earned Your anger, nor of those who went astray, meaning:
These two paths are the paths of the Christians and Jews, a fact that the believer should beware of so that he avoids them. The path of the believers is knowledge of the truth and abiding by it. In comparison, the Jews abandoned practicing the religion, while the Christians lost the true knowledge. This is why `anger’ descended upon the Jews, while being described as `led astray’ is more appropriate of the Christians. Those who know, but avoid implementing the truth, deserve the anger, unlike those who are ignorant. The Christians want to seek the true knowledge, but are unable to find it because they did not seek it from its proper resources. This is why they were led astray. We should also mention that both the Christians and the Jews have earned the anger and are led astray, but the anger is one of the attributes more particular of the Jews.” Quran Surah (Sura) Fatihah Tafsir Ibn Kathir
No longer do Islamists hide their disdain for non believers. Imagine a prayer, recited at least 5 times a day, asking their god guide them as to not be like Christians and Jews. This is not only hypocritical, this is extremely offensive. It is one thing to be sworn in on a book that pledges allegiance to Allah’s law, but reciting a prayer denigrating Jews and Christians is quite another. When will this end? When we stop it. Every elected state level official needs to hear about this and publicly condemn it. This is no different that the Antisemitism spewed by Jew haters Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib.
So many ask “what can we do?”…contact your House and Senate members now. That is what you can do.