ZOA to Biden: Apologize/Retract Your Reciting Hadith Extolling “Sharia Vigilantism” & Violent Jihad at Muslim Votes Summit
News Press Release
August 17, 2020

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Zionist Organization of America president Morton A. Klein and Chair Mark Levenson, Esq. released the following statement: 

The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) previously noticed a particularly unusual statement made by former VP Joe Biden, during his appearance on July 20, 2020 at the “Million Muslim Votes Sumit” alongside a “who’s who” of the worst antisemitic Israel-bashers in the United States. At this Muslim Summit, both VP Joe Biden and CAIR’s Nihad Awad (who openly declared his support for Hamas) recited the following Islamic Hadith:

Hadith from the prophet Muhammad, instructs, ‘Whomever among you sees wrong, let him change it with his hand. If he is not able, then with his tongue. If he is not able, then with his heart.’ [Imam Nawawi Hadith 40]” (VP Joe Biden at approx. minute 59:00)

[The same Hadith was also invoked by Nihad Awad twice, at minutes 01:06:01 and 30:19.]

However, we didn’t previously write about the Hadith that Biden and Nihad Awad recited, because we were unsure of the Hadith’s meaning in Islam. We have now heard from Islam experts.

According to our discussions with and the writings of Islam experts Dr. Andrew Bostom and Robert Spencer, the Islamic Hadith that Biden recited prioritizes various forms of Jihad, as follows: The highest form of Jihad is with the hand – meaning the sword. The next highest form of Jihad is with the tongue, and the least highest form of Jihad is simply belief in one’s heart. (See, e.g., Islam Apologist . . . Errantly Invokes a Canonical Hadith Giving Priority to Jihad of the Sword,” by Dr. Andrew Bostom, Oct. 14, 2014.) Dr. Bostom is the author of scholarly books on Islamic JihadIslamic Antisemitism, and Islamic Totalitarianism and Sharia.

In addition, Islam expert and former Muslim, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Fellow at the Hoover Institute at Stanford University, in a recent appearance on Tucker Carlson, similarly explained that what Biden is doing by quoting this Islamic Hadith, which Muslims clearly understand, is “enforcing Sharia law and it is vigilantism on steroids. . . [Biden is saying] Let’s enforce Sharia law. . . . I’m alarmed. . . . He is enforcing Sharia law. . . Sharia vigilantism.” 

Similar to Dr. Bostom, Ms. Hirsi Ali also noted that in the Hadith that Biden quoted, the word “hand” can refer to the sword, or other violent means such as firearms, or improvised explosive devices (IEDs), including the explosive-filled pressure cooker used by Islamists to kill and maim runners and bystanders at the Boston Marathon massacre in 2013. Ms. Hirsi Ali also noted that organized Muslim Brotherhood groups were behind the Muslim Summit. (See video at Ayaan Hirsi Ali calls out Biden for quoting Muhammad pronouncing Sharia law in remarks to Muslim voters,” Fox News, Aug. 12, 2020.)

Ayaan Hirsi Ali called for Joe Biden to apologize, saying: “Joe Biden should come out and apologize profusely to the American people, especially to those American Muslims who have adopted and embraced the foundational principles of America.”

ZOA agrees, and likewise calls for VP Joe Biden to strongly apologize for reciting a Hadith that promotes Sharia and violence.  

ZOA also reiterates our demand that VP Joe Biden needs to apologize for appearing at the “Million Muslim Votes Summit” alongside virulent Jew-haters and Israel-bashers, includingLinda Sarsour (who says that throwing rocks at Israelis is “the definition of courage,” proudly stood with a terrorist who murdered young Jews, and said Zionists will not be allowed at her recent rally and called for people to be constantly out on the streets to oppose Israel); Ilhan Omar (who calls Israel “evil,” accused Jews of buying Congress, promotes pro-BDS legislation in Congress, and compares boycotting Israel to boycotting Nazis); Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) founder Salam al-Marayati (who praises Hezbollah and calls for Israel’s destruction); and the Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR) (an unindicted co-conspirator for funding Hamas) Executive Director Nihad Awad (who openly declared his support for Hamas and promotes policies that seek Israel’s destruction). Would Joe Biden ever have appeared at a conference where David Duke and other White Supremacists and Black-hating racists were prominently in attendance? Of course not. Then why has he appeared with-Jew haters and Israel-haters in prominent attendance? 

Further, ZOA reiterates our demand that VP Joe Biden needs to apologize for and retract a host of hostile-to-Israel-and-America and unconstitutional policies that Biden announced at the Million Muslim Votes Summit and in Biden’s written statement to the Summit organizers. Biden’s dangerous announced policies include: resuming the flow of American tax dollars to the terrorist dictatorship of the Palestinian Authority which promoted its “pay to slay” payments to murder Jews and Americans; reinstating the catastrophic Iran deal; rejoining the antisemitic Israel-bashing UN Human Rights Council; condemning moderate Arab leaders of Egypt and Saudi Arabia; “pressing Israel” not to invoke her sovereign rights in Judea/Samaria; “opposing settlement expansion” (meaning opposing Jewish homes on historic Jewish lands; As VP, Biden even opposed Jewish home building in Jerusalem); “championing” Palestinian-Arab [non-existent] “rights” to a [terror] state; ending travel restrictions from terrorist countries that keep Americans safe from un-vettable and likely Jew-hating migrants “on day one”;and teaching the Islamic faith in American schools, violating separation of church and state. 

See “ZOA to Biden: Apologize for Joining Jew-Haters Linda Sarsour, Rep. Omar, Salam Al-Marayati, Nihad Awad at “Muslim Summit”:  ZOA Urges Biden: Reject Endorsements of Jew Haters/Israel Haters Omar, Ellison and Carson; and Retract Your Anti-Israel Policies,” July 23, 2020.

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