I dare not call you, the Jewish Rabbi, by your proper name because I am afraid. I am afraid of your blame for the Hamas and Islamic Jihad organizations. You will immediately say that they have been brazen and provocative in launching hundreds of rockets on the state of Israel. Therefore, Israel has the right for self-defense, even if it means killing innocent men and children in Gaza Strip.
I am afraid of you, the Christian clergy, because you will say that a bloody dispute about Jerusalem is the matter between extreme Jews and Muslimas. They are both to be blamed for the lack of their love to each other. However, we support the Jews in the Holy Land because we see it as a repentance for our guilt of the Holocaust.
I am not afraid of you, the Muslim scholar, because I know that you are afraid to say it loud how you feel in your heart and what you know in your mind. You feel embowered because you are unable to help your Palestinian bothers reach out a just and permanent peace of mind in the Holy Land, and you know that the stone defense vis-à-vis guns and rockets is not enough to secure safety of the Aqsa Mosque.
However, my dear bothers and friends, I am not afraid to warn you as loud as I can on God’s eternal warning in the Holly Books:
Thou shalt not kill (KJV) (LXX; οὐ φονεύσεις), You shall not murder (Hebrew: לֹא תִּרְצָח ; lo tirṣaḥ) or You shall not kill (RSV)! (The Torah, Exodus 20:13)
Q. What does this mean?
A. We should fear and love God so that we may not hurt or harm our neighbour in his body, but help and befriend him in every bodily need [in every need and danger of life and body]. (Martin Luther, The Small Catechism, The Fifth Commandment .
Adam was created alone to teach you that whoever takes a human life is considered by the Bible to have destroyed an entire world. And whoever saves a human life is considered by the Bible as if he preserved an entire world (Sanhedrin 4.5).
We decreed upon the Children of Israel that whoever kills an innocent man … it is as if he had slain the whole humanity. And whoever saves one man – it is as if he had saved the whole humanity (Qu’ran Sura V.32).
Isn’t this an eternal moral imperative for everyone and everywhere, especially in the Holy Land? Of course, it is. Why, then, it is not applied just in the Holy Land?
Is it because the people’s hearts in the Holy Land became hardened like stones, or even yet harder; for there are stones from which rivers come gushing, and others split, so that water issues from them, and others crash down in the fear of God? They should know that God is not heedless of the things they do.
But are we, my brothers and friends, heedless of the things hawk generals do today against the innocent men and children over Gaz Strip?
Say whatever you like, but I will say that we have no right to claim that you are sincere and honest readers of the Holy Book. As far as the Holy Land is concerned, you (we), Jewish Rabbis, Christian Clergy and Muslim Scholars, are an example of those who were ordered to bear the responsibility and raise their loud voice against killing innocent men and children but they failed to do so. Therefore, they became like a donkey that carries a load of books of no use to them. Indeed, evil is the example of those who have ignored God’s words. God does not like the wrongdoing people.
Instead of rightly guiding and stopping the hawk generals from killing the innocent, the hawk generals are misguiding and stopping you from saving the innocent, which would be as if you had saved the whole humanity.
Are you really so blind not to see that right now before your own eyes the whole humanity is being slain as many innocent men and children are being slain alive dozens of times?
Don’t you ask yourselves how human conscience is going to survive provided that there is still a human conscience at all?
Dear honorable heirs of the Torah (the Old Testament), the Gospel (The New Testament) and the Qur’an (the Last Testament) if this letter of heart reaches you, think of the innocent men and children that are being killed today in the Holy Land, think of what you should do to save the innocent so that you may say that you had saved the whole humanity. Otherwise, the whole humanity is being slain in the Holy Land, which might not be anymore the Holly but Unholy.
May God save the children of Ibrahim/Abraham from that anathema! Amin!
Mustafa Ceric, Ph.D.
Grand Mufti Emeritus of Bosnia