2nd December 2012
Hatred: jihadists today routinely refer to Jews as apes and pigs. This idea is rooted in Qur’an 2:63-66; 5:59-60; and 7:166. Here is 2:63-66:
And when We took compact with you, and raised above you the Mount: ‘Take forcefully what We have given you, and remember what is in it; haply you shall be godfearing.’ Then you turned away thereafter, and but for the bounty and mercy of God towards you, you had been of the losers. And well you know there were those among you that transgressed the Sabbath, and We said to them, ‘Be you apes, miserably slinking!’ And We made it a punishment exemplary for all the former times and for the latter, and an admonition to such as are godfearing.
Traditionally in Islamic theology these passages have not been considered to apply to all Jews. Ibn Abbas says that “those who violated the sanctity of the Sabbath were turned into monkeys, then they perished without offspring.” Others, however, such as the early Islamic scholar Ibn Qutaiba, held that today’s apes are the descendants of the Sabbath-breaking Jews.