Are Muslims anti-Semitic or anti-Zionist?

Are Muslims anti-Semitic or anti-Zionist?

Much of the discussion around anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism has been from a Western viewpoint, and whether intentionally or unintentionally this viewpoint is biased as Zionism is a Western manufactured idea. Therefore, the Muslim must stay clear of this biased position and reassess the discussion from an Islamic perspective.

Anti-Semitism is an overused phrase with several interpretations, some understand it as anything against Judaism and the Jewish people, whilst others extend it to criticism against the Israeli state. However, linguistically speaking anti-Semitism should be understood as discrimination against all Semitic people which includes the Arabs. Semites are people who’s ancestry can be traced back to Sām, the Prophet Nūḥ’s (ﷷﷵ) eldest son. This includes the Jews, Arabs, and Persians. Therefore, the claim that Arabs are anti-Semitic is inconceivable as this would be hatred against their own selves. However, if we take anti-Semitism to mean anti-Judaism or anti-Jewish, let’s ask ourselves, are Muslims anti-Jewish?

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