Friday, June 22, 2012


Replacement Theology

by Reb Akiva @ Mystical Paths

In my photo series from Kever Shmuel HaNavi (photos of the tomb of the biblical prophet Samuel), I took a few shots of the mosque part of the building and asked the question “why in the world are muslims building a mosque at the site of a Jewish biblical prophet?”

If the Xians built a church there, I could understand as it’s well known that the Catholic church built up a “replacement theology”. Replacement theology (or supersessionism) is the idea that the Xian (and specifically the Catholic) Church has "replaced" the Jewish people in God's plan of salvation as His chosen people.  “We may thus assert in utter confidence that the Jews will not return to their earlier situation, for they have committed the most abominable of crimes, in forming this conspiracy against (the xian man-god)…hence (Jerusalem) was necessarily destroyed, the Jewish nation was driven from its country, and another people was called by God to the blessed election.”

What was less familiar to me is that Islam does the same thing, except to BOTH Judaism and Xianity.  I found an imam and asked him.  He threw some of their textual quotes at me…

“We believe in (Islamic god name) and that which has been sent down to us and that which has been sent down to Ibrahim (Abraham), Isma'il (Ishmael), Ishaque (Isaac), Ya'qub (Jacob), and to Al-Asbat [the twelve sons of Ya'qub (Jacob)], and that which has been given to Musa (Moses) and 'Iesa (Jesus), and that which has been given to the Prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them.”

“And We bestowed on him [Ibrahim (Abraham)], Ishaque (Isaac) and Ya'qub (Jacob), and ordained among his offspring Prophethood and the Book [i.e. the Taurat (Torah) (to Musa - Moses), the Injeel (Gospel) (to 'Iesa - Jesus), the Qur'an (to Muhammad SAW), all from the offspring of Ibrahim (Abraham).”

So Islam claims the Torah and the Bible, though not as they’re written…

Imam – “In regards to the Bible/Old/New/Torah .. in Islam we are taught to neither believe nor disbelieve about what is mentioned therein. If something is confirmed in the Quran we take it as belief and true. If something is mentioned in the books and the Quran or the Prophet did not confirm nor negate it we do not take a position on it as absolute truth. And obviously if it contradicts the Quran and the sayings of the Prophet it is rejected.”

About this I think we have a saying from Pirke Avos (ethics of our fathers), ‘he who says “what’s yours is mine and what’s mine is mine, this is an evil man”.’


  1. I cannot wait for the day when we hear, "Anochi Hashem." It will then put this "matter" to rest....once and for all.
    Shabbat Shalom.

  2. the above comment is not from "Nechama Sarah" who sometimes posts under "Nechama".

  3. It is so clear that this is the end of times before Moshiach T'zdkeinu arrival (may he come immediately). The 'spiritual' war that the nations are now waging openly against the Bnei Yisrael is one of the most obvious signs. They are really panicking because those who lead them really know that only ours (Torat Yisrael-Emmes) is TRUTH but their kinah and sinah overtakes logic. But, TRUTH always wins out!

  4. You should know that it is the M.O. of Islam to mark other religious sites like a dog marks his territory. First they slaughter and sestroy the old chutrch or temple. Then yhey buila a mosque on top of it. Just ask the Hindus:

  5. The Ishmaelite form of Replacement Theology / Supersessionism is known as Tahrif* (meaning "distortion, corruption, alteration"), while their text says that their deity gave the Land of Israel to the Children of Israel at the same time they claim that the ancient Israelites were muslims / proto-muslims known as Hanif (meaning "Monotheist") though it is worth noting that the arabic word comes from the Syriac Hanpe meaning "Heathen".

    Anyway, can anyone think of a better more consise term for the Ishmaelite's Retrograde Replacement Theology / Pre-supersessionism (in English) that highlights the Ishmaelite claim of preceding both Judaism and Xianity?


  6. The Muslims do not respect us because we make the land filthy with secularism. If our government would talk religiously, it would be a different situation. Just notice that when the politicians actually do talk 'religiously', our deterrence increases.


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