Based in Ottawa, SesameSoft is an Islamic software company that spreads the teachings of Islam within the Muslim community and encourages the learning of the Quran and the Arabic language.
SesameSoft also provides daily hadiths, narrations describing the words, actions, or habits of the Islamic prophet Muhammad.
On April 6, 2017, CIJnews reported that the following hadith appeared on SesameSoft’s website:
Ahadith about Dajjal and Portents of the Hour
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah(PBUH) said, “The Last Hour will not come until the Muslims fight against the Jews, until a Jew will hide himself behind a stone or a tree, and the stone or the tree will say: `O Muslim, there is a Jew behind me. Come and kill him, but Al-Gharqad tree will not say so, for it is the tree of the Jews.”[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
Gharqad is a thorny plant which is well-known in the area of Palestine. Allah can bestow the power of speech to whatever thing He likes. When Allah wills, He will give mastery to the Muslims. He will help them even by means of plants and stones which will assist the Muslims against the Jews by informing them about the whereabouts of the Jews.
The Jews have predominance over the Muslims in spite of the fact that they are a minority. But according to this true narration, the situation will definitely change before the Day of Resurrection, and the Muslims will dominate the Jews. Allah is the Master and Rubb of everything.
370/1820 – Riyad Us-Saliheen (Gardens of the Righteous)
Revisiting SesameSoft’s website on April 13, 2017 revealed that the content of the page was replaced with following hadith:
Ahadith about Dajjal and Portents of the Hour
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “By Him in Whose Hand my soul is, the world will not come to an end until a man passes by a grave and will lie over it saying, `Would that I were in this grave (i.e., dead)! Not he will say so because of religious reasons but because of widespread mischief and severe trials of this world.”[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
There would be such disasters and agony in the world that people will prefer death to life under such conditions. This situation will arise before the Day of Resurrection, and the Day of Judgement will dawn on such wicked people.
Martin Sampson, Director of Communications and Marketing for the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), the advocacy arm of the Jewish Federations of Canada, told CIJnews the following:
“After learning through a CIJNews story about a hateful hadith published on a commercial website that said, among other things, “Muslim, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him”, CIJA contacted SesameSoft, the company in question, to register our serious concern. SesameSoft’s response was to suggest we did not understand the context of words. We did not accept their explanation and challenged their response. Reluctantly, and as “a good will gesture”, they eventually agreed to remove the hateful language. We remain concerned that a business operating in Canada would deem it appropriate to use an antisemitic hadith as a promotional tool for Islamic pedagogical products. This suggests a tolerance of Jew hatred in certain Canadian Muslim circles that is shocking and utterly unacceptable.”
See also: Ottawa company posts hadith: “O Muslim, there is a Jew behind me. Come and kill him” (click HERE)
Canadian Imams call Mohammad’s hadith on Jews “hate speech”
Imam Syed Soharwardy of Calgary, the head of the Calgary-based Islamic Supreme Council of Canada and the founder of Muslims Against Terrorism, is often invited by CBC as a guest expert to discuss issues related to terrorism and radicalization. He is introduced as a moderate voice in the Muslim community who “has worked to prevent the radicalization of youth in Canada.”
In response to CBC’s article entitled “Imam calling for Jews to be killed in sermon at Montreal mosque draws police complaint”, Soharwardy condemned the Imam for delivering a hateful sermon at a the mosque.
Soharwardy’s statement refers to the following part of CBC’s article:
In the video, the imam recites in Arabic the verse: “O Muslim, O servant of Allah, O Muslim, O servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.” CBC independently verified the speech and its translation. The controversial verse comes from a religious text known as a hadith, which interprets the words and actions by the Prophet Muhammad. The hadith in question deals with end times and tells how stones and trees will ask Muslims to come and kill Jews hiding behind them.
The following is Soharwardy’s Facebook post (March 27, 2017):
As I do not know this man I am not going to call him Imam. Every bearded man wearing robes and speaking at a mosque not necessarily an Imam. However, I strongly condemn this man and his hate speech. Muslims must stand up against such speakers and never invite them in mosques. In fact, such Muslim looking hatemongers are also responsible for the rise in Islamophobia.Just looking at his face I can guarantee this man hates Sunni (Sufis) and Shia Muslims too.
Other Canadian Imams also condemned the “hateful” sermon. The following is an excerpt from CBC’s report:
The president of the Muslim Council of Montreal, Salam Elmenyawi, wants to know why the imam was invited. He says the mosque should apologize. He added that the Dar Al-Arqam Mosque is not one of the more than 40 institutions the council represents.
Imam Ziad Asali of the Association of Islamic Charitable Projects told CBC Montreal’s Daybreak Thursday that he was also mystified as to why the cleric was invited to preach. “I do not understand how this person was invited to come and give a sermon and spread this hatred in Montreal against any community,” he said. The hadith is one of more than 100,000 that are written in many books, some of which are considered authentic, while others are not, said Asali. “To use the themes of the Prophet to spread hatred is actually something that is disrespectful towards the Prophet himself,” Asali said. There are mosques in Montreal, the imam said, that embrace a more extremist message. “These people, not only do they show hatred towards non-Muslims, they even show hatred to us Muslims,” he said.