Here's something you might find amusing. Many of us know that the Muslim faith does not hold Jews in particularly high regard. Sure, we're People of the Book, and all that jazz, but really, when it comes down to it, guess which sons of apes and pigs get their heads chopped off for refusing to submit to Islam. No, really, guess. Hint: it's not the Quakers. From Wikipedia:
In the Muslim text Sahih Muslim, Book 041, Number 6985, the boxthorn, or gharqad (in arabic), is described as 'the tree of the Jews':
If you thought this post was about exposing Islam's genocidal wet dreams, you're wrong. We're going to focus on this tree that Muslims claim will protect the Jews - the Gharqad tree. Prior to seeing this Wiki, I thought the Gharqad tree was some mythical tree, but no, it translates directly to a Boxthorn tree. Actually, the Boxthorn are a number of tree species (more like shrubs?), about 90 in all. There's more about the Boxthorn, from the same Wikipedia entry:The last hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree and a stone or a tree would say: Muslim, oh the servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him; but the tree Gharqad would not say, for it is the tree of the Jews.
Boxthorn is mentioned in the biblical Book of Proverbs as besetting the paths of the wicked (Proverbs 22:5).Besetting? Like assailing, attacking? Let's go to the source. The "Book of Proverbs" - in Hebrew, Mishlei - was written by King Solomon, a ruler of Ancient Israel and son of King David, who needs no introductions, I hope.
Here's the English (unfortunately, I don't have the Hebrew handy) from Chabad.org, Mishlei 22:5:
5. Troops [and] snares are in the way of the perverse; he who preserves his soul will distance himself from them.And now the Rashi commentary, which comes out a bit fractious in this translation, I think.
Troops [and] snares: Heb. צנים, as in (Num. 33: 55) “troops (לצנינים) in your sides” ; (Ezek. 23:24) “And they will come upon you, a band (הצן),” an expression of bands and brigands.Obviously, from the English, it's not clear what all this has to do with the Boxthorn tree. I'll venture that the connection probably lies in the Hebrew, meaning that thorns and snares (which this tree is apparently known for) torment the wicked. Basically, people who make bad (spiritually wicked) decisions will face obstacles and negative consequences, symbolized by the thorns and snares of this tree, the Boxthorn.
Troops and snares: are hidden on the ways of the one who perverts his ways; i.e., torments are prepared for him.
he who preserves his soul will distance himself from them: He who is upright in his deeds will be saved from them.
So, the Muslims decided that this particular tree, the Gharqad, which is used synonymously in Mishlei by Solomon to refer to thorns and snares that torment wicked people, is the tree of the Jews. It is this tree, Islam says, which will protect the Jews against the Muslims on the Day of Judgment. A tree whose essence is to stumble and harass the wicked will protect the Jews from the Muslims. An interesting choice for "the tree of the Jews".