Tuesday, January 11, 2005
Jerusalem -- It is better to convert Jews and Christians to Islam than to kill them, Saudi Cleric 'Aed Al-Qarni said on Saudi Iqra television on Sunday. "The Prophet Muhammad, as is said in the Hadith, sent Ali to the Jews -- to the Jews, the brothers of apes and pigs -- to fight them," Al-Qarni said, according to a translation provided by the Middle East Media Research Institute on Tuesday. "Ali, being so brave and daring, thought he was sent to behead them. The Prophet Muhammad told him that it was better to guide them to the righteous path than to kill them... By Allah, if you guide a Jew or a Christian to the righteous path it is better than slaughtering one or two thousand of them on the battlefield," he said. Islam considers all non-Muslims to be infidels.