Sheikh Mansour Al-Rifa'i 'Ubeid, formerly Egypt's Under Secretary for Religious Affairs in charge of mosques and the Koran, wrote an article in the religious weekly Aqidati, which is published by the official Egyptian daily Al-Gumhuriya. The article titled "Treason and Deception are in Their Blood," attacks Jews. The following are excerpts from the article:(1)
"The Jews lived their whole lives in a nest of corruption, propagating vile and fighting virtue. Therefore, Allah - through the Prophets - cursed them throughout time because they constantly propagated treason, be it their way of life and their way of dealing with people... They worship and venerate money, using it to breed depravity and to raze values. Because of this Allah, be He praised, said [Koran 5: 78-79]: 'The heretics among the Israelites were cursed by David and by Jesus the son of Mary because they rebelled and acted violently. They did not counsel each other from committing evil, but [indeed] did it and therefore their deeds are sinful.' Allah be He praised, did not curse all the Jews, since there is a group amongst them that has known Allah and believed in Him... Some of the Jews, though a minority, have decency and conscience.
"Among the [Jews'] foolhardy acts and false claims is their saying: 'We have no obligation towards the gentiles.' [Koran 3: 75] Meaning, anyone who is not Jewish... has no rights and his money is fair game. [So] a Jew will not be condemned nor punished if he attacks a gentile. [And] if a gentile entrusts a Jew with money, and the Jew appropriates it - it is [considered] his right. Furthermore, according to them [i.e. the Jews], they [even] thank him for his deed, because the Jews are used to disavow the gentiles' deposits. They know that the Torah instructed them to deal [honestly] with deposits but their deplorable nature and their selfishness make them twist the words of the Torah according to their wishes.
"They smear Allah with lies, and they know it. Allah explained that in His words [Koran 3: 75] 'Among the people of the book there are those whom if you entrust with a loaf [money] they will return it to you, and there are those whom if you entrust with one Dinar, will not return it to you unless you keep asking for it, because they say: We have no obligation towards the gentiles.'
"The Jews say: If we deplete the gentiles' money and treat them aggressively, Allah will forgive us and we will not be punished, because we are His sons and His most beloved.
"To this, the Koran said to them: 'You delight in earthly pleasures, [but] they are [just] fleeting and pitiable vanities. You say that you are Allah's sons and His most beloved [Koran 5: 18], but your souls are decadent and your deeds are immoral and you take bribes and wickedly rob orphans' money and delight in earthly pleasures.
"Therefore, Ibn Katheer's commentaries on the Koran say: '...When one of the Israelites was asked to sit in judgment, he took bribes. He was asked: How can you accept [a] bribe in judgment? And he answered: I shall be forgiven. Other Israelites condemned his deeds, but if he died or was removed from his position and was replaced by one of those who condemned him, that one [too] took bribes.'
"In Al-Qurtubi's commentaries on the Koran it was said: 'When a person with rightful claims paid them [i.e. the Israelite judges] a bribe, they brought out Allah's book and came up with a verdict in his favor, and when a liar, who had no rightful claim came to them they accepted his bribe and brought out the book that they wrote themselves and rendered a verdict in his favor.' They took bribes and coveted earthly pleasures and the Koran rebuked them clearly in one of the verses [Koran 7: 169]...
"Indeed, trickery is in the nature of the Jews, and they will never [be able to] get rid of it, therefore we have to be wary of them when we deal with them in commerce or anything else. There is venom in the serpent's son [i.e. the Jew] and he spits it on friend and foe alike. No Jew knows a beautiful friendship, but only his own interest. That is why they abrogated agreements and covenants and did not honor a friend's right. They are what was said about them [Koran 9: 10] 'They do not honor a pledge or a covenant that they gave to a believer [Muslim].'"
(1) Aqidati (Egypt), October 14, 2003.