Muslims View on Holocaust

genocide Question:

As Muslims, what opinion should we hold of the Holocaust? Some religious people I know said that it was a good thing. Surely, Islam does not teach the mass murder of millions of people as a good thing?

As Muslims we are not allowed in Islam to condone holocaust, genocide, or murder of any people, regardless of their religious, ethnic or racial affiliations. Allah says, "For that cause We decreed for the Children of Israel that whosoever killeth a human being for other than man slaughter or corruption in the earth, it shall be as if be had killed all mankind, and whoso saveth the life of one, it shall be as if he had: saved the life of all mankind." (Al-Maidah: verse 32). The fact that they are Jews does not make any difference.

Islam does not fault the father for the crime of his son; nor the husband faulted for the sin of his wife or vice versa. As Allah says, "...Each soul earneth only on its own account, nor doth any laden bear another's load..." (Al-An'am: verse 164). Each person, therefore, is responsible for his/her own deeds. So targeting an entire race or ethnic group as it was done by Hitler is a crime against all of humanity not just against the Jews. In the same vein, we must affirm this as a universal, ethical imperative: For God's laws are universal; applicable to all times and places. Holocaust or genocide practiced against any people must be condemned. It is the duty of Muslims to side with the oppressed and persecuted regardless of their religious, racial or ethnic affiliations. Allah says, "O ye who believe! Be steadfast witnesses for Allah in equity, and let not hatred of any people seduce youthat ye deal not justly. Deal justly, that is nearer to your duty. Observe your duty to Allah. Lo! Allah is Informed of what ye do." (Al-Maidah: verse 8).

In light of the above, we must condemn holocaust, genocide or murder of any people, regardless of whether it is targeted against Jews, Muslims, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, etc, and regardless of whether they are Jews, Arabs or Palestinians, or black or white, yellow or brown, etc. This is God's immutable law as revealed to all of His Prophets from Adam to Muhammad, including Abraham, Moses, and Jesus, peace and blessings of God be upon them all.