Adolf Hitler on Islam and the Muslims
abridged from an essay by Sean “Suhaib” Jobst
24 April 2006
Islam remains the most misunderstood religion in the world. Even though a quarter of the world's population adheres to its doctrines, there is little honest debate on Islam since a pack of lies dominates all attention. So we Muslims are told that our religion is evil, blood-thirsty, and backward.
But many non-Muslims have rejected the propaganda of the Zionists, Orientalists, and Christian missionaries. Several of the greatest minds in European history have praised Islam, including Samuel Johnson, Johann Goethe, Comte de Gobineau, George Bernard Shaw, and Julius Evola. Another was that great statesman Adolf Hitler, who contrasted the spread of Islam with the results of Christianity:
"In those continents which were inhabited, failure has been even more marked. In them, the white races have imposed their will by force, and the influence they have had on the native inhabitants has been negligible; the Hindus have remained Hindus, the Chinese have remained Chinese, and the Moslems are still Moslems. There have been no profound transformations, and such changes as have occurred are less marked in the religious field, notwithstanding the tremendous efforts of the Christian missionaries, than in any other. There have been a few odd conversions the sincerity of which are open to considerable doubt - except, perhaps in the case of a few simpletons and mentally deficients. The white races did, of course, give some things to the natives, and they were the worst gifts that they could possibly have made, those plagues of our own modern world - materialism, fanaticism, alcoholism and syphilis. For the rest, since these peoples possessed qualities of their own which were superior to anything we could offer them, they have remained essentially unchanged. Where imposition by force was attempted, the results were even more disastrous, and common sense, realizing the futility of such measures, should preclude any recourse to their introduction. One solitary success must be conceded to the colonizers: everywhere they have succeeded in arousing hatred, a hatred that urges these peoples, awakened from their slumbers by us, to rise and drive us out. Indeed, it looks almost as though they had awakened solely and simply for that purpose! Can anyone assert that colonization has increased the number of Christians in the world? Where are those conversions en masse which mark the success of Islam? Here and there one finds isolated islets of Christians, Christians in name, that is, rather than by conviction; and that is the sum total of the successes of this magnificent Christian religion, the guardian of supreme Truth!"
This was a reiteration of his earlier statement in Mein Kampf. He was very impressed by Islam as he saw its great advances in Europe. By contrast, he saw the Christian church in disunity, losing "millions and millions of inward adherents" and ineffective in its overseas mission efforts:
"An examination of the religious situation before the War shows that the general process of disruption had extended to this sphere also. A great part of the nation itself had for a long time already ceased to have any convictions of a uniform and practical character in their ideological outlook on life. In this matter the point of primary importance was by no means the number of people who renounced their church membership but rather the widespread indifference. While the two Christian denominations maintained missions in Asia and Africa, for the purpose of securing new adherents at home in Europe. These former adherents either gave up religion wholly as a directive force in their lives or they adopted their own interpretation of it. The consequences of this were specially felt in the moral life of the country. In parentheses it may be remarked that the progress made by the missions in spreading the Christian Faith abroad was only quite modest in comparison with the spread of Mohammedanism."
This is an interesting observation and puts into perspective his later statement in his Political Testament. He contrasted Christianity with Islam, obviously favorable to the latter. The overwhelming attraction the holy city of Makkah had for Muslims, he sought to emulate for his own National Socialist movement:
"Only the existence of such a seat or centre, around which a magic charm such as that of Mecca or Rome is woven, can supply a movement with that permanent driving force which has its sources in the internal unity of the movement and the recognition of one head as representing this unity."
What would Hitler say today?
Unlike Islam, the Christian churches came to lose any uniform or practical worldview. While the former retained an amazing devotion from its adherents, this certainly was not the case with Christianity. He would no doubt deplore the decadence and moral decay in modern Europe, a trend he sought to reverse with his National Socialist movement. If he were alive today, Hitler would look upon favorably at the piety of the Muslim immigrants in Europe compared to the indigenous Christians.
Islam is the fastest-growing religion, not least because of its remarkable conversion rates. Given his true nationalist and progressive principles, the Führer would look upon the Muslims' larger birthrate and conversions as demonstrating the vitality of Islam.
He would look upon the mass immigration of Muslims into Europe as the fault of the European peoples themselves. Since they have lost any real noble cause to defend, once they abandoned the Aryan values of their ancestors and replaced this with a thoroughly decadent lifestyle.
He would view the situation in light of the European peoples' ignoring the biological laws, by preferring their comfortable materialist, hedonist, lifestyle to breeding and increasing their numbers. Finally, he would be brought to tears by the failure of its people to appreciate his efforts in throwing off the yoke of Jewry.
Hitler, who devoted so much and sacrificed greatly for the cause of his race and folk, would be disappointed at the failure of the vast majority of his kindred to live up to the Aryan Ideal he espoused. He would point out how values such as honor survives elsewhere, not among the modern Europeans. His attitude would be bitterness mixed with pity, for the situation of the world and the West in particular since 1945.
The Aryan vs. Jewish spirit
Adolf Hitler was of Catholic origin. But his attitude towards religion was complex. He firmly believed in the existence of God but rejected the distorted picture of Jesus (alayhi as-salam) as propagated by the Christian churches. Hitler frequently evoked Jesus' revolutionary struggle against injustice, especially that of the Jewish leadership. He repeatedly stressed how the true message of Jesus had become loss in the teachings of the churches. One fundamental difference was the striving for a Hereafter, and a deep concern for moral problems and social justice:
"In the Aryan mind no religion can ever be imagined unless it embodies the conviction that life in some form or other will continue after death. As a matter of fact, the Talmud is not a book that lays down principles according to which the individual should prepare for the life to come. It only furnishes rules for a practical and convenient life in this world.
"But the Jewish religious teaching is not concerned with moral problems. It is rather concerned with economic problems, and very petty ones at that. In regard to the moral value of the religious teaching of the Jews there exist and always have existed quite exhaustive studies....which show up the kind of religion that the Jews have in a light that makes it look very uncanny to the Aryan mind. The Jew himself is the best example of the kind of product which this religious training evolves. His life is of this world only and his mentality is as foreign to the true spirit of Christianity as his character was foreign to the great founder of this new creed two thousand years ago."
Because he sought to hold firm to the true teachings of Jesus (alayhi as-salam), he recognized that Islam contained those elements which the Judaized churches compromised. These include an honorable warrior spirit, actual yearning for the Hereafter, and a firm commitment to social justice.
Islam, a religion compatible for the Germanic peoples
Little wonder then that in his private conversations, Hitler spoke against Christianity and Judaism, expressing "a violent feeling of anger at the idea that some Germans were able to be taken in by theological doctrines devoid of any depth." He then contrasted these doctrines with "those of Confucius, of Buddha and of Mohammad," each of which provided spiritual "sustenance."
His conversations on a number of subjects were recorded by his closest confidants. One of these was Albert Speer, chief architect and Reich Minister of Armanents and Munitions, who quoted Hitler's regret the Germans accepted Christianity rather than religions which would have been more compatible to them:
"Hitler usually concluded this historical speculation by remarking: 'You see, it's been our misfortune to have the wrong religion. Why didn't we have the religion of the Japanese, who regard sacrifice for the Fatherland as the highest good? The Mohammedan religion too would have been much more compatible to us than Christianity. Why did it have to be Christianity with its meekness and flabbiness?'"
There was another aspect which several other National Socialist leaders discussed. This was the utterly violent manner in which Christianity subjugated the Aryan peoples to its creed. A rather dogmatic subject, although the descendants of these people like to forget and pretend Islam spread "by the sword"!
Yet another aspect which Hitler praised was the fact that Muslims preserved ancient texts and passed on knowledge which otherwise would have been lost. He noted the remarkable achievements of Islamic civilization in all fields. During a meeting at the Wehrwolf on the afternoon of 27th August 1942, the Führer said:
"It is only with the Roman empire where one can say that culture was a factor under the government. The government of the Arabs in Spain too was infinitely distinguished: many scientists, thinkers, astronomers, mathematicians, one of the most humane times, at the same time as a colossal knighthood. When, later, Christianity came there, then one can say: barbarians. The knighthood that the Castilians have is actually one of Arab heritage. If Charles Martel had not overcome in Poitiers: since the Jewish world already seized us - that Christianity is something well of insipid - we would have better received Mohammedanism, those doctrines of the reward of heroism - combatants alone have the seventh heaven! With that the Germans would have conquered the world. It is only by Christianity that we have been held distant."
Continuing on from the last part of this statement, the Führer made an interesting analysis of religion which alluded to Islamic practices, such as Ramadan, Wudhu (ritual ablutions), and Adhan. He also admired the Islamic conception of the Paradise, particularly its promises of sensual rewards:
"The instructions of a hygienic nature that most religions gave, contributed to the foundation of organised communities. The precepts ordering peoples to wash, to avoid certain drinks, to fast at appointed dates, to take exercise, to rise with the sun, to climb to the top of the minaret - all these were obligations invented by intelligent people. The exhortation to fight courageously is also self-explanatory. Observe, by the way, that, as a corollary, the Moslem was promised a paradise peopled with sensual girls, where wine flowed in streams - a real Earthly paradise. The Christians, on the other hand, declare themselves satisfied if after their death they are allowed to sing Hallelujahs! All these elements contributed to form human communities. It is to these private customs that Folks owe their present characters."
His support for the Islamic cause
Hitler was on the friendliest of terms with several distinguished Muslims, like Haj Amin al-Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Al-Quds, and the exiled Iraqi prime minister Rashid Ali al-Gailani. He was greatly admired throughout the Islamic world and received numerous telegrams of support from all sectors of society. Even before he became Führer, great Muslims like Shaykh Hasan al-Banna (rahimahullah) sent him letters of support.
He pursued a bold policy of supporting Muslim liberation movements, after the hostile British intentions became apparent. These include the Arab revolt in Palestine (1936-39) and the Iraqi independence rebellion (1941). He opened up or improved diplomatic and other relations with Islamic countries already independent, like Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Afghanistan.
The world is now witness to the utter hypocrisy and imperial hubris of the US government. Whether Iran's will to exercise its military right to self-defense or the Zionist activities in Palestine, it is only too obvious to the honest observer. In his Reichstag speech of 28th April 1939, the Führer gave a hard-hitting indictment of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's hypocrisy on the issues of Palestine and other subjugated nations:
"As for the fact, however, that one nation in Africa is alleged have lost its freedom – that too is but an error; for it is not a question of one nation in Africa having lost its freedom – on the contrary practically all the previous inhabitants of this continent have been made subject to the sovereignty of other nations by bloody force, thereby losing their freedom. Moroccans, Berbers, Arabs, Negroes, have all fallen victim to a foreign might, the swords of which, however, were not inscribed 'Made in Germany', but 'Made by the Democracies'.
"The fact has obviously escaped Mr. Roosevelt's notice that Palestine is at present occupied not by German troops but by the English; and that the country is having its liberty restricted by the most brutal resort to force, is being robbed of its independence and is suffering the cruellest maltreatment for the benefit of Jewish interlopers.
"The Arabs living in that country will therefore certainly not have complained to Mr. Roosevelt of German aggression, but they do voice a continuous appeal to the world, deploring the barbarous methods with which England is attempting to suppress a people which loves its freedom and is but defending it."
What a visionary! He anticipated the great colonial uprisings which would lead to the independence of dozens of countries. Due to his concern over their ambitions in Palestine, we can consider him one of the first anti-Zionist activists in Europe!
Little wonder, then, that he is seen in a very different light in Arab and Islamic countries. Little wonder that his armies were greeted as liberators in Muslim areas, such as Egypt or the Caucasus. Neither would it be any surprise to know thousands of Muslims - Arabs, Albanians, Bosnians, Chechens, Tatars, etc. - rallied to his cause by donning the uniforms of the Wehrmacht or Waffen-SS.
Contrary to all the lies which have been told about him, Hitler opposed imperialism. Certainly once the war began, he began actively doing so. He was far from being a racial supremacist, since he recognized all races had their own unique qualities. Neither did he seek a colonial empire - he merely wanted those areas which belonged to Germany historically.
Towards his last days, the Führer had time to contemplate a number of things. Increasingly, he spoke of his past mistakes and what would await the future. It was here where he expressed a number of sentiments we Muslims can truly appreciate. I conclude with some of these remarks:
"At the same time they would have had to renounce their pretentions in North Africa and the Near East; and that would have allowed Europe to pursue a bold policy of friendship towards Islam." - 4th February 1945
"The laws of nature follow a logic which does not necessarily always conform to our own ideas of logic. We ourselves were disposed to compromise. We were ready to throw our forces into the scales for the preservation of the British Empire; and all that, mark you, at a time when, to tell the truth, I feel much more sympathetically inclined to the lowliest Hindu than to any of these arrogant islanders. Later on, the Germans will be pleased that they did not make any contribution to the survival of an out-dated state of affairs for which the world of the future would have found it hard to forgive them." - 4th February 1945
"What we want is a Monroe doctrine in Europe. 'Europe for the Europeans!' a doctrine, the corollary of which should be that Europeans refrain from meddling in the affairs of other continents." - 7th February 1945
"Never, at any price, should we have put our money on France and against the peoples subjected to her yoke. On the contrary, we should have helped them to achieve their liberty and, if necessary, should have goaded them into doing so. There was nothing to stop us in 1940 from making a gesture of this sort in the Near East and in North Africa.... Our 'gentlemen' obviously preferred to maintain cordial relations with distinguished Frenchmen, rather than with a lot of hirsute revolutionaries, with a chorus of musical comedy officers, whose one idea was to cheat us, rather than with the Arabs, who would have been loyal partners for us." - 14th February 1945
"Our Italian ally has been a source of embarrassment to us everywhere. It was this alliance, for instance, which prevented us from pursuing a revolutionary policy in North Africa. In the nature of things, this territory was becoming an Italian preserve and it was as such that the Duce laid claim to it. Had we been on our own, we could have emancipated the Moslem countries dominated by France; and that would have had enormous repercussions in the Near East, dominated by Britain, and in Egypt. But with our fortunes linked to those of the Italians, the pursuit of such a policy was not possible. All Islam vibrated at the news of our victories. The Egyptians, the Iraqis and the whole of the Near East were all ready to rise in revolt. Just think that we could have done to help them, even to incite them, as would have been both our duty and in our own interest! But the presence of the Italians at our side paralysed us; it created a feeling of malaise among our Islamic friends, who inevitably saw in us accomplices, willing or unwilling, of their oppressors. For the Italians in these parts of the world are more bitterly hated, of course, than either the British or the French. The memories of the barbarous reprisals taken against the Senussi are still vivid. Then again the ridiculous pretensions of the Duce to be regarded as The Sword of Islam evokes the same sneering chuckle now as it did before the war. This title, which is fitting for Mahomed and a great conqueror like Omar, Mussolini caused to be conferred on himself by a few wretched brutes whom he had either bribed or terrorized into doing so. We had a great chance of pursuing a splendid policy with regard to Islam. But we missed the bus, as we missed it on several other occasions, thanks to our loyalty to the Italian alliance!
"In this theatre of operations, then, the Italians prevented us from playing our best card, the emancipation of the French subjects and the raising of the standard of revolt in the countries oppressed by the British. Such a policy would have aroused the enthusiasm of the whole of Islam. It is a characteristic of the Moslem world, from the shores of the Atlantic to those of the Pacific, that what affects one, for good or for evil, affects all....
"Further, this futile policy has allowed these hypocrites, the British, to pose, if you please, as liberators in Syria, in Cyrenaica and in Tripolitania!" - 17th February 1945
"While, therefore, it is not possible to adhere to rigid principles in dealing with foreign countries and one must always be prepared to adapt one's policy to the changing conditions, it can nevertheless be asserted with confidence that Germany will always recruit her staunchest friends from among those peoples who are actively resistant to Jewish contagion. I am sure that the Japanese, the Chinese and the peoples of Islam will always be closer to us than, for example, France, in spite of the fact that we are related by blood." - 2nd April 1945
1. The Political Testament of Adolf Hitler, 7th February 1945.
2. "Did Hitler Use Jesus To Justify His Actions?," http://muhammadanism.org/Inquiries/J...tler_jesus.htm
3. Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf. Translated by James Murphy. London: Hurst and Blackett Ltd., 1939, p. 152.
4. ibid., p. 197.
5. ibid., pp. 173-174.
6. Jean and Michel Angebert, The Occult and the Third Reich. New York: Macmillan, 1974, p. 246.
7. Albert Speer, Inside the Third Reich. New York: Macmillan, 1970, p. 96.
8. Rather, Islam spread due to its superior creed and sincere arguments. Jihad by the sword was always directed against the tyrants and oppressors, aimed at stopping injustice and removing all obstacles to the da'wah.
9. "Hitler and the Muslims," http://radioislam.org/hitler/islam.htm
10. Adolf Hitler's Monologe im Führerhauptquartier (Monologue with Headquarters of the Führer). Hamburg: Albrecht Knaus, 1980.
11. Hitler's Table Talk, 14th October 1941, midday.
12. Both Husseini and Gailani were of noble lineage: The direct descendants of the Prophet's grandson Hussein ibn Ali, and the medieval Islamic scholar Abdul-Qadir al-Jilani, respectively.
13. David Brockschmidt, "History Lessons from the Memory Hole - Let them eat their own words," http://adelaideinstitute.org/newsletters/n248.htm
14. Michael Walsh, "History Repeats Itself: Wise Words From Europe's Most Popular Statesman," http://ety.com/HRP/walshcomments/historyrepeat.htm
15. The Political Testament of Adolf Hitler, February - April 1945.
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