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Destroying Idols

The move by Afghanistan’s religious leaders to destroy the idols of Buddhism is to be applauded. They offend the followers of monotheism, worshippers of the one true God, Creator and Sustainer of our universe, especially Jews and Moslems.

So who is ranged against the courageous Afghan move? It is the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the fundamentalist regime of Iran, the puritan kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the supreme authority of Al Azhar Imam of Cairo. President Hosni Mubarak tells the Afghans that Egypt has not destroyed the pharaonic idols. But the followers of these idols no longer exist, whereas Buddhism is thriving. The tradition of destroying idols goes back to Abraham, ancestor of both Jews and Arabs.

What makes Afghanistan head and shoulders above the rest of Islam? It is the Jewish connection of the Afghan people. "The Afghans have a tradition that they descend from the lost Ten Tribes. They were carried away by Buktunaser. In the book (Taaqati-Nasiri) a native book, it is stated that at the time of the Shansabi Dynasty there were a people called Bani Israel who settled in Ghor, S.E. of Herat, and about the year 622 CE (the Hegra took place that year) converted the Islam by a person called Qais or Kish, who led some Afghan nobles to Arabia to embrace Islam. Mohammed greeted him as "malik" (king) as he claimed descent through 47 generations from Saul. Qais died in 662 aged 87. All the modern chiefs of Afghanisatan claim descent from him. The Afghans still call themselves Beni-Israel. Their claim to Israeli-tish descent is allowed by most Mohammedan writers. King Amanullah Khan once stated they were of the tribe of Benjamin." (Jewish Encyclopaedia).

Additional references: Afghanistan (Khorasan in medieval Muslim and Hebrew sources). Early Karaite and Rabbinite biblical commentators regarded Khorasan as a location of the Ten Tribes of Israel. Afghanistan annals also trace the Hebrew origin of some of the Afghan tribes, in particular the Durrani, the Yussafzai and the Afridi to King Saul (Talut). This belief appears in the 17th century Afghan Chronicle, Makhzan-i-Afghan." (Enc. Jud.)

Naim Dangoor writes:

Years ago I went to the Afghan Embassy in London to enquire if it was known that the Afghan Royal Family was of Jewish origin. I was told they will find out. Six months later the Royal Family was toppled and the exiled Afghan king still lives in Italy.

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