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Was Hitler a Muslim? Did Hitler Praise Islam? Fact Check Says NO.

A lot of anti-Islamic websites are sharing the following “Adolf Hitler Quote” images. The images declare either that Adolf Hitler said “The only religion I respect is Islam, the only prophet I admire is Mohammed,” or that “By defending myself against the Jew, I am fighting for the work of of Allah.” These quotes seem to indicate that Adolf Hitler was a Muslim and praised Islam.

Are these quotes real?

I’ll cut right to the chase:

Fake Hitler Muslim Quote #1

Fake Hitler Muslim Quote

Fake Hitler Muslim Quote NOT found in Mein Kampf

They’re fakes. You can read Hitler’s Mein Kampf for yourself, and if you do you’ll be alternately bored stiff and horrified, but you’ll never find the quote supposed above.

As for the other quote, I challenge you to find the original source document. Not a secondary document. Not someone on a web page cutting and pasting this quote and referring to a supposed original source document — I want you to find the actual original source document that shows Hitler says this. You won’t be able to do it, because there is no such original source document showing this. Some of the web rumors source this quote to a supposed book by Kevin Coogan published in 2002, but as the Google Ngrams database of the text of millions of books shows, the phrase is just not showing up in any book, even going all the way back to before World War II:

Google Ngrams Search shows this phrase from a supposed Hitler quote exists in no book from 1900 to 2008

The quotes are bunk, whipped up by someone who wants to tell a story that connects Islam to Nazism, that makes it easier for you to hate Muslims as Hitler’s supposed modern-day favored ones. Whoever whipped up the quotes wants to use falsehood to smear over the truth that Hitler was raised Christian, that Hitler went to schools with Christian instruction as an child, that Hitler identified as Christian as an adult, and that Hitler used Christian religious imagery in his language right up to and during the year he committed suicide and had his body burned.

Gott Mit Uns Emblem -- Nazism was steeped in Christian rhetoric Hitler shaking a Christian cleric's hand

Given the magnitude and the horror of what Adolf Hitler and the German nation actually did, the actually of his allegiance and Nazi Germany’s allegiance to the Christian religion is an uncomfortable truth that is important to acknowledge and consider.

9 thoughts on “Was Hitler a Muslim? Did Hitler Praise Islam? Fact Check Says NO.”

  1. Dave says:

    Jim, you are right to point out the fallacy that Islam had any great influence on Hitler. What might be missing is the influence Hitler had on the followers of Islam. “Islamic-Jewish Relations” in Wikipedia has many hours of reading on the subject if one follows all the footnotes and links. There was even an SS division made up entirely of Muslims.

  2. Øyvind says:

    This news report from Bayerischer Rundfunk explains in detail the cooperation between the Nazis and the Muslim Arab leaders during WW2.

    Is all this wrong to?

    1. Jim Cook says:

      When has a Wiki ever been wrong? 😉

    2. 1984 says:

      The main reason was not because they had similar ideology, but rather that the Nazis had no problem with Arabic self-rule unlike say England.
      Finland allied itself with the Nazis to get rid of the Bolsheviks too, they didn’t agree ideologically either.

  3. kyrian umunnakwe says:

    just speechless for now,till the further notice

  4. ali says:

    Hitler may be brought up as a Christian but his views about Christianity was not good. He saw Christianity as a weak religion where as Islam as a strong religion which favors conquests and subjogation. Also his distaste of Jews was anly parallelled to muslim view of infidels. That is why Muslim volunteered to fight for Nazis all around the Balkans and even Middle East.

  5. Arlen Williams says:

    It is false to say, Adolf Hitler held an allegiance to Christianity. A follower of Nietzsche and other atheist post-enlightenment philosophers, Hitler lamented Christianity’s spread in Europe, tried to revise it under Nazism and reflected upon eradicating it. Do your research, author.

    1. J Clifford says:

      “Reflected upon eradicating it”?!? Seriously, Arlen, that’s about the weakest argument I can imagine. That’s like saying, “One day, Hitler wondered what might happen if Christianity was eradicated.”

      When you write that Hitler “tried to revise” Christianity, you ought to acknowledge that the form of this revision was to make Christianity the state religion of the Nazis. He collaborated with the Pope, and used Christian churches to target Jews and spread his propaganda.

      Belt buckles on the uniforms of Nazi soldiers carried the motto “God is with us.”

      Adolf Hitler ended his life identifying as a Christian with Germany burning around him.

      To the extent that Hitler followed Nietzsche, it wasn’t for the sake of atheism, but for Nietzsche’s ideas about power and hatred of Jews.

      You do your research, Arlen, and then see how you do on our quiz: Quotes on Religion: 2016 Presidential Candidate or Adolf Hitler?

    2. Jim Cook says:

      Read Ian Kershaw’s well-received biography of Hitler, Arlen. It’s called Hubris, and it documents Hitler’s extensive ties to Christianity.

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