Why History Says Jerusalem Belongs to the Jews
It is the most controversial piece of real estate in the world — Jerusalem’s Temple Mount. It is the holiest site in Judaism and the third holiest in Islam.
Muslim tradition says that the prophet Muhammad travelled to the Al-Aqsa Mosque on his famous night journey and that tradition is the basis for the Palestinians’ claim to Jerusalem.
Arabs claim Jerusalem as the Islamic city of Al-Quds, but there’s no record to prove that the prophet Muhammad had ever been there. His armies didn’t arrive in the city until five years after his death.
The city of Jerusalem isn’t even mentioned in the Qu’ran. However, the Bible mentions the city of David more than 600 times.
In Muhammad’s lifetime, it was a fairly unimportant city in the Byzantine Empire. It was a Christian city without a single mosque.
On the spot where the Al-Aqsa mosque stands today stood the ruins of the Church of St. Mary of Justinian.
How Muslim Scholars and Conquerors Sought to Claim Jerusalem for Islam
So how could Muhammad’s famous night journey have taken him to a mosque in Jerusalem that was not built until after his death?
The Qu’ran says that Muhammad’s dream flight took him to Al-Aqsa, which means “the farthest place.” Early Islamic scholars interpreted this to mean a heavenly place or the courtyard of Allah.
This interpretation changed as Islam evolved into a political force. About 80 years, after Muhammad’s death, Muslim ruler Abd El-Wahd restored the church on the same site. He even kept the building’s basic structure, added a dome, then converted it into a mosque. He then named it Al-Aqsa, copying the name in the Qu’ran.
During the Crusades, the Muslim General Saladin changed Islamic tradition to strengthen the Muslim Claim to Jerusalem. He stated that Muhammad’s flight took him not to heaven, but to the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem.
Today, the Jewish Temple Mount is known as the third holiest site in Islam behind the Arabian cities of Mecca and Medina. Muslims believe that once they claim a piece of land, it belongs to Islam forever.
Muslims Have Acknowledged that Jerusalem is Full of Jewish History
Still, at the beginning of the 20th century, Islamic leaders acknowledged the Temple Mount’s Jewish history. In 1924, Jerusalem’s Supreme Islamic Council published a tourist pamphlet on the Temple Mount. Read More
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