AL-AQSA MOSQUE IN JERUSALEM IS NOT A HOLY SITE IN ISLAM!
Dr. Youssef Ziedan, an Egyptian Muslim, has created a firestorm with his comments, “Muslim Claims Over Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem Are Baseless.” According to Dr. Ziedan, Al-Aqsa Mosque did not exist when Mohammed made his legendary all-night-ride to the “further mosque.” According to Dr. Ziedan, it has been assumed in Islam, that the “further mosque” was Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, but that the text in the Koran does not name Al-Aqsa and that there is no proof that it was Al-Aqsa.
Dr. Ziedan believes that the “further mosque” was at the city of Ta’if toward the going down of the sun from Mecca. Another historian held to this position only 100 years or so from the time of Mohammed. Dr. Ziedan goes even further in his statements, that the assumption of the further mosque being Al-Aqsa has been disastrous, and calls it stubborn politics. The religious part of the conflict with Israel is intentionally political. Dr. Ziedan clearly questions the idea that Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa should be holy in Islam. He believes Egypt should even rethink its relationship with Israel in a good way, based upon this new idea. Go to this link http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Temple-Mount-in-Jewish-hands-The-Egyptian-intellectual-who-handed-over-al-Aksa-438173 to read about it for yourself.
Of course the Muslim establishment is very unhappy and using terms like heretic and the like. Many times when people question certain aspects of Islam, the Muslims start sharpening their knifes. They seem to be so insecure in what they believe. Dr. Ziedan has been fearless in putting forth his claims and why shouldn’t he be? He is an expert in the Arabic language and in the study of Islam and a highly respected intellectual in Egypt.
Think about it: Dr. Ziedan’s claims could lead the way to a whole new international perception concerning the Arab-Israeli conflict. It has been claimed by Muslims, that there are three holy sites: Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem. Mecca and Medina do not pose a problem since they are in far-off Saudi Arabia. The Jews do not care about what the Muslims do in Saudi Arabia. The Muslim claim that Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa are holy in Islam has caused great conflict. If the “further mosque” is not Al-Aqsa Mosque, then much of the temple mount can logically revert right back to Israeli control and Judaism. Logically speaking, the “Dome of the Rock” is the only remaining obstacle and it is not a mosque. It is merely a shrine that will have lost much of its significance if Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa are not holy in Islam.
Almighty YaHVeH will remove all obstacles to the rebuilding of His “Temple” in Jerusalem when He decides the time is right. All prophecies in the Holy Bible will be fulfilled without exception and we are living in exciting times. Stay tuned for further developments.
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