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Qubat al-Sakhar and al-Masjid al-Aqsa

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Submitted by dhimmi no more (United States), Nov 10, 2014 at 08:16

Dr. Pipes

Almost all Arabs call the Temple Mount the Quranic المسجد الاقصى (Q17:1) or al-Masjid al-Aqsa and almost all Arabs have no clue that المسجد الاقصى is really قبة الصخرة or Qubat al-Sakhara or the Dome of the Rock and المسجد القبلي or al-Masjid al-Qibli and Qibli or قبلي is from the word Qibla قبلى and the reason is Qubat al-Sakhara was supposed to be the site of the first Islamic Qibla (and the location of the Hajj before using Mecca as the site of the Islamic Hajj) and it is supposed to be the first Islamic Qibla or the site of the Temple Mount

The site is also called الحرم القدسي الشريف or al-Haram al-Qudsi al-Shareef (compare this with الحرم المكي الشريف or al-Haram al-Makki al-Shareef) but this term is not used often again because of Q17:1

And most Arabs are not familiar with Hebrew Har haMoria or Har haBayit

What is most surprising is that many Arabs are familiar with the Syriac name for Temple Mount and it is ܓܓܘܠܬܐ or Golgotha or the place of the skull

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Daniel Pipes replies:

I do not agree with this analysis. For mine, see the section on the Umayyads athttp://www.danielpipes.org/84/the-muslim-claim-to-jerusalem

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