Where is the furthest mosque ?
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Submitted by Greval (Switzerland), Aug 12, 2016 at 10:50
Muslim Claim to Jerusalem is Taqijja/Deceit
Jerusalem is never mentioned in the Qur'an. In contrast, it is mentioned 823 times in the Bible, and Zion (which usually means Jerusalem, and sometimes "the Land of Israel"), appears 161 times. Of the 823 mentions of Jerusalem by name in the Bible, 669 of them are in the Old Testament, and 154 times in the New Testament. The Jews are the indigenous people of Jerusalem.
The Qur'an refers to Muhammad's alleged "night journey" (isra) as follows:-"Glory to (Allah) Who did take his servant for a journey by night from the Sacred Mosque (in Mecca) to the farthest mosque-------------" (Subhana allathee asra biAAabdihi laylan mina almasjidi alharami ila almasjidi al-aqsa allathee barakna hawlahu linuriyahu min ayatina innahu huwa alssameeAAu albaseeru"). The claim of being "a holy place" is based on this dream described in the Koran. In the dream, Mohammed "visited" a place referred to as masjid el-aksa, which means "the farthest mosque".
But the El Aksa Mosque in Jerusalem was built about a hundred years after Mohammed. In Mohammed's time, Jerusalem was ruled by the Byzantine Christians, and there were no mosques at all in Jerusalem, not on the Temple Mount or anywhere else. So obviously, Mohammed couldn't have dreamed about a mosque that didn't exist.
Surah 17:001 When this Surah was revealed ~621AD, the Sacred Mosque already existed in Mecca, but where was "the farthest mosque?" Palestine had not yet been conquered by the Muslims, and contained not a single mosque.
Then in AD 715, to build up the prestige of their dominions, the Umayyads built a second mosque on the Temple Mount, and called this one the farthest mosque (al-masjid al aqsa). With this, the Umayyads retroactively gave Jerusalem a role in Muhammad's life, and inserted Jerusalem post hoc into the Qur'an, thus making it more important to Islam. By pretending that "the farthest mosque" was in Jerusalem, then Muhammad's "night " and his subsequent ascension to heaven (mi'raj) also took place on the Temple Mount.
Muslims have made enormous efforts to deny the Jewish link to Jerusalem. Between 1948 and 1967, when Islamic forces controlled the City of Jerusalem, there was a systematic campaign to erase the historic Jewish presence. Synagogues were destroyed and ancient Jewish gravestones carted away to try and cover up the historic Jewish connect to Jerusalem.
This neglect came to an abrupt end after June 1967, when the Old City came under Israeli control.
Then, Palestinians again made Jerusalem the centerpiece of their political program to create problems.
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