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Al-aqsa mosque is Quran" (sic)

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Submitted by Lactantius (United Kingdom), Jan 9, 2006 at 04:35

Dear Ali

You say, "..........the mosque is known as Al-aqsa mosque which we all 'know' is in Jerusalem next to the dome of the rock................." and by quoting Yusuf Ali, Pickthall and Shakir's translation into English of Surah 17:001, think you have put "the farthest mosque" in Jerusalem.

The record of history shows that Muhammad died in 632 AD, that Muslim jihadists captured Jerusalem from the Byzantines in 638 AD, that Amir Abd-ul-Malik built the Dome of the Rock between 688 and 691 AD, and the Ummayads built Masjid al-Aqsa in 715 AD.

When Surah 17:001 was 'sent-down' ~621 AD, Palestine contained not a single mosque, was captured 17 years later in 638 AD, 6 years after Muhammad's death, the Dome of the Rock was built 56-59 years after Muhammad's death, 67-70 years after 17:001 was 'sent-down', and Masjid al- Aqsa was built 83 years after Muhammad's death, 94 years after 17:001 was 'sent-down.'

Islam's mythical and militant claim on Jerusalem is entirely without historical support or foundation. Islam comes way too late in history to lay claim to Jerusalem "The Holy City," it is on the wrong side of history, and I ask again Ali, In light of the above dates:-

What Temple did Muhammad visit, enter and pray at, before ascending to heaven?

Seeing that the Qur'an mentions a journey of Muhammad's to a mosque that did not exist during his lifetime, how can Surah 17:001 possibly have it, and Muhammad, In Jerusalem???


Yours Sincerely

Lactantius
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