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What about 3:96 of the Holy Quran?

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Submitted by Mohideen Ibramsha (United States), Jun 23, 2006 at 07:07

"The Masjid Al-Aqsa" cannot refer to the Throne of Allah SWT in view of Verse 96 of Chapter 3 of the Holy Quran.

From http://www.searchtruth.com/chapter_display_all.php?chapter=3&from_verse=96&to_verse=96&mac=&translation_setting=1&show_transliteration=1&show_yusufali=1&show_shakir=1&show_pickthal=1&show_mkhan=1 we get:

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Transliteration 96:

Inna awwala baytin wudiAAa lilnnasi lallathee bibakkata mubarakan wahudan lilAAalameena

Yusuf Ali 96:

The first House (of worship) appointed for men was that at Bakka: Full of blessing and of guidance for all kinds of beings:

Shakir 96:

Most surely the first house appointed for men is the one at Bekka, blessed and a guidance for the nations.

Pickthal 96:

Lo! the first Sanctuary appointed for mankind was that at Becca, a blessed place, a guidance to the peoples;

M. Khan 96:

Verily, the first House (of worship) appointed for mankind was that at Bakkah (Makkah), full of blessing, and a guidance for Al-Alameen (the mankind and jinns).

If "Masjid-Al-Aqsa" were to refer to the Throne of Allah SWT, Makkah cannot be the first house of worship. The only meaning to "Masjid-Al-Aqsa" that satisfies both 3:96 and 17:1 is that the "Masjid-Al-Aqsa" refers to the Masjid built by Prophets Abraham and Isaac, peace be upon them, at Jerusalem.

It is unfortunate that David does not believe in the Traditions. The quote below is for David and others. We hope David starts believing in the Traditions.

From http://www.searchtruth.com/searchHadith.php?keyword=years construction&translator=1&search=1&book=&start=0&records_display=10&search_word=all we find:

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Narrated Abu Dhar: I said, "O Allah's Apostle! Which mosque was first built on the surface of the earth?" He said, "Al-Masjid-ul-,Haram (in Mecca)." I said, "Which was built next?" He replied "The mosque of Al-Aqsa ( in Jerusalem) ." I said, "What was the period of construction between the two?" He said, "Forty years." He added, "Wherever (you may be, and) the prayer time becomes due, perform the prayer there, for the best thing is to do so (i.e. to offer the prayers in time)." (Book #55, Hadith #585) (Sahih Bukhari)

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