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Submitted by darkflighter100 (United States), Mar 24, 2007 at 22:52

I think a phrase that is known too well in my neighbourhood (my block is very much interested in World Issues) regarding the matter of Jerusalem's fate is "who cares?" As a Muslim, I believe that Jerusalem is a sacred city and the Al-Aqsa Mosque to be a very holy place of worship. But I also believe in the idea that this city is just as holy to a Muslim (as the Prophet Muhammed (Peace Be Upon Him) ascended and descended from Heaven there) as it is for a Christian (Christians believe Jesus Christ (PBUH) was crucified in Jerusalem) or a Jew (the very Foundation Stone on the Temple Mount is where Jews believe Abraham passed God's test to see if he'd sacrifice his son (Peace Be Upon Them Both)). Since this dispute's gone long out of hand as to who truly owns this Holy piece of land, it is safe to say in my opinion that the United Nations is doing a good job of regulating the situation, although I think that they should re-consider the idea of Jerualem being "internationalized"; everyone - Jews, Christians, and Muslims - would get a piece of the Holy pie, but would not exclusive to them.

There's another point that I have been dying to make lately; Everytime I look through blogs and responses like these throughout the Internet that involves an issue between Muslims and Jews, Muslims and Christians, Christians and Jews, and everything in between, it always has the SAME theme to them: "It is Us Versus Them". It is 2007 and we STILL have issues about religious tolerance even though throughout World History, we've overcome things from the Crusades to the Holocaust. People need to grow up and accept that the world is mixing and there's nothing anyone can do about it. This "Us Vs. Them" additude needs to stop because that argument won't work for long. I realize that my faith has been misconstrued in most of the Media lately, and that Islam is just the flavour of the decade (I really belive that after the occurance of 9/11, Most American non-Muslims woke up and "suddenly" became Islamic scholars and had something to say about Islam even though most of what is being said is blatently taken out of context. For Muslims reading this, they'll definitely know what I mean), like Christianity in its first three centuries and Judaism for the longest time. Interfaith dialogue needs to be used more often. For those reading this article, I encourage you to learn more about other faiths not like your own; it will broaden your mind and sharpen your opinions. If you're a Christian, go to your local Mosque and talk to the Imam or the Synagogue and to its local rabbi and learn more of their faiths, and vise-versa-versa. I go to a Catholic university and as a non-Christian, it has really strengthened my faith as a Muslim. As Jews, Christians and Muslims, I think we can all safely say that although we have our own rooms, we're all on the same monotheistic Abrahamic boat and we should all learn to deal with it 'cause it'll be one heck of a ride...

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The Jewish heart and mind is eternally connected to Jerusalem and Israel for thousands of years [430 words]YJ DraimanMay 15, 2015 14:59223374
1Jerusalem! [29 words]IreneJan 20, 2009 10:08148510
F I N A L W O R D ! ! [204 words]Salah al-Din Yusuf ibn AyyubJul 18, 2008 02:33135353
Islam should be protected [19 words]AhmedApr 14, 2007 23:4689289
Us Versus Them [532 words]darkflighter100Mar 24, 2007 22:5287892
2Jerusalem [27 words]AlexanderOct 11, 2006 16:3459888
1God gave Jerusalem to the jews [92 words]Stephen PhillipsOct 12, 2006 19:0959888
Alexander [15 words]Ibrahim AliOct 13, 2006 06:3259888
Stephen Phillips [11 words]Ibrahim AliOct 14, 2006 16:3759888
Ibrahim Ali [19 words]AlexanderOct 15, 2006 07:4759888
Muslims simply covet Jerusalem. They have no attachment to it [38 words]Stephen PhillipsOct 15, 2006 19:4759888
JEWISH TEMPLE IN JERUSALEM MENTIONED IN qURAN [137 words]xanga.com/ShlomoZalmanOct 7, 2009 11:1659888
JEWISH TEMPLE IN JERUSALEM MENTIONED IN qURAN [17 words]xanga.com/ShlomoZalmanOct 7, 2009 11:1959888
JEWISH scriptures, mitzvot & israel validated in koran [64 words]xanga.com/ShlomoZalmanOct 7, 2009 11:2759888
jerusalem if i forget you my right hand forget me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! [125 words]ashumarApr 22, 2010 09:5859888
about your comment [57 words]Michael ROct 13, 2010 10:4959888
Islam-an evolving religion [115 words]DallasJul 5, 2006 10:4348920
Jerusalem is a Jewish city [112 words]Frederick BainhauerJul 3, 2006 23:0248819
1If Jerusalem belongs to Muslims , then Mecca belongs to Jews [34 words]John ChristianJul 2, 2006 01:1148705
A very narrow minded opinion John [135 words]AudreyJun 7, 2007 22:1548705
Sorry, but you have your history wrong [258 words]KevinAug 19, 2007 11:2348705
Whose land? [169 words]H LaFeverSep 20, 2007 19:0648705
so biased [42 words]ConcernedtothismyfriendMay 24, 2008 20:0548705
Dream to take the world of infidels yet ISRAEL is standing tall and straight! [290 words]ChinamanApr 16, 2010 09:3048705
Truth in the Arab World [232 words]Peter IrwinJun 29, 2006 16:0548449
Follow-up to my previous comment [297 words]Peter IrwinJun 30, 2006 06:5048449
Isn't some of this related to their Religion? [219 words]J.S.Jun 27, 2006 16:0048273
Whole Civilised World stands with Israel : Go ahead and rescue our Brother [310 words]Rahul KhannaJun 26, 2006 23:2448212
Jewish vs. Arab/Muslim claims to Jerusalem [57 words]MosheJun 24, 2006 18:2848120
JEWS VS ARABS [17 words]KevinMar 21, 2007 18:4248120
We should see the reality in our face [120 words]GuestJul 8, 2008 12:4248120
ALLLAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! [11 words]jalaalJan 7, 2009 10:0048120
Jerusalem or Jerushalom!! the war between the gods [406 words]HarrakJun 24, 2006 02:0248105
Harrak, you have to try a little harder! [544 words]MosheJun 25, 2006 05:5548105
History through the Bible. [191 words]YovenJun 26, 2006 10:5548105
Trying Harder..uh! [291 words]HarrakJun 26, 2006 11:0548105
Harrak, Bible's Flat Earth Theroy [167 words]InfidelJun 27, 2006 01:0748105
Harrak, we are back to square 1. [127 words]MosheJun 27, 2006 04:2748105
Jerusalem is for Jews and Christains [166 words]AlexJun 27, 2006 12:5648105
alex [105 words]ahmad zahireJun 27, 2006 23:1648105
Ah, Mad Harraknophobia! [333 words]Sword of Islam & The Babies of BeslanJun 28, 2006 21:1548105
Sword of Islam & The Babies of Beslan [184 words]ahmad zafireJun 30, 2006 06:3548105
Amen, Moshe! [352 words]EBJun 30, 2006 09:3548105
Don't stop Israel! [39 words]PDMJul 3, 2006 18:3348105
Patriotim 1 Attn: Swords and Moshe [262 words]HARRAKJul 4, 2006 00:1848105
Harrak, your ignorant comments are indeed below the mark. [39 words]MosheJul 5, 2006 10:5248105
Moshe :) [18 words]true believerJul 6, 2006 11:2948105
take it easy Mishmish, we are just learning from each other [12 words]HarrakJul 6, 2006 15:5448105
to infidel: Bible, Quran and the flat earth [67 words]tariqAug 1, 2006 14:4348105
Humbled Infidel Requests Explanation From Honourable Tariq [191 words]InfidelAug 1, 2006 20:0848105
Humbled Infidel Gets an Explanation From Honourable Tariq! [1375 words]tariqAug 3, 2006 04:0648105
Honourable Tariq's Explanation Leaves Infidel With Headache [537 words]InfidelAug 4, 2006 01:1048105
Honourable Tariq's Explanation Too Complicated for Infidel to Understand [1704 words]tariqAug 5, 2006 03:3948105
Holy Qur'an, Book of Scientific Information [215 words]InfidelAug 6, 2006 11:3648105
Sarcastic Infidel has no answers [1272 words]tariqAug 7, 2006 05:0648105
Please Explain [386 words]InfidelAug 7, 2006 23:4848105
Saying that Jerusalem doesn't belong to the jews is like saying that Germany doesn't belong to the Germans [202 words]Stephen PhillipsOct 12, 2006 19:3148105
re: four different evidences that quran proves earths' roundness [87 words]FaroukFeb 9, 2007 05:0048105
to Farouk [90 words]tariqFeb 14, 2007 08:0948105
No one is to blame... [275 words]TheBladeofFateJun 16, 2009 02:4548105
The problem with our line of defense.... [201 words]Arvind MadhavanJun 24, 2006 01:3748102
Judeo-Christian Islam (makes Jewish history in Jerusalem part of Islam) [248 words]HarrakJun 23, 2006 15:5748094
Judeo Christian culture [380 words]true believerJun 28, 2006 08:4348094
now we are getting somewhere (true believer) [302 words]ahmad zafireJun 28, 2006 23:2048094
Judeo-Christian Hypo [306 words]HarrakJun 29, 2006 00:2248094
Good job, Harrak! [44 words]MosheJun 30, 2006 04:2448094
Ahmad Zafire, for the sake of accuracy..... [201 words]MosheJun 30, 2006 05:2048094
re Judeo Christian Hypo [644 words]true believerJun 30, 2006 09:5048094
Not yer Ahmed :) [187 words]true believerJun 30, 2006 11:0048094
true believer [216 words]ahmad zafireJun 30, 2006 23:1448094
facts for you, Ahmed [999 words]true believerJul 3, 2006 11:3748094
Jewish claim to Jerusalem... ! [400 words]RonnieJun 22, 2006 21:2248065
Tomb of Avshalom [28 words]Josephine BaconSep 16, 2008 06:1748065
Jerusalem [898 words]Maurice PicowJun 22, 2006 15:4048056
"If I am Not for Myself..." [61 words]J.S.Jun 22, 2006 15:1248054
The Islamic Denial of Jewish History [294 words]Kenneth Hart GreenJun 22, 2006 13:3448049
"No honor among thieves" [165 words]Carmen WaggonerJun 21, 2006 19:3448016
Jerusalem not unique [230 words]Srini VaradarajanJun 21, 2006 12:1048002
Well, it is not only that Jerusalem is not mentioned in the Koran. [43 words]Alain Jean-MairetJun 22, 2006 02:4848002
worldviews matter [182 words]DarrenJun 21, 2006 11:1847998
Isn't denial of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem against the Quran? [188 words]anonymousJun 21, 2006 11:0647995
Jerusalem and Islam [98 words]stanley cohenJun 22, 2006 07:0647995
Truth and Muslim History [398 words]tianxiangJun 22, 2006 17:0847995
The "furthest mosque" could have been in Mecca ONLY! [54 words]Srini VaradarajanJun 22, 2006 18:2747995
jerusalem [139 words]stanley cohenJun 21, 2006 10:5347994
how Arabs convince themselves [703 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
sol jacobsJun 21, 2006 09:2747990
Typical of muslims.... [44 words]Arvind MadhavanJun 21, 2006 04:1147981
Jerusalem, the burdensome stone [108 words]RichardJun 20, 2006 22:3447976
What Jewish Ties to Jerusalem? [44 words]steven LJun 20, 2006 20:3747970
Revisionist history on Google Maps regarding Jerusalem (an update) [11 words]Joe ExampleJun 20, 2006 20:1947969
Revisionist history on Google Maps regarding Jerusalem [121 words]Joe ExampleJun 20, 2006 20:1447967
Arab Ties to Jerusalem [37 words]Dave GibsonJun 20, 2006 19:3847965
The Triumph of Revisionism over Objective Argument [547 words]Reuben HorneJun 20, 2006 19:2147964
repeating pattern [47 words]Gamaliel IsaacJun 20, 2006 17:4247958
Giving away Jerusalem-You are kidding! [118 words]KJun 20, 2006 17:3047955
interesting... [663 words]ahmad zafireJun 20, 2006 17:0947954
More To Be Said [182 words]Yisrael MedadJun 20, 2006 15:0947948
WHAT YOU LEFT OUT ! [56 words]HARRY STILLMANJun 21, 2006 00:3747948
Two can play at that game [71 words]David W. LincolnJun 20, 2006 14:4247945
It was to be expected [95 words]Yale ZussmanJun 20, 2006 14:3047944
Just asking [97 words]anonymousJun 20, 2006 14:1747943
Not properly asked [36 words]HarrakJun 20, 2006 21:3947943
Yes, Harrak... [24 words]Arvind MadhavanJun 22, 2006 00:0747943
ysd, we agree [33 words]HarrakJun 22, 2006 21:1847943
So glad, Harrak... [28 words]Arvind MadhavanJun 24, 2006 01:2147943
Pipes: Denying Jewish Ties to Jerusalem [68 words]Dan RusenJun 20, 2006 13:5847940
Jerusalem [18 words]Larry ShapiroJun 20, 2006 13:4747939
Jerusalem, and the palestinian use of [196 words]rickJun 20, 2006 13:4247938
my cup of tea [209 words]HarrakJun 20, 2006 12:0247935
Ignorance or deceit? [80 words]DanJun 23, 2006 02:4247935
Dan, you are absolutely correct.... [16 words]MosheJun 25, 2006 08:4347935

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