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You don't know what your saying

Reader comment on item: More on the Muslim Claim to Jerusalem
in response to reader comment: "Jerusalem's not in the Qur'an, and Muhammad was never there"

Submitted by Omar Saleh (United States), May 17, 2010 at 23:10

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First of all, with all due respect, I am not trying to disrespect Christainity, but metaphorically, if you are saying that Jerusalem is never mentioned in the Quran, therefore it does not belong to the muslims, then it can be claimed that Jesus was never mentioned in the Old Testament, (until it was rewritten and called the New Testament), therefore Christianity has nothing to do with Jesus. The Quran was never rewritten, not even a single word was changed, since the time it has been revealed. Jesus may have been mentioned indirectly in the Old Testament, and Jerusalem has been mentioned in the Quran several times indirectly, but there is clear proof that these verses are refferring to Jerusalem.

Second, in Islam, there are 3 Holy mosques; Masjid Al-Haram (the Sacred Mosque) in Mecca, Masjid An-Nabawi (the Prophet's Mosque) in Medina, and Masjid Al-Aqsa (the Farthest Mosque) in Jerusalem. This third mosque is named "the Farthest Mosque" and was not named after the verse in Surah 17:1 was revealed, but has been called "The Farthest Mosque" since it was first built in Jerusalem, and has always been known as the mosque in Jerusalem. It has been built long since Prophet Muhammad was born. Therefore the Quran truly is refferring to the mosque in Jerusalem.

Third, get your facts right! The dome of the rock wasn't built by the Caliph Muawiya, but by Caliph Abd al-Malik ibn Marwan. Also the Farthest Mosque was not built in 715, but expanded, because it has been there even before Muhammad was born. It was also there right after the prophet came back from his journey of Ira and Miraj with an order from God to pray toward the Farthest Mosque. ...

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