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al-Masjid al-Aqsa and early Islam

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Submitted by dhimmi no more (United States), May 20, 2012 at 07:21

Dr. Pipes you wrote

the new religion did not appear until about 70 years after Muhammad's supposed death.

I must disagree. This conclusion in built on the incorrect reading of the inscriptions of al-Masjid al-Aqsa but if you read Luxenberg's review of the inscriptions it becomes very clear that this Muhammad abd Allah must really be Jesus and that these inscriptions are about intra Christian polemics between Trinitarian Christianity and old Arabian and Syrian Christianity and that islam did not exist before the Abbassids revolution in 750CE, and indeed it was the time when the Christian Arabs living in Mesopotamia and the Syrian desert were forced to convert to what was to become Islam.

What is most amazing about all of this is that why did the Umayyads establish their capital in Damascus and not Mecca or Medina and why did they build their first monument not in Mecca and Medina but in Aelia/Jerusalem and why did they build a huge masjid in Damascus at the site of the Church of Yuhana al-Mi3midani (John the Baptist) and he was very much revered by them and why did Mu3awiyya the first attested real character in the history of islam have a Syriac and not an Arabic name (his name means he who howls and in Arabic it would be al-3Awi) why is that? It makes you wonder


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