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Submitted by M Tovey (United States), Jun 7, 2021 at 18:46

Among many of the narratives of Islam (whether truly Quranic or perceptions of legend), the one that has the most to be wary of skepticism is the 'night journey;' why one might ask? Well, mostly for the infidel, the ability to make a cause for proof cannot be answered, not even by full adherents of the Quranic cause. As is 'admitted (?)' by even devoted followers of the Islamic Prophet that they cannot agree as to where the true al-Aqsa site is, how are they to convince any that such event occurred unless there is a proof that can be universally accepted. For the devoted adherent, they are compelled by their belief system, no matter what.
The kuffar, on the other hand, are left in a quandary; is the holy site in Medina, at the Kaaba, in Makkah; or in Jerusalem(?): more importantly, where is the al-Mahdi supposed to be revealed? The British journeyman soldier Gordon supposedly met the al-Mahdi in the Sudan; but after that defeat, it was determined that could not have been the al-Mahdi.
So, the question: what did the night journey portend? Whose portrayal, like Dr. Pipes question, provides the better answer? Anyone?

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