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Submitted by European Muslim (United Kingdom), May 23, 2007 at 18:04

"The caliph himself came to Jerusalem, and met with the patriarch at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Sophronius invited Umar to pray there, but Umar declined, fearing to endanger the Church's status as a Christian temple. Reportedly, The reason behind this welcoming reception from Sophronius was that-according to biblical prophecies known to the Christian church in Jerusalem at that time-he learned of a time when a humble-but just and powerful-man will come riding a donkey (this description matched the Umar at the time of his arrival) and will actually prove to be a protector and an ally to the Christians of Jerusalem."

Why was it so much more simpler then? Why should New York not have an Arabic school? ...

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