The BIG LIE of Al Quds – Part 3
By Dr. Richard Booker
This is a continuation of blogs on THE BIG LIE in its various expressions regarding the Arab-Israeli conflict. THE BIG LIE is the source of all the conflict in the Middle East. It is a serious threat to world peace and our way of life. We must educate ourselves and speak the truth in love.
If you missed the previous blogs on this subject, you can read them below. In this blog I further expose THE BIG LIE of Al Quds (Jerusalem and the Temple Mount). This information is taken from my publication, The Battle for Truth which you may purchase at www.rbooker.com bookstore. Please order your copy and share it along with this blog to your family, friends and social contacts.
In the previous two blogs, I explained the “THE BIG LIE of Al Quds,” which says that the Temple Mount is the third holiest site in Islam. I pointed out that Jerusalem is mentioned over 800 times in the Bible but is not even mentioned one time in the Koran. In this BLOG I want to share with you some facts about the Mosque on the Temple Mount.
The Caliph Omar defeated the Byzantine Christians in 636 CE at the battle of the Yarmuk River. Two years later, Jerusalem surrendered to him. Until this time, Jerusalem had been outside the realm of Islam. This means that Muhammad never went to Jerusalem. Got it? Caliph Omar built a small house of prayer near the rock of the site of the Jewish Temple. The purpose was to show that Islam had replaced Judaism and Christianity as the last and truest divine revelation.
Later, the Umayyad Caliph Abd al-Malik, whose capital was in Damascus, built the Dome of the Rock on the same site. This was in 692, 60 years after Muhammad’s death. Twenty years later in 712, his son, Caliph Al-Walid built the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount. This was 80 years after Muhammad’s death.
Aqsa is Arabic for furthermost or remotest. Now here is where THE BIG LIE begins. As a way of establishing a legitimate claim of Islam over the Temple Mount, the Al-Aqsa Mosque has been identified as the furthermost or remotest Mosque spoken of in the Koran.
Reviewing earlier blogs on this subject we realize this is impossible because there was no Mosque on the Temple Mount when Muhammad lived. This is one of THE BIG LIE that has been constantly repeated to the point that most of the world believes it to be true.
Now this is really important to understand. Historians tell us that Abd al-Malik built the Dome of the Rock on the site to encourage Muslims worshippers in his territory to make pilgrimages to the Dome of the Rock rather than making pilgrimages outside of his territory to his rival Caliph in Mecca. Did you get that? It was purely for political purposes to keep his subjects under his control.
Abd al-Malik was eager to emphasize the independence and the triumph of the new religion over Christianity. In his mind, the capture of Jerusalem proved that Islam was superior to Judaism and Christianity, ideologically, and militarily.
Abd al-Malik put a lengthy description on the Dome of the Rock condemning Christianity. While the inscription contains many verses from the Koran, it does not mention the one about Muhammad’s night journey. Surely, he would have included that verse if he thought it referred to the Temple Mount.
Of course, Abd al-Malik knew that Muhammad had never been to Jerusalem, much less the Temple Mount. That is why he made no mention of THE BIG LIE of the Temple Mount being the third holiest site in Islam. It was clearly a late fabrication. Muslims had little or no interest in Jerusalem until the Jewish presence aroused them to jealousy.
Abd al-Malik believed he was building the Dome of the Rock on top of the site where Solomon had built the Jewish Temple. This is very interesting since Islamic leaders and the Palestinians deny there was ever a Jewish Temple on the Mount. To cover up their lie, they have been working to remove all evidence of a Jewish presence on the Mount. I personally have sifted through the rubble, along with our tour group, looking for “Temple Treasure.”
However consider the following quote from Haj Amin al-Husseini. Because he was from a prominent family in pre-Israel Palestine, the British, in 1921, appointed Al-Husseini Grand Mufti of Jerusalem. He was also President of the Supreme Muslim Council from 1922-1937. This man had the opportunity to be a peacemaker between the Arabs and the Jews. Unfortunately he chose the route of hate. He instigated the riots against the Jews and is the godfather of modern Palestinian terrorism. He was a great friend of Hitler and brought the Nazi “Final Solution to the Jewish Problem” to the Arab world and Palestine. He was an evil, hate-filled man who, not only murdered Jews, but Arabs who cooperated with Jews. Sound familiar?
In 1924, al-Husseini published a guide to the Temple Mount entitled, A Brief Guide to al-Haram al-Sharif. On page four, he makes the following comment regarding the Temple Mount, “The site is one of the oldest in the world. Its sanctity dates from the earliest (perhaps from pre-historic) times. Its identity with the sit of Solomon’s Temple is beyond dispute. This, too, is the spot, according the universal belief, on which ‘David built here an altar unto the Lord, and offered burnt offering and peace offering’” (2 Samuel 24:25).
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