Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Temple Mount vs. Noble Sanctuary
The comments posted on Al-Monitor’s recent article reveal that many Jews and Arabs are unfamiliar with the history of Mount Moriah.
Ironically, Christians, Jews, and Muslims all worship the same God, the God of Abraham. He is called God the Father, Yahweh, and Allah, respectively. Moreover, Islam recognizes the Torah (first five books of the Old Testament) as revealed by Allah.
Why did Muslims choose Mount Moriah as the location to build the Dome of the Rock? Because the site is linked to Mohammed, their prophet. Reportedly, one night Muhammad was carried away by angelic beings. They brought him to Jerusalem where he was transported to the seventh heaven. There, according to legend, he spoke with Allah and received a revelation and instructions concerning prayer. The sacred rock beneath the dome is believed to be the point from which he ascended.
If you’ve read my article entitled “Jerusalem’s Third Temple,” you know that Mount Moriah was also the site of Solomon’s Temple which was destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar and Herod’s Temple which was destroyed by Titus. Herod the Great is credited with expanding Zerubbabel’s Temple with such lavish splendour that it became one of the wonders of the Roman Empire.
So why would Muhammad's legendary night journey, in the early seventh century, take him to a destination that was formerly the location of Jewish Temples? Because, purportedly, Mount Moriah was also the location where Abraham offered Isaac, recorded in the Book of Genesis. While Abraham is the father of Jews through his son Isaac, he is also the father of Arabs though his son Ishmael. That bond with Abraham links Arabs to Mount Moriah.
Hence we have the most hotly contested piece of real estate on planet earth, called Temple Mount by Jews and Noble Sanctuary by Muslims.