The al-Asqa Mosque compound has allegedly been assaulted by Jewish settlers for the last two days, according to reports circulating the internet.
The mosque has supposedly and repeatedly been stormed by Israelis in the past but this is the first time it's been reported they climbed the Dome of the Rock.
We know from past experience many radical Muslims have called for her destruction. The reports by these sites could be used to inflame Muslims and be used to bring calls for a round of renewed violence against Israel.
While it's possible the Jewish settlers did stormed the mosque and climb the Dome of the Rock it's unlikely. The reports say, the General Director of Muslim Endowments and Al-Aqsa Mosque Affairs, Sheikh Azzam Al-Khatib, has condemned the incident as a "provocative and dangerous step."
The reports also say, the Islamic-Christian Committee to support Jerusalem and its holy sites issued a press statement calling the attack on the mosque as "a flagrant violation against places of worship."
The mosque was allegedly stormed by the former head of the Temple Institute, Rabbi Yehuda Glick, who is described in the reports as a radical. He was supposedly accompanied by a journalist to document the event.
He was also reportedly joined by numerous settlers to whom he had lectured to on Friday. Jewish settlers and angry Muslim worshipers were said to have "engaged in verbal altercations."
The Muslim's claim on the Temple Mount is recent, dating back to around 1930. In mainstream Islamic writings the claim of the site being the "third holiest site in Islam is said to have been created by Grand Mufti Haj Amin al Husseini. It's reported there are no claims for the site that date before 1930.
Jerusalem has been a part of Hebrew holy works for at least two millennia and is well documented to be the center of Jewish culture and religion. Jerusalem is not mentioned in the Koran and didn't hold any special role in Islam until early last century.
Dr. Manfred R. Lehmann wrote in his article "The Moslem [sic] Claim to Jerusalem is False" said:
There were no mosques in Jerusalem in 632CE when the Prophet Mohammed died... Jerusalem was [then] a Christian city.
Lehmann also wrote, "The Moslem [sic] "claim" to Jerusalem is based on what is written in the Koran, which although Jerusalem is not mentioned even once, nevertheless talks (in Sura 17:1) of the "Furthest Mosque": "Glory be unto Allah who did take his servant for a journey at night from the Sacred Mosque to the Furthest Mosque."
But is there any foundation to the Moslem argument that this "Furthest Mosque" (Al-Masujidi al-Aqtza) refers to what is today called the Aksa Mosque in Jerusalem? The answer is, none whatsoever."
Jerusalem was captured in 638 A.D. by Khalif Omar; six years after Mohammed died. According to history until that time, Jerusalem was considered a Christian city. The Aksa Mosque was built 20 years after the Dome of the Rock, which was built in 691-692 by Khalif Abd El Malik.
When the Koran was written the Dome of the Rock couldn't be the "furthest mosque" because it wasn't even built yet. Also if the mosque is so holy to Islam, then why did Mohammed issue a strict prohibition against facing Jerusalem in prayer? The only reason it had been tolerated for several months was to lure Jews to convert to Islam, according to Lehmann's writing.
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