The so called ‘peace process’ between the mythical people calling themselves ‘palestinians’ and Israel will never come to reality because of the most remarkably successful subterfuge perpetrated by the Arabs and Muslims regarding the alleged ‘sanctity’ of Jerusalem to their belief system.

This is yet another article systematically destroying and pulverizing any and all the Bodyguard of Lies surrounding the Cult of Muhammad (Islam).

The followers of Muhammad claim that Jerusalem is their third holiest place while deliberately and very obviously ignoring the fact that Jerusalem is the First, Second, Third and ONLY holiest city for both the followers of Moses and Jesus, the Jews and Christians.

Are their explanations true? Factual? Historical?

Their false assertion is founded on the deliberate misinterpretation and perversion of the SINGLE following verse ~

Al Isra 17:1 “Glory to (Allah) Who did take His Servant for journey (Asra/Travel by night) from the Sacred Mosque [Masjid al Haram] to the Farthest Mosque [Masjid al Aqsa] whose precincts We did Bless in order that We might show him some of Our Signs: for He is the one Who heareth and seeth (all things)”

Upon the above ambiguous verse (it does not tell Muslims where the Farthest Mosque is) the dogma of the Night Journey story is built.

Even the obvious should be pointed out to the readers because if Jerusalem were so important to the Islamic belief system WHY then is the name Jerusalem not even ONCE mentioned anywhere in Muhammad’s Quran?

Jerusalem on the other hand is mentioned 667 times in the Bible.

This alleged ‘event’, is described in http://www.alim.org/

Bukhari Hadith 1:345 Narrated by Abu Dhar

Allah’s Apostle said, “While I was at Mecca the roof of my house was opened and Gabriel descended, opened my chest, and washed it with Zam-zam water. Then he brought a golden tray full of wisdom and faith and having poured its contents into my chest, he closed it. Then he took my hand and ascended with me to the nearest heaven…”

[Gabriel took Muhammad by hand to the first Heaven] where there is no mention of Jerusalem.

4:429 Narrated by Malik bin Sasaa

The Prophet said, “While I was at the House in a state midway between sleep and wakefulness, (an angel recognized me) as the man lying between two men. A golden tray full of wisdom and belief was brought to me and my body was cut open from the throat to the lower part of the abdomen and then my abdomen was washed with Zam-zam water and (my heart was) filled with wisdom and belief. Al-Buraq, a white animal, smaller than a mule and bigger than a donkey was brought to me and I set out with Gabriel. When I reached the nearest heaven”

Bukhari Hadith 5:227 Narrated by Abbas bin Malik

Malik bin Sasaa said that Allah’s Apostle described to them his Night Journey saying, “While I was lying in Al-Hatim or Al-Hijr, suddenly someone came to me and cut my body open from … the throat to the pubic area… then took out my heart. Then a gold tray of Belief was brought to me and my heart was washed and was filled (with Belief) and then returned to its original place. Then a white animal which was smaller than a mule and bigger than a donkey was brought to me called Buraq…

The Prophet said, “The animal’s step (was so wide that it) reached the farthest point within the reach of the animal’s sight. I was carried on it, and Gabriel set out with me till we reachedthe nearest heaven…”

[Gabriel & Buraq go to first Heaven] again, there is no mention of Jerusalem.

Bukhari Hadith 9:608 Narrated by Anas bin Malik

The night Allah’s Apostle was taken for a journey from the sacred mosque (of Mecca) Al-Ka’ba: Three persons came to him (in a dream) while he was sleeping in the Sacred Mosque before the Divine Inspiration was revealed to Him. … Gabriel then ascended with him to the heaven of the world and knocked on one of its doors…”

[Gabriel took Muhammad by hand to first Heaven] yet once more, there is no mention of Jerusalem.

The explanation of this Aya/Verse 17.1 is found first and foremost in the ONLY biography of Muhammad written by Muhammad Ibn Ishaq in his monumental book Sirat Rassoul Allah written over 140 years after the death of Muhammad.

He informs us with great honesty, on the authority of Muhammad’s premier wife Aisha, that his body never left her side and that he was only transported spiritually.

This is corroborated by the Qarawiyun Library Manuscript in Fez, Morocco, where it repeats that Aisha the Prophet’s wife and most intimate companion of his later years, declared emphatically that: “he was transported in his spirit (bi-ruhihi), while his body did not leave its place”

Also, the great Al-Hasan al-Basri, who belonged to the next generation of exegetes, held uncompromisingly to the same view.

In another version in (section 267 p 184), it is Hind, Umm Hani d. of Abu Talib, Muhammad’s cousin and sister of Ali that relates concerning the Night Journey:

“The apostle went on NO Night Journey except while he was in my house. He slept that night in my house. He prayed the final night prayer and he slept and we slept there. ….”

A few traditions assert that this may have been a PHYSICAL ascent, as affirmed by:

Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 5.228 Narrated by Ibn Abbas

The sights which Allah’s Apostle was shown on the Night Journey when he was taken to Bait-ul-Maqdis were actual sights, (not dreams). And the Cursed Tree (mentioned) in the Qur’an is the tree of Zaqqum (itself).

Bait-ul-Maqdis is the Arabic transliteration of the Hebrew Beth Ha Miqdash meaning the Holy Sanctuary.

Whose version should one trust, that of the wife who slept with him or of his companions who were not present?

Neither the Quran – which did not allow for a single miracle to be performed – nor Muhammad, ever declared that it was a miracle.

Even if Muslims try their utmost to somehow discredit their own sources, the most damning and damaging evidence against this concocted story is the historical and incontrovertible fact, that there was no Masjid (Mosque) or Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem at the time of Muhammad (c622AD), since this Temple had already been destroyed by the Romans at least 580 years earlier; hence the verse could not possibly and realistically have meant Jerusalem.

In fact, in the year 622AD there was a Christian church on the Temple Mount.

It was the companions of Muhammad who, after his death, expressed the erroneous, falsified and unsubstantiated opinion, and later the dogma by creating a MYTHOLOGY assuming a real physicaltransport to Jerusalem, in spite of the fact, that not one of the hadiths above, mentions any intermediate ‘landing’ at Jerusalem but a direct ‘flight’ from Mecca to the first Heaven only.

Once again we challenge anyone to prove our conclusions wrong or untrue.

Iraqi exile, Arabic speaker, scholar and author. Eager to debate any Imam or Infidel and ready to answer any question. Asserts that The Koran is not a Holy Book; it is a roadmap to total war with western civilization. I.Q. al Rassooli is among the foremost authorities in the world on the subjects of Islam. Author of Lifting the Veil - his monumental trilogy of "Lifting the Veil: The True Faces of Muhammad & Islam" should be a must read for those who really want to know the facts.