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Is Jerusalem mentioned in the Koran?

If so, please provide the excerpts.


That really is very funny how they add Jerusalem in parentheses to claim it is written in the Koran. I have never seen anything so absurd.

Al Aqsa was built after the Koran was written, not before, so how could it be referring to Jerusalem?

20 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    Not even once.

    Concerning Muhammad's alleged "night-journey" (isra) to "the farthest mosque" (al-masjid al-aqsa) and the Islamic claim to Jerusalem.

    Since January 2006, Doctor Daniel Pipes has been offering $1million to anyone who finds "Jerusalem" in the Quran.

    Offer: $1 million for Finding "Jerusalem" in the Koran January 4, 2006

    It is unclaimed, and will remain so, because Jerusalem is never mentioned by name in the Quran. In contrast, it is mentioned 823 times in the Bible, and Zion (which usually means Jerusalem, and sometimes "the Land of Israel"), appears 161 times. Of the 823 mentions of Jerusalem by name in the Bible, 669 of them are in the Old Testament, and 154 times in the New Testament.

    In emphasizing this pronounced contrast between Bible and Quran, columnist Moshe Kohn notes, that Jerusalem and Zion appear as frequently in the Quran, "as they do in the Hindu Bhagavad-Gita, the Taoist Tao-Te Ching, the Buddhist Dhamapada, and the Zoroastrian Zend Avesta," which is to say, not once. ("Whose Jerusalem? Whose Land?" Moshe Kohn )

    Ed.: No. The verses you showed me do NOT mention Jerusalem. You have added the references yourselves (or copied them from some wise guy). Only he had the intellectual honesty to put his own ideas in parentheses and not to make us think that they were there in the Quran.



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  • Gail
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    Jerusalem is never mentioned in Koran, and several hundreds times in Torah

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It seems to have been either overlooked or misplaced in the Koran for the simple reason that the Koran deals with Saudi Arabia and NOT The Land of Israel, which Muhammad knew full well is the territory of the Jewish People!

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  • 1 decade ago

    I cannot find any mention of Jerusalem in any of the translations of the Quran.

    When Surah 17:001 was revealed in about the year 621, the "Sacred Mosque" already existed in Mecca, but where was "the Farthest Mosque?" It was apparently identified with places inside Arabia; either Medina, or a town called Ji'rana, about ten miles from Mecca, which Muhammad visited in 630.

    Palestine had not yet been conquered by the Muslims, and CONTAINED NOT A SINGLE MOSQUE.

    The first ruler of the Omayyad Dynasty (661 to 750), Muawiya, chose Jerusalem as the place where he ascended to the caliphate, and he and his successors engaged in a construction program in the city, religious edifices, a palace and roads, and they effectively treated it as their administrative capital.

    The Omayyad Caliph, in 688 to 691, built the Dome of the Rock, right on the spot of the Jewish Temple. Then in 715, to build up the prestige of their dominions, the Omayyad's built a second mosque on the Temple Mount, and called this one the "Farthest Mosque" (al-Masjid al Aqsa).

    With this, the Omayyads RETROACTIVELY gave Jerusalem a role in Muhammad's life, and inserted Jerusalem post hoc into the Quran, thus making it more important to Islam, for if "the Farthest Mosque" was in Jerusalem, then Muhammad's "night journey" and his subsequent ascension to heaven (mi'raj) also took place on the Temple Mount. But this of course is just plain forgery.

    To summarize and make the history clearer, here is the time line:

    • Solomon's Temple built 958 to 951 BCE and destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar's Babylonian armies in 587 BCE.

    • Second Temple (King Herod) built 37 to 4 BCE and destroyed by General Titus and his Roman soldiers in 70 CE.

    • Muhammad born 572.

    • Muhammad's alleged "night journey" and mi'raj 622.

    • Muhammad died 632.

    • Dome of the Rock built by Amir Abdul-Malik 688 to 691.

    • Masjid al-Aqsa built 715.

    In light of the chronology expressed above, several questions must be answered.

    • What Temple did Muhammad visit, enter and pray at, before ascending to heaven??

    • Since the Quran mentions an alleged journey of Muhammad's TO A MOSQUE THAT DID NOT EXIST during his lifetime, how should this be interpreted??

    • Does the incompatibility of the dates quoted above increase your confidence in Muhammad as a prophet of the true and living God??

    The Bonfils family photograph of the Dome of the Rock, taken in the late nineteenth century, shows just how important it was to the Muslims then, and this, allegedly one of Islam's holiest sites.

    It could well be that Muhammad ibn al-Hanafiya (638 to 700), a close relative of Muhammad, said, denigrating the notion that the prophet of Islam ever set foot on the Rock in Jerusalem; “These damned Syrians,” by which he means the Omayyads, “pretend that Allah put His foot on the Rock in Jerusalem, though [only] one person ever put his foot on the rock, namely Abraham.”


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  • 1 decade ago

    I read Arabic and I can tell you that Jerusalem is not mentioned once in the Koran. On the other hand, Jerusalem has always been important to Born-Again Christians and to Jews.

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  • 1 decade ago

    This is really funny.

    The Muslim apologists have added parenthetical remarks to change the text of the Quran.

    The Quran does NOT mention Jerusalem. Just read the quotes without the parenthetical additions.

    EDIT: With no offense intended, the following quote from one of our friends is nothing if not pathetic: "Just because Jerusalem wasn't mentioned by name doesn't mean it's not mentioned, because it is."

    She failed to mention that if we do not believe that it was mentioned even though she admits that it was not mentioned, then she will hold her breath until she turns blue.

    Mujahid is trying to make us believe that the Al-Masjid-al-Aqsa of the Quran is in Jerusalem. But as Gamzoletovah pointed out, the Omayyads RETROACTIVELY gave Jerusalem a role in Muhammad's life, and inserted Jerusalem post hoc into the Quran, Sorry Mujahid, but the Quan still does not mention Jerusalem


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  • jerusalem, no.

    israel? palestine? the holy land. yes and more than 500 times.

    you guys ask quistions like "why anti-israelis come here and post bull sh!t, this section is about traveling in israel"

    well well well, look whos askin

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  • 1 decade ago

    No, Never, Not even once!

    While the first poster above introduces the word "Jerusalem" in brackets several times in English, nowhere is the Hebrew capital city name found in the original Quran in Arabic. Even if we want to understand the initial temporary geographical Muslim direction of prayer (qibla) as being toward Jerusalem, in fact, the Quran only mentions the direction as "Syria".

    Incidentally, the Prophet Muhammad's "Night Journey" was to Medina (Saudi Arabia), and not to Jerusalem, the eternal capital of Israel. If you prefer to see this in the original Arabic, look up the Cairo newspaper, "Al-Qahira" of August 5, 2003.


    Addendum: Until the early 1950s, it was clear to the Muslims that Jerusalem is eternally Jewish. Yet today, we are witnessing how some YA users invent fake versions of history --and even present (English) rewrites of their own Quran-- in efforts to spread disinformation.

    "Sometime between 1950 and 1954, the Moslem Wakf began its relentless efforts to falsify and rewrite the history of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount. "

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Jerusalem c in the Koran just as much as meka is mentioned in the Torah

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  • 1 decade ago

    frankly, what does it matter what is mentioned in the in the travel section of Israel

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