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I understand that Jerusalem is mentioned around 800 times in the Bible but not at all in the Koran?

Is this true? If not, why would Muslims think that Jerusalem is special?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    I’ve check the English translation of the Koran at

    http://majalla.org/books/quran/

    and the word index at

    http://majalla.org/books/quran/j.htm

    it indicates your are right the word Jerusalem does not appear in the Koran.

    It also appears that its importance to the Muslims is based around the following facts that I have gleaned from

    http://www.jerusalemites.org/jerusalem/islam/index...

    Jerusalem and Islam

    Al Quds Index

    For Muslims, Jerusalem is the third most holy site in Islam. The name of Jerusalem derived from its original Jebusite name Ur-Salem or Urishalim. For Muslims the name suggests "peace" and corresponds closely to the Muslim concept of the sacred; a place where peace reigns and conflicts is excluded.

    Going back to Jerusalem's history we find that it marked more by conflict than by peace. Hadrian destroyed the city, replacing it by a Roman creation from which Jews were banned.

    Then the Sassanids came and laid it waste. Under the Islamic era, Jerusalem enjoyed 13 years of peace until the Seljuk Turks came between 1070 and 1090 AC, in addition to the Crusader Kingdom between 1099 and 1187AC. All that led to a sort of chaos and it brought a constant conflict between the conquerors in the city.

    So the question that comes is how did Jerusalem become important in Islam, and to Muslims? Jerusalem was in the middle of Trade routes. Most of the merchants used to pass from there heading towards Asia Minor and the west. Not to forget Arabs from Mecca too. Islam holds a great estimation as the location of many vents associated with the life of Jesus. From that day, Jerusalem has had a very important spiritual meaning for Muslims, not only being the first Qibla but also the mystical experience of the prophet's ascendance to heaven. Jerusalem tried to be focused by Muslim Pilgrimage, but the significance of Jerusalem thereafter declined in favor of Mecca and Medina.

    When Saladdin recaptured the city from the Crusaders, Jerusalem regained once again its glory, where Christians were guaranteed rights of worship, Muslim places of worship which had been desecrated were restored, even a small Jewish community returned to the city, and Jewish culture has seldom flourished as they did under Muslim rule, that's how the spiritual significance of Jerusalem has been absorbed by all three religions.

    Muslims on the other hand have an obligation to honor other religions. There is recognition, a respect for both Judaism and Christianity as people of the book, mentioned in the holy Quran. I guess it would be a pity for Jerusalem, the supposed city of peace, were to be transformed into a city of war as a result of Israeli plans, which ignore its significance for Muslims.

    Source(s): www searches.
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The Koran mentions a DREAM Mohammed had where he ascended on his magical horse to the heavens. It says that he ascended from the "farthest mosque". It does NOT say Jerusalem or anything having to do with Jerusalem. The interpretation that the "farthest mosque" was in Jerusalem is a very recent interpretation, mainly created after Israel was refounded as a State.

    Jerusalem at the time the Koran was written had no mosque. It was also not the farthest place from where Mohammed was.

    No, Jerusalem is not mentioned in the Koran even once.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Muslims only think of Jesus as a prophet- a minor character in history- so the city he spent a great deal of his life in is of little significance to Muhammed. And by the way, Sir Loin Stake, did you know your religion was founded by a treasure hunter?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    You know that building with the big gold dome they show in every picture of Jerusalem? It's the Dome of the Rock - the third most holy place in Islam (behind only Mecca and Medina). It is from that spot that Mohamed ascended to heaven.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    If you think the bible is ENOUGH of God's word, you're right;

    it's enough to send you to hell.

    This is not to say it's wrong or that you'll go to hell for abiding

    by its precepts.

    This is to say, there are an eternity of eternities.

    Keep searching. Keeping obtaining knowledge.

    The book of mormon is just a bit more.

    More good is what mormon means in a certain

    variation of the Egyptian language of old time.

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  • 1 decade ago

    The Bible and the Koran are very, very, very, old, books. They have obviously over the period of time been deformed in every which way in order to be used for political and territorial gains.

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  • Corey
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Well, I expect that the Muslims who live there think it's special because that's where there homes are (at least before they're forcibly expelled).

    Not everything is about religion.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Because they stupid ,,,they keep Going after Jewish and Christians but they do not even consider them humans that they consider they religion

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    wrong family.

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