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    Se7en Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by Gold9472
    Dome of the Rock
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    The Dome of the Rock (Arabic: ??? ?????? Qubbat As-Sakhrah) is a famous Islamic shrine in Jerusalem. It was built between 687 and 691 by the 9th Caliph, Abd al-Malik. It is sometimes called the Mosque of Umar (though it is not a mosque) because it is built on the site where Umar ibn al-Khattab prayed when he first entered Jerusalem.

    According to tradition, the Dome was built to honor the Lord, while some claim the caliph also wanted to build a shrine to rival Mecca. Located in what Muslims call the Noble Sanctuary — which Jews call the Temple Mount — it remains one of the best known landmarks of Jerusalem.

    The rock in the center of the dome is believed by Muslims to be the spot from which Muhammad was brought by night and from which he ascended through the heavens to God (See Miraj). Accompanied by the angel Gabriel, he was consulted by Moses and given the obligatory Islamic prayers before returning to earth. It is a holy place to Muslims. The Jews believe this place to be the location where Abraham almost sacrificed his son Isaac at the command of the Lord, where Jacob saw the ladder to heaven, and within the boundaries of the innermost chamber of the Jewish Temple. Other Jewish traditions say it is the spot where the first stone was laid in the building of the world.

    Essentially unchanged for more than thirteen centuries, the Dome of the Rock remains one of the world's most beautiful and enduring architectural treasures. The gold covered dome stretches 20 metres across the Noble Rock, rising to an apex more than 35 metres above it. The Qur'anic verse 'Ya Sin' is inscribed across the top in the dazzling tile work commissioned in the 16th century by Suleiman the Magnificent. The sura al-Ikhlas (Purity) which denounces what Muslims regard as the principal Christian errors is also inscribed there. In 1993, the golden dome covering was replaced due to rust and wear.

    Say: He is God, the One and Only;
    God, the Eternal, Absolute;
    He begetteth not, nor is He begotten;
    And there is none like unto Him."

    During the Crusades, Knights Templar had their spiritual headquarters in it. It was thought to be a remnant of the Temple of Jerusalem. As such, it appeared in some of the seals of the Grand Masters of the order (like Evrard de Barres and Regnaud de Vichier), and was a model for Templar churches across Europe.

    "a mashhad, a shrine for pilgrims. Adjacent to the Dome is the Al-Aqsa Mosque wherein Muslims make their prayers."

    The Temple Mount and Eretz Yisrael Faithful Movement wish to relocate the Dome to Mecca and replace it with a Third Temple. Since the Dome is built around the Rock where Muslims believe the Prophet rose to heaven, its purpose would be defeated if moved. To Muslims, such an act would be equivalent to razing the structure to the ground and they therefore oppose it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Se7en
    Praise Be To Jesus Hallelujah... Armegeddon Is A Comin'... Lordy Lordy...
    No One Knows Everything. Only Together May We Find The Truth JG


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    praise be to allah!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gold9472
    Praise Be To Jesus Hallelujah... Armegeddon Is A Comin'... Lordy Lordy...
    I believe you'd call that "the rapture"

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    No One Knows Everything. Only Together May We Find The Truth JG


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    Partridge Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by SBB
    Four Horseman?

    Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice.

    Maybe four horses asses.
    God that me laugh.

  7. #17
    Partridge Guest
    Also, what it doesn't mention in the article is that it was Sharon's visit to the Dome that was the spark for the second intifada in 2000. (Sharon being widely, and justly IMO, regarded as a mass murderer by Palestinians for his role in the Sabra and Shatilia massacre in Lebanon).

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