The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem claimed on Sunday that there was never a Jewish Temple on the Temple Mount. He went so far as to claim that the “Al-Aqsa mosque was an Islamic mosque since the world was created . . . It was never anything other than a mosque.”
The Grand Mufti is the senior Islamic cleric in charge of Islamic holy places, including the al-Aqsa mosque.
A predecessor of his has also been in the news recently. The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seemed to blame Haj Amin al-Husseini, the Grand Mufti at the time of World War II, for the Holocaust. Al-Husseini fled to Germany in 1941 and met with Adolf Hitler, Heinrich Himmler, Joachim Von Ribbentrop and other Nazi leaders. He wanted to persuade them to extend the Nazis’ anti-Jewish program to the Arab world. The implication in what Netanyahu said is that Hitler simply wanted to expel the Jews (to Palestine), but the Grand Mufti said they should be destroyed.
However, the German government issued a statement claiming full responsibility for the Holocaust, although it’s good to remember that Adolf Hitler was an Austrian.
Anyway, over seventy years later, the Muslim leader of Jerusalem, having learned nothing from history, is claiming the Jews have no historical rights to Jerusalem or anything else in Palestine.
As it happens, I’ve been studying the Old Testament prophetic books of Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi. These three men prophesied to the Jews in the post-exilic period. The Jews, you will remember, were taken into captivity by Babylon’s King Nebuchadnezzar at the end of the seventh century BC and remained there for seventy years.
In 539 BC, Babylon fell to the Persians, who let those who wanted to, return to the Promised Land. There, they helped rebuild the 500-year-old Temple of Solomon.
Haggai was very precise in his writings. In chapter 1, verse 1, he writes “In the second year of King Darius, in the sixth month, on the first day of the month……” Bible commentaries and marginal notes will tell you the exact day this was written, in our Roman calendar. It was August 29th, 520 BC.
In the second chapter, again he was very exact. ”In the seventh month, on the twenty-first of the month, the word of the Lord came by Haggai the prophet…” This equates to October 17th of the same year, 520 BC. Haggai then asks the “remnant of the people” (those who had returned from captivity): “Who is left among you who saw this temple in its former glory?” It is thought that Haggai himself remembered the temple prior to its partial destruction by Nebuchandnezzar’s conquering army. He now appealed to the people to help rebuild it.
None of the above is likely to convince the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem that there was a Jewish Temple centuries ago.
However, it should be pointed out to him that, amongst the Dead Sea Scrolls found shortly after World War II, were fragments of Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi. All were dated from the second and first centuries Before Christ.
Islam did not come on the scene until the seventh century After Christ (A.D.) Arabs took control of Jerusalem in 638 and built the Al-Aqsa Mosque in 705.
The claim that the Al-Aqsa mosque has been there since creation is ridiculous. It’s also political – the real aim here is to “prove” the Jews have no historical claim to Jerusalem!
It’s just been announced that Paul Ryan is to be the next Speaker of the House. Except for one, all eight of the last speakers have been Catholics. One, Newt Gingrich, converted to Catholicism after his period in office. Mr. Ryan, aged 45 and the youngest speaker since 1869, takes his religion seriously – before accepting his new office, he wanted a commitment that his new responsibilities would not interfere with his family time. He goes home every weekend to spend time with the family and to attend church. He will be sworn in using his personal copy of the New American Standard Bible, which he reportedly uses at weekly Bible studies. Others should follow his example! (see below)
“If the public were paying attention, they probably wouldn’t care if Hillary Clinton lied about Benghazi or her emails. The bar for honesty among politicians is so low that it is no longer news when politicians lie, only when they tell the truth.” (“Clinton escapes again – with help of committee.” Cal Thomas, Lansing State Journal, October 30th.)
CNN International broadcasts “International Desk” every weekday from 10am Eastern time. The program comes out of London. Today’s anchorwoman twice referred to problems on the Slovenia-Australian border. Who moved? Slovenia or Australia? The two mistakes were made either side of a commercial break. You would think that somebody at CNN would have noticed the mistake and told her before she came back on air. I can only conclude that nobody at CNN actually watches the channel. This, of course, could be a very good thing!
Meanwhile, millions of people around the world are left unaware that there is a major problem involving refugees on the border of Slovenia and Austria!