Autor: Hussein Hajji Wario
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has formally submitted a bid to the United Nations General Assembly for recognition of Palestine as the 194th member state. He declared in his address to the assembly, "I come before you today from the Holy Land, the Land of Palestine, the land of divine messages, ascension of the Prophet Mohammed, peace be upon him, and the birthplace of Jesus Christ, peace be upon him."
His statement has one religious undertone that has claimed thousands of lives since the Palestinians rejected the Partition Plan to create two states -- Israel and Palestine -- in 1947. Many suicide bombers have killed scores of people and Israeli retaliations have cost many more innocent lives. To many Palestinians and Muslims around the world the land is important to them because they believe it is the land of the "ascension of the Prophet Mohammed." Is it true?
The Quran -- Islam’s holy book and the highest authority -- states in Chapter 17, Verse 1, "Glory be to Him Who made His servant to go on a night from the Sacred Mosque to the remote mosque." According to this verse, Muslims believe Prophet Muhammad ascended from "the Sacred Mosque" in Jerusalem. The same chapter of the Quran, Verse 60, claims Prophet Muhammad had a mere vision of the ascension. In fact...
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