Taken from Wikipedia Al Aqsa’s Religious Significance in Islam The mosque is believed to be the second house of prayer constructed after the Masjid al-Haram in Mecca. Post-Rashidun-era Islamic scholars traditionally identified the mosque as the site referred to in the sura (Qur’anic chapter) al-Isra (“the Night Journey”). The specific passage reads “Praise be to Him who made His servant journey in the night from the sacred sanctuary to the remotest sanctuary.” Muslims identify the “sacred sanctuary” as the Masjid al-Haram and the “remotest sanctuary” as the al-Aqsa Mosque. Initially, Rashidun and Umayyad-era scholars were in disagreement about the location of the “remotest sanctuary” with some arguing that it was actually located near Mecca. Eventually scholarly consensus determined that its location was indeed in Jerusalem.
- No one who disputes the fact that King David was the first to make Jerusalem a capital city.
- No one disputes that David’s son Solomon built the first Jewish Temple in Jerusalem.
- No one disputes the second Temple was also built on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem
- No one disputes the fact that the Romans ransacked the Temple, slaughtered the Jews and kicked them out of Israel.
- No one disputes that Muslims forcible conquered and occupied Jerusalem and built their mosque on the place of the Jewish Temple
“The French build in Paris, the English build in London and Israel builds in Jerusalem. Should we tell Jews not to live in Jerusalem because it stirs things up?”