Israelis and Palestinians
I would like to thank you for the job very well done. I appreciated
your article, especially since it shed light on the history
of the Israel/Palestine conflict during the last 100 years.
Id like to point out that in the second column (2nd paragraph)
of your article, you wrote:
They proclaimed Muhammad ascended to heaven from this
location and built the al Aqsa mosque to commemorate the event,
on the area that had historically been regarded as location
of the Jewish temple.
Allah (God) in the Holy Quran says:
He Who took His servant (Muhammad) for a journey by night
from Al Masjid Al Haram (at Mecca) to the al-Aqsa (in Jerusalem),
the neighborhood where of We have blessed, in order that We
might show him some of Our signs. Verily, He is the All-Hearer,
the All-Seer. (17:1)
This verse reveals that the al Aqsa mosque already existed at
that time. We, Muslims, believe that the Prophet Muhammad was
taken by night from Mecca all the way to al Aqsa mosque, where
he led all other prophets in prayers and then ascended to Heaven.
I just wanted to note this small mistake in your article, which
is outweighed by the marvelous job you did writing this article.
If you would like to know more about the history of Al Aqsa
Mosque, you can visit http://www.standford.edu/~jamila?Aqsa.html
Thank you again for the article.
Sincerely, Mohamed Kambal