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  • Spare us the Bogus Holy Land History

    04/20/2022 3:09:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    American Thinker,com ^ | April 20, 2022 | Mike Konrad
    During this season of holiness -- the Resurrection for us Christians, Passover for Jews (and the festivals are related) -- my prayer is that God may spare us from the idiotic histories that pervade the media. The chief lie is that Islam has any claim at all to the Temple Mount. MOHAMMED NEVER SET FOOT IN JERUSALEM DURING HIS LIFETIMEThe official version of Islam’s history admits that Islam never approached Jerusalem during Mohammed’s lifetime. Soon after Mohammed’s death, Islam went into the Ridda wars (Wars of Apostasy). Islam had not even stabilized at that point. Jerusalem was under the control...
  • An Evaporating Edifice-The stunning truth about Islam’s origins

    07/26/2021 6:55:56 AM PDT · by SJackson · 28 replies
    Jul 26, 2021 | Bruce Bawer
    Unlike other religions, declared the nineteenth-century French scholar Ernest Renan, Islam “was born in the full light of history.” Renan’s point, of course, was that whereas, for example, Jesus was unknown during his lifetime to the great world beyond Galilee and Judea, and the story of his life was set down, in various versions, only decades after his crucifixion, Muhammed was in his own lifetime a public figure of unparalleled eminence - the prophet of a new religion, the commander of an army that conquered much of the Arabian peninsula in the name of that religion, and the founder of...
  • $200 Million in Somali Welfare Fraud Paid for Trips to Mecca

    02/08/2022 6:26:36 AM PST · by devane617 · 10 replies
    frontpagemag ^ | 02/08/2022
    Feeding Our Future, the Minnesota food charity sponsor whose offices have been raided by the FBI over allegations of massive fraud that some estimates have placed in the hundreds of millions of dollars, claimed that it wants to make "the world a better place for all". 10 members of FOF's staff boast of speaking Somali, others of Arabic and related languages often spoken by Muslim minorities, but only 3 speak Spanish and only 1 knows Chinese. The organization's Manager of Operations, Food Program Coordinators Manager, Food Program Support Manager, and multiple administrators, all appear to be Somali. The contact page...
  • Arabian coins found in US may unlock 17th-century pirate mystery

    04/04/2021 6:12:38 AM PDT · by euram · 10 replies
    The Guardian ^ | April 1, 2021 | Associated Press in Warwick, Rhode Island
    A handful of coins unearthed from a pick-your-own-fruit orchard in the US state of Rhode Island and other random corners of New England may help solve a centuries-old cold case. The villain in this tale: a murderous English pirate who became the world’s most-wanted criminal after plundering a ship carrying Muslim pilgrims home to India from Mecca, then eluded capture by posing as a slave trader. Jim Bailey, an amateur historian and metal detectorist, found the first intact 17th-century Arabian coin in a meadow in Middletown.
  • Saudis come out against Temple Mount Saudi Twitter users say that Muslims should be praying only towards Mecca.

    03/07/2021 2:56:20 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 17 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 3/7/21 | Shlomo Witty
    Last week, Saudi Twitter pages began to promote the message that ‘the direction of Jewish prayers do not matter to me”. The campaign, designed to emphasize the importance of Mecca and Medina as the holy places of Islam, and to eliminate the importance of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount, has caused considerable controversy online. Among the most prominent messages in the campaign were those who wrote that "the direction of the prayers of the Jews is not important to us, what is important to us is only our homeland," referring to Saudi Arabia. This tweet was written by a well-known...
  • Israel 'normalistion': Is Saudi Arabia softening its stance?

    09/16/2020 8:21:43 AM PDT · by libh8er · 20 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | 9.16.2020
    After deals with UAE and Bahrain, there are signs Saudi Arabia is preparing its people to warm to Israel. When one of Saudi Arabia's leading Muslim leaders called this month for Muslims to avoid "passionate emotions and fiery enthusiasm" towards Jews, it was a marked change in tone for someone who has shed tears preaching about Palestine in the past. The sermon by Abdulrahman al-Sudais, imam of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, broadcast on Saudi state television on September 5, came three weeks after the United Arab Emirates agreed upon a historic deal to normalise relations with Israel and days...
  • Imam of Mecca’s Grand Mosque Hints at Normalization With Israel in Friday Sermon

    09/11/2020 7:22:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    The Algemeiner ^ | 09/11/2020 | Algemeiner Staff
    The imam of Mecca’s Grand Mosque appeared to hint at normalization between Israel and Saudi Arabia in a sermon delivered on Friday. Following the Israeli accord with the United Arab Emirates last month, speculation has been rampant on whether Saudi Arabia would follow suit. The New Arab, a London-based, Qatari-funded private media outlet, reported over the weekend that Abdul Rahman al-Sudais used his sermon to emphasize tolerance and cooperation between Muslims and non-Muslims. In particular, he cited instances in which the prophet Muhammad had friendly relationships with Jews. “The prophet had mortgaged his shield to a Jew when he died;...
  • Saudi Arabia: Hajj will see at most ‘thousands’ due to virus

    06/23/2020 7:20:30 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 23, 2020 | Aya Batrawy
    A Saudi official said Tuesday that the hajj pilgrimage, which usually draws up to 2.5 million Muslims from all over the world, will only see at the most a few thousand pilgrims next month due to concerns over the spread of the coronavirus. The kingdom’s Hajj Minister Muhammad Benten said a “small and very limited” number of people — even as low as just 1,000 from inside the kingdom — will be allowed to perform the pilgrimage to ensure social distancing and crowd control amid the global virus outbreak. “The number, God willing, may be in the thousands. We are...
  • Saudi Arabia bans Muslims outside the kingdom from performing hajj for the first time in recent history as it battles to curb coronavirus

    06/23/2020 2:58:50 AM PDT · by C19fan · 10 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 23, 2020 | Harry Howard
    Saudi Arabia has banned Muslims from outside the kingdom from performing the annual hajj pilgrimage this year in an attempt to control the spread of coronavirus. The nation has seen 161,005 cases of COVID-19, with 1,307 confirmed deaths, the biggest outbreak in the Gulf region. But the pilgrimage ban marks the first time in Saudi Arabia's recent history that Muslims outside the kingdom have been barred from performing the hajj, which last year drew 2.5 million people.
  • Massive New Monument Found in Petra

    06/09/2016 9:25:36 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 25 replies
    nationalgeographic.com ^ | 06-08-2016 | By Kristin Romey
    An overhead image of the monument photographed from a drone, and a detail overlay of the surface features in which the image is rotated 90 degrees clockwise. Photograph by I. LaBianca (Left) and Photograph by I. LaBianca; graphics by J. Blanzy (Right) ============================================================================================== Satellites and drones helped reveal huge ceremonial platform near the ancient city’s center. An enormous monument has been hiding in plain sight at the World Heritage site of Petra, according to a study recently published in the Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research. Archaeologists Sarah Parcak, a National Geographic fellow, and Christopher Tuttle, executive director...
  • Massive New Monument Found in Petra

    06/09/2016 5:02:15 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    The newly revealed structure consists of a 184-by-161-foot (about 56-by-49-meter) platform that encloses a slightly smaller platform originally paved with flagstones. The east side of the interior platform had been lined with a row of columns that once crowned a monumental staircase. A small 28-by-28-foot (8.5-by-8.5-meter) building was centered north-south atop the interior platform and opened to the east, facing the staircase. This enormous open platform, topped with a relatively small building and approached by a monumental facade, has no known parallels to any other structure in Petra. It most likely had a public, ceremonial function, which may make it...
  • Islamic Places in Petra

    01/27/2020 2:28:23 PM PST · by fishtank · 35 replies
    Dan Gibson ^ | 1-27-2020 | Dan Gibson
    Islamic Places in Petra Dan Gibson 43.9K subscribers Dan Gibson introduces a new on-line tool that takes visitors on a tour through the Islamic places in Petra. Gibson explains that the original place names in Petra have been lost over the centuries, and that most of the place names are from the last several hundred years. Then using the descriptions of the earliest Islamic places, this tool takes the viewers through the Islamic places in Petra, including AlAqsa in Jiranah, Zamzam, the Ka'ba, the Cave of Hira, Arafat mountain, the Plains of Arafat, Muzdalifah , Mina, Jumrat, and the temple...
  • The Dome of the Rock and History

    04/05/2020 7:01:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/05/2020 | Mike Konrad
    Right now, most of the pitched battles between Muslims and Jews in Jerusalem concerns Jews trying to pray in the vicinity of the spurious Al-Aqsa. I say spurious since any competent historian, with only the must rudimentary knowledge, could dismiss Muslim claims in five minutes or less. The Muslims assert that Mohammed rode al-Buraq -- a mule with the face of a woman -- to Al Aqsa (the Furthest Mosque), in Jerusalem, where from thence, he ascended to heaven. The ascent to heaven is called: al-Miraj, from where we get the word: mirage. A more ridiculous and fantabulous story could...
  • Saudi Arabia tells Muslims to delay plans to visit the kingdom's holiest cities for Hajj amid coronavirus fears

    04/01/2020 7:47:29 AM PDT · by C19fan · 27 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 1, 2020 | Rory Butler
    'All Muslims' intending to travel to Islam's holiest sites to perform the hajj should delay making plans this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, a senior Saudi official has said. In February, the kingdom took the extraordinary decision to close off the holy cities of Mecca and Medina to foreigners, a step which was not taken even during the 1918 flu epidemic that killed tens of millions worldwide. Restrictions have tightened in the kingdom as it grapples with 1,563 confirmed cases of Covid-19, and 10 reported deaths so far. Every year, as many as two million Muslims perform the hajj...
  • Virus halts pilgrimages to Mecca, Friday prayers in Iran

    03/04/2020 9:29:13 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 4, 2020 | Amir Vahdat and John Gambrell
    The coronavirus outbreak disrupted Islamic worship in the Middle East as Saudi Arabia on Wednesday banned its citizens and other residents of the kingdom from performing the pilgrimage in Mecca, while Iran canceled Friday prayers in major cities. The decisions in Riyadh and Tehran affected both Sunni and Shiite Muslims alike. The Saudi move expands a ban last week on foreigners visiting Mecca and Medina, home to the holiest sites in Islam. That decision alone disrupted travel for thousands of Muslims already headed to the kingdom and potentially affects plans later this year for millions more ahead of the fasting...
  • Saudi Arabia halts travel to Mecca, Medina over coronavirus

    02/27/2020 5:20:48 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 23 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | February 27, 2020
    Saudi Arabia on Thursday halted travel to the holiest sites in Islam over coronavirus fears just months ahead of the annual Hajj pilgrimage, as the Middle East recorded more than 220 confirmed cases. The extraordinary decision by Saudi Arabia prevents foreigners from reaching the holy city of Mecca and the Kaaba, the cube-shaped structure the world's 1.8 billion Muslims pray towards five times a day. It also said travel was suspended to Prophet Muhammad's mosque in Medina
  • Muhammad's Dubious Theology

    02/19/2020 9:53:27 AM PST · by OddLane · 9 replies
    Youtube ^ | 2/19/20 | Gerard Perry
    I explore Surah 96, and debunk some Muslim claims about early persecution, the alleged divinity of the Koran and explain why you can't necessarily trust Islamic historiography.
  • The Skewed Morality of Muhammad

    12/26/2019 9:47:12 PM PST · by OddLane · 7 replies
    Youtube ^ | 12/27/19 | Gerard Perry
    I explore Surah 60, which reveals Muhammad's propensity to break treaties. I also contrast the self-serving ethics of Muhammad and his religion with the morality of the Bible.
  • The Sacred City of Mecca: Have We Got It Wrong? | TRACKS

    08/02/2019 11:57:03 AM PDT · by fishtank · 60 replies
    TRACKS ^ | 6-18-19 | TRACKS
    "The Sacred City presents compelling evidence that suggests the holy city of Mecca is in the wrong location and that the worlds 1.6 billion Muslims are praying in the direction of the wrong city. Compiling evidence from both historic sources and new technologies point to the correct location in this seismic, revelatory new film.
  • Saudi Arabia suspends Hajj visas for DR Congo over Ebola

    07/26/2019 1:38:24 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    The decision, announced in a note issued on Wednesday by the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs, cited last week's move by the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare the Ebola outbreak in DRC's eastern North Kivu and Ituri provinces a public health emergency of international concern. Riyadh's move came despite the WHO saying at the time of its international emergency declaration that no country should close its borders or place any restrictions on travel or trade because of Ebola and urging governments elsewhere in Africa and around the world not to "panic" in response to the decision. The epidemic has...