Tag Archives: Jerusalem

Donald Trump Launches a Missile

Mighty Rocket Man Donald Trump follows suit today North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong-un. Well, in a way. His recognition of Jerusalem today as Israel’s (and Israel’s alone) capital is a provocation for hundreds of millions of Muslims and utterly foolish. … Continue reading

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Three Thousand Years

Two years ago, I had written a brief essay on Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) mystic Night Journey to Jerusalem and then further into Heaven which is commemorated by many Muslims today, 27 Rajab, al-’Isrā’ wal-Mi‘rāj. According to the Holy Qur’an (Q17:1) … Continue reading

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Netanyahu’s Jerusalem

Jews have been living in the Middle East for thousands of years. Likewise for thousands of years, Jews had been quarreling with other peoples living in Palestine. When the Jews (or rather their nobles and aristocrats), after their Babylonian captivity, … Continue reading

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Provocations

Clashes between Jews and Palestinians on the occasion of Purim are commonplace. In Hebron, or rather Al Khalil in the West Bank, they seem to escalate these days since the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced that he wanted the … Continue reading

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The Night Journey

When recently having read German Orientalist Tilman Nagel’s voluminous opus maximum on life and legend of the prophet of Islam, I became once more interested in the different versions of Muhammad’s ascension to heaven and his night journey to Jerusalem … Continue reading

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