Jerusalem Day – Muslim Style

There is something about Jerusalem. It has this incredible power that wraps its arms around you and whispers in your heart that this is home. By comparison, everywhere else in the world is dim and gray.

Even other places in Israel do not shine like this. I once tried to move from Jerusalem to a lovely little apartment in Tel Aviv, five minutes walk from the sea – and found, to my chagrin, that I just couldn’t do it. I don’t know why, but when I’m in Israel, the only place for me is Jerusalem. Unfortunately, living in Jerusalem is expensive, so it’s hard to live there as much as I would like.

The interesting thing is that a whole host of other people feel the same way. Several hosts, actually. We all know about the Jews wanting to live in Jerusalem. There’s the Christians that want to live in Jerusalem.

And, the Muslims.

Well, Muslims don’t actually want to live there. They just don’t want anyone ELSE living there. Throughout the time when the Muslims ruled Palestine, Jerusalem was never anything more than a backwater. The capital of the region was always in Syria.

In fact, even under the Romans or the Greeks, Jerusalem wasn’t a regional capital.

Only under the Jewish people was Jerusalem ever a capital of anything.

The interesting thing is that the Muslims have made Jerusalem a cause celebre. When Ayatollah Khomeini came to power, he decided to make the last Friday of Ramadan al-Quds Day, or Jerusalem Day. Now, Muslims around the world celebrate al-Quds Day.

And no, they aren’t celebrating the Jewish control of Jerusalem. No, they’re protesting THAT. What they are celebrating is the Palestinian struggle for Jerusalem.

When Israelis and Palestinians come together to talk peace, they can come to an agreement on every thing except one: Jerusalem.

Why is that?

Could it be that the final battleground in the war between good and evil is Jerusalem?

Well, last Friday was the last Friday of Ramadan, which was Jerusalem Day, or as they call it, al-Quds Day.

Amazing how important Jerusalem. Truly amazing.

Oh, and Lord willing my wife and I will be there in October.

Here’s a great Jerusalem Post article pointed out to me by Aaron Hecht, with Christians Standing With Israel:

Capital Significance

Here’s the first part of the editorial:

“All roads in our part of the world,” Jordan’s King Abdullah warned last year, “all the conflicts, lead to Jerusalem.”

In 1981, undeterred by the fact that no Muslim empire or dynasty had made Jerusalem its capital – even a regional or provincial capital – the late Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini declared the last Friday of the month of Ramadan to be al-Quds Day, an occasion to call for Muslim rule of the city.

This last Friday, Muslims from Indonesia to Gaza marked al-Quds Day with typically fierce fanfare. Speaking at a mass rally at Tehran University, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declared that “the goal of all believers and seekers of justice should be the disappearance of the Zionist regime.”

Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah meanwhile addressed crowds via a large screen in the southern Lebanese town of Maroun al-Ras.

“Al-Quds and Palestine are part of our religion, culture, fast in Ramadan, prayers and Jihad,” he said.

In Gaza City, PFLP-General Command politburo member Adel Al-Hakim condemned Israeli efforts to “Judaize” Jerusalem. In Afghanistan, thousands rallied in support of the Palestinian struggle at Shah-e Doh Shamshira mosque in Kabul and in the northern Balkh Province. Balkh Governor Atta Mohammad Nur called on the Taliban and al- Qaida to fight against the Israeli occupiers rather than carry out suicide attacks in Afghanistan.

Demonstrators burned Israeli flags in Malkiya, Bahrain and outside the Israeli embassy in Cairo. They shouted anti-Israel slogans at Mtoro mosque in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, as well as in Trafalgar Square, London.

In the Muslim imagination, Jerusalem was the place where Abraham stood ready to sacrifice his son Ishmael, and it was here the angel Gabriel accompanied Mohammed from Mecca before ascending through the heavens. According to one hadith, or prophetic saying, at the end of days the Kaaba shrine will be transferred from Mecca to Jerusalem.

For the rest of the article, go here.

Let’s keep the most important city in the world in the hands of those who are meant to run it.

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Thanks, Aaron.