Egyptian Scholar: Al-Aqsa Mosque Is Not Sacred to Muslims

(MEMRI) Egyptian novelist and scholar Youssef Ziedan told Egypt's CBC TV on Dec. 3 that the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem has nothing to do with the Al-Aqsa referred to in the Quran. "Our ancient religious scholars - Al-Waqidi, Al-Tabari, and many others - said...that the Prophet Muhammad...went to the city of Tai'f [in Mecca Province in Saudi Arabia]. On the road to Ta'if, there were two mosques: Al-Adna Mosque ["the nearest"] and Al-Aqsa Mosque ["the farthest"]....Al-Waqidi and others said that these two mosques were on the road from Mecca to Ta'if." "The Al-Aqsa Mosque [in Jerusalem] did not exist back then, and the city...was called Aelia, and it had no mosques." "The Al-Aqsa Mosque [in Jerusalem] represents a political game by [the Caliph of Damascus] Abd Al-Malik ibn Marwan."

2015-12-15 00:00:00

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