by Tahir Mustafa (News & Analysis, Crescent International Vol. 42, No. 12, Rabi' al-Thani, 1435)
The zionists have long harbored ill-intentions towards Masjid al-Aqsa and the Haram al-Sharif. These evil intentions received a boost when Israel’s Minister for Housing and Construction Uri Ariel announced that the so-called “Third Temple” would be built there.
The Zionists are nothing if not brazen in their conduct; some may even call them lunatics. One has to give them credit for chutzpah. The vast majority of Zionists do not believe in God but insist He “promised” them the Holy Land and that they have the “right” to destroy Islam’s holy sites in order to build their “Third Temple” there instead.
It is no secret that they have evil intentions on al-Masjid al-Aqsa and the entire al-Haram al-Sharif (the sacred sanctuary that houses both al-Masjid al-Aqsa and the Dome of the Rock). They want to destroy the noble sanctuary and have been digging tunnels underneath it under the pretext of archaeological excavations but in reality to weaken the foundations of the structure to bring it down.
The Israeli Minister of Housing and Construction (Destruction?) Uri Ariel announced on January 24 that the Zionists plan to destroy the Aqsa Mosque so that the mythical “Third Temple” can be built there. Ariel admitted that the first and second temples were destroyed many years ago (thousands of years ago, in fact) so the third one must be built now.
“Al-Aqsa Mosque is currently in place of the temple,” he claimed. And since the racist Zionists consider themselves superior to all other human beings, their (the Zionists’) rights take precedence over those of others to satiate their maniacal goals. Others’ sacred territory and history are irrelevant and of no consequence, as far as the Zionists are concerned. Ariel’s announcement becomes particularly ominous in view of recent attempts by Zionist squatters, euphemistically referred to as “Jewish settlers,” trying to barge onto the sacred sanctuary.
This is not the first time the Zionists have made attempts to destroy al-Masjid al-Aqsa, the first qiblah of Muslims and the third holiest site in Islam after Makkah and Madinah. On August 21, 1969, an Australian illegal immigrant, Denis Michael Rohan set fire to the minbar in al-Masjid al-Aqsa causing extensive damage. There was strong reaction among Muslims worldwide. Rohan was declared “insane” for his sacrilegious act. When the Zionists cannot hide their ugly conduct, they seek refuge behind the lunacy claim. The entire Zionist enterprise is based on the lunatic notion of God’s bequeathing the Holy Land to them in perpetuity. What have they done to earn God’s special favour?
What about Ariel Sharon’s barging his ponderous bulk onto the sacred sanctuary on September 28, 2000 accompanied by hundreds of heavily armed Zionist soldiers? Was Sharon also mad? For the record, he died on January 6, 2014 after remaining in a coma for eight years (since 2006). We hope he is now lodged in the lowest depths of Hell in the company of Adolf Hitler whose barbaric methods he emulated and fully implemented.
It was the Babylonian king Nebuchnezzer (Bakht Nasr) who in 598bce destroyed the sacred Temple built by Prophet Sulayman (a). Bakht Nasr wiped out all traces, including its foundations. Later rebuilt, the Second Temple was destroyed by the Roman Emperor Titus in 70ce. Both destructions occurred as a result of the corruption Banu Israel spread on earth. The Qur’an as well as the Bible and the Torah refer to these punishments inflicted on the Yahud for their mischievous behavior.
The Qur’an says, “And We made this known to the Children of Israel through revelation: ‘Twice, indeed will you spread corruption on earth and will indeed become grossly overbearing’.” (17:04). Three ayat later (17:07), the Qur’an refers to their second humiliation and destruction. Even the Torah has references to such destruction (Leviticus 26:14–39; Deu-teronomy 28:15–68). The Bible contains the prophecies of the Prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah, John and Jesus (a) warning the mischief-making Children of Israel of the impending wrath of God.
For Muslims, the sacredness of al-Masjid al-Aqsa and indeed al-Haram al-Sharif is part of prophetic history. The noble Messenger’s (pbuh) Isra’ wa-al-Mi‘raj (the night journey from al-Masjid al-Haram to al-Masjid al-Aqsa where he led all the earlier Prophets (a) in salah, and then ascended to Heaven to Sidrah al-Muntaha) are part of this sacred history.
Muslims liberated Jerusalem in 638ce/15ah when ‘Umar (ra) was the Khalifah of the Muslims. He built a simple structure on the spot where the noble Messenger (pbuh) had led the earlier Prophets (a) in salah. This area is called al-Masjid al-Aqsa. Later, this structure was improved (705ce) plus another structure, the Dome of the Rock with its imposing Golden Dome was also constructed. Together, the two masjids are part of the al-Haram al-Sharif.
While the masjids have suffered damage in the past — as a result of earthquakes in 746ce and again in 1033ce — they were rebuilt in even greater glory. Even the temporary loss to the Crusaders from 1099–1187ce did not diminish their importance or significance in Islamic spirituality. When Salah al-Din Ayyubi liberated Jerusalem from the Crusaders, he restored the two sacred masjids and even installed a special minbar in al-Masjid al-Aqsa that had been ordered constructed by his maternal uncle Nur al-Din Zangi. He died before he could finish the project hence it was left to Salah al-Din to fulfill his late uncle’s wishes.
It was this minbar that the Australian “madman” Rohan had tried to set on fire in August 1969; he set the entire Muslim world on fire. Now an otherwise sane-looking minister in the Zionist cabinet wants to destroy the whole of al-Masjid al-Aqsa.
What the Zionists want is to trigger a Third World War with their nonsensical notion of the “Third Temple.” They may yet get their wish but when the dust settles, there may not be a Zionist entity left in the world.
As far as the Arabian regimes surrounding Occupied Palestine are concerned, they will have to be dealt with the same way that Salah al-Din dealt with the ones he faced before he confronted the Crusaders in 1187ce. The Arabian regimes were created by British colonialists to facilitate the creation of the Zionist entity.
Instead of fulfilling their responsibilities, these regimes are busy stoking the flames of sectarianism in the Ummah so that the Zionists can continue to pursue their nefarious agenda. In this, they are partners in crime with the Zionists. Or as Israel’s first Prime Minister David Ben Gurion said, “The Arab[ian] regimes are Israel’s first line of defence.”