To Maria: response #5. One thing I do know: it wasn't Ishmael that was about to be sacrificed but Isaac, as written in the Old Testament, our Torah. As for Gabriel, Muhammad and Buraq, this belongs to the Koran, and Jerusalem, as King David's Capital, is also the City of G-d, so when He calls to His messenger to return, it would be from Jerusalem. Though I do not think he rose "slowly". Elijah who will announce the coming of Machiach also did not taste death.
Fire in Jerusalem suburb causes severe air pollution (Haaretz)
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