It's what they do destroy all vestiges of other religions..."Islam and other Peoples' holy sites By Doron Kescher July 6, 2003 After Israeli bulldozers destroyed the foundations for a proposed mosque on a Christian holy site in Nazareth, (Muslim) Deputy Mayor Salman Abu Ahmad and local head of the Islamic Movement said, "I haven't heard of any synagogues being destroyed, but they destroyed a mosque." The arrogance, insensitivity and stupidity of this statement is breath-taking. Would the deputy mayor like to know why no one is demolishing synagogues (except the Arabs, who demolished 19 on the day they sacked the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem in 1948), churches or Hindu temples? Here's a hint: which of the following religions has a penchant for destroying other people's religious shrines and building their own on the ruins? a. Judaism b. Christianity c. Hinduism d. Islam While all of the above religions have some holy sites which were once the property of another religion, the correct answer is 'D', Islam. It is Islam that religiously (excuse the pun) destroys sacred sites and rebuilds them as mosques. It was (and remains) Islam's way of saying, "We have defeated you, we rule you, and our god is better than your god." Countless Islamic shrines in the Middle East, Asia Minor and India are built on someone else's holy site. Prominent examples include the Haram a-Sharif (Jerusalem), the Blue Mosque of Sultan Ahmet I (Istanbul), and the (former) mosque at Ayodhya (India). Even Islam's holiest shrine - the Kabba in Mecca - is an older pagan shrine. The situation is further complicated in the Levant by the fact that well over 1,000 years after many of them lived and died, Islam has hijacked religious figures from other religions (mainly Judaism). Hence, sites which are holy to Jews due to their connection to a Jewish figure in history are claimed as exclusively Islamic holy sites. This is the reason why so many sites in the Middle East are "sacred to Muslims, Jews and Christians," as the media often says. While Christianity acknowledges that its central figures were Jewish, Islam has no such 'magnanimity' (it is a rare Christian indeed who would claim that King Solomon or Jesus were Christians!). Figures who lived millennia before the advent of Islam, and who would probably have rejected Islam violently had they ever come in contact with it, are not only claimed to be Islamic prophets, but are considered exclusively Islamic. Abraham (the first Jew), the Israelite Kings David and Solomon, Elijah and even Jesus are considered Muslims by Islam. The most publicized conflicts between competing claims are the Temple Mount in Jerusalem and the tomb of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in Hebron, both of which Jews were banned from entering until 1967.
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