In the name of Allāh,
the Beneficent, the Merciful.
Peace and Blessings of Allāh on Mohammad.
Allāh–the Glorious and the High,
Lord of the worlds
Mohammad–who brought the world
to our feet and eternity to our arms.
AL-‘AQSA MASJID (MOSQUE)
Allāh, the All-knowing God, tells us in His Qur’an 17:1: “Glory to Him Who carried His servant from the Sacred Mosque to the Remote Mosque, whose precincts We blessed, that We might show him of Our signs. Surely He is the Hearing, the Seeing.”
(Notably, this “Remote Mosque” or Masjid/Mosque of Solomon which is referred to as ‘Temple of Solomon’ was not present at the time of this journey–Isra/Mi’raj–of the Prophet Mohammad, noted in the Qur’anic verse above. Jerusalem, where this Masjid of Solomon is situated, was destroyed by the Babylonians in 6c. BC, and again in 70 A.C. (After Christ) by the Romans, who is said to have removed even the foundation of this Masjid of Solomon. The Prophet Mohammad was taken to the site of this Masjid).
As noted, Allah says this “Remote” shrine was a “Masjid/Mosque” not Temple. Since Islam was not yet established how could this shrine of Solomon be called Masjid/Mosque and not Temple or Synagogue?
All prophets are/were Muslims; they are paternal brothers–(Bokhari Vol. 4, # 651-652). Solomon, though a Jew by nationality, was Muslim by faith. The shrines of prophets, though called by a name according to their languages/races are in fact Masjids/Mosques, the name of the shrine of Muslims. Thus, Jewish claim that a “Temple” of Solomon was on the Mount has no Divine foundation. There is no “Temple Mount” but Divinely and correctly “Masjid/Mosque Mount.”
That the shrines built by Jinns for Solomon are noted as Synagogues–(Qur’an 34:13)–is so because this is the name by which Jewish shrines are known. That this ‘Masjid/Mosque on the Mount’ is the “personal” shrine of Solomon is evidenced by the fact that it is the only one recognized by Jews as “Temple of Solomon.”
And, as Solomon was a Muslim and taught Islam (which does not have a “chosen people” to the exclusion of others; and as Jews believe they are God’s “chosen people” to the exclusion of others which is implying that God is unjust–choosing people on the basis of race, a factor in which we have no choice) Muslims, spiritually, are closer to Solomon than Jews are to Solomon. In fact, those who call themselves Jews may not even be descendants of the Biblical Fathers –Jacob and his twelve sons– but rather descendants of the eighth-century Khazar, a Turkish tribe, that converted to Judaism (See Judaism).
This Masjid/Mosque of Solomon is referred to as the Remote/ Farthest Mosque –though there may have been shrines farther than it –simply because it is a shrine built by a prophet, who was a Muslim, for a prophet–(2 Chron. 6:1-11) and hence a Masjid/ Mosque.
The Prophet Mohammad’s journey to this Mosque in Jerusalem, as noted by Muhammad Ali, “signified that he would also inherit the blessings of the Israelite prophets;” which finds resonance in Jesus’ prophecy that the kingdom of God shall be taken from the Jews and given to another people (the Arabs/Muslims): “The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof”–(Matthew 21:43).
(Christians might be apt to claim that this prophecy of Matthew 21:43 relates to them. This is fanciful. Jesus was a Jew who upheld the Judaic law and enjoined his people to do the same. Thus, those who want to follow Jesus would also be following the Judaic law. But Christians are not following Christ or the Judaic law, they are following paganism–son of God dying for sins is a remnant of Paganism (Ref. Qur’an 9:30; to which Muhammad Ali notes: “when St. Paul saw that the Jews would on no account accept Jesus Christ as a messenger of God, he introduced the pagan doctrine of sonship of God into the Christian religion, so that it might become more acceptable to the pagans.” And Maurice Bucaille comments about St.(?)Paul, “He was considered to be a traitor to Jesus’s thought by the latter’s family and by the apostles who had stayed in Jerusalem in the circle around James. Paul created Christianity at the expense of those whom Jesus had gathered around him to spread his teachings”–The Bible, The Qur’an And Science, p.52. See also Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din The Sources Of Christianity). Son of God dying for sins is not the teaching of Christ; it is the teaching of Paul: “Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel”–(2 Tim, 2:8; Gal. 1:6). Paul forged his own gospel. Christ is only a figurehead in the Church. The religion of the Church may more rightly be called Paulianity).
As noted above, Solomon dedicated the ‘Masjid/Mosque on the Mount’ in Jerusalem as the centre to the worship of God for the Israelites only–(2 Chron. 6:1-11); and God decreed that He will take power and prophethood from the Israelites, who are to follow Shiloh–(Gen. 49:10); will send a prophet like Moses, whom the Israelites are to follow–(Deut. 18:15-19); will send the Comforter who will give “all truth”–(John 14:15-16; 16:12-13); will take His kingdom from Jews and give it to another people–(Matt. 21:43); that Jerusalem will cease to be the focus of Divine worship–(John 4:21; Isaiah 60:7; 65:15; Haggai 2:9; Malachi 1:11); and will send “another” angel with the “everlasting gospel”–(Rev.14:6–as the “everlasting gospel” was yet to come the Bible is rendered obsolete); and which Shiloh and prophet like Moses and Comforter and “another angel” is, indisputably, the Prophet Mohammad; and which new centre of worship is the Ka’ba in Makkah which is for all people; and which “another people” who received the kingdom taken from the Jews are the Muslims; and which “everlasting gospel” is the Qur’an, having “all truth.” Thus, as Judaism was Divinely decreed to end upon the advent of Mohammad, “spiritually the Jewish religion has no future.”* And as Jesus came to uphold the Judaic law –and enjoined his people to do the biddings of the Scribes and the Pharisees–Matt. 23:2-3, until the arrival of the Comforter– Divinely there is no such religion as Christianity, and which, like all other religions, is man-named. Jesus, as all prophets, followed and taught the Divinely-named and chosen Islam–peace and submission to Allāh, God.
* Muhammad Ali, Qur’anic comm; 1415.