Palestine Reimagined #07 What is the Temple of Solomon

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The Jewish claim is that the temple of Solomon is the temple of the temple, and the temple was destroyed by theying couldn't be found until the year 17 CE. The first step to dismantling the claim is to note that Al prep Alaysha in the first place, and that the temple was built on top of the ruins of the temple. The first step is to note that Alaysha was the first to build the temple, and that the temple is still being rebuilt. The second step is to note that the temple was built by the first minister of Jerusalem, Abraham Lincoln, and that the temple is still being rebuilt.

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What do we know of the Jewish claim

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that beneath Al Masjid Al Aqsa, the Aqsa

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Mosque, lays the ruins of the Temple of

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Solomon or so they claim?

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According to Jewish tradition, the one who lay

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the foundations

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for the temple was David, prophet Dawood.

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And the one who actually built it was

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his son Suleiman or Solomon.

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The temple was destroyed for the first time

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by the Babylonian ruler, Nebuchadnezzar,

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in 586

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BC.

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They supposedly rebuilt it years later, but was

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then yet again destroyed at the hands of

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Titus, the son of the Roman Emperor Vespasian,

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in the year 17 CE.

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So that the Jews would not,

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forget the temple, so that it would remain

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alive in their memories, the rabbis introduced rituals

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and ceremonies that every Jew performs in order

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to remember the temple,

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and its destruction.

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At the time of birth, at the time

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of death, at the time of marriage, when

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painting the house there's always a ceremony to

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remember the temple.

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Now today the Jewish claim is that Al

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Masjid Al Aqsa is built on top of

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the ruins of this temple.

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And Al Aqsa mosque is currently being controlled

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by the Israeli army

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for the ever increasing use of Israeli settlers

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and for the preparation of the building of

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the temple.

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This means that there is of course no

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alternative to destroying

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Masjid Al Aqsa in order to rebuild to

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the temple,

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and that the kingdom of the Jews cannot

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be established until that happens.

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Because to them, Israel is nothing without Jerusalem,

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and Jerusalem is nothing without the Temple of

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Solomon.

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Now from our perspective,

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the very first step to the dismantling of

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this allegation is to note that Al Masjid

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Al Aqsa

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was built 100 of years before the very

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birth of prophet Solomon.

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You see, scholars, they have 3 different views

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about the identity of the first to construct

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Al Masjid Al Aqsa. I'm gonna present in

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chronological order.

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The first theory suggests that angels

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initially constructed Al Masjid Al Haram in Mecca,

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followed by the building of Al Masjid Al

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Aqsa in Palestine 40 years later.

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The second opinion is that prophet Adam was

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the pioneer of al Masjid al Haram in

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Mecca, and then afterwards he established al Masjid

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al Aqsa again 40 years 40 year

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gap. According to the 3rd opinion,

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the initial foundations of Al Masjid Al Haram

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in Mecca were already laid there, and they

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were raised by prophet Ibrahim,

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who then went over to Palestine to construct

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Al Masjid Al

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also 40 years later. So

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what does that tell you?

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It tells you that even if we were

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to take the 3rd opinion,

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and that the first to have built Al

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Majid Al Aqsa was prophet Ibrahim,

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it's clear that he predates prophet Sunayman by

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centuries.

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So Muslims argue,

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how can the claim be made that Al

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Aqsa mosque is built above the remains of

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a temple

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of Solomon,

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a Solomon who came into being many 100

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of years after the original builder,

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Abraham.

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Having said that,

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prophet Suleiman

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did in fact play a significant role in

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the history of Admetrokh Al Asad. Though not

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by initially constructing it as we have established,

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but rather by renovating it, by enhancing it.

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Ibn Utemi and others, they've said,

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He said Al Aqsa Mosque

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has existed since the time of Abraham,

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peace be upon him. But Sulayman

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was the one who rebuilt it magnificently.

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So, al Masjid al Aqsa had already been

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a place of worship

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long before

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Suleyman's

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era

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And the building which he did eventually

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rebuild

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and refurbish

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was none other than Al Masjid Al Aqsa

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itself

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not a separate place of worship that we

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need to search for beneath it.

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This was also confirmed by the Christian historian

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Ibn al Abri, who died in the year

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12/86,

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who said

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in the 4th year of his reign,

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Solomon began to build

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Baytul Maqdis, which is known as Al Masjid

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Al Aqsa.

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So the temple of Solomon is Al Masjid

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Al Aqsa.

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Nevertheless,

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certain Jewish groups

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who don't believe this, continue to argue otherwise,

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As they try to justify risky excavations beneath

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the Masjid, which has consistently

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yielded zero evidence of a colossal

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structure that once apparently occupied the space as

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described in the Bible.

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In 1961 Israeli authorities claimed to have discovered

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what they termed the Stables of Solomon.

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They enlisted Kathleen Kenyon, who is a distinguished

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British archaeologist. To conduct a thorough investigation

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in Palestine

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near Al Masjid Al Aqsa.

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After 6 years of extensive

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excavations in Jerusalem, Kenyan concluded that these so

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called stables were totally

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impractical

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for holding horses,

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debunking the initial claims.

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And then periodically

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items such as stones or tablets are unearthed

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during excavations and

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promptly presented to the world as evidence of

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the temple's remnants beneath Al Aqsa mosque. But

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then again these findings are discovered to be

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fraudulent

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forgeries.

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An example of this is the Jehoash inscription

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discovered in 2003.

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It's a stone tablet,

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it bears Hebrew inscription that mirrored the biblical

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description of Solomon's Temple.

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And it seemed to be initially at least

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very significant

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archaeological

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find. But then subsequent examinations revealed it to

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be a forgery, to fetch millions for museum

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collectors, and to bolster Zionist convictions about the

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temple's historical authenticity.

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And of course, you've got the Jewish archaeologist,

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Israel Finkelstein,

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who stated that the archaeologist did not find

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any archaeological evidence indicating that the temple actually

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existed, I. E. As described in the Bible.

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And he regarded the idea of the existence

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of the temple as a mere myth that

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did not exist. And that the writers of

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the Torah in the 3rd century added stories

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that did not happen.

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Putting all of this aside for a moment,

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even if remnants of a different structure was

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to be unearthed at any point from beneath

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Al Mas'ud Al Aqsa,

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that still wouldn't pose an issue for Muslims.

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It simply would be remnants of Al Masjid

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Al Aqsa of back then that has been

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restored and refurbished all throughout the ages.

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It's important to remember that the terms temple,

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mosque,

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masjid,

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house should not distract us from the fact

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that prophet Suleiman

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was a messenger of Allah.

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And that these names are in reference to

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the same thing essentially, places

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dedicated to the worship of the one Allah

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alone.

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And regardless of all of this.

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Anything of the construction of prophets Dawood

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or Surayman

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or prophet Ibrahim before them.

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Our belief is that we

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the Muslims today

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hold the strongest claim to it.

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After all these prophets according to the Quran

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were Muslims

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knitters to Allah, worshippers of him alone who

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never committed idolatry or obscene sins

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as is attributed to them.

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It is the Muslims today who are upon

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their religion.

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Muslims who do not associate partners with Allah

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like them.

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The Muslims who honor all of the prophets,

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Moses and Jesus and those before them and

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prophet Muhammad

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We believe in them all. We do not

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deem them as mere kings as others do.

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We therefore lay claim to these prophets. We

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lay claim to the places of worship that

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they built, And we lay claim to being

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time.

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time.