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A New Muslim Vision: Rebuilding Solomon’s Temple Together

To cast believers out is a heinous and cruel policy, an offense not only to men, but to Islam.

The Temple as seen in the Holyland Model of Jerusalem, a 21,520 sq. ft., 1:50 scale-model of the city of Jerusalem in the late Second Temple Period.

The Temple as seen in the Holyland Model of Jerusalem, a 21,520 sq. ft., 1:50 scale-model of the city of Jerusalem in the late Second Temple Period.

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The unique importance of the Temple Mount to Judaism and to Islam makes the location vulnerable to tensions and conflicts between Jews and Muslims. Usually, these incidents originate in rumors such as: “The Jews are coming today to bomb the mosques and build their Third Temple.” Obviously, false accusations and baseless suspicions like these turn the site from a holy place of prayer and love into a site of violent political demonstrations. And, consequently, potential escalation of tension brings more restrictions and discomfort to all. Who benefits from this? Surely not the believers.

While the Israeli government ensures limited public access to the Temple Mount regardless of religious beliefs, only Muslims are allowed to pray at the place, which is known to Muslims as Haram al-Sharif. Otherwise, the government has prohibited everyone except Muslims from worshipping there since 1967, due to security concerns. Nevertheless, Muslims, too, are occasionally restricted. The Jordanian Waqf which administers the site has restricted non-Muslims from entering the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque since the year 2000. What’s more, non-Muslim religious symbols are not allowed to be worn while entering the site.

Freedom of worship is an essential issue. The Temple Mount, where the First and Second Temples stood, is the holiest place to the people of Israel. However, it is no less holy to both Muslims and Christians. Since this is a location that God has announced to be a “house of prayer for all nations,” it should be a place of festivity for all believers. As all who call on the God of Abraham are brothers, Jews and Christians should be able to offer prayers there in dignity and peace along with Muslims. To cast believers out from such a place, to prevent worship there, is a heinous and, quite frankly, cruel policy, which is an offense not only to men, but to Islam. God Himself condemns anyone who forbids worship:

“And who is more unjust than he who forbids that in places for the worship of God, God’s name should be celebrated?-whose zeal is (in fact) to ruin them? It was not fitting that such should themselves enter them except in fear. For them there is nothing but disgrace in this world, and in the world to come, an exceeding torment.” (Koran 2:214)

Likewise, the Tanakh declares the will of God to make this unique spot a common sanctuary where all people learn to coexist and pray together:

“For then will I turn clear language to the Nations, that they may all call upon the name of God, to serve Him shoulder to shoulder.” (Zephaniah 3:9)

Anywhere one prays to the One and Only Almighty God is a house of prayer. Therefore, it is an atrocious thing to forbid anyone from praying at the Temple Mount. The longings of Bnei Israel to pray in that place can never be an offense to a Muslim. On the contrary, it is very pleasant to see Jewish people praying at the Temple Mount. Indeed, all the faithful people should be able to pray there. As a matter of fact, in Istanbul’s Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and others houses of worship, foreign tourists often come and pray. Some perform their religious obligations according to their own faith, and it is something quite beautiful to see.

As a devout Muslim, I take pleasure when Jews pray to Almighty God, and their praying anywhere in the world, including at the Temple Mount, would be a glad tiding for me as well.

As a devout Muslim, it would be a joy for me to see Prophet Solomon’s Temple rebuilt as well. No, you did not hear me wrong. Prophet Solomon’s Temple being rebuilt in all its magnificence and glory would be a great delight for me, as it would be to any Muslim. Under different circumstances, in an atmosphere of trust, love and brotherhood, Muslims would welcome this with enthusiasm. The Temple of Solomon is also a historically important place, and rebuilding it would be a wonderful occasion for all believers to contemplate. Every Muslim, every believer, will want to experience the spirit of those days again, and strive to bring the beauty of those days back to life. Actually, it is everyone’s aspiration for that city to be adorned, to be beautified, and to regain the magnificent glory it had in the days of the Prophet Solomon.

Solomon’s Temple being rebuilt does not entail any harm to these shrines. So I beg my Muslim brothers and sisters not to take my words in a direction that I do not intend. They should not feel unease at all, because the al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock will stand until the Last Day. Nobody will be able to harm them, because they are under the protection of God.

There is a broad expanse of land around the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock. The land there is quite convenient in that respect, and the Temple can be placed just a little way from Qubbat As-Sakhrah, and a little ahead of Masjid el-Aqsa.

The Prophet Solomon—King Solomon as the Jews call him—is a prophet to Muslims too. All Muslims have profound love for him. Prophet Solomon had a superior understanding of beauty and aesthetics, and no doubt, rebuilding of his Temple in its original form would be a splendid undertaking. Decorated exactly as it was, with the same beautiful ornaments, covered in gold, adorned with fruit trees and beautiful gardens, and restored to its former glory, would be splendid!

It is of course very exciting to remember those beautiful days, to rebuild this beautiful compound, and let this beautiful prayer house be open to all. This very much excites me as a Muslim and excites other believers as well. The very thought of Christians, Jews and Muslims cooperating to rebuild this house of worship, together hand in hand, and worshipping there together, is a matter of joy.

Think of the waste of energy and resources consumed all over the world by the contention between Arabs and Jews, which could be used to beautify these holy places, to put them in a brilliant state, instead! There is plenty of space, and there are overwhelmingly sufficient resources for everyone to live there in peace and tranquility and enjoy their freedom of worship.

How have we allowed these unending wars, sporadic clashes, security walls, unnecessary discrimination and restrictions to bar us from being able to embrace each other as brothers? Why do we take it for granted that we are under any obligation to perpetuate these senseless conflicts? Why does everyone simply presume that this is the way things are meant to be? We all want suffering to end and peace to prevail in the region! Obviously we cannot achieve this peace as long as we lack the spirit of unity.

The Jews have the exact same vision, with the Third Temple being a center for all believers, not only for Jews:

“Also the aliens, that join themselves to God, to minister unto Him, and to love the name of God, to be His servants… Even them will I bring to My holy mountain, and make them joyful in My house of prayer; their burnt-offerings and their sacrifices shall be acceptable upon Mine altar; for My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.” (Isaiah 56:6-7)

We will rebuild—not only the Temple of Solomon, but those of all the prophets too. As a matter of fact, apart from the Prophet Solomon’s Temple, the other prayer houses of other prophets, the places where they inhabited, should be rebuilt as well. The places where they worshiped should be restored and glorified. Similarly, they should be opened, and Christians, Muslims and Jews should be allowed to visit them at the same time. The places where the Prophets Abraham, Joseph, Isaac, Jacob, Aaron lived should be restored and beautified also.

The main entrance to the Old City is the Jaffa Gate. This gate was built by Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent in 1538. The name in Arabic, Bab el-Halil, or Hebron Gate, means “The Beloved,” and refers to Prophet Abraham. In the entrance hall of the Gate, there is a stone on which the following text is engraved: “There is only one God and Abraham is his friend.” It is written this way because Jews and Christians were also using this gate along with Muslims, and the text refers to our common belief in the Prophet Abraham. So this should be the spirit in this site: We all worship the same One God and we are all children of Prophet Abraham!

Let us embrace each other with respect and love! Let us talk together, and envision better days in which we can all pray, and unite in celebration and brotherhood in this Prayer House of our blessed Prophet Solomon, and praise the glory of Almighty God together! Let every Christian, every Muslim, every Jew unite in this one godly desire! Let us endeavor to achieve this together, and let us believe that it is possible for everyone to perform their prayers in joy and peace!

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About the Author: Sinem Tezyapar is an executive producer on Turkish Television. She is a political and religious commentator and a peace activist. She can be reached on Facebook, and Twitter.

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205 Responses to “A New Muslim Vision: Rebuilding Solomon’s Temple Together”

  1. Nils Confer says:

    The author is either ignoring or unaware that the God of the Jews and Christians is not the same god that Muslims pray to. They cannot be. Read the scriptures and you will find that they are in opposition.

  2. Joel Stephen Gehrke says:

    Wow. I am three feet off the ground.

  3. Joel Stephen Gehrke says:

    Wow. I am three feet off the ground.

  4. Im sorry but I totally disagree with you,
    If anything when you objectively read the Holy Scriptures you see that it is THE same God, and no body else except the ONE God of us all

  5. Danyah Ben-Carl says:

    The author is very ignorant regarding his own god – the muslim god is the great satan, he is not the same as the YHVH. And what's funny is after the Temple is rebuild, muslim (non-jewish/christian) will not be allowed in it. The reference to all nations bringing their glory to it is a reference to the nations who are followers of YHVH who are Torah/Bible obedient.

  6. Danyah Ben-Carl says:

    I don't know scripture you read, but the Torah/Bible is clear this is not the same god. The muslim belief regarding their last mahdi is the same as the Christian's anti-christ, and the anti-mahdi is the same as the Christian's Messiah.

  7. Mo Arthur says:

    wow, this is complete and utter garbage. If you know the story of the final imam/mahdi then you know that all jews and christians will be forced to convert to islam and if they don't they will be put to death.

    It is clear in Bukhari (52:177) – Allah's Apostle said, "The Hour will not be established until you fight with the Jews, and the stone behind which a Jew will be hiding will say. "O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, so kill him."…. what part of that is not clear? the hour will not come…. until you kill them.

  8. Mo Arthur says:

    allah is the pagan moon god from ancient chaldea (ur) it is not hashem it is satan. One of the many names of allah is "the great deceiver" that is not a name of the one true God

  9. Danyah Ben-Carl says:

    and what part of this is the "same god", complete and utter stupid.
    google Walid Shoebat, best resource of how they are not the same god.

  10. Mo Arthur says:

    can you feel the rambam mind slapping you for writing this? sinem… lol its laughable for a turk to suggest this, considering the turks have usurped the hagia sophia, and ethnically cleansed armenians, greeks, assyrians etc from turkey…. they should have zero input on religious matters of other nations. To simply suggest these desecrations is unbelievable.

  11. Meyer Mussry says:

    I love the idea, and believe that we are all travellers up the same mountain on different paths. There are people in all religions who have found spirituality and connection with G-d. They are all blessed.

  12. Mo Arthur says:

    thats a nice thought, only problem is that people that believe that murder, rape, torture, etc are ok on the path up the mountain are not the same as those who condemn those actions up the path of the mountain… moral relativism is a fraud without basis in reality or doctrine

  13. Mo Arthur says:

    Danyah Ben-Carl I love walid and his son theo, they are unafraid to speak the truth no matter what

  14. Danyah Ben-Carl says:

    Joel Richardson is also another great resource.

  15. Mo Arthur; As soo many times before, the hadith you refer to, is fabricated and not in compliance with the Holy Quran.

    You are all unfortunately full of hate, so full, you can't see straight.

    The best and true democracy, applied to all the writing above;

    Say : O ye that reject Faith!
    I worship not that which ye worship,
    Nor will ye worship that which I worship.
    And I will not worship that which ye have been wont to worship,
    Nor will ye worship that which I worship.
    To you be your Way, and to me mine.

    Quran 109:1-6

  16. Danyah Ben-Carl says:

    and who's to say it's the same mountain, Yeshua/Jesus say's He is the only way to the Father/YHVH. Either He is or He is a liar. If He is the only way then the other ways are not. It's that simple.

  17. Mo Arthur says:

    Edin Luan Limani that is complete nonsense I will put a few quotes and then a link to people following the command to the letter. Then tell me that allah is G-d

    Quran (3:151) – "Soon shall We cast terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers, for that they joined companions with Allah, for which He had sent no authority".

    Quran (4:89) – "They but wish that ye should reject Faith, as they do, and thus be on the same footing (as they): But take not friends from their ranks until they flee in the way of Allah (From what is forbidden). But if they turn renegades, seize them and slay them wherever ye find them; and (in any case) take no friends or helpers from their ranks."

    Quran (8:12) – "I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them"

    Quran (8:57) – "If thou comest on them in the war, deal with them so as to strike fear in those who are behind them, that haply they may remember."

    (61:9): "He it is who has sent His Messenger (Mohammed) with guidance and the religion of truth (Islam) to make it victorious over all religions even though the infidels may resist."

    WARNING GRAPHIC – do not watch this if you dont want to see what happens to those who disagree with islamic doctrine and wish to change their path – warning-


    if you listen carefully to the arabic they use you can see what the emulators of the "prophet" believe

  18. Mo;

    Im not saying there are no bigots, radicals, filth within the "community" who call them selves "muslims" in fact they are nothing but nothing but darwinists, real terrorists with no regards to life, beauty, science, love, affection and compassion.

    The link you are providing is nothing but pure hate and evil and has absolutely nothing to do with Islam.

    I am Muslim, fought a war in Kosovo where Im from originally, as 16-17 years old, lost 46 family members, kileld by Serbs, massacred, raped and burned alive, and when they were finally done, they painted the Cross on the Walls, saying it was Jesus. My God, what nonsense! I know as a believer, as a God fearing individual who love and embrace all humans, as does Sinem the writer, that those guys were the same darwinian, terrorists who use the name of God and Prophets to gain their interests.

    When we caught Serb-soliders, we gave them passports, our own poor clothes, and food, and sheltered them in Albania and then moved them to Italy, in order for them not to be persecuted and kileld by their own government.

    We also saved all the Jews from Kosovo-Albania, during WWII, acknowledged by Israeli government and civic movements.

    We have a long way to go, but we will be successful, if all good people join forces and see with the heart and not with the ego.

    As for your quotes;

    3:151 = It is about those who are hypocrites and not following the word of God as it should be followed, about those who say they are Muslims (being a Muslim means actually to surrender 100% to God's Will, so by Islam, a true, sincere Christian or Jew, is basically a Muslim)

    4:89 = Not taking as friends, from the Arabic, means, not to take as leaders, and that is pretty logical, my president in Kosovo is my President and can not be yours in your country.
    As a believer I do not make compromises with my faith, but at the same time I do respect all other faiths, knowing they too are Created by God.
    Allah says, marry and eat their food (Christians and Jews) How can one then kill and hate? Five times a day, we pray to God for the best of Abrahams children, this includes all Christians and Jews, how can I kill them then?

    Same goes with the rest of the verses. The Quran is a hole, and should be studied as a hole, not partially. Taking sentences out of context only bring harms.

    (Those to whom We gave the Book recite it as it should be recited, they are the ones who believe therein) (2:121).

    (Verily, those who were given knowledge before it, when it is recited to them, fall down on their faces in humble prostration. And they say: "Glory be to our Lord! Truly, the promise of our Lord must be fulfilled.'') (17:107-108)

    Last part, talk about the Bible and Torah, that is why we as Muslims love all the previous books and Prophets.

    Peace and Love

  19. Yori Yanover says:

    According to Maimonides, who is the primary Jewish teacher on this issue, Islam is precisely the monotheistic religion for the gentiles, save for the fact that he does not consider Mohammed a real prophet. There are no pagan stories of sexual intimacy between gods and mortals in Islam. There are no pagan-like icons of "saints," there are no pagan symbols like the cross.

    A Jew is permitted to pray inside a mosque. A Jew is forbidden to set foot inside a church. There are a scant few voices among our Jewish scholars over the generations who believe that Christianity is anything but paganism.

  20. Yori Yanover says:

    Rambam absolutely endorses Islam as the proper gentile religion.

  21. Yori Yanover says:

    According to Jewish tradition "that man" was not only a liar but a wizard and a hater of the rabbis. In his name, millions of us were murdered. And when the murderous crusaders laid siege to Jerusalem, the Muslims and Jews fought them together.

  22. Mo Arthur says:

    Edin Luan Limani nice but my old flatmate had her entire family killed by albanians just outside pristina… also note that during WWII the mufti of jerusalem raised divisions for hitler to help him in his genocide. Those divisions were in the SS and were made up of… bosnians and albanians… the albanian division was called handschar, they killed serbs and jews, they didnt save them

    as for your verses , yes we need context and to read as a whole, which I have done… you fail to mention abrogation. You know what that is if you know koran, but you failed to say what it was.

    Verses written later in time supercede earlier verses… ie peaceful meccan verses written when mohamed was a minority, are replaced with later violent verses from medina when he was a warlord in majority

    the verse of the sword trumps almost all peaceable verses

    its a catch 22 for you

    either you believe it as truth or you dont

  23. Pninah Means Millson Mason says:

    It will be called a house of prayer for all people, NOT ALL RELIGIONS and their pagan gods. And as far as the responses below? xtians do NOT worship the G-d of Israel. They worship a man-god, a trinity, a 3 in 1 god. Neither moslems or xtians belong on our Temple Mount. It has be defiled enough.

  24. Pninah Means Millson Mason says:

    It will be called a house of prayer for all people, NOT ALL RELIGIONS and their pagan gods. And as far as the responses below? xtians do NOT worship the G-d of Israel. They worship a man-god, a trinity, a 3 in 1 god. Neither moslems or xtians belong on our Temple Mount. It has been defiled enough.

  25. Pninah Means Millson Mason says:

    It will be called a house of prayer for all people, NOT ALL RELIGIONS and their pagan gods. And as far as the responses below? xtians do NOT worship the G-d of Israel. They worship a man-god, a trinity, a 3 in 1 god. Neither moslems or xtians belong on our Temple Mount. It has been defiled enough.

  26. Mo Arthur says:

    once again you fail to make distinction between catholic and christian.
    they are different.

    also jesus was a rabbi and followed torah

    and nobody has ever been killed in his name

    he never taught to kill or hurt, on the contrary he taught peace and to pray for and love your enemy

    he was killed by the rabbis (both pharicees and saducees) that feared him

    He was a jew, as were all his apostles

    when the romans mentioned early christians they mention a jewish sect

    by all means I dont need to defend him, but feel free to identify his lies and "wizardry" :P and point them out for all to see

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