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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. Mo Arthur says:

    actually he rejected mohamed as a prophet and allah as god

    he did like it compared to catholics, and I can see why considering the lack of idols

    but i think the twelvers have a slightly different version of end time events then you do. The rambam didnt agree with the twelvers mahdi converting all jews to islam on the final day, just the subhuman goyim

    as if the mahdi will just ignore the jews that rejected mohamed in the first place,… that is the one and only reason we are all marked for death

  2. Charlie Hall says:

    The Jewish sages unanimously say that the God of Islam ("Allah" in Arabic) is the same God that Jews pray to.

  3. Charlie Hall says:

    Catholics are Christians — in fact most of the world's Christians are Catholic.

    Jesus did not follow normative torah practices.

    Many Jews have been murdered in the name of Jesus.

    Jesus was murdered by the Romans, not the Jews. It is in the New Testament.

    Take your anti-Semitism elsewhere.

  4. Mo Arthur says:

    you worship the moon god of abram? I sure as **** dont!

  5. Charlie Hall says:

    You need to return to the beit midrash. I have never seen any Jewish sage who says that Moslems don't worship the same God we do. We have other difficulties with Islam, but it is absolutely monotheistic.

  6. Charlie Hall says:

    Yori Yanover Not only are Jews permitted to pray in a mosque, there is a mosque in the Bronx that hosts an Orthodox Jewish Shabat minyan. As you point out, were Islam idolatrous Jews would not even be permitted to enter a mosque, much less pray.

    The ignorance in this comment thread is frightening.

  7. Mo Arthur says:

    what I hate myself? Or just you?

    what torah didnt he follow?

    jesus never said to kill anyone, ever

    catholics are idol worshipers and do not even follow the ten commandments

    they follow a pagan religion endorsed by constantine the emperor

    in the new testament it is clear that the roman governor stated jesus was blamless and was to release him, we demanded his death, he then offered a murderer or jesus to be released assuming we would let the rabbi go rather then a multiple murderer… he misjudged and then allowed the crowd to demand jesus be killed. We did it and we were led by the rabbis

    to deny it is simply avoiding history

  8. Mo Arthur says:

    Quran (9:30) – "And the Jews say: Ezra is the son of Allah; and the Christians say: The Messiah is the son of Allah; these are the words of their mouths; they imitate the saying of those who disbelieved before; may Allah destroy them; how they are turned away!"

  9. Mo Arthur says:

    Charlie Hall if I worship satan and only satan and call him the one and true greatest god, does that mean im monotheistic and the same as you?

  10. Howdy thar. Yer hankerin’ peace? Fust take down th’ Alaxa mosque.

  11. Masha’Allah, very nice article permuting unity among believers. We are all children of same prophets and share many commonalities. We shouldn’t talk about our few differences and work together against atheism and irreligious satanic philosophies. Hate comes from Satan who is enemy of whole mankind including his followers. If we consider Satan as our common enemy then we’ll become friends of each other as enemy of enemy is my friend.

    Promised Messiah (Imam Mahdi) son of Prophet David (pbuh) will unite us against antichrist (dajjal) who will be anti-religion and anti-Messiah. Followers of antichrist will be irreligious materialistic bigots. According to sayings of Prophet Muhammad (saas), antichrist will be one eyed and KFR will be written on his forehead. One eyed means he will be materialistic with zero spirituality and KFR means kafir or atheist. We Jews, Christians and Muslims should work together against irreligious materialistic philosophies rather than showing hate for each other.

  12. Sinem Tezyapar is a member of the Adnan Oktar's community which praises a Turkish Islamic Union in the Middle East. They say that ''Turkey will conquer Israel and the Arab States and then peace will come.'' Beware of Taqiyya, she pretends like she is a peace activist. Here is their official website: http://www.turkishislamicunion.com.

  13. Yori Yanover says:

    Mo Arthur — During WW2 the entire Christian population of Europe was murdering millions of Jews — and you pick the Mufti as a representative of Islam? Is everybody crazy on this message thread?

  14. Yori Yanover says:

    Mo Arthur — No difference. Both celebrate a coitus between a woman and a god, a fundamental pagan concept. Both are equally immoral in using the doctrine of one guy's suffering absolving others of responsibility for their own sins. Across Jewish rabbinic literature you'll find no approval of Christianity on the same level of the near-complete embrace of Islam as the gentile religion best fitting the Torah's teachings.

    Now, I'm not saying Rambam was an admirer of Islam per se. But as a rationalist he felt compelled to state its plus points as compared to everything else available to gentiles.

  15. Yori Yanover says:

    Liad Bar-el — Even you must know that the Arabs descended from Ishmael, the son of Abraham, and not from Esau.

  16. Yori Yanover says:

    We love the Turkish government because its agents bring us so many page views.

  17. Dear Danyah, we Muslims recite "I seek refuge in Allah from satan, the accursed one" before reciting Holy Quran and before beginning any task, and you are saying we worship satan :)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ta'awwudh

    Let unite against satan instead calling satan each other…

  18. sure Jesus Christ of the new testament is JHVH of the old testament. Jesus is the friend of Abranham, the same yesterday, today and forever. The same One in His Word Body met Abranham onces and gave Abraham communion. Bride of Christ (true Christians by Malachi 4) shall be raptured and all true Jews shall be saved.Jesus is the One True God Manifested – THE AMEN.

  19. sure Jesus Christ of the new testament is JHVH of the old testament. Jesus is the friend of Abranham, the same yesterday, today and forever. The same One in His Word Body met Abranham onces and gave Abraham communion. Bride of Christ (true Christians by Malachi 4) shall be raptured and all true Jews shall be saved.Jesus is the One True God Manifested – THE AMEN.

  20. Jesus Christ The Lord is the same yesterday, today and forever, He is the same JHVH of the old testament, the same melchisedec who once gave Abranham communion. All True christians by Mal. 4 shall be raptured whiles all true Isrealites shall be saved. Jews and Christians (not a claimed church – he who have understanding will understand the whore church which also deceives people as christian church, but is just a harlot) worship the same God only their eyes were withheld for 'A season' from knowing that their God has come as Jesus Christ – the one who was crucified for my access to eternal life. Thank God I am saved by Jesus Christ the AMEN (Manifested God).

  21. it is another big lie by muslims who are instructed to make this world as one i.e.islamists by force or any other means the history has shown this and our forefathers of sikhs has told that the million swearing by a muslim shall never be trusted and muslim shall never overpower others in their falsehood of allah and his last prophet the mohammed.

  22. Mo Arthur says:

    yori that is complete and utter bull**** and the thing is that you know it and still say it. Christians dont murder, it is expressly forbidden to them. Nowhere in anything jesus said is there a single passage saying to do so. It is apparent to me that you hate them. You fail to realize that the muslims consider jesus to be a prophet and that he will return in the end days with the 12th imam and exterminate those jews who do not convert.
    You will be in the same boat as the christians. I wonder if you will still be blinded by hate for them when its your turn.

    for arguements sake please identify any christian leaders advocating murder or genocide. I will be happy to check it and confirm it.

    the mufti was a personal friend of hitler, and helped formulate the final solution, you want to ignore that but blame christians instead? are you high?

  23. Mo Arthur says:

    neither christians or catholics believe that god had sex with mary

    i have read their passages and it simply says an angel told her she would bear a son

    then you say gentle religion… its as if you live on another planet altogether. fatwas for writing a book, riots and murders over cartoons, riots and burning embassies over a youtibe clip, shooting girls in the face for going to school, bombing buses and pizzarias, flying loaded planes into buildings, hanging stoneing and beheading gays, and apostates, suicide bombing, etc etc…

    you can judge a tree by the fruit it produces.

    maybe you should read about what happened to the entire jewish city that mohamed beheaded. All males from the boys showing their first pubic hair to the oldest man were beheaded, and the women were made into sex slaves. Mohamed personally took the 17yr old wife of a man he beheaded as his sex slave.

    They say the city was full of jewish traitors who stopped supporting the jihad. As if this is justification for mass murder enslavement and rape.

    You need to get your head checked if you think that its peaceful

    the worst possible choice a goy can make is to join the islamists

  24. Charlie Hall says:

    Mo, Muslims don't worship Satan. Stop embarrassing yourself by showing your ignorance.

  25. Maurice Libner says:

    The author is a well meaning, good person, as well as a beautiful woman! However, I think it is ludicrous to assert that the site of Solomon's Temple is of equal signficance to Islam, Christianity and Judaism. It is clearly of central significance to Judaism, of minor significance to Islam, and of no significance to Chrisitianity. Furthermore, Jews are forbidden to pray where the Holy of Holies was located, until they can undergo ritual purification specified in Parah.

  26. Yori, do you have some sort of Arab agenda?

  27. Lisa Liel says:

    Nils, the God of the Jews is not the same god that Christians pray to.

  28. Lisa Liel says:

    Charlie, Islam is monotheistic. And wrong. Christianity isn't even monotheistic, and it's much more wrong.

  29. Yadira Gomez Corpus says:

    Shalom.. There is not such a thing like "same g-od" that´s a ha satan lie.The ecumenism will lead to judgment of adonay Yahweh against this world.Time is very short. Shalom U brajot….. gozoypaz.mx

  30. Mo Arthur says:

    The midrash has a story about older trees mourning for the loss of whole forests that had fueled human conflict. The Axe resplies with the following, "Had you not loaned me wood for a handle I couldn't have chopped down all those forests"… never give support to those who will end up using it against you. The end goal of the turkish islamic empire (caliphate) is not one of peace and prosperity, it is one of submission and dhimmi status with jizya for all of us second class citizens.

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