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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.

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!

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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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?

  4. 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.

  5. Yori Yanover says:

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

  6. Yori Yanover says:

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

  7. 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…

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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).

  11. 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.

  12. 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?

  13. 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

  14. Charlie Hall says:

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

  15. 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.

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

  17. Lisa Liel says:

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

  18. Lisa Liel says:

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

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  21. Mo Arthur says:

    @ charlie one of the many names of allah is "the great deceiver" look it up.

    Do you think that Hashem is the great deciever?

  22. Tim Upham says:

    In the Qu'ran, Jews and Christians are referred to as "The People of the Book," because it is from them that the Muslims got the scriptures from. But I do not see the wisdom behind rebuilding Solomon's Temple. It is a thing out of the past, and it required Cedars of Lebanon, which are now an endangered species. Rebuilding Solomon's Temple would be like Saddam Hussein wanting to rebuild the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. They were never rebuilt, and Saddam Hussein was executed. Instead of rebuilding the glories out of the past, why not focus on closer relations between Jews, Muslims, and Christians.

  23. Ahron Ebert says:

    One of the problems with this plan is the Mosque is sitting on the site for the main building of the Bais HaMikdah

  24. Marc Heatherington says:

    Charlie, being monotheistic doesn't translate to 'same god'. Muslims worship a God that requires death and evangelism by the sword. Their God is Satan.

  25. Marc Heatherington says:

    Yori, you confuse Christian with Catholic. Not the same.

  26. Eva Feld says:

    Madness, sheer madness, without "g-voolot" bounderies. Doesn't anyone read the Book of Jeremaiah? The Temple is inside us. We need to be Jews, we'd be come building worshipers. Madness, sheer madness.

  27. Rajel Ventura says:

    And I'd like to add to what you say that not only we (Jews and Muslims) worship the same One God, but we're also allowed to pray in the same place.
    But we can't pray in a church, because it contains statues that are supposed to picture God. Sooo.. to those hallucinating wth satans, demons and anti-thingies, please, don't.

  28. Yehuda Cohen says:

    Chaya Goldstein Rabbi Meir Kahane’s father, Rabbi Charles Kahane, was involved in the Revisionist Zionist and was editor of the Jewish Press. He’s probably turning over in his grave that the present editor of the Jewish Press, Yori Yanover, supports and defends Islam.

  29. @Mo Arthur…

    You may be talking about verse 3:54 of the Qur'an. The verse has to do with the Prophet Jesus. Muslims believe that Jesus was not crucified, but was raised up to the heavens by Allah. Maybe you are asking this question because the word "deciever" has a "bad" connotation. The Qur'an is in Arabic, a complex language, so lets look at several English translations of verse 3:54.

    Sahih International
    And the disbelievers planned, but Allah planned. And Allah is the best of planners.

    Muhsin Khan
    And they (disbelievers) plotted [to kill 'Iesa (Jesus) ], and Allah planned too. And Allah is the Best of the planners.

    Pickthall
    And they (the disbelievers) schemed, and Allah schemed (against them): and Allah is the best of schemers.

    Yusuf Ali
    And (the unbelievers) plotted and planned, and Allah too planned, and the best of planners is Allah.

    Shakir
    And they planned and Allah (also) planned, and Allah is the best of planners.

    Arberry
    And they devised, and God devised, and God is the best of devisers.

    Sarwar
    The unbelievers plotted and God planned, but God is a much better planner;

    Khalifa
    They plotted and schemed, but so did GOD, and GOD is the best schemer.

    Hilali/Khan
    And they (disbelievers) plotted (to kill Iesa (Jesus) ), and Allah planned too. And Allah is the Best of the planners.

    Malik
    The unbelievers among the children of Israel plotted against Jesus and Allah also devised a plan to raise him up, and Allah is the best in planning.

    QXP
    The opponents made some plans, but so did Allah. And Allah is the Virtuous of planners. (They schemed to arrest and crucify Jesus but Allah assured him).

    Maulana Ali
    And (the Jews) planned and Allah (also) planned. And Allah is the best of planners.

    Free Minds
    And they schemed and God schemed, but God is the best schemer.

    Qaribullah
    They devised, and Allah devised. And Allah is the Best Devisor.

    George Sale
    And the Jews devised a stratagem against him; but God devised a stratagem against them; and God is the best deviser of stratagems.

    JM Rodwell
    And the Jews plotted, and God plotted: But of those who plot is God the best.

    Asad
    And the unbelievers schemed [against Jesus]; but God brought their scheming to nought: for God is above all schemers.

    And the explanation of the verse from Tafsir Al-Jalalayn:
    God says: And they, the disbelievers among the Children of Israel, schemed, against Jesus, by assigning someone to assassinate him; and God schemed, by casting the likeness of Jesus onto the person who intended to kill him, and so they killed him, while Jesus was raised up into heaven; and God is the best of schemers, most knowledgeable of him [Jesus].

    So, NONE of these translations even use the word "deciever".

  30. Guru Nanak is the founder of the Sikh religion and forefather of Sikhs considered Muslims good people. He praised the Quran and mentioned the name of the Prophet Muhammad (saas) every time respectfully. Do you need source???

  31. Mo Arthur
    @"allah is the pagan moon god"

    Allah as Moon-God is a claim put forth by some Evangelical Christian groups. "Allah" is simply the word for "God" in Arabic, which ultimately derives from the same root as the Hebrew words "El" and "Elohim", both used in the Book of Genesis. "Allah is simply the Arabic word meaning God. In fact people who speak Arabic, be they Christians, Jews or Muslims, often say "Allah" to describe God, just as God is called "Gott" in German and "Dieu" in French.

    Quran says "The hour (of Judgment) is nigh, and the moon is cleft asunder."

    Before Islam, the Kaaba contained a statue representing the god Hubal. The alleged miracle of the splitting of the moon shows that God is not the moon, but has power over it. Whether or not Hubal was even associated with the moon, both Muhammad and his enemies clearly identified Hubal and Allah as different gods, their supporters fighting on opposing sides in the Battle of Badr. Ibn Hisham notes that Abu Sufyan ibn Harb, leader of the defeated anti-Islamic army, called to Hubal for support to gain victory in their next battle;

    When Abu Sufyan wanted to leave he went to the top of the mountain and shouted loudly saying, 'You have done a fine work; victory in war goes by turns. Today in exchange for the day (of Badr). Show your superiority, Hubal,' i.e. vindicate your religion. The apostle told ‘Umar to get up and answer him and say, God [Allah] is most high and most glorious. We are not equal. Our dead are in paradise; your dead are in hell

  32. Sorry, but you error when you say they are one in the same. It simply isn't true.

  33. Joey Loving Jesus Risner says:

    Edin Luan Limani disagree all u want but they are not the same God u are being led astray by the teachings of chrislam. jehova God would never tell us to do even 1 thing that the muslims claim God teaches them to do. u are deceived!!! repent and come out of that teaching!

  34. Joey Loving Jesus Risner says:

    Lisa Liel um yes it is I pray to God almighty Jehova or YHWH or Yeshua this is the same God and Son and Holy Spirit trinity the Jews pray to but not the mooslimes!

  35. Joey Loving Jesus Risner says:

    yes they do u stop showing ur ignorance!

  36. Darby Watson says:

    Edin Luan Limani, are you aware the Quran calls their God aka ALLAH, the greatest deciever of all? Jesus was NOT THE SON OF GOD, according to their book. It also says to kill Jews and Christians and by doing so one will be guaranteed a place in heaven. What bible are you reading? Mine doesn't say such things, it says we are to love one another. Jesus said and he doesn't lie, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6

  37. James Martin says:

    To allow muslums to pray their is to allow them to pray to the Babylon god Allah represented by the cresent moon. Muhammad's father's middle name translates to "slave of Allah." Muhammad even took on the holidays of this religion. The God of the Jews is a God of love. Allah, as stated in the Koran, is the greatest of schemers and a god of hate. The Koran says God did not have a Son. Jesus was the Son of God.

  38. Kristi Jones says:

    They are not the same GOD…The GOD of the Bible has a Son, and the Muslims reject the Son as the Son of GOD.

  39. "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."

    If the Temple Mount is no less holy to… Muslims, than why is it (Jerusalem) considered the 3rd most holy location in Islam behind Mecca and Medina?

    Jerasulem is not considered one of the most holy places to Jews and Christians, but THE most holy place.

    as they say, I'm just saying.

  40. The author is also ignoring the fact that Islam did not come into existance until the 7th century, thousands of years after the first and second temples were built by the God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob, not the god of Ishmael decendents.

    However, the New Israel has to answer the question of WHY they call the land of Judah, Isreal, and why they spurn God's destruction of Israel forever (Isaiah) in the prophecies.

    Jerusalem is in Judah, not Israel. But those who chose the path of Zionism, and the Balfour Agreement, chose also to use a name for the land that is not in accordance with the Almighty's Word.

    Bless Isreal… but for Christians, it is NOT to segregate the Jews as something above. Yeshua said love your neighbor as you love yourself.

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