The Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, Israel.
It stands over where God's Temple lay in times past, over the Holy of Holies - the holiest piece of real estate for over 1,000 years - until Jesus came. It also stands over the Foundation Stoner, the same spot where God created Adam from the dust of the earth, according to ancient Jewish tradition.
So basically it's very Holy and historical and prophetically important to Jews and Christians alike. Neither Jerusalem nor this place is mentioned in the Quran once, yet Muslims revere it (Jerusalem is mentioned in the Bible at least 800 times)
What am I getting at? I find it intriguing the spirit of Islam, and that of Allah, abide over the spot that stood so vitally important to God, and Israel, in times past. Over what was, the holiest spot - where God's presence abode over the Ark of the Covenant in the Holy of Holies and where the sins of the nation of Israel were covered on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement - where man, in the High Priest, and God, had that bond and reunion of presence reestablished. Where the Passover Lambs were slaughtered, which pointed to Christ's crucifixion... And where Christ's Calvary faced directly across from, over the Kidron Valley.
So get this:
Jesus began his ministry in the Autumn of 26/27 A.D. (a sabbatical year). 666 years later, in 692 A.D. this Islamic Shrine to a false God was erected. Interesting number there. (Do the math). Muhammed also died in 632 A. D.... 600 years after Christ. (again, a multiple of 6)
But what really gets me is the inscriptions chosen to be placed on this shrine over this Holy spot.... Of all the Quranic scripture that could have been chosen, several statements denigrating the Sonhood of Jesus were chosen.
"According to Prof. Shlomo Dov Goitein, the inscriptions decorating the interior clearly display a spirit of polemic against Christianity, while stressing at the same time the Qur’anic doctrine that Jesus Christ was a true prophet. The formula la sharika lahu ‘God has no companion’ is repeated FIVE TIMES, the verses from sura Maryam 16:34-37, which strongly DENY Jesus’ SONSHIP to God, are quoted together with the remarkable prayer: Allahumma salli (with ya; read salli without ya) ala rasulika wa’abdika ‘Isa bin Maryam – “In the name of the One God (Allah) Pray for your Prophet and Servant Jesus son of Mary”.
Why is this Denial of Sonhood significant???
(1st John 2:22) - "Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is Antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father."
Thinking John had a revelation here....
Inscriptions About Jesus on Islam’s Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem
Letter “S” stands for south, “SE” for southeast, etc
"Inscriptions on the Inside of the Octagonal Arcade"
(S) In the name of Allah, the Merciful the Compassionate. There is no god but God. He is One. He has no associate. Unto Him belongeth sovereignity and unto Him belongeth praise. He quickeneth and He giveth death; and He has Power over all things. Muhammad is the servant of God and His Messenger.
(SE) Lo! God and His angels shower blessings on the Prophet. O ye who believe! Ask blessings on him and salute him with a worthy salutation. The blessing of God be on him and peace be on him, and may God have mercy. O People of the Book! Do not exaggerate in your religion
(E) nor utter aught concerning God save the truth. The Messiah, Jesus Son of Mary, was only a messenger of God, and His Word which He conveyed unto Mary, and a spirit from Him. So believe in God and His messengers, And say not 'three’ – cease! (it is)
(NE) better for you! – God is only one God. Far be it removed from His transcendent majesty that He should have a Son. His is all that is in the heavens and all that is in the earth. And God is sufficient as Defender. The Messiah will never scorn to be a
( N ) servant unto God, nor will the favoured angels. Whoso scorneth His service and is proud, all such will He assemble unto Him. Oh God, bless Your Messenger and Your servant Jesus
(NW) son of Mary. Peace be on him the day he was born, and the day he dies, and the day he shall be raised alive! Such was Jesus, son of Mary, (this is) a statement of the truth concerning which they doubt. It befitteth not (the Majesty of) God that He should take unto Himself a Son. Glory be to Him!
(W) When He decreeth a thing, He saith unto it only: Be! and it is. Lo! God is my Lord and your Lord. So serve Him. That is the right path. God (Himself) is witness that there is no God save Him. And the angels and the men of learning (too are witness). Maintaining His creation in justice, there is no God save Him,
(SW) the Almighty, the Wise. Lo! religion with God (is) Islam. Those who (formerly) received the Book differed only after knowledge came unto them, through transgression among themselves. Whoso disbelieveth the revelations of God (will find that) lo! God is swift at reckoning!
"Inscriptions on the Outside of the Octagonal Arcade"
(S) In the name of Allah, the Merciful the Compassionate. There is no god but God. He is one. He has no associate. Say: He is God, the One! God, the eternally Besought of all! He begetteth not nor was begotten. And there is none comparable unto Him. Muhammad is the Messenger of God, the blessing of God be on him.
(SW) In the name of Allah, the Merciful the Compassionate. There is no god but God. He is one. He has no associate. Muhammad is the Messenger of God. Lo! God and His angels shower blessings on the Prophet.
(W) O ye who believe! Ask blessings on him and salute him with a worthy salutation. In the name of Allah, the Merciful the Compassionate. There is no god but God. He is one. Praise be to
(NW) God, who hath not taken unto himself a son, and who hath no partner in the Sovereignty, nor hath He any protecting friend through dependence. And magnify Him with all magnificence. Muhammad is the Messenger of
( N ) God, the blessing of God be on him and the angels and His prophets, and peace be on him, and may God have mercy. In the name of Allah, the Merciful the Compassionate. There is no god but God. He is one. He has no associate.
(NE) Unto Him belongeth sovereignty and unto Him belongeth praise. He quickeneth. And He giveth death; and He has Power over all things. Muhammad is the Messenger of God, the blessing of God be on him. May He accept his intercession on the Day of Judgment on behalf of his people.
(E) In the name of Allah, the Merciful the Compassionate. There is no god but God. He is one. He has no associate. Muhammad is the Messenger of God, the blessing of God be on him. The dome was built by servant of God ‘Abd
(SE) [Allah the Imam al-Ma'mun, Commander] of the Faithful, in the year two and seventy. May God accept from him and be content with him. Amen, Lord of the worlds, praise be to God.