Jews and Arabs are known to have their differences. They both have religious connections to Jerusalem. But here in Jerusalem they put their differences aside and join together to create peace and unity.
What Does Jerusalem Mean To The Jews?
Jerusalem has always been a holy city close to the heart of the Jewish People. Although not explicitly mentioned by the name Jerusalem in the 5 Books of Moses, it is mentioned hundreds of times in the prophets. Many events happened in the holy city of Jerusalem, many taking place on Temple Mount. To this day Jews all over the World face Jerusalem when they pray.
As it says in Psalms 137 “If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning. If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy”
Although not officially named yet, it is believed this is where Abraham was told to go to sacrifice his son, Issac. It is also believed this is where Jacob had his dream about angels going up and down a ladder.
It is on Temple Mount that King Solomon built the First Temple and where Ezra built the Second Temple. The Temple, where all the sacrifices took place, the House of God. Today, it is where the Western Wall stands, the last standing wall that was part of the House of God.
What Does Jerusalem Mean To The Arabs?
Jerusalem, along with Mecca and Medina is considered a holy city in Islam. Islam also associate themselves with prophets such as Abraham, King David, King Solomon and Elijah, all connected with Jerusalem. Muslims also prayed towards Jerusalem, before Mohammed changed it to the city of Mecca.
Dome of the Rock
The Dome of the Rock was built in 691, on Temple Mount in Jerusalem. This is the spot they believe that the world was created. This is also the spot where Mohammed ascended to heaven with the angel Gabriel. UNESCO, United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization World Heritage Site has called the Dome “Jerusalem’s most recognizable landmark”.
The Al Aqsa Mosque, located next to the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem is also known as the Furthest Mosque. It is where Islam believes Mohammed was transported in one night from the Sacred Mosque in Mecca to Al Aqsa in Jerusalem.