Most people have seen pictures of the ‘Dome of the Rock’ in Jerusalem, you can hardly miss its golden dome on the skyline. Many are, however, confused in understanding its significance, assuming that it is a mosque dating from the early Islamic conquest.
The fact is that it has never been a mosque. Instead it is a triumphal statement in stone directed at Christianity. Its inscriptions deny the trinity, the divinity of Christ and calls Christians misguided – in the very place where the Christian faith had its origins.
It also contains: •The first Arabic mention of Muhammad •The first Arabic mention of a religion called Islam •The oldest Qur’anic verses known to us
The dome was built in 691 by the Umayyad caliph Abd al Malik. In other words, 60 years after Muhammad died. Anyone else notice a massive and unexplained gap?
For a totally new perspective on the early history of Islam and its place in the modern world, read ‘The Mecca Mystery – Probing the Black Hole at the Heart of Muslim History‘ by Peter Townsend