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Walkway to sensitive religious sites in Jerusalem is closed
A temporary walkway to the Mughrabi gate was shut down on Monday, it is shown here in a 2008 photo.
December 13th, 2011
07:19 AM ET

Walkway to sensitive religious sites in Jerusalem is closed

By Michal Zippori and Kevin Flower, CNN

Jerusalem (CNN)–A pedestrian walkway that leads to a religious site sacred both to Jews and Muslims has been closed under an order from the Jerusalem municipality, according to city officials.

The wooden ramp that leads to the Mughrabi gate serves as the sole entrance for Jews and foreign tourists to enter the plaza known as the Temple Mount to Jews and the Noble Sanctuary to Muslims.
Muslim worshippers and visitors access the compound, which houses the al-Aqsa mosque, through seven other gates.

Last week the Jerusalem city engineer Shlomo Eshkol issued a closure order for the ramp, declaring that it is not structurally sound and poses a threat to public security. In a letter addressed to the foundation that oversees the adjacent Western Wall, Eshkol wrote, "There exists immediate danger to the users, to the public and to the property nearby, due to the flammability and potential collapsing."

The walkway was closed Sunday.

The ramp was built as a temporary structure in 2004. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu postponed a plan to demolish it two weeks ago. An Israeli government official said he was worried that the time was not right for such a move.

The status of the ramp has been a highly contested issue between Jewish and Muslim groups that oversee areas in and around the religious site. Plans to alter or demolish the walkway have been criticized by Palestinians and the Jordanian government, which serves as the custodian for Islamic sites in Jerusalem.

Many Muslims and Palestinians believe that any changes to the ramp could alter what they see as the Islamic nature of the gate and fear that any new ramp would be used by Israel to facilitate the the entry of security personnel to the al-Aqsa mosque, which is considered the third holiest site in Islam.

Word of the ramp's closure brought swift condemnation from the Islamist Hamas government in Gaza. "This is a violent act that amounts to a declaration of religious war on the Muslim places in Jerusalem" Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said.

Neither the Palestinian Authority not the Jordanian government have officially commented on the closure.

Some right-wing Israeli politicians also expressed anger at the closing of the walkway. In a letter the Knesset president, Likud legislator Danny Danon complained that closing "the Temple Mount to Jews is a red line which should not be crossed."

"There is no reason why the state of Israel whose capital is Jerusalem should close the Temple Mount which is the stronghold of Judaism in Israel and the whole world" Danon wrote.

Jews consider the Temple Mount to be the holiest site in Jerusalem. It is the site where the second temple of King Herod stood before it was destroyed by the Romans.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Islam • Israel • Judaism

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  3. dude

    Last week the Jerusalem city engineer Shlomo Eshkol issued a closure order for the ramp, declaring that it is not structurally sound ... "There exists immediate danger to the users, to the public and to the property nearby, due to the flammability and potential collapsing."

    "This is a violent act that amounts to a declaration of religious war on the Muslim places in Jerusalem" Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said.

    "There is no reason why the state of Israel whose capital is Jerusalem should close the Temple Mount which is the stronghold of Judaism in Israel and the whole world" Danon wrote.

    Religious extremists hate structural engineering now?

    December 27, 2011 at 3:56 am |
  4. mattymays

    hi religion.blogs.cnn.com-ers happy christmas to every one – matty

    December 21, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  5. Zipporah

    If the walkway collapses as it is bound to, it will fall on the women's section at the Kotel. So, the Arabs are putting our people in danger, as usual, for no good reason. The walkway should be rebuilt regardless of their rants.

    December 14, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      Agreed.....I just hope they build something that isn't so ugly looking and that blocks the view of the Kotel like the current structure does.

      December 14, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
  6. Reality

    o "Believers, take neither Jews nor Christians for your friends." (Surah 5:51)

    "Believers, when you encounter the infidels on the march, do not turn your backs to them in flight. If anyone on that day turns his back to them, except it be for tactical reasons...he shall incur the wrath of God and Hell shall be his home..." (Surah 8:12-)

    "Make war on them until idolatry shall cease and God's religion shall reign supreme." (Surah 8:36-)

    "...make war on the leaders of unbelief...Make war on them: God will chastise them at your hands and humble them. He will grant you victory over them..." (Surah 9:12-)

    "Fight against such as those to whom the Scriptures were given [Jews and Christians]...until they pay tribute out of hand and are utterly subdued." (Surah 9:27-)

    "It is He who has sent forth His apostle with guidance and the true Faith [Islam] to make it triumphant over all religions, however much the idolaters [non-Muslims] may dislike it." (Surah 9:31-)

    "If you do not fight, He will punish you sternly, and replace you by other men." (Surah 9:37-)

    "Prophet make war on the unbelievers and the hypocrites and deal rigorously with them. Hell shall be their home." (Surah 9:73)

    "Believers, make war on the infidels who dwell around you. Deal firmly with them." (Surah 9:121-)

    "Say: 'Praise be to God who has never begotten a son; who has no partner in His Kingdom..." (Surah 17:111)

    "'How shall I bear a child,' she [Mary] answered, 'when I am a virgin...?' 'Such is the will of the Lord,' he replied. 'That is no difficult thing for Him...God forbid that He [God[ Himself should beget a son!...Those who say: 'The Lord of Mercy has begotten a son,' preach a monstrous falsehood..." (Surah 19:12-, 29-, 88)

    "Fight for the cause of God with the devotion due to Him...He has given you the name of Muslims..." (Surah 22:78-)

    "Blessed are the believers...who restrain their carnal desires (except with their wives and slave-girls, for these are lawful to them)...These are the heirs of Paradise..." (Surah 23:1-5-)

    "Muhammad is God's apostle. Those who follow him are ruthless to the unbelievers but merciful to one another." (Surah 48:29)

    "Shall the reward of goodness be anything but good?...Dark-eyed virgins sheltered in their tents...They shall recline on green cushions and fine carpets...Blessed be the name of your Lord..." (Surah 55:52-66-)

    December 14, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
    • .........

      don't take reality for truth hit report abuse on all reality bull sh it

      December 14, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  7. John

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    December 14, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
    • .....

      TRASH ALERT – don't bother viewing this garbage, click the report abuse link to get rid of the pathetic TROLL!

      December 14, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
  8. Mark from Middle River

    Maybe this is a project for corporate sponsorship ..... I hear Lowes might need a bit of positive press 🙂

    December 14, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      Many of these ppl within the religious organizations (not the worshippers themselves) can't agree on much of anything. The entire face of the wall could start crumbling down, ruining a great deal of the area, and they would still fight over what to do.

      December 14, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
    • Mark from Middle River

      There is a church over in that area where three Christian groups have been fighting over it for hundred of years. The fighting is so bad that a Muslim family was and is still in charge of opening the church each day. I remembered this church because there is a ladder that has been standing by the door for over 200 or some crazy number of years. None of the groups will allow one of the others to move it.

      December 14, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      You are referring to the Church of the Holy Seplechru...I know I goofed up that spelling. Anyway...you are right mosty but it's more than three groups. They very very rarely agree on anything and the Mulsim family that holds the keys was given that task by the Muslim rulers of the land after the Crusaders left. Now that is a cool family history.

      December 14, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
  9. WOW

    ITS LIKE RESTORING A ANCIENT HISTORICAL BLDG SOOO BUILD THE NEW BRIDGE ALREADY WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR ITS WHAT BOTH SIDES WANT!

    December 14, 2011 at 12:23 am |
  10. Mad The Swine

    They should probably just go ahead and bulldoze these holy sites, considering the term "holy" denotes some kind of divine power. If I were god, the middle east would be completely off my list of places I'd have any holy sites. It's a massive dump.

    December 13, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      Thank goodness your opinion means very little in the grand scheme of things.

      December 13, 2011 at 6:37 pm |
    • Mad The Swine

      Why's that? Because you don't like it when other people have an opinion? Classic.

      December 13, 2011 at 7:56 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      Classic in what way? That I don't like the idea of trashing our cultural heritage? That maybe I wouldn't want to see ancient historically vaulable sites destroyed? Perhaps it's the beautiful art and architecture that I don't want to see gone.

      If that's what you mean by classic...then you are correct.

      December 13, 2011 at 8:11 pm |
    • The Phist

      Who's cultural heritage? It isn't mine. I don't care much for "heritage" either. It's actually quite pointless and proves mankind as a whole is entirely too stupid and ignorant to learn from its mistakes. If it did learn, then it would have tossed religion into a cesspool and set it on fire a long time ago.

      December 13, 2011 at 8:50 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      @The Phist- "Who's cultural heritage? It isn't mine."

      You are not human?

      "I don't care much for "heritage" either. It's actually quite pointless and proves mankind as a whole is entirely too stupid and ignorant to learn from its mistakes."

      Knowing our collective history is not pointless. How can one learn from any mistakes if they destroy their past?

      "If it did learn, then it would have tossed religion into a cesspool and set it on fire a long time ago."

      Sorry...you are implying a notion that has no factual basis in reality. Besides, we are not talking about the faiths these sites represent as much as the history these sites show us. Under your way of thinking, you would have been cheering on the Europeans after 1492 for wiping out the Native Americans and their culture. Obviously they were not on par with the more advanced and sophisticated Europeans...they deserved to be detroyed right?

      December 13, 2011 at 8:59 pm |
    • The Phist

      No factual basis in reality. I've seen this statement at least several thousand times here in the blogs.

      My "heritage" has nothing to do with religion. Period. I'm not religious, I don't believe in myths. I appreciate architecture and history, but I do not care for clawing my nails into the past of religion and holding onto it for dear life. Humans would be better of if they wrote off religion altogether. Stick it in the history books as stupidity that primitive humans believed at one time was real.

      I don't know if you actually pay attention to the news, but religion is still causing conflict today. Yes, yes, we all know that man will always find something to fight over. But if you take religion away, it's one less thing to have a hissy fit over.

      You asked how man can learn from its mistakes, etc. I already stated that man obviously cannot, or else religion would be gone. You missed the point altogether. In short, your statements have no factual basis in reality.

      December 13, 2011 at 9:09 pm |
    • BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN

      DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME WITH US

      HE'S AN IDIOT TROLL JUST TRYING TO SUCK THE LIFE AND SANITY OUT OF ANYONE MORE INTELLIGENT THAN HE IS WHICH IS PRETTY MUCH EVERYONE

      December 13, 2011 at 9:18 pm |
    • The Phist

      This all just took a turn for the worst. Not dealing with this trash today.

      December 13, 2011 at 9:27 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      "My "heritage" has nothing to do with religion"

      Your heritage has nothing to do with your peticular religious preferences. It is what it is.

      "Humans would be better of if they wrote off religion altogether."

      That is your opinion which of course you are welcome to. Not really factual mind you...but I doubt you were going for facts with it. You think religion is a mistake...I do not. Yes, there has been problems with religions but I think that is more because of the human situation than that of a problem with religions.

      Oy...gotta love Mr. Capslock..they think they are so important.

      December 14, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
  11. Uncouth Swain

    I perfer the old walkway. It worked just fine and wasn't such a big eyesore.

    December 13, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
    • CLOUD OF SMUG

      NO ONE CARES WHAT YOU "PERFER."

      December 13, 2011 at 8:11 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      Drat..knew that didn't seem correct. Thank goodness for the spelling gestpo to save the day.

      Regardless...the old walkway did work better. Though I understand that they need to do a lot of work in and around the site.

      December 13, 2011 at 8:14 pm |
    • BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN

      LOOK AT YOU PRETENDING TO BE ALL PROFESSIONAL

      December 13, 2011 at 9:18 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      Thank you Mr. Capslock...your statement has been noted and discarded.

      December 14, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
  12. Sam Yaza

    Your welcome, I was just doing my job bringing this to the attention of the officials I am OSHA certified and I seen it was not sound. That the last time you keep me in Israel for 5 days all the while saying you should go see the site, I just wanted into Gaza help the kids return home and watch an Ellen marathon I saved on TVo. I’m not joking I did bring the hazard to light it was one of the only thing I said on the tour, that and um where’s the strip club,…worst city ever

    December 13, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Jerusalem Is God

      Glorious things are spoken of the city of God (Psalm 87:1-3).

      Walk about Zion, and go all around her. Count her towers; mark well her bulwarks; consider her palaces; that you may tell it to the generation following. For this is God, our God forever and ever; He will be our guide even to death. (Psalm 48:12-14).

      Amen.

      December 13, 2011 at 8:51 pm |
    • BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN

      HEAVEN THE BIBLE IS WORTHLESS AND SO ARE ALL OF THE WORDS YOU KEEP QUOTING FROM IT

      December 13, 2011 at 9:19 pm |
  13. Ungodly Discipline

    What a fascinating article. I am so glad I took the time to read it.

    December 13, 2011 at 12:00 pm |
    • BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN

      NOT REALLY

      December 13, 2011 at 9:19 pm |
  14. Sunshi

    Closing a ramp becomes a violent act? Proves how weak and dangerous your religious ideologies are.

    December 13, 2011 at 10:12 am |
    • BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN

      YUP

      December 13, 2011 at 9:20 pm |
  15. Colin

    Ever heard of a group of atheists having to be seperated from theists for fear they will hurt the theists?

    December 13, 2011 at 9:49 am |
    • Warmonger

      Just stand back out of the way when the war starts, Colin. If we can't fix their brains and cannot afford to put them into asylums, then the die-hard extremists will indeed be dying hard and fast!
      There is such a thing as self-defense!

      December 13, 2011 at 10:03 am |
    • catholic engineer

      "Ever heard of a group of atheists having to be seperated from theists for fear they will hurt the theists?" Not while the atheists are limited to this message board. We've seen how atheists behave when given the freedom and safety of cyberspace. They aggressively come to a faith blog and smear ridicule, spleen, sarcasm, and pettiness onto our monitor screens. This is like going into a church and b_tching because a sermon is being shoved down your throat. Face to face, many atheists would be just as mean spirited as when they hide behind this blog.

      December 13, 2011 at 10:41 am |
    • Alfred E Neuman

      Yes

      December 13, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
    • The Phist

      Catholics used to torture and murder people. So, I would prefer to be ridiculed by an atheist than be physically burned alive by a religious zealot, or become the victim of a suicide attack, etc. What were you saying about how awful atheists are again? Please repeat, I don't think I read what you said correctly. Did you say that atheists are mean-spirited and sarcastic? Man, sarcasm and mean-spirited sure is worse than being maimed!

      Someone needs a lesson in logic. *cough cough* catholic engineer.

      December 13, 2011 at 8:43 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Catholic Engineer, Jesus’ truth is used for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness. Atheists deny Jesus, therefore, they deny righteousness.

      Amen.

      December 13, 2011 at 8:55 pm |
    • The Phist

      No, we deny myths. Zeus isn't real either. Although at one point, people defended Zeus as vehemently as you defend jesus.

      December 13, 2011 at 9:11 pm |
    • BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN

      THEISTS LIKE SENDING PEOPLE TO FUNERALS

      December 13, 2011 at 9:20 pm |
    • TL

      What would happen if Science ruled out opposing viewpoints on the basis of or absence of a personal belief?

      December 13, 2011 at 10:57 pm |
  16. Reality

    The walkway is useless anyway since the "historical" value of the site is nil based on the following:

    Part I

    origin: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F20E1EFE35540C7A8CDDAA0894DA404482 NY Times review and important enough to reiterate.

    New Torah For Modern Minds

    “Abraham, the Jewish patriarch, probably never existed. Nor did Moses. The entire Exodus story as recounted in the Bible probably never occurred. The same is true of the tumbling of the walls of Jericho. And David, far from being the fearless king who built Jerusalem into a mighty capital, was more likely a provincial leader whose reputation was later magnified to provide a rallying point for a fledgling nation.

    Such startling propositions - the product of findings by archaeologists digging in Israel and its environs over the last 25 years - have gained wide acceptance among non-Orthodox rabbis. But there has been no attempt to disseminate these ideas or to discuss them with the laity - until now.

    The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, which represents the 1.5 million Conservative Jews in the United States, has just issued a new Torah and commentary, the first for Conservatives in more than 60 years. Called "Etz Hayim" ("Tree of Life" in Hebrew), it offers an interpretation that incorporates the latest findings from archaeology, philology, anthropology and the study of ancient cultures. To the editors who worked on the book, it represents one of the boldest efforts ever to introduce into the religious mainstream a view of the Bible as a human rather than divine doc-ument.

    The notion that the Bible is not literally true "is more or less settled and understood among most Conservative rabbis," observed David Wolpe, a rabbi at Sinai Temple in Los Angeles and a contributor to "Etz Hayim." But some congregants, he said, "may not like the stark airing of it." Last Passover, in a sermon to 2,200 congregants at his synagogue, Rabbi Wolpe frankly said that "virtually every modern archaeologist" agrees "that the way the Bible describes the Exodus is not the way that it happened, if it happened at all." The rabbi offered what he called a "LITANY OF DISILLUSION”' about the narrative, including contradictions, improbabilities, chronological lapses and the absence of corroborating evidence. In fact, he said, archaeologists digging in the Sinai have "found no trace of the tribes of Israel - not one shard of pottery."

    December 13, 2011 at 7:38 am |
    • Reality

      Part II

      3. Mohammed was an illiterate, womanizing, lust and greed-driven, warmongering, hallucinating Arab, who also had embellishing/hallucinating/plagiarizing scribal biographers who not only added "angels" and flying chariots to the koran but also a militaristic agenda to support the plundering and looting of the lands of non-believers.

      This agenda continues as shown by the ma-ssacre in Mumbai, the as-sas-sinations of Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh, the conduct of the seven Muslim doctors in the UK, the 9/11 terrorists, the 24/7 Sunni suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the 24/7 Shiite suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the Islamic bombers of the trains in the UK and Spain, the Bali crazies, the Kenya crazies, the Pakistani “koranics”, the Palestine suicide bombers/rocketeers, the Lebanese nutcases, the Taliban nut jobs, the Ft. Hood follower of the koran, and the Filipino “koranics”.

      And who funds this muck and stench of terror? The warmongering, Islamic, Shiite terror and torture theocracy of Iran aka the Third Axis of Evil and also the Sunni "Wannabees" of Saudi Arabia.

      Current crises:

      The Sunni-Shiite, global blood feud and the warmongering, womanizing (11 wives), hallucinating founder.

      December 13, 2011 at 7:39 am |
    • Thinker23

      Very few people believe that the Bible (or any other book) is LITERALLY TRUE meaning that every word there is factual truth. This, however, does not diminish the historical orcscientific value of all these books consodering that a larg part of what is written there IS indeed factual.

      December 13, 2011 at 12:23 pm |
    • .........

      as long as we are talking useless hit report abuse on all reality useless bull sh it

      December 13, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
    • Reality

      To complete the summary:

      Part III

      Jesus was an illiterate Jewish peasant/carpenter/simple preacher man who suffered from hallucinations (or “mythicizing” from P, M, M, L and J) and who has been characterized anywhere from the Messiah from Nazareth to a mythical character from mythical Nazareth to a ma-mzer from Nazareth (Professor Bruce Chilton, in his book Rabbi Jesus). An-alyses of Jesus’ life by many contemporary NT scholars (e.g. Professors Ludemann, Crossan, Borg and Fredriksen, ) via the NT and related doc-uments have concluded that only about 30% of Jesus' sayings and ways noted in the NT were authentic. The rest being embellishments (e.g. miracles)/hallucinations made/had by the NT authors to impress various Christian, Jewish and Pagan sects.

      The 30% of the NT that is "authentic Jesus" like everything in life was borrowed/plagiarized and/or improved from those who came before. In Jesus' case, it was the ways and sayings of the Babylonians, Greeks, Persians, Egyptians, Hitt-ites, Canaanites, OT, John the Baptizer and possibly the ways and sayings of traveling Greek Cynics.

      earlychristianwritings.com/theories.html

      For added "pizzazz", Catholic theologians divided god the singularity into three persons and invented atonement as an added guilt trip for the "pew people" to go along with this trinity of overseers. By doing so, they made god the padre into god the "filicider".

      Current RCC problems:

      Pedophiliac priests, an all-male, mostly white hierarchy, atonement theology and original sin!!!!

      Luther, Calvin, Joe Smith, Henry VIII, Wesley, Roger Williams, the Great “Babs” et al, founders of Christian-based religions or combination religions also suffered from the belief in/hallucinations of "pretty wingie thingie" visits and "prophecies" for profits analogous to the myths of Catholicism (resurrections, apparitions, ascensions and immacu-late co-nceptions).

      Current problems:
      Adulterous preachers, pedophiliac clerics, "propheteering/ profiteering" evangelicals and atonement theology,

      December 13, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      Hey Reality...I must have missed it, could you plz point out where the Catholics were ever mentioned in the article. Or perhaps you could show where the Temple Mount area has anything Catholic on it that goes with this article.

      December 13, 2011 at 8:20 pm |
    • The Phist

      Jerusalem is holy land for the Jews. Judaism is the mother/father of christianity, which is in turn the step-uncle of catholicism. It's all related.

      You're welcome.

      December 13, 2011 at 8:46 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      Hmmm...nope, still not in the article. No matter what colorful phrases you might use incorrectly. Nice try though. You can of course try again if you like.

      December 13, 2011 at 9:00 pm |
    • The Phist

      No. I am correct. You have to understand something here, these three myths are all intertwined (islam as well).

      December 13, 2011 at 9:14 pm |
    • BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN

      THE CATHOLIC CULT IS FULL OF IDIOTS

      IDIOTS THAT PRAY TO THE SAINTS

      EVER READ WHAT JESUS SAID ABOUT TALKING TO THE DEAD?

      YET CATHOLICS STILL DO IT BECAUSE THE WHOLE CULT IS FULL OF IMBECILES

      December 13, 2011 at 9:22 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      Just because they have some kind of connection doesn't mean they are a part of the article now does it?
      Heck...the Druze are connected to this under your thinking but you didn't mention them. Of course this all started with what Reality copy/pasted and not with you.

      December 14, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
    • Reality

      Adding to the historical issue surrounding the topic area:

      o "Believers, take neither Jews nor Christians for your friends." (Surah 5:51)

      "Believers, when you encounter the infidels on the march, do not turn your backs to them in flight. If anyone on that day turns his back to them, except it be for tactical reasons...he shall incur the wrath of God and Hell shall be his home..." (Surah 8:12-)

      "Make war on them until idolatry shall cease and God's religion shall reign supreme." (Surah 8:36-)
      "...make war on the leaders of unbelief...Make war on them: God will chastise them at your hands and humble them. He will grant you victory over them..." (Surah 9:12-)

      "Fight against such as those to whom the Scriptures were given [Jews and Christians]...until they pay tribute out of hand and are utterly subdued." (Surah 9:27-)

      "It is He who has sent forth His apostle with guidance and the true Faith [Islam] to make it triumphant over all religions, however much the idolaters [non-Muslims] may dislike it." (Surah 9:31-)

      "If you do not fight, He will punish you sternly, and replace you by other men." (Surah 9:37-)

      "Prophet make war on the unbelievers and the hypocrites and deal rigorously with them. Hell shall be their home." (Surah 9:73)

      "Believers, make war on the infidels who dwell around you. Deal firmly with them." (Surah 9:121-)

      "Say: 'Praise be to God who has never begotten a son; who has no partner in His Kingdom..." (Surah 17:111)

      "'How shall I bear a child,' she [Mary] answered, 'when I am a virgin...?' 'Such is the will of the Lord,' he replied. 'That is no difficult thing for Him...God forbid that He [God[ Himself should beget a son!...Those who say: 'The Lord of Mercy has begotten a son,' preach a monstrous falsehood..." (Surah 19:12-, 29-, 88)

      "Fight for the cause of God with the devotion due to Him...He has given you the name of Muslims..." (Surah 22:78-)

      "Blessed are the believers...who restrain their carnal desires (except with their wives and slave-girls, for these are lawful to them)...These are the heirs of Paradise..." (Surah 23:1-5-)

      "Muhammad is God's apostle. Those who follow him are ruthless to the unbelievers but merciful to one another." (Surah 48:29)

      "Shall the reward of goodness be anything but good?...Dark-eyed virgins sheltered in their tents...They shall recline on green cushions and fine carpets...Blessed be the name of your Lord..." (Surah 55:52-66-)

      December 14, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      You added nothing Reality except irrelevant copy/paste

      December 14, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
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