The Moslem Qibla in the Holy ancient Books

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By Hesham Tolba

Translated by :Magdy Abd Al-Shafy

      The Moslem Qibla in the Holy ancient Books

God says in the Holy Quran what means "Even if thou wert to bring to the people of the book all the signs (together), they would not follow thy Qibla; nor art thou going to follow their Qibla; nor indeed will they follow each other's Qibla. if thou after the knowledge hath reached thee, wert to follow their (vain) desires, then wert thou indeed (clearly) in the wrong.

"The people of the book know this as they know their own sons, but some of them conceal the truth which they themselves know.(Al-Bakera :145-146)

The Quranic verse "The people of the book know this" refers to the change of the place of Qibla , as it is clear from the context ,i.e, the Holy book contains and still holds what implies the change of their Qibla to another one –this is clear in the following text from the Holy Book" The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet. Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship .Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the

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hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. " (John 4:19-23 ) Though Moslem scientists referred to this text as a reference to the Kabba and the Holy Mosque , I'd like to say ' I have found direct speech about the Kabba in Pseudepigrapha ,which says :Adams says to his son Sheeth" God will show the honest people the place where they should build His house " the Book of "Adam and Eve -29:5-7"

Charles , an expert in these books and the author of the book that contains the English translation of this text , comments on this text saying "the absence of mentioning the temple of Jerusalem in chapter(29) means that the book was written in a foreign city ..the author did not say anything more than that" the place where people used to pray in is the place where the Moslem were instructed to give much respect to is Kabba , the Quibla of the Moslems .

So this expert has found some similitude between the Kabba in the Quran and the text mentioned in the book of Adam and Eve , so he claimed that the Moslems ( meaning the prophet of Islam ) quoted it ,In fact this similitude is completely clear in the
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quranic verse " God says in the Holy Quran " Behold ! We gave the site, to Abraham, of the (sacred) house"( Al-Hajj:26) . The verse states clearly that God will show Abraham the place where to build the place and this is in conformity with the text mentioned in the Book of Adam and Eve .

There is another strong reference in the book of Pseudepigrapha called " The book of The Jubilees.”In this Book , God says on the tongue of Abraham " I have built that house for Myself and called it the House of Abraham(22:24). The last of the evidence that we found in this book is a dialogue between Abraham and Namrouth ( his enemy king ), in this dialogue , Abraham introduced himself as the steward of the House of God "Moreover ,the Torah mentions Makka by the same word used in the Holy Quran " Baca " , the significance of using the word Baca in the Holy Quran is just to make them remember what is written in their Holy Books , the Torah talks about the ecstasy of a
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pilgrim ( according to their explanation , he is David ) who did his journey to God's House , the prophecy also talks about a well of water to supply the pilgrims ""  Ble ssed are they that dwell in thy house. they will be still praising thee, blessed is the man whose strength is in thee, in whose heart are ways of them who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well, The rain also filleth the pools, they go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God"(psalm 84:5-6)

The word 'Baca' is a name of a certain place ,proper names should not be translated , Einstein's proper name can not be replaced with " the sole rock" , so the valley of Baca should remain as it is when translated , no change , no translation –this is scientific honesty ,it seems that most international translations of the Holy Book feared the conformity of the word 'Baca' in the
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prophecy and the word Baca –the Holy city of Islam , so they changed or replaced it with another word , the standard version still holds the word Baca though the king James version replaced it with another word ,No valley in Jerusalem –the city where the people of the Book do pilgrimage –is called the valley of Baca or even the valley of weeping and that what Young’s Concordance confirms , it says " (Baca: weeping Valley near Jerusalem, and the valley of Rephaim whose exact locality is uncertain)

There is a direct reference to the Kabba in one of the most important books of the Christians; it is the book of the Shepherd Hermes; this book was deemed so important, a book that Clement of Alexandria, Irenaeus and Origen consider it as holy as the Holy Books . Eusebius , in the
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beginning of the fourteenth century , said the Book of Hermes was recited in some churches and was used in preaching and sermonizing those who ask for baptizing..(1)

In this book Hermes says " An angel took me above a mountain and let me see a plane surrounded by twelve mountains , in the middle of the plain [a white rock that stands high on the ground ; it is higher than the mountains and square , it is so large that it can hold the whole of the world, this is an ancient rock ,in which a door was dug , the door seems to have been already dug , it was shinning even more than the sun , most wonderful in my sight, around the door were twelve virgins standing ….they were dressed in linen cloth ,collected
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with a nice belt , there right shoulders were bare as if they were about to lift a heavy burden ,the question is " ,doesn't that evoke us of the Holy Kabba during Islamic pilgrimage?!!

Speaking about the sanctuary mosque leads us to talk about Al-Bayt Al-Mamour ( could be translated the House Frequented ) , which lies in the seventh heaven , located in the heaven on the same line to Kabba .

In the famous Hadith of the night journey , prophet Mohummed says " …………..then we were taken to the
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seventh heaven where Gabriel asked for allowance to come in ; he was asked 'who is in your accompany ?' He said it is Mohummed , then they said "is he summoned ? , he said "yes " , so we were allowed in , there I saw Abraham leaning his back to the frequented house into which seventy thousands of angels entered without returning once again till the doomsday " ( Narrated Ahamed and Moslem on the authority of Anas"

I read a description of the new Jerusalem in "revelation :21" , though it talks about a city , not a
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house for worshipping , I am convinced that it talks about the frequently visited house .

The revelation of john says that it is new , the description says that it is equal in length and width and this astonishes us as this can't be applied on anything but a cube-shaped building (21:16) ; it can not be applied on a city .

I have stumbled on a text in the Pseudepigrapha, the chapter of Antioch , which presents a
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description of a heavenly house which is parallel to the Islamic description and in the same time is in complete agreement with the new Jerusalem in the Revelation.

This books talks about a certain ascension of the prophet Antioch( (perhaps Idris in Quran ) , in which he ascends to the seventhheaven where he finds a crystal building , this building has four corners and the angels enter and circumambulate it . (LXXT 71:5-9)

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This text differs from that in John regarding what it says about the building ; it says that there is no a temple in the new Jerusalem(21:22) and this is in conformity with the Islamic point of view besides mentioning the place where the House is ( the seventh heaven) and that the angels enter it and circumambulate it- the worshipping of circumambulation is only found in Islam .

Antioch didn't mention the shape of this building while John's revelation mentions (cube-shaped
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building)….this is in conformity of Islamic point of view , The heavenly temple was mentioned in some other ancient religious holy Books and the "Apocrypha", for further readings (The legends of Jews” “ginzberg / Adam 49”)

 

 

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