History of Islam and how they build VICTORY MOSQUES - building bridges my a$$
History of Islam and how they build VICTORY MOSQUES
Published on 09/10/10
The HISTORY OF ISLAM may hold answers to WHY it is so important for Moslems to build that GROUND ZERO MOSQUE..
630, Muhammad led 10,000 Muslim soldiers into Mecca and turned the
pagans’ most prominent spot, the Ka’aba, into the Masjid al-Haram
In 634, Rightly Guided Caliph Umar conquered Syria
and turned the Christians’ most prominent spot, the Church of Job,
famous for being visited by Saint Silva in the fourth century, into the
Mosque of Job.
In 637, Caliph Umar conquered Hebron and
turned the second-most prominent spot in Judaism, the Cave of the
Patriarchs, into the Ibrahimi Mosque. (This was repeated by Saladin in
In 638, Muslim generals Amr ibn al-As and Khalid
ibn al-Walid conquered Gaza and turned the prominent fifth-century
Byzantine church into the Great Mosque of Gaza.
In 638, Caliph Umar conquered Jerusalem.
In 691, Caliph Al-Malik ordered the Dome of the Rock
built on the most prominent spot in Judaism, the Temple Mount, followed
by Caliph Al-Walid building the Al-Aqsa Mosque there in 705.
In 651, Muslims conquered Persia and turned Zoroastrian temples in Bukhara and Istakhr into mosques.
706, after Muslims took Damascus from the Byzantine Empire, Caliph
Al-Walid turned the prominent Orthodox Church of St. John the Baptist
into the Umayyad Mosque.
In 710, Gen. Muhammad bin Qasim
conquered Pakistan, defiled the prominent Sun Temple in Multan, which
house the great idol “sanam,” and erected a mosque.
784, after the conquest of Spain, Emir Abd ar-Rahman turned the
prominent Visigothic Christian Church of Saint Vincent into the Great
Aljama Mosque of Cordoba. After the conquest of Egypt, Caliphs al-Mamun
(813-833) and al-Hakim (996-1021) turned prominent Coptic Christian
churches and Jewish synagogues in Cairo into mosques.
831, Muslims conquered Palermo, Sicily, and Asad ibn al-Furat turned
the prominent Church of Saint Mary of the Assumption into the Great
Mosque of Bal’harm. In 1193, Muslims conquered Delhi, India, and
Qutbuddin Aibak turned the Red Citadel in Dhillika, the most prominent
spot of the last Hindu rulers, into the Qutb Minar Mosque.
From 1250-1517, Mamluk Muslims controlled the Golan Heights and used the ancient Synagogue of Katzrin as a mosque.
1387, Turkish Muslims conquered Thessaloniki and turned the Katholikon
Monastery and the Church of Aghia Sophia, which housed the relics of
Saint Gregorios Palamas, into mosques, as Symeon of Thessaloniki
recorded: “The greatest number of the buildings of the churches fell to
them, of which the first was the Holy Church of the Savior. …
These were trampled underfoot and the infidels rejoiced in them. … Most
of thhe religious buildings in the city were despoiled, while altars
were demolished and sacred things profaned.”
On May 29,
1453, Sultan Mehmet II conquered Constantinople and turned the great
Byzantine church, Hagia Sophia, into the Ayasofya Mosque. The largest
church in Christendom for a thousand years, the church’s four acres of
gold mosaics were covered with whitewash and Quran verses.
1458, Sultan Mehmet II conquered Athens and turned the Greeks’ most
prominent spot, the Parthenon on Acropolis hill, into a mosque. When
Venetian Gen. Francesco Morosini drove the Muslims out in 1687, a
cannonball hit the gunpowder stored in the mosque, blowing it up. In
the 15th century, Ottoman invaders turned Saint Clement’s Macedonian
Orthodox Monastery in Plaosnik, Balkans, into the Imater Mosque.
1519-1858, Muslim Mughal rulers gained control of India and turned over
2,000 Hindu temples into mosques, including demolishing the Temple of
Ram Janmabhoomi in Ayodhya, the birthplace of Rama, and replacing it
with the Babri Mosque. India’s Mughal Muslim ruler, Jahangir
(1605-1627), wrote in Tujuk-i-Jahangiri: “At the city of Banaras [was]
a temple. … I made it my plea for thhrowing down the temple … and on
the spot, with the very same materials,, I erected the great mosque.”
1543, Hayreddin Barbarossa’s 30,000 Muslim troops wintered in Toulon,
France, and turned the prominent Toulon Cathedral into a mosque.
1570, under Sultan Selim II Khan, Muslims conquered Paphos, Cyprus, and
Gov. Mehmet Bey Ebubkir turned the prominent Christian church into the
Great Mosque of Paphos.
In 1571, Muslims invaded
Famagusta, Cyprus, and turned Saint Nicolas Cathedral, a rare Gothic
church, into the Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque, and Saint Sophia Cathedral
in Nicosia, constructed in 1228, into the Selimiye Mosque.
In 1588, Sultan Murat III turned the Eastern Orthodox Church of Saint John the Forerunner in Constantinople into the Hirami Ahmet Pasha Mosque.
1781, after having conquered the Old City of Acre, Ottoman Muslims
turned the Roman Catholic church built by Crusaders into the Jezzar
Ahmet Pasha Mosque, where a hair from Muhammad’s beard is preserved.
1923, Muslims expelled Greeks from Turkey and turned Orthodox churches
into mosques. In World War II, Nazis allied with Bosnians and turned
the prominent Artists’ Gallery Museum in Zagreb, Croatia, into a mosque.
the 1950s, Muslims expelled Jews from Arab lands and turned synagogues
into mosques. Algerian Muslims warred against French colonial rule till
France pulled out in 1962, after which the Cathedral of St. Philippe
was turned into the Ketchaoua Mosque. Violence against Jews caused
30,000 to flee and the Great Synagogue of Oran was turned into the
Mosque Abdellah Ben Salem.
In 1974, Turkish Muslims
invaded northern Cyprus, and prominent Greek Orthodox churches were
turned into mosques. In 1981, Muslim immigrants to the Netherlands
converted Amsterdam’s historic Catholic Sint-Ignatiuskerk into the
Fatih Mosque, and a synagogue in The Hague into the Aksa Mosque.
J. Federer is the author of: “What Every American Needs to Know About
the Quran: A History of Islam and the United States.”
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