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Monday, February 25, 2008

 
Blogging the Qur'an: Sura 17, "The Night Journey," Verse 1

Robert Spencer has the installment here. The subject is Mohammed's miraculous night voyage to the "farthest mosque." This couldn't have been the al-Aqsa Mosque (note that aqsa is Arabic for "farthest"). The building existed (originally a part of the Jewish temple's storehouse), but it was not converted into a mosque until 638 AD, after Mohammed's lifetime. Perhaps he traveled into the near future...

The Prophet also visits the seven heavens. Different patriarchs live in different heavens; Adam in the first, Jesus and John the Baptist in the second, Joseph in the third, Moses in the seventh.

Click the "Koran" label to see all my posts on this series.

Update: Title originally did not specify that the article covered Verse 1; this has been corrected. Also, second sentence was added to post for clarity.

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