Hat tip to Hasidic Gentile for posting this excellent article that eviscerates the Muslim claim that Jerusalem is their “third holiest city”.
So, how did the tradition arise of Jerusalem’s “holiness” to Muslims?
It’s very simple. It has always been a Muslim policy, when conquering any area, to take over the holy places of the local people and to turn them into mosques. It is a way of putting down the conquered people – to show them that Islam will take away the most important thing to them, and there’s nothing they can do about it.
They have done this not only in the Land of Israel, regarding both Jewish and Christian holy places, but also in India (regarding Hindu holy places), in Afghanistan (regarding Buddhist holy places), etc.