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Muhammad’s Alleged Night Journey to the Temple in Yeruwshalom

This is an excellent dissertation on one more of the many lies of islam. I wish that I could take credit for it, but I cannot. All I have done is update it slightly and present it.

May the names of Yahuwah and His Son Yahushua be praised.

C.F. Castleberry


According to the qu’ran, allah allegedly took muhammad on a journey from the Ka’abah in Makkah (Mecca) to the Temple at Yeruwshalom (Jerusalem):

The hadiths confirm that not only did Muhammad travel to the Temple at Yeruwshalom, but that Muhammad was also able to describe some of its features:

Bukhari Volume 6, Book 60, Number 233:

Bukhari, Volume 5, Book 58, Number 228:

Muslim Book 001, Number 0309:

The following commentary on S. 17:1 is taken from Tafsir Ibn Kathir-Abridged Volume 5, Surah Hud to Surat Al-Isra’, Verse 38, abridged by a group of scholars under the supervision of Shaykh Safiur-Rahman Al-Mubarakpuri, (Darussalam Publishers & Distributors; Riyadh, Houston, New York, Lahore, July 2000):

Ibn Kathir includes the following hadith:


The following citations are taken from ‘Abd-Allah Hajjaj’s The Isra’ and Mi’raj-The Prophet’s Night-Journey And Ascent Into Heaven, Dar Al-Taqwa Ltd., London, second edition 1993.

Other, weaker, suggestions have also been put forward. For example:

Another Hadith narrated by Ahmad tells us that when ‘Umar entered Bayt al-Maqdis, he said: "I shall pray where the Prophet (S) prayed"- then he went forward to the Qiblah and prayed. (Ibid., p. 28) ‘Ayat said: "It is possible that he prayed with all the Prophets IN Bayt al-Maqdis… Those who prayed with him IN Bayt al-Maqdis may have been there as souls only, or in body and soul. It is more likely that he prayed with them IN Bayt al-Maqdis before ascent; but Allah knows best." (Ibid., pp. 28-29)

The Book’s glossary notes:

  • Bayt al-Maqdis: The name used for Yeruwshalaim and in particular for the Mosque from which the prophet Muhammad (S) ascended to Heaven. (Ibid., p. 54)
  • M.A. Qazi’s, A Concise Dictionary of Islamic Terms, Kazi Publications, Chicago IL, 1979, p. 39 states:
  • Finally, Muhammad is purported to have said that a Muslim should visit the following three Mosques:

    Narrated Abu Huraira:

    Bukhari, Volume 4, Book 55, Number 585:

    This would place the erection of the Ka’abah at approximately 998 BCE, since the construction of the first Temple was not completed by Solomon until 951 BCE. (C.f. 1 Kings 6:1-7:51)

    The problem with all of this is that the first Yeruwshalom Temple was destroyed by Nebuwkadne'tstsar’s (Nebuchadnezzar) Babylonian armies in 587 BCE. Furthermore, General Titos and his Roman soldiers leveled the Second Temple in 70 CE, nearly six centuries before this alleged night journey to Yeruwshalom took place. In fact, the Temple that eventually became Masjid al-Aqsa did not come into existence until 691 CE when Amir Abd-ul-Malik built it. These preceding factors make it highly improbable to date Sura 17:1 to the time of muhammad. This passage could have only been written sometime after the erection of Masjid al-Aqsa. This is further substantiated by the fact that Masjid al-Aqsa contains no early references to the supposed night journey. This is a strange omission since muslims claim that Masjid al-Aqsa was erected in commemoration of this alleged event. The inscriptions that do mention the night journey are later additions made by Abdul Hamid II in 1876 CE, nearly eleven centuries later.

    In light of all this, Muslims should ask themselves the following questions:

    1. What temple did muhammad visit, enter, and pray at before ascending to "heaven?"

    2. Seeing that the qu’ran mentions a journey to a mosque that did not exist during the lifetime of muhammad, how can you consider the qu’ran to be 100% the word of the Creator?

    3. In light of the fact that both the Qu’ran and the Islamic traditions contain this historical error, how can you trust either source to provide you with reliable information on the life of muhammad and the first muslims?

    4. Does not the fact that the qu’ran mentions a mosque which was only erected in 691 CE prove that there were muslims who unashamedly and deceitfully added stories to the Qu’ranic text and passed them off as revelation from the True Creator Yahuwah?

    5. If you cannot find an answer to this historical problem within the qu’ran, why do you still remain a muslim?

    May Yahuwah use this article to bring open-minded muslims, if any such exist, to the truth of his word, the REAL Sacred Scriptures.

    C.F. Castleberry