in Empathy Regarding Al Haram Ash Sharif / the Temple Mount in Jerusalem
Considering the pain many
of the inhabitants of today’s Holy Land are experiencing I would like to
present the following questions to representatives of the three Abrahamic
faiths as a form of exercise in empathy.
An exercise that demands, however, that, before we even approach it, we realize
that we are getting back to the very basics of our existence as human beings,
God's children, and so divest ourselves of all pride and approach these issues
humbly and even in a spirit of penitence. In this light I would even like to
ask the highly respected “Council of Religious Institutions of the Holy Land” to
recommend this exercise for the members of their communities:
Al Haram ash-Sharif / the Temple Mount has become
an object of
conflict. Could it, in your view, be turned into the token for
What would you say: do Jews have a
right to a New Temple? What might be the right place to build it?
Would you agree that the
Muslim sanctuaries are endangered by
the Jewish claim to the Temple Mount? What would you suggest, to prevent such a
Since it seems
impossible to answer these questions without hurting either Jews od Muslims, I suggest the following empathic procedure – always bearing
in mind that healing is often preceded and accompanied by pain.
Would you agree that empathy is the key element of the solution?
God asked Abraham to sacrifice what was dearest
to him, his son.
If God were to ask the Jews to sacrifice what is dearest
to them, would they be willing to relinquish their claim to the Temple Mount in
Jerusalem? Could they consider leaving the entire site to the Muslims and finding
some other appropriate place for building their Temple?
If God were to ask the Muslims to sacrifice what is
dearest to them, would they be willing to relinquish their claim to al Haram
ash Sharif in Jerusalem? Could they consider leaving the site to the Jews – for
example, by moving the Dome of the Rock to some other location (while Al Aqsa
could remain where it is)?
Bearing in mind Sura 5,48, in which competition in virtue is demanded,
what do you think the proper reaction of the Muslims should be, if the Jews were
in fact to surrender their claim to the Temple Mount? What would the Muslims be
ready to sacrifice?
Once we have accepted,
that God could
ask Jews and Muslims alike to surrender their claim to al Haram ash
Sharif / The Temple Mount in Jerusalem, both parties could get together on equal
terms and discuss their willingness to compromise. What, in your view, might such
a compromise look like?
How would, in your view, an orthodox Rabbi / a
representative of the Islamic Waqf see as such a
What would you tell him?
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