Muhammad never flew on al-Buraq to the temple in Jerusalem


Ibn Ishaq, page 183 and 184, Umm Hani (who later became mohammed’s wife) said and I quote: ‘The apostle went on no night journey…. He slept that night in my house.”

Don’t let Muslims tell you that ibn Ishaq, ibn Kathir, Sahih Bukhari or Sahih Muslims are not reliable when it contradicts the lies of Muhammad.

The Muslim Claim to Jerusalem

Al-Jazeera invited Bar Ilan University political scientist Mordechai Kedar to discuss the city. He pulled no punches, telling the show’s host, Jimal Rian, that “This was our capital 3,000 years ago, and we were here when your forefathers were drinking wine, burying girls alive and worshipping pre-Muslim idols. This is our city and it will be our city forever.” Arutz-7 recounts:

His reference to Muslims drinking wine, which is forbidden in Islam, infuriated the host. Rian wagged his finger in the air and said excitedly, “If you want to talk about history, you cannot erase Jerusalem from the Koran, and don’t attack the Muslim religion if we want to continue talking.” Dr. Kedar replied, “Jerusalem is not mentioned even once in the Koran. Jerusalem is a Jewish city.” The Al Jazeera host responded by quoting a verse from the Koran in which he thought Jerusalem was mentioned by name, but stopped in the middle upon realizing that it only refers to “the farthest place.” Dr. Kedar: “Jerusalem is not mentioned in the Koran even once. You can’t rewrite the Koran on air on Al Jazeera.”

The exchange can be seen on YouTube.

The Myth:

Jerusalem is Holy to Islam Because Muhammad Traveled There

“Our Prophet (peace be upon him) was blessed with the most miracles, traveling body and soul to the great mosque at Jerusalem during the night.”

The Truth:

The Muslim connection to Jerusalem is extremely tenuous compared to Judaism and Christianity.  In fact, the claim to the city exists largely because it is held sacred by Western religion.  From the time of Muhammad to the present day, Islam has always been a “me too” faith, attempting to ride the coattails of other religions.

The official reason that Muslims claim Jerusalem for themselves – after marching an army into the city only two years after Muhammad’s death – is that their prophet once visited there…

Unfortunately this would have been in a dream – not in real life.  As much as those demanding full control of Jerusalem today would prefer, there is simply no evidence that Muhammad’s physical body ever made the trip.

There is certainly ample evidence that Muhammad claimed to have had a dream about traveling there.  It also came at a time that was trying to convince the doubters around him that he belonged to the line of Jewish prophets.  His story of leading other prophets (Abraham, Moses and Jesus) in prayer at the mosque in Jerusalem was thus highly convenient (in truth no mosque had ever existed there).

Aisha, Muhammad’s favorite wife, later insisted that it was not a physical journey (Ibn Ishaq/Hisham 265) and there has always been controversy within Islam about whether it was supposed to have been a physical or “spiritual” visit.

At the time, the Meccans mocked Muhammad for claiming to have visited Jerusalem in one night, since it was a one month journey to get there and back.  In fact, “many Muslims gave up their faith” when they heard this, according to his biographer (Ibn Ishaq/Hisham 265).  But had the Meccans known how big the universe really is, they would have reserved the greatest ridicule for Muhammad’s claim to have visited the gates of heaven in the same dream – and it is doubtful that anyone would have believed him at that point.

The observable universe is 93 billion light years wide, meaning that it takes 93 billion years to make it from one side to the other even traveling at the speed of light.  In “Leaving Islam” by Ibn Warraq, a young contributor points out that if Muhammad had left the (non-existent) mosque in Jerusalem 1400 years ago, traveling at this phenomenal speed through the icy void of space, he would still be trying to make it out of our galaxy (p. 347).  At this point, Muslims (who claim that theirs is the most “scientific” of religions) fall back on the idea that Muhammad visited Jerusalem “in spirit”… whatever that means.

To prove his claim, a nervous Muhammad gave a general description of the city “from above” to Abu Bakr, who “verified” it to be true.  Muhammad shouldn’t have worried about his most faithful apostle, at least, since Abu Bakr had already pledged his loyalty to whatever his prophet had to say: “If he says it, then it is true.” (Ibn Ishaq/Hisham 265).

Abu Bakr’s gullibility was legendary.  Not only did he hand over his own 6-year-old daughter in “marriage” at Muhammad’s request, but his prophet even got him to believe in talking cows at one point:

Once Allah’s Apostle; offered the morning prayer and then faced the people and said, “While a man was driving a cow, he suddenly rode over it and beat it. The cow said, “We have not been created for this, but we have been created for sloughing.” On that the people said astonishingly, “Glorified be Allah! A cow speaks!” The Prophet said, “I believe this, and Abu Bakr and ‘Umar too, believe it, although neither of them was present there. (Bukhari 56:677)

Obviously, those who believe Muhammad’s claim to have traveled to Jerusalem either in body or in spirit rely on blind faith rather than common sense.  He was also known to use the veil of sleep to make other grandiose claims about himself, once insistingwhile I was sleeping, the keys to the treasures of the world were brought to me and put in my hand”(Bukhari 52:220).

Even though he may never have traveled to Jerusalem before his “dream”, it is quite likely that Muhammad heard descriptions of the city from traders who had been there, particularly since he was known to seek out story tellers on his business trips.

There is simply no compelling reason to believe that Muhammad’s dream was anything other than that.

Further Reading:


Myths of Muhammad Index


2 thoughts on “Muhammad never flew on al-Buraq to the temple in Jerusalem”

  1. “Muhammad never flew on al-Buraq to the temple in Jerusalem”

    It’s totally bizarre that this even has to be said. but I guess, like at some stage – 5 year olds realise or get told that Santa doesn’t exist – the same thing has to be told to muslims about mo’s night flight

    To everyone else it should be plain as day that the errant caravan raider never made it to Jerusalem on the back of a flying donkey . If it’s not then the fiction of the night flight should be communicated much more widely. And the muslim claim should be challenged at the highest level .

    Their claim needs to either stand up to historical scrutiny – or be dismissed based on lack of evidence. There’s too much at stake to have this hotly contested city claimed by muslim on the basis of a complete fabrication.

    Top marks to Mr Kedar for explaining the obvious to emotional two year olds.

  2. There was no mosque in Jerusalem before Moe croaked. Read the description of the miraj in Ibn Sa’d; Buraq had the face of a woman, low slung wings and hooves that spanned the horizon.

    Moe visited the 7 hevens!!! That means the 7 naked eye planets!!! Venus would be a good place for him.

    If visiting confers permanent claim and title, David, Solomon & Jesus wee there first. The city belongs to Jews & Christians, not to ‘slimes!

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