The Sacred City (Religious Documentary) | Timeline

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five times a day every day over a billion Muslims bow down and recite a prayer to Allah given to them by Muhammad their prophet every day five times a day they face a black rock in the holy city of Mecca and submit themselves afresh to the religion of Islam every day they bow as a corporate group all around the world to express their solidarity as followers of Islam for whom Muhammad is their prophet the Quran is their scripture and Mecca is their holy city however as archeological discoveries are beginning to point to a different story scholars are seriously examining and challenging the facts about the founding of Islam and if they're right how will it affect Muslims today we have tools at our disposal that have never been available before modern technology is allowing us to reconstruct the opening years of Islam and to understand things that have puzzled historians for years all over the world universities museums and libraries are putting ancient books and writings on the internet for scholars to access now we can check these ancient manuscripts with just a few clicks of a mouse today both academics and amateurs alike can accurately check via satellite locations and details that would previously have taken huge expense and effort and can share them instantly around the world via social media and academic forums so now for the very first time a whole new era of research surrounding the founding of Islam is coming to light and we can piece together what really happened in Arabia 1,500 years ago writer and historian dan Gibson has lived most of his life in the Middle East he has extensively researched the peoples and places of the ancient world before Islam I first came to Arabia in my early 20s and I've spent more than 30 years exploring every corner of this amazing part of the world piecing together evidence for a radical new theory which I believe will change our understanding of the past years of study have led me to the conclusion that Islam began somewhere other than where the conventional history suppose and that in early Islamic writings there are clues and references that reveal the hidden truth about the Mecca mystery back in 2002 I had occasion to visit a conference on Nabataean Studies organized here by the Al Hussein bin Talal University during the conference I had occasion to speak with leading archaeologists from Saudi Arabia and from Jordan I asked them specifically about the archaeological record in Mecca while not wishing to be named or quoted they admitted that there was no archaeological record in Mecca before 800 AD I had expected them to defend the opinion that Mecca was a walled city with houses and gardens and public buildings and temples they said no there was nothing like that there did you know that the name Mecca is mentioned only once in the whole Quran Muslim scholars linked other names with mecca names such as the forbidden gathering place or the holy house or the place of Becca or weeping all of these terms are universally associated with Mecca today nevertheless the Quran itself does not tell us in so many words that these all refer to Mecca Muslim scholars see no reason to debate this but in recent years some historians have raised questions they have noted that Mecca was a barren place and not located on the ancient Caravan route people have imagined that the caravans carried incense spice and other exotic goods but according to recent research by the time of Muhammad the age of frankincense was now long over and the Arabs engaged in a trade of leather and clothing hardly items that could have sustained a large city that was described as the mother of all cities and the center of the trade route look at this map where do all of the trade routes intersect there are three places in northern Arabia that could be described as the center of the trade route what is interesting is that Mecca was not even a stopping place because it was not even located on the caravan route in this film we will find out why there is a total lack of archeology in Mecca from the time of the Prophet Muhammad why descriptions of Mecca do not tally with the landscape and how an early Islamic civil war altered the truth about Islam while Muslims all over the world believed that their holy city and their founding leaders all lived in Mecca in Saudi Arabia dan Gibson believes the evidence actually points elsewhere during my studies of Arabian history I've come across evidence that points not to Mecca but to northern Arabia is the founding place of Islam up until now no one has ever questioned that Mecca is the holy city of Islam every Muslim believes that he should pray towards the black rock in Mecca but years of study and countless trips to all parts of the Arabian Peninsula have led me to a radical new understanding of Islamic history I believe that in the process of understanding Islamic history a fundamental error has been made it wasn't a deliberate falsehood it was just a misunderstanding of what happened during the founding years of Islam so later Islamic writers corrected what they thought was an error in earlier histories when it was actually the truth is it possible that over a billion people who follow the religion of Islam misunderstand how and where their religion began and if so what implications to this evidence have the average Muslim who wants to follow the instructions of Mohammed his prophet we are going to have to examine a time in history and a setting that few of us understand for centuries the histories of the classical world and Middle East empires have been discussed but little effort has been given to the history of Arabia this ignorance is true not just of the West but also of the Arabs themselves the Prophet Muhammad was born in 570 ad at a time and a place that few people today really know about his grandfather and his father were Nabataean merchants and in fact Muhammad himself married a merchant woman one day Muhammad was meditating in a cave and an angel visited him the angel taught him words of praise to Allah later his wife convinced Muhammad that it really had been an angel and he was in fact called to be a prophet of God during his lifetime he had many visits from the same angel and each time there was a new revelation these revelations from the whole of the lifetime of Muhammad become gathered together to what we know today as the Quran Ardell if Shamari studied Islam at the Islamic College in Kuwait over the years he and Dan have formed a good friendship and have often found themselves drawn into deep discussion about faith and its history Carnot result Muhammad here and feel award when who offer olivia.olivia salam ala mojave she uh dwop Kathy Roman mythology Nephi mock be suburban Omkara are we doing alia Rafael Aslam cathedral Aslam can mowjood anak connect we don't have a lolly well he had a superb server probable NASA alayhim sauropod ala muhammad wa ala eliminates bar for that world Mohammed wat well Hydra in Al Madinah Muhammad and his followers suffered persecution so he and a few of his followers fled to Medina now that city actually converted to Islam and Muhammad established a government there and in fact we can date the Muslim calendar from this period of time shortly after this his followers started attacking caravans growing in power growing a number until eventually more and more people joined them to the point where they became an expanded military presence in fact throughout the whole of Arabia Muhammad gave his vision of takin Islam to the entire world however he died unexpectedly and at that point disputes broke out leading the civil wars but despite these differences and these divisions there was the continued dream have expanded the faith to the whole of the world eventually much of North Africa and Central Asia became under the control of Islam and today Islam is the second largest of the world's religions today all over the Middle East when construction companies want to dig for a foundation there should be someone present from the Ministry of Antiquities it doesn't matter if you're in Jerusalem Damascus or Amman Jordan wherever you dig the chances are you will expose an ancient site of some sort in the city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia developers are digging all over putting up great buildings hotels and high-rises but to the surprise of archaeologists there are no ruins of a great and ancient city under Mecca the city where Muhammad was born was a major city it had no trouble in raising large numbers of men to work caravans and March in its armies not only did it have a significant population but it was also an agricultural city what's a Mojave in Medina lahee Ahmad Kabir Malhotra Quran lisam Habibi yalla Medina Muhammad nav ha ha Medina he had l'histoire Medina and he Kabir Amaru the Prophet Muhammad would go forth for his affairs and journey far afield until he reached the Glens of Mecca and the beds of its valleys Aisha Muhammad's wife mentioned that one of the men was longing for Mecca would that I but stay overnight in a valley filled with various kinds of grass when we came to Mecca we saw a town blessed with water and trees and delighted with it we settled there al-bukhari speaks of a prisoner who was eating grapes while he was chained in irons and he says this was not the time of fruit in Mecca it's hard to believe that these things were written about Mecca the area around Mecca is all rocks and desert Mecca averages less than 10 centimeters of rain per year with its extremely hot temperatures and barren conditions this is scarcely enough to grow any vegetation at all let alone grow enough food to support a large population yet the holy city of Islam is described as having fields with trees and grass and soil but there's no cultivatable land near Mecca it doesn't match the ancient descriptions even as Jacque mentions that the people of Mecca were reluctant to cut down trees in the sacred area the presence of trees and plants in ancient times can be easily tested by the presence of spores and pollen an undisturbed ancient soil to date there is no record of trees having ever existed in ancient Mecca another puzzle is that the city of Mecca is missing on all early maps of Arabia one would expect that a major merchant city would be mentioned on early maps but not one shows Mecca before the time of Islam over the years I have gathered copies of many ancient maps of Arabia I have diligently translated them but never once did I find Mecca mentioned on a map before Islam did you know that the name Mecca does not appear in any literature prior to 740 ad that's a hundred and twenty years after the founding of Islam don't you find it puzzling that for the first 120 years of Islamic history none of the surrounding nations knew anything about the existence of Mecca how could a major city a city that could raise thousands of men in its army a city that had agriculture trees grass fruit and grapes be missed by other nations how could a major city with walls temples and public buildings not to be found in the annals of other nations especially if it was a merchant city that undertook trade with all the nations around it and most puzzling of all is that when we go to the physical location of this ancient city we find that there is no early archaeological record it was an insignificant location not even on a trade route many historians today have come to the conclusion that the accounts of the founding of Islam are all myths obviously there is a great discrepancy between what Islamic records tell us and what the archeologists have been finding so the conclusion they draw is that the Islamic records are just fabricated myths in my years of study I have become convinced that the early records are not myths but that they refer to another location that fits all of these descriptions I believe that Muhammad was born and raised in another place and that Muslims are facing the wrong direction when they pray according to commonly accepted Islamic history the Kaaba was a major shrine in the city of Mecca and the focus of pilgrimage in Arabia a good starting place might be studying the pilgrimage before the founding of Islam welcome at the one a more acceptable being a Hanukkah can know on the Hajj al hajj or umrah al akbar I will as far what Canada there was Jade Mohammed can you add a little Islam this ombres before Mohammed was at a time when the focal point of Arabian pilgrimage was to a place known as the forbidden gathering place this location held many pagan idols is macklemore Judah table Islam well I can mausoleums to mean inaudible honest of the Moon FC last ma well I can hear as Mohave yet nominal Pharisee I'm unfamiliar with any eraser as smart as Lamia in order for us to understand what was happening in pre-islamic Arabia we need to understand the importance of holy places in ancient Arabia from ancient times Middle Eastern religions have equated gods with regions rather than being universal modern readers of history have long been influenced by Greek and Roman concepts of the pantheon of gods and have failed to realize the significance that the ancient Arabs applied to gods of specific regions in the eyes of the ancient Arabs there were gods who lived in Mesopotamia gods who lived in Egypt and gods who lived in Greece and so on Arab merchants passing through an area would respect the local gods they were not opposed to gods of different places what they were opposed to was the representation of a God in human or animal form they preferred to use geometric shapes for instance here is a God in the shape of a block that one over there is shaped as a triangle each of these gods were considered local gods and must be respected when passing through their territory such a view of religion naturally leads to accepting territories and locations as being sacred to specific gods thus the area around a temple such as a particular valley or remote desert location could be considered a sacred it would have a precinct where people could gather even with their enemies and be safe because violence was forbidden in the sacred precincts when tourists enter the majestic beauty of Wadi Rum here in southern Jordan there so often taken up with the exquisite beauty of this valley and the rugged mountains that they miss a temple dedicated to the goddess lat or a lot as some call her this Nabataean temple had a sacred area it was located in front of the temple with the mountains marking off the secret area before Islam Arabs were divided into many groups they worshipped different gods and often fought amongst themselves over tribal issues the one thing that held them together was the pilgrimage to a common ancient meeting place the Quran calls this Masjid al-haram or the forbidden gathering place mass chat means gathering and is translated mosque today before Islam there were no mosques so the Masjid was simply a gathering place the forbidden gathering place was a sacred place of refuge and security where regular activities ceased and violence was forbidden or Haram the concept of haraam or forbidden is very strong in Islam the Quran the Quran Masjid al-haram Masjid al-haram Fjell Medina Samuel Morett the so we're at about mr. Dereham Omaha Molly Melman who are Monta Rama Rama Allah has made Mecca a sacred sanctuary and it was a sanctuary before and will be so after none is allowed to uprooted shrubs or cut its trees or hunt its game so we have two descriptions of the original holy city of Islam it was a Haram place where killing was forbidden and it was the focus of the pilgrimage for many centuries before the founding of Islam now look here much of the graffiti found throughout the Negev and southern Jordan was written by people on pilgrimage to the ancient city of Petra in southern Jordan thousands of people scratch their names and messages on rocks as they made their way to Petra for pilgrimage this creates a problem for us Mecca is unknown in maps and literature before and during the rise of Islam the descriptions such as the center of the trade route the mother of all cities and the focal point of the ancient pilgrimage do not fit how can we solve this the answer to that comes from Islam itself a message it looked at how the pet ejaculate so fabulous over Kaaba oh Hanukkah McConville message it is a memorable Imam Yoga fusili hotel in saline well I can feel I am in Madea makan mowjood hadn't robbed well I can can't he had it adjustable table who can mebiner willkommen Madiba to Joseph's table in Islam it is universally understood that the Qibla is towards Mecca in Saudi Arabia no one questions the direction of the Qibla today however the Quran tells Muslims they have a Qibla the text of the Quran does not give the name of the city to which prayer was originally made it only mentions Masjid al-haram or the forbidden gathering place Muslims believe they originally prayed towards Jerusalem according to Islamic sources in 624 AD Muhammad changed the Qibla to Mecca Muhammad revealed this in surah 2 of the Quran thus we appointed the Qibla to you indeed it was a momentous change except those guided by Allah Allah would never make your faith of no effect now shall we turn you to a qiblah that shall please you turn then your face in the direction of the Masjid al-haram wherever you are turn your faces in that direction as a historian of the Arabian Peninsula I've always been interested in finding the location of the original Qibla what direction did Muhammad pray towards before the Qibla was changed was it Jerusalem as some claim was it Syria as some claim or was it some other direction if we were to do this study a hundred years ago it would require an incredible amount of work and research we would have to travel the world searching ancient sites to find the earliest mosques in Islam now in a few moments we can do what used to take a lifetime Google Earth lets us look down on sites from space and websites like arcnet can combine the research of hundreds of students and professors we can examine structures based on various criteria we choose Islamic buildings arrange them by date into a chronological list then determine when they were constructed check their Qibla direction by using Google Earth and callate this to determine when the Qibla direction changed towards Mecca this will give us solid data to work with now determining the Qibla direction is not an exact science some of the early mosques like this one are not exactly square so researchers need to find the Qibla wall and project 90 degrees from that wall because early buildings were not square we cannot use the side walls or the back walls this is the morale of an old mosque the early Arab set the Qibla direction using the Stars and they were very accurate the best way to determine the Qibla direction is to visit the mosque and use an actual accurate GPS unit not every mosque can be used for this study many of them were totally reconstructed over time so much so that it is no longer possible to determine their original Qibla direction however a number of mosques survived for instance there is a mosque called the mosque of the two qiblas in Medina Islamic history tells us that it was in this very mosque that the companion leading prayers was told of the Qibla change so he turned around and started praying towards Mecca the question is where did he originally face Muslims have already answer he prayed towards Jerusalem now today the mosque of the two qiblas faces Mecca but in 1987 the mosque was completely torn down so it could be rebuilt during the construction process the old foundation was revealed and they discovered that it did have a Qibla wall that did indeed face north generally towards Jerusalem and so Muslims believe originally that Qibla was towards Jerusalem there is a simple way that this can be put to the test if we go to the earliest mosques that were built where we can identify their direction of prayer we can plot them on a map and see if their lines converge we'll find one of three things they all point in different directions they all point to Jerusalem or they all point to another location after the mosque of the two qiblas in Saudi Arabia there are a further 11 early surviving mosques that we can research these are located in China Egypt southern Jordan Lebanon Central Jordan Yemen Israel Iraq Jerusalem West Bank and lastly Lebanon so if we go in the order that they were built the second surviving mosque was built in Guangzhou China Guangzhou is the modern name for what was known as the City of Canton when Marco Polo reached this city in 1300 ad he discovered over 100,000 Arab and Persian merchants living there you see the Arabs had been trading with the Chinese for hundreds and hundreds of years this is all well documented and so a Bacchus an uncle of Mohammed travelled to China on a trade mission and according to Chinese manuscripts he built a mosque for the Arabs in Canton in 627 ad or six years after the founding of Islam I personally examined this mosque and used a GPS unit to determine the mosques qibla direction what I found was surprising this mosque does not face Mecca it faces 12 degrees north of Mecca meaning that it does not face Jerusalem either its Qibla passes south of Jerusalem the next mosque was built in 641 ad about 20 years after the founding of Islam in the town of for start just outside of Cairo this mosque was rebuilt and enlarged several times so that today the original foundation is no longer evident however a description of the original ground plan of the mosque survives and the islamic records tell us that the first qibla pointed east and later had to be corrected towards the south towards Mecca the next surviving Islamic building is the you MyID Palace built here at humor in southern Jordan around 700 AD or about 80 years after the founding of Islam the Abbas family built a large manor house here this house had no special mosque area rather the faithful would line up here in the courtyard to pray this house has a Qibla direction but it is not towards Jerusalem the following year a new mosque was built in Baalbek in Lebanon notice that its Qibla does not point to Mecca one year later the Umayyads built a large and impressive mosque here on the Citadel in Amman Jordan this mosque points south Mecca is over there a couple of years after this in 705 ad or 84 years after the founding of Islam Muslims constructed the Great Mosque of sana in the capital city of Yemen while this mosque points in the general direction of Mecca it actually points to the west of Jerusalem the following year in 706 ad the Umayyad Muslim rulers built Kermit alminia a large palace complex in Israel on the shores of Galilee this palace complex had a specific room used as a mosque according to the inscription set into a gateway it was built 87 years after the founding of Islam by the Muslim ruler Alwaleed this building and its mosque do not face Jerusalem that same year the Muslims also build the West mosque in Iraq originally archaeologists claimed that this mosque pointed to Jerusalem however further research has shown that this mosque points south of Jerusalem the next mosque is the al-aqsa mosque in Jerusalem itself this mosque is not the temple Dome but rather the old mosque to the south of the Dome this mosque is already in Jerusalem but it also has a Qibla and it does not point to Mecca the next mosque we come to was built in 724 ad 103 years after the founding of Islam this is the here batt al MAFIA mosque near Jericho in the Jordan Valley this palace was built near the end of the you Maya dynasty by looking at the floor plan we can see that the palace and its mosque faced south rather than towards Mecca that same year a mosque was built at Anjar about 58 kilometers from beirut it was built near the end of the you MyID period and no more than 30 years later it fell into ruins and eventually was abandoned since it was never rebuilt we can easily determine the Qibla direction which does not point towards Mecca or Jerusalem now let's put this all together onto one map the result is amazing during the first 100 years of Islam 100 percent of all the surviving mosques we have located so far face a spot in southern Jordan rather than Mecca from north and south east and west mosques all face towards one spot this isn't some small error in determining the Qibla direction they all specifically point to just one place directly under this point is the ancient city of Petra this is a city that is well known to us today it is a popular tourist site tourists come from all over the world to marvel at the great temples and the monuments in this city could it be that Petra is the mother of all cities described in the Quran it was the focus of the ancient Arab pilgrimage so could Petra also be the birthplace of Mohammed and the founding city of Islam then Caribe and entered golden a little better like an elbow hari Gulen a hill what's first on TV in 4k via dell'Amore shouldn't have been enough we'll have a shake and a little Bihari governor puts every good Muslim tells me that Muslims used to pray towards Jerusalem they know this because Bukhari tells them this and I agree Bukhari says it was Jerusalem but Bukhari is writing some 200 years after Muhammad and he's writing more than a hundred years after the Qibla change took place so he's not an eyewitness he's just collecting what people are remembering and he actually notes several conflicting ideas that were circulating at the time well some people were offering morning prayer at kuba a man came to them and said a Quranic order has been revealed to allows apostle tonight that he should face the Kaaba at Mecca so you two should turn your faces towards it at that moment their faces were towards Syria and on hearing this they turned towards the Kaaba at Mecca I believe that originally Muhammad while living in Medina prayed north towards Petra which was in the Roman province of Syria by the time boo Harry was collecting his stories people had forgotten Petra and everyone remembered that their great-grandparents prayed towards Syria then chronicler mr. de Franchi Becka Viet Arabic a way Mahavira those who bring up the argument about Becca raised an interesting point I agree that in Islamic literature the name Becca is synonymous with the first holy city of Islam when Muhammad was a young man that people decided to rebuild the Kaaba in the rubble they found several building blocks with inscriptions written in Syriac the language of the Nabataeans they found a Jew who could translate it for them I am Allah the Lord of bika I created it on the day that are created heaven and earth and formed the Sun and Moon and I surrounded it with seven pious angels it will stand while sits two mountain stand as a blessing to its people with milk and water the word Becca is an ancient Semitic word which means to weep or lament if a location was assigned the title Becca it would mean the place of weeping the name Becca has never been used of Jerusalem it appears only once in the Bible in Psalm 84 here it is used in reference to a valley of weeping but the Quran also speaks of a valley of weeping where Hagar was weeping over Ishmael the Quran places this story in Becca which is the early name for the place where the Kaaba was built surely this location was not Jerusalem which is built on top of a mountain and not vally I think the answer is quite simple there were many major earthquakes in Petra such as the one in 551 ad only 19 years before Muhammad was born we are told that during that earthquake much of Petra was destroyed Petra could have been called the valley of Becca because so many people were killed over so many years from all the earthquakes if Petra is the holy city of Islam then there should be evidence of Muhammad's tribe the Quraysh around Petra if Dan Gibson can find Muhammad's tribe it will greatly support his theory that Muhammad was from the petra region and not from Mecca long ago this was known as the city of Howard our who maimie as it is known today archaeologists have uncovered a farmhouse belonging to the ambassador and the mosque built sometime later when the Muslims of Iraq defeated the AU Maia's of Damascus they wanted a member of Muhammad's family to support and legitimize their revolt and so they came here to Omaima 27 miles from Petra it was here that they found Mohammed's family and the Kurdish tribe they didn't go to Mecca in Saudi Arabia or Medina they came here to home Aimie 27 miles outside of Petra it was here that they found the Quraysh tribe and the family of Muhammad not in Saudi Arabia so far we have discovered that the early mosques of Islam all faced the ancient city of Petra but does the city of Petra fit the Islamic descriptions of the original holy city of Islam there is a story told by all of the early biographers of Muhammad it concerns Abdullah Muhammad's father he was working in the field one day and he came home with dirt on his hands he went into his first wife and said lie with me but she refused because he was dirty so he went out washed off the soil went into his next wife Amina she conceived and in this way Muhammad was born what is important to us about this story is that all of the early writers use the same word for the dirt on Abdullah sands they all use an Arabic word for soil especially the soil of a cultivated plot or field the problem is there is no cultivatable land near Mecca however when we come to Petra we discover that Petra had water fields and trees according to archaeologists there were private and public gardens as well as running water brought into the city through aqueducts and clay pipes archaeologists have described fruit trees grapes and gardens existing in ancient Petra even today there are cultivated plots of land between Petra and el Veda which is five kilometres away by analyzing ancient soil researchers have discovered that only 100 years ago the hills around Petra were covered with trees including oak juniper pistachio and carob not only did the holy city have trees and fields it was also a walled city even a shock says and they surrounded him by the walls of mecca now this is very puzzling because mecca had no city walls some think perhaps this was a house in mecca but even a shock specifically says the walls of mecca but mecca was not a walled city so what about Petra Petra was built in a valley on either side of the valley were large mountains with cliffs these cliffs were as good as city walls so the people of Petra built walls from one mountain cliff to the other mountain cliff both on this side of the valley and also on the other side of the valley so Petra had city walls another distinctive feature in Petra is that it contains a very unique stream now usually you have a valley with mountains on one side mountains on the other and a stream running down the center of the valley but in this case long ago earthquakes cracked these mountains so that there is a crack in that mountain water runs through that crack across the valley and out the crack in the other side the Nabataeans built a colonnaded street from one mountain to the other mountain and beside it was a rainwater course let's go down there now in Islam one of the duties of the pilgrims is to go seven times between two mountains called marwah and Safa what is interesting is that Bukhari tells us that Mohammed chose to do this running in the rain water course between the two mountains but there are problems Safa and Marwah are just small rocks today they're housed right inside of the mosque building as you can see on this drawing there was no rainwater course between these two rocks but here in Petra the description fits exactly from one mountain to the other there are four ways into the petra basin since petra is in a valley one could enter from either end of the valley during the year of the contest of Mecca the Prophet entered Mecca through its upper part but there were also other ways of entering Petra the ancient records tell us that the holy city could be entered and exited by a crack in the rocks in Arabic this is called a thorny ax Al Bukhari mentions this several times allows apostle used to enter Mecca from the hi Taniya and used to leave Mecca from the low tonia the Prophet went on advancing till he reached the tanya through which one would go to them that is the people of Quraish there are two thin ayah entrances one of these is the famous seek that tourists pass through to enter the city the other is on the far side of the colonnaded street and leads into a maze of canyons that eventually empty out into wadi araba below the Dead Sea Petra also has many temples over here is what is known today as the temple of the winged lions or the temple to a Llosa behind me is what is known as Kesser alban today or the temple to the god doosh era this short chain of mountains here was the home to the God and here in the very heart of the mountains is the temple to this God L do Shara now eben hashem relates to us a very interesting story it's very early in islamic history only a few people have converted to islam at this time one of those was a man known as al – failed be an amma of mecca he accepted islam on one of his journeys and once he returned home to Mecca his wife also decided to accept Islam al to fail then tells his wife to go to the temple of do Shara and cleanse herself there in the sacred area there was a trickle of water where she could wash herself she did this and returned home and learned about Islam did this story take place in Mecca a thousand kilometres away where there is no temple to do Shara or did it take place here in Petra if it did then do Sharra's temple is there she would have come down to this temple washed herself and gone home is there a temple to do Shara in Mecca in Saudi Arabia no there are no temples no cracks in the rock the water stream no city walls no grass no trees nothing it's all here in Petra and for the first 100 years every mosque in the entire Islamic world pointed here to Masjid al-haram the forbidden gathering place here in Petra there is no other city in the world that fits this description so perfectly now al Haq table had so harrass aid that he forced him to withdraw to the upper part of Mecca and he stopped in the mountain of Hira facing the town it's interesting to note that in this account Mount Hira is located in the upper part of Mecca if you go to Mecca today the cave of Hira doesn't face the city but here in Petra the high side of the city is north of the colonnaded street and the low part of the city is south of the colonnaded street in effect the city was divided in half by the colonnaded street Petra is the holy city of Mecca then the cave where Mohammed received his first revelation should be located there the ancient records say that the cave faced the town and that it was low down since Mohammed tried to climb the mountain to throw himself off if that's the case I think I know just the spot but we'll have to go over there here in this cave we can see where there are many various god blocks up there is a large crescent symbol this is just the sort of cave where young men would go to contemplate the meaning of life the descriptions and location of this cave are just like the ancient records describe it just outside of the city the entrance facing the city and evidence that people spent time here in religious worship and meditation I think that this is one of the holiest spots for all of Islam and it's here in Petra the Quran commands every Muslim to face the forbidden gathering place when they pray now the forbidden gathering place wasn't a building it was much more than this it was a large area marked out with special stones these stones marked the boundary around the sacred area no killing was allowed inside this area even birds were not killed now what kind of stones would you need to mark out such an area if you had just small round stones they would be lost among the other stones of the desert they must have been larger stones and there should have been something special about them so that you knew for certain that this was the boundary of the sacred area today in Mecca there are no special boundary stones historians have long wondered what these Marcus stones might have looked like but they seemed to have been lost in the years that have passed since then or perhaps they were never there if petra is the original holy city of islam then of course the special stones wouldn't be in Mecca they would be in Petra now there's a feature about Petra that's absolutely fascinating whenever tourists come to this city they pass by a number of square cut stones known as the Djinn rocks this is a fanciful name given to them by the local Bedouin what is interesting is that there are more than 20 of these large square stones marking all of the entrances of the city is it possible that these mark out the forbidden saying perhaps that's why they're not located in Mecca if that is true then Masjid al-haram or the the forbidden sanctuary would have been located here and if it was located here then the Kaaba would have been located here as well but it's not because a man named Ebenezer bear moved it so far in this program we have been examining the direction of prayer that Muslims originally faced as we've seen all of the mosques constructed during the first hundred years of Islam pointed to Petra by using the two mosques on the Amman citadel dan gibson has determined the approximate years when the qibla direction changed does Islamic history give us any clues as to why the direction of prayer might have changed if we look into Islamic history at this exact time we come face to face with the second Islamic Civil War has a literal kathira fill Islam well I can even hustle alia been hung the sympathetically about your fat Mohammed well he had a suburb Salvi co-sin de la muy enferma sinha or hakama diamond dimension at this point in history the governor in the holy city was abdullah IBN zubair he was particularly unhappy in his eyes the holy city was the most important city of islam the mother of all cities but the Umayyad rulers chose Damascus as the new capital city and a lot of people were unhappy with the corruption and the infighting in Damascus so in 683 ad about 64 years after the founding of Islam Eibon Zubair declared himself caliph in the holy city and that started the second Islamic civil war the Umayyads reacted strongly and sent an army against the holy city urban zubayr then did a shocking thing he destroyed the car the ancient holy shrine of Islam he been zubayr then demolished the Kaaba sanctuary until he had leveled it to the ground and dug out his foundation then he placed the black stone beside it in a wooden stand in a strip of silk the Umayyads fought against eben zubir and his companions but after 40 days news arrived that the ruling Khalif in Damascus had died now the ax mayan generals insisted that the battle wasn't over but that they must return to damascus so that a new caliph could be established the members of the amide royal family had come to the battle as well and they insisted that they must return to damascus under the protection of the entire army saw the whole army marches off the problem we face here is one of timing the islamic records are quite clear that when the hail off' died his 13 year old son ruled in his place al tabari vol 2 NE tells us specifically that his son survived only forty days after his father died before he too was killed during this time the armies from the holy city returned to damascus now a slow-moving army would have taken many days to cover the 1400 kilometer trek across the desert from Mecca in Saudi Arabia to Damascus in Syria if the army could move at 20 miles a day it still would have taken them 43 days when you add up the time the messenger took to bring the message the time it took for the army to decide to return and get mobilized and the 43 day march there is simply not enough time Mecca is too far away to be believable however if the holy city was Petra then the distances would all be drastically reduced this problem of distances plagues Islamic history again and again Mecca in Saudi Arabia is simply too far removed to fit many of the stories in early Islamic history now with the lull in the war even zubayr had time to rebuild his defenses and prepare for the return of the Umayyad army now I want to show you something here are some of the volumes of Ultima DS history of Islam Alta brie managed to collect a massive amount of material that he writes about what happened during each year of Islamic history he devotes whole chapters sometimes two chapters to every year but then something strange happens the battle for the holy city takes place over several years but year 70 of Islamic history is of great importance now notice Alta Bree spends 15 pages describing what happens in year 69 and he spends 27 pages describing what happens in year 71 but where is year 70 look at this 4 year 70 alpha Bree only records a few lines of text did he not find any more information for this year or did later editors censor this year from Alta Brees record only a few lines but what he records gives us a few tantalizing details it tells us that Musa eben Zubair apparently a brother of Abdullah brings supplies to the holy city where these supplies military equipment no it says he brought many horses and camels I believe that this is the year that the followers of eben Zubair moved south from Petra to the deserts of Arabia to find a place where they could hold out against the omean forces all details of this year have been removed from Alta Brees history but we know that they obtained many horses and camels which would have no other purpose than to move many of the people out of the city this lull in the war continued into the next year so even zoo bear took advantage of the break to undertake a religious project he decided to rebuild the Kaaba but Alta brie does not tell us where the new cabo was constructed was it in Petra or was it in a new safer location in far away Mecca I believe that the new Kaaba was built in Saudi Arabia and that the Black Rock was moved there for safekeeping so even if I banned Zubair lost the holy city he still had the rock and a new Kaaba after a new caliph was established the Umayyad army returned this time the army was bigger and the Umayyads brought large weapons of war with them among them a stone throwing machine called a man Janique the war between eben zubayr and al Haj took place for six months and 17 nights in the hollow of Mecca Yusuf eben maahox said I saw the man genic with which stones have been held the sky was thundering and lightning the sound of the thunder and lightning rose above that of the stones so that it must fit during the fighting urban zoo bear took refuge in a ruined building beside the Kaaba and this began another battle which completed the destruction of the Kaaba area of the holy city eventually even Zubair lost the battle but the cause was taken up by those in the city of Medina in Saudi Arabia and by the city of Kufa in Iraq I believe that during this time the Islamic world was thrown into contention should they pray towards Petra or should they pray towards Mecca the great Islamic empire had divided into two originally the Umayyads rule from Damascus and they prayed towards Petra but they were defeated in battle and now the eastern part of the Empire was ruled by the Abbasid who all constructed their mosques facing towards Mecca it was during this exact time that we see a change in mosque construction before this every new mosque constructed faced Petra but now for the first time some of the new mosques began to face Mecca in Saudi Arabia but the problem still existed what do you do with the old mosques they were built facing Petra it was during this time that mosque began hanging a sign on the wall to indicate the direction of prayer it was said in the reign of Earthmen that the Caliph ordered that signs be posted to the walls of the mosques and Medina this was so that the pilgrims could easily identify the direction to which they needed to address their prayers now this is a very interesting development because up until this time mosques were built so the faithful had only to face the Qibla wall and they faced the holy city why would you need to introduce a sign unless the direction of Prayer had changed around this time around 89 years after the founding of Islam a niche was suddenly introduced into mas structure to denote the direction of prayer this niche was added to older buildings and also incorporated into newer buildings today the nisha standard in every mosque but it wasn't originally there was no niche until the qibla direction changed in the civil war the Umayyad still prayed towards petra but the rebels in the holy city in medina and in Kufa chose to pray towards the new qibla in Saudi Arabia when the armies of Kufa met eben zubayr boo Shia D bin Abdullah Al mostly spoke praise be to God who has tested us with shackles and tested you by your forgiving us he been Zuba ya we are people who turn to the same qibla as you what a strange phrase we are the people who turn to the same qibla as you Muslim historians argue that this means the same Qibla as every other Muslim but now that we have uncovered evidence of the change of qibla this very time this phrase takes on special significance the people of Kufa joined with eben Zubair in accepting his qibla this is key to understanding much of what takes place later even though eben Zubair is eventually killed and seems to lose the civil war the city of Kufa plays a major role in the development of the new Abbasid dynasty and Kufa becomes a theological center and a place for copying currents in the islamic world things were a mess not only were Muslims divided politically they were divided religiously obeying the wishes of Allah as revealed by the Prophet Muhammad was at the very heart of Islam should you obey Muhammad and the Quran and face towards the forbidden gathering place in Petra or should you pray towards the Sacred House and the bright Rock which is in Saudi Arabia so far dan Gibson has plotted the existing mosques from the first century of Islam and they all point to Petra in Jordan so what about the mosques of the second century of Islam do they all point to Petra as well here is where things start to get interesting during my studies I discovered that mosques built during the second century of Islam point in different directions this is what I call the time of confusion 102 years after the founding of Islam the mosque of Omer was constructed in southern Syria in the ancient city of Basra as you can see the mosques orientation does not point towards Mecca but clearly it does not point to petra either five years later the ruling muslims built a palace in the syrian desert known as castle Al Hayat al carbee this is a drawing of the floorplan of the palace and the mosque in the corner of the complex the whole complex seems to face somewhere between Petra and Mecca a couple of years later Casa al higher is Sharkey Palace was built about a hundred kilometers north of Palmyra if we examine the ground plan of the palace buildings we notice that the palace and its mosque don't seem to align to either Mecca or Petra once again it points in between is it possible that something had happened which made the builders not want to choose either Petra or Mecca so they pointed the Qibla between the two we can see from the map that the Qibla points exactly between the two cities it is not a slight error in calculation but a deliberate avoiding of both Petra and Mecca so we must find an answer elsewhere to explain that change 109 years after the founding of Islam a mosque was built in bang hora Pakistan like all of the other mosques of the period it had only a Qibla wall without a niche this mosque however pointed towards Mecca in Saudi Arabia here we have the very first mosque that we can identify as pointing to Mecca there may have been others built that no longer exist but this mosque is significant because it's the earliest surviving mosque that we can truly say faced Mecca in Saudi Arabia and what is astounding is that it was built about 100 years after the death of Muhammad this is very late for Muslim historians and it is going to cause traditional Islamic history all kinds of trouble one of the most important buildings in our study is found here on the Citadel of Amman Jordan this homemade palace was built about a hundred and twenty-two years after the founding of Islam now if you remember we looked at an elated mosque built over here this mosque points directly towards petra but when they built the palace its qibla direction was directly towards Mecca so clearly the Qibla direction changed sometime between the construction of those buildings and the construction of this palace this will help us determine how and when the qibla direction changed remember it was during the construction of this palace that the name Mecca first appears in literature anywhere else very mccallum tooth kurtulus Sinan Hadi replicatable at the video allocatable Islamia lacan member correll and career table wah – a trip didn't ya tell us Prague Elmo Vinayak our la mia vita Rahul Islam well I can let me ask or aha – eh Allah and the three year of Kabbalah very the next major mosque that was constructed was built 32 kilometers south of Amman Jordan this was known as the masata palace and mosque and it was built in 743 AD as you can see it was a very large and impressive Oh made Palace with the mosque located in the southern part of the structure facing Petra indeed the entire complex faces Petra what makes this interesting is that it seems that Islam is now split into several groups there were the traditionalists who build their mosques like this one facing Petra but there were Reformers whose mosques face Mecca and there were others who are not in either group and they refused to select either of those gibbler's during this time a significant change took place in Islamic history the you Maya rulers of Islam in Damascus were defeated by the Abbasids of Kufa in 754 ad al-mansour the new caliph commissioned the construction of a brand new Eastern capital choosing Baghdad in Iraq as his site the new city was built on a spectacular design rather than the haphazard shape common to most Middle Eastern cities this city was built in a great circle the designers went out to a brand new area and used ashes to draw out the city plan on the ground prior to construction the city which was completed in 767 ad was 2 kilometers in diameter as you can see on this drawing the main mosque of the city had no niche indicating the direction of prayer that was to come later one wall was used as a Qibla wall and that wall pointed directly to Mecca as would all of the other mosques built from now on by the Abbasid rumors if this is all true then the Prophet Muhammad and the first four rightly guided caliphs in Islam and the following you Maya drew lers who ruled Islam from Damascus all prayed towards the city of Petra but late in the you Maya drain something happened that caused the builders to change the direction of their mosques some pointed to Petra some to Mecca and some chose to be neutral and point between the two this created a problem for the western half of Islam the people in the West were still loyal to the earlier you myates so the Islamic world is now split into two the Abbasid rulers in Iraq controlled the eastern part of the empire and the you mired rulers control North Africa and Spain this is an important time in Islamic history because the you my ads in Spain now blossom in culture and begin to build beautiful and impressive buildings the builders in Spain had a problem traditionally you my ads all prayed towards Petra but as we're going to see something devastating happened resulting in future mosques no longer facing that direction their enemies the Abbasids now pray towards Mecca in Saudi Arabia so they don't want to choose that direction of Prayer so what should the you my ads do as I examined the mosques built by the Spanish commands I discovered a most surprising development these builders chose neither Petra norm eka now as we have seen some of the builders in the Middle East chose to point their qibla between the two cities but the builders in North Africa and Spain decided to do something completely different over the years historians have always been puzzled by these mosques their Qibla s' seemed to point towards somewhere in South Africa but all of the African and Spanish mosques point to slightly different places it all seems very confusing however when plotted on a map we can see that the mosques of North Africa and Spain all have giblets that are parallel to a line drawn between Petra and Mecca so rather than choosing Petra or Mecca they chose to make their Qibla spare allel to a line drawn between the two cities Khalil Museveni at home bin Ahmad Khamis Gaddafi idea went up in a very techie Ani to Ghulam a commodity Petra Allah assassin thief travel for crime traditional Burhan have or Hanukkah derelict ala have a shake and Athena and the Matamata so dear ila assassin say father if you're still not convinced I want to show you something else do you remember when we discussed the second Islamic civil war eben Zubair barricaded himself in the holy city and the oh man syrian army surrounded him and kept him there for four months during the month of October the Syrians brought a catapult up to the city walls were the lobbed rocks right into the holy places of his how is this possible normally people live behind the city walls a catapult will simply smash down people's houses but in this case it said the catapult hit the holy places of Islam right in the center of the city how is this possible well here in Petra there is a unique feature Petra had city walls in the north and in the south the city walls crossed the valley but in the north the city walls did not go all the way to the canyon because there was a watercourse running along the canyon I believe the Syrians brought their catapult up to the dry river course right to the place where they could lob rocks into the very heart of the city hitting the Kaaba and the holy places of Islam archaeologists from Brown University have been digging here in Petra for many years their project was to excavate what is known as the great temple area as they uncovered the temple dan was amazed to find evidence that supported his theory one of the interesting features of this building is that people built defenses here against attack see here in this doorway they closed it in so they could defend themselves this happened sometime after the earthquake of 551 AD we can date the defenses of here by the roofing tiles that were used in the construction of these defenses however there are no recorded battles in Petra during this time so we know this happened during the founding years of Islam but this is not the only evidence we have during the excavations the archaeologists uncovered over 400 catapult stones these stones are buried in about the right place at exactly the right time this is an extremely strong indication that the battle took place here and that the first original Kaaba was close to this location so Islam was divided between the traditionalists and the Reformers the traditionalists prayed towards Petra in Jordan and the Reformers prayed towards Mecca in Saudi Arabia and others deliberately choosing a middle path how were they ever going to solve this dilemma petra the city of weeping suffered a fatal calamity massive earthquakes shook the petrel region destroying buildings temples and houses the damage was so bad that the city was never rebuilt again the evidence for that first GABA is gone now the catapult stones destroyed much of it eben Zubair destroyed the rest in 713 and earthquake destroyed the dam that diverts the water around Petra so every year floodwaters washed away whatever evidence was left so with the memory of Petra fading from view the chroniclers of Islamic history writing some 150 years later would never mention it by name in time the memories of these two locations became merged into one that of Mecca in Saudi Arabia from now on all Qibla would point here it wasn't until modern archaeological tools satellite photos and the internet allowed the networking of historians academics and scholars around the world to start piecing together a different picture varied how one modernist mafia is surely mr. mean to be miss of goon will have a shade of October on everybo this falmouth cool forfeitable samuel MF Corbett re if shown missile away any a Tarleton a so will Anissa Helou Mahamaya to coral shade re in order to understand the events that influenced the writing of Islamic history we need to recognize several things first it is my belief there was a literary vacuum in the early Islamic empire created by zealous Muslims who destroyed books and manuscripts erased inscriptions burned libraries and destroyed all literature except the Quran which was mostly bits and pieces of what people remembered of the revelations that Muhammad gave this destruction of written material by the Islamic forces has been well documented one piece of evidence is a letter from 640 ad from the halluf to general a mu the leader of the Muslim armies in Egypt who asked the Caliph what should he do with the thousands of manuscripts he found in warehouses in Alexandria the caliphs answer has been recorded and known centuries as for the books you mentioned here is my reply if their content is in accordance with the revelations of Allah we may do without them for in that case the revelations of Allah more than suffice if on the other hand they contain matter not in accordance with the revelations of Allah there can be no need to preserve them proceed then and destroy them the Muslim writer eben l50 tells us that the books were distributed to the public baths of Alexandria where they were used to feed the stoves which kept the baths comfortably warm they say it took six months to burn all that massive material UT kiyose the patriarch of Constantinople recorded that there were four thousand baths that received books from the Alexandrian library this burning of books however did not start in Egypt but four years earlier in Persia caliph Umar army met with the Persian armies in the Battle of Cardassia in the year 636 ad in early January 637 the Muslim advance guard reached the outskirts of tesa font and laid siege to the city for two months eventually the city fell and the Muslims occupied it during the fighting the palaces and the library attesa font were deliberately burned in the end the only book that managed to survive in Arabia was the glorious quran when it comes to the history of the quran historians have struggled it seems that most of the quran was retained in an oral fashion rather than written form while the arabs were great memorizers and had the ability to retain the entirety of the quran the retention of materials in an oral tradition suffers from several difficulties first the accuracy of the memories of the individuals involved must be perfect in the case of the Quran arguments arose over the various verses how they should be rendered and if they should or should not be included in the whole second the problem of transferring knowledge from the learner to the novice is often a difficult step in the case of the Quran most of the men who memorized the sayings of Muhammad were also warriors as is often the case warriors die in battle and their knowledge of the Quran perished with them this is amply illustrated in the battle of Yamamah when their estimated 450 men who had memorized the Quran were killed for thy foe ben ali yamin came to Othman at the time when the people of Damascus and the people of Iraq were waging war to conquer Armenia and Azerbaijan who died foe was afraid because the people of Damascus and Iraq had differences in the recitation of the Quran so he said to Othman Oh chief of the believers save this nation before they differ about the revelations so Othman sent a message to Hafsa saying send us your manuscript of the Quran so that we may compile the Quranic materials into perfect copies and return the manuscript to you Hoff's are sent it then a group of men sat down to create a new copy of the Quran what man said to the three Quraysh men in case you disagree write it in the dialect of Koresh for the Quran was revealed in their tongue when several copies were written Earthman returned the original manuscript to have so Earthman then sends every Muslim province one copy of what's been written and he orders that all of the Quranic material whether written in fragmentary manuscripts or even in whole copies but they all be burned and sold the burning continued this time even quranic materials were burnt but it did not stop the arguing about what should or should not be included in the Quran when the new quran's arrived in various provinces people argued against them so he'd been tobot said a verse from surat al-ahzab was missed when we copied the quran and i used to here allows apostle reciting it so we searched for it and found it with hussein had been Taba talents ali these five or six copies were now the only currents in the entire Muslim Empire both man's order to burn all other quranic' material tried to wipe out all currents everywhere except the few that were held by the provincial governors in effect all non-muslim books were destroyed and then the Muslims destroyed all of their own books and writings except for five or six copies remember the Islamic empire at this time stretched from the Atlantic Ocean through the Middle East all the way to Afghanistan and only five or six copies of the Quran existed and all those millions of square kilometers this is what I refer to when I speak of a literary vacuum much later once the ambassador to control of the Islamic empire they recognized this literary vacuum and they set out to correct it the problem was they were interested in producing Anna Bassett version of Islamic history so all of the materials produced under the ambassador ole reflected the politically correct version of Abbasid history these histories and hadith about the previous 250 or more years were collected copied and distributed those books that were written earlier were either destroyed or edited by later writers who thought they found errors in them under AB acid rule massive religious scientific and academic projects were undertaken the Abbasid rulers encouraged scholarly development that would not only present the early years of Islam in a good light but would also confirm their own right to ruling the Empire during this period of time we find the great is Lama kis torian's right in their treatise on Islamic history and they also edit the earlier accounts for example what we don't have a bona Shaq's original biography of Mohammed as a bond Hisham under the imbeciles corrected what he called Grievous errors and the original account after the editing of ebin Hashem the rest of the great Islamic historians have began to write their histories and they present us with an Islamic history that was tailored to suit the religious and political worldview of the ambassador's of their day is it possible that Muslims today are victims of an ambassador up did the Ambassador purposely turn Muslims away from praying towards the forbidden gathering place in Petra as the Quran commands and make them pray towards the black rock now residing in Mecca our Muslim still being misled by a bassett propaganda I believe the stage was set when early Muslim leaders gathered together the various scraps of the Quran the problem wasn't the collection it was the destruction of anything that opposed their view there is a great divide here between Western thought and Muslim thought in western thought the later manuscripts are less reliable as their copies of copies we need to go back to earlier source material as it's more accurate Muslims on the other hand think earlier manuscripts are less reliable and later manuscripts replace earlier manuscripts even in the Quran later revelations replace or abrogate earlier revelations once you allow the concept of abrogation you open yourself up to accepting all kinds of changes if the Abbasid tampered with history did they go so far as tampering with the text of the Quran for instance how did the name Mecca get into surah 48 Abu Bakr the successor of Muhammad made the first compilation of Quranic material both men who followed him used that collection and then added to it the historians tell us that even after Othman had compiled his Quran people remembered still more verses that Muhammad had revealed every time a new Quran came out it was touted as the most complete Quran the previous ones were okay but the newer ones were more complete with more revelations in them did the ebb acids bring out an even more complete Quran that contained mention of Mecca today we have many of the Ambassador feature ons and museums from Istanbul to Samarkand these currents use the qu 'fuck script invented in the city of Kufa but what about earlier currents written in other scripts I have searched through many of the early Quranic parchments written in pre Koufos crypt it should come as no surprise that none of the pre kuk material includes verses about the changing of the qibla or the city of Mecca historians have challenged me that I'm trying to rewrite all of Islamic history I assure you I'm not trying to do this I'm only suggesting one small change long ago the holy city of islam was referred to as Becca I believe that name was used for the city of Petra after repeated earthquakes killed many people after even Zubair moved the black stone to Mecca scribes had only to make one small change to Islamic writing in Arabic Becca is written like this it's very easy to change the BA – Ameen watch again that's all it took it is virtually undetectable – later readers did the Abbasid scribes correct an earlier reference to Becca in the Quran and make it into Mecca I believe that all of the evidence points to Petra as being the ancient city of Becca the founding place of Islam all of the mosques of the first century of Islam point to the forbidden gathering place in Petra and all of the descriptions fit Petra not Mecca Muslims are instructed in the Quran to pray towards the forbidden gathering place the Quran says nothing about the black rock it is clear that although dan Gibson's research is rooted in Islamic history and he has a great affection for the Arabic world his theories will be challenging to Muslims as faiths around the globe come under increasing scrutiny to prove the veracity of their origins all religions need to consider serious research they may find difficult is LOM needs to ask if it is possible that over a billion people have been misled by Abbasid propaganda regarding how and where their religion began and if true what implications does this have for the average Muslim today

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  1. Sorry, I am not walking around barefoot where tens of thousands of other people are doing the same. This is hygiene 101.

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  2. To sum it up, Islam is not a religion. Instead, they were theives and criminals who persecuted people who did not follow the lying ideology. Basically saying the same that everyone else has been saying about Islam. The Quran is not words of Allah according to Mohammed. It is a false bible. The original words were burned by the Islamics.

    None of the Islamic institutions wanted to speak or refute because they know if they did it would bring attention to all Islamic believers. Something they cannot afford to take the chance. Seems to point to fraud.

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  3. Sadly gullible people may believe this documentary. What they need to know is that this theory has been debunked in academia.

    The originator of the theory was the brilliant orientalist academic Patricia Crone who postulated this in her book Meccan Trade and the Rise of Islam in 1987. However, she was debunked by other academics such as R. B. Serjeant. In a peer review (Journal of the American Oriental Society
    Vol. 110, No. 3 (Jul. – Sep., 1990), pp. 472-486 (15 pages) he destroys the arguments in this documentary. I ask those who are not lazy or have an agenda to read the document. Crone herself gave up this theory before her death however Gibson plays on peoples ignorance and the current climate.

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  4. Video is aimed at making islam as doubtful & controvertial as christianity. Poor Christian "feel " so relieved! No to be!

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  5. There is NO historical evidence at all regarding Mecca… Why do you think the Saudi's have poured Billions of Tonnes of Concrete all over it? To stop serious academic archaeological research being done.

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  6. Well it is free to walk around Petra . Thousands of dollars to walk around Mecca . Same in Rome Vatican city you pay thousands for the privilege to stroll around same in Jerusalem Christian site . As for the Pyramids of Giza forget about it . I go to where my pocket is not raided .

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  7. there is a soora called sora feel its a bird there was a king of yeman before the birth of prophet PBUH wanted to destroy kaba in macca with elephents and allah desroys his army with these birds elephents cant travel 2000 kilometters chech this sura oe chapter which explins the place it was macca

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  8. i just waste my f*** time hearing base less explanation's ………..like… latter study revealed and further research showed that bla bla ……

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  9. Nigerian accent… What are you talking about IMAP don't exist in Mecca…. We made the first map around the world what are you talking about aha nonsense..u.. go back to school

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  10. Yall plz understand that this is his theory and not facts and has been refuted already. He is not the first person to make this claim. If you want the refutation go to zwemer center for Muslim studies and look up IS MECCA REALLY THE BIRTH PLACE OF ISLAM and ever single thing he mentioned is there or you can start here

    http://www.muslimheritage.com/article/from-petra-back-to-makka

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