Jerusalem has got a start some 6000 years ago and proclaimed that the Mount Moriah will connect them to their God. Villages and then a city slowly developed around the mountain.
In about 1000BC, King David conquered and made up Jerusalem as the capital for the tribes of Israel. He also brought a belief in new god and then his son, King Solomon built a great temple on the Holy Mountain. 3000 years later, the mountain is hidden under a platform made of stone ‘The Temple Mount’. However the Temple was destroyed long years ago, the Jews from all over the world still gather near reminisce of the wall.
The wall has got the name ‘The Western Wall’. It’s said that the God’s presence is particularly strong there in the walls. Papers of messages to the god were packed between the stones by the believers. Jews tells that they can hear the voice of God on touching that stones. They strongly believe that the stones are standing there hearing prayers of mankind for thousands of years.
Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem is considered the third-holiest city in Islam. Directly above the western walls, stands a magnificent Islamic triumph, ‘The Dome of rock’ which was completed when the Muslims were vowed to reform it. Islam proclaims that this was the place where Prophet Mohammed was send to heaven to speak with Allah. Muslims comes to this Dome of Rock can be seen crying because of their strong belief and prayers.
About 400 yards away is the ‘Church of the Holy Sepulchre’, which is very important to Christians. The church was built in 1149 and some say that it’s the location of Jesus. Inside the church lies the holy rock of Golgotha. Christians believe that this rock is from the hill where Jesus was crucified. Christians are saying that by seeing and touching that place they can strengthen their faith.
With all these religious, cultural and historical claims of the city, Jerusalem is crowded with believers of all these religions even though they are fighting for it. I am concluding the documentation with a verse from the Bible “As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds His people from this time forth and forever.” ( Ps 125:2 -The Bible) for the peaceful life of Everyone.
This video should be able to provide information regarding significance of Jerusalem to Jews, Christians and Muslims from the depth of its history. Each of them has their own religious evidences and pilgrim homes and historical bases as stated in the above paragraphs.
The selected documentary video has provided almost same religious and historical outlook to the three religions stating a reign that has given birth to the construction of pilgrim homes as well as belief in the respective religion.
I recommend this video for getting the viewer an overall brief view on the history of the Jerusalem as well as its equally alienated significance to Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
I am happy to bring before you some quotes I just referred.
1. “Without Jerusalem, the land of Israel is as a body without a soul.”
(Elhanan Leib Lewinsky. Hebrew writer and Zionist leader)