Ladders of Virtue: Exploring Shared Holiness in Jerusalem and Mecca

Jerusalem and Mecca – Discover the Spiritual Convergence of Two Sacred Cities and the Tale of Virtue that Unites Them” According to Karen Armstrong, the belief was that the Kaaba was situated in the center of the earth, with the Gate of Heaven situated exactly above it.

About the Jerusalem Temple, the Rabbis said the same thing. Temple in Jerusalem. Roots-wise, the two temples are primarily different.

The Prophet Jacob passes out during the night while traveling to Haran and has visions of: 28:11 in Genesis. As the sun was about to set, Jacob came upon a particular (unnamed) location and halted there to rest for the night. 28:12 “And Jacob dreamed and he saw a sulam was set up on the earth and its top reached up to heaven.” The angels of God are seen ascending and descending upon the sulam.”

The phrase that gives rise to the Hebrew word sulam-ladder appears just once in the whole Hebrew Bible. The prophet Jacob observes the angels at work but they do not communicate with him. This is highly unique because, according to the Hebrew Bible and more generally, ancient Near Eastern literature, divine angels typically communicate through messengers; however, they are also both active and silent.

“The moment Jacob awoke from his slumber, he declared, “Surely the LORD is here. I was certain, yet I did not.” Like Moses in Exodus 20:18–19, he was afraid and cried out, “This place is amazing!

This is the gate to the heavens as well as the dwelling place of God (YHVH). Genesis 28:16–17 Prophet Jacob did not expect a lone manifestation of God Lord here, apart from the pillars that his great-grandfather Abraham had constructed. Abraham.

Exchanging Virtue Beyond Traditions

Islam, as a comprehensive faith, states that the Ka’ba is the main shrine and that God has chosen its position. As the oldest extant monotheistic religion, Judaism holds that King Solomon built the Jerusalem Temple. The Jerusalem Temple is located on property that King David purchased. When Jacob saw God’s angels ascending and descending the ladder, he exclaims,

“Surely God is there and I never realize it.”

In the present era, a ladder is not a ramp. It is up to you to ascend the ladder. A holy sanctuary is a place where exceptional goodness has been performed by humans. God then consecrates the sanctuary. This is demonstrated by the story, which was orally transmitted for many centuries in both Arabic and Hebrew. Later, in the 19th century, it was recorded in several different forms.

The land was divided in half by the two brothers who inherited it from their father so that each could farm a separate section. One brother’s land was on a hill, and the other brother’s land was in a valley at the base of the hill.

The younger brother remained single until the older brother eventually got married and had four children. There wasn’t much rain in the relevant year, and there wasn’t much produce. This was during a protracted drought that would eventually turn the entire valley into a parched, desolate desert when the springs dried up and the grain stopped growing.

One night while the younger brother was fast asleep, he pondered. “I don’t have any kids, but my brother has four kids and a wife to support. He needs more grain than I do, especially at this time of year when there is a shortage.”

Later that evening, his younger brother managed to reach the silo, where he collected a large mound of wheat. He then ascended the hill dividing the two farms and proceeded to his brother’s farm. Satisfied with himself, he deposited the wheat in his silo and went back to his house.

He had the thought the previous night, as his older brother was still waiting for rain in bed. “My brother probably won’t have children, but my wife and I will have grown children to take care of us and grandchildren to play with when we are old. To have enough money for his requirements in the upcoming years, he must at least double the amount of grain he harvests in the fields today.”

The following evening, the elder brother loaded up on wheat, ascended the hill, placed it in his brother’s silo, and, feeling vindicated, headed back to his house. When his younger sibling saw the following day that the quantity of wheat in his barn had not changed, he was taken aback. “I probably didn’t take the amount of wheat I believed,” he stated. “Tonight I’ll make sure to take a lot more.”

The elder brother was thinking about the same things in his barn the following morning. As night fell, the brothers went around gathering more wheat from his barn and moving it to his brother’s barn during the night in total darkness.

They were perplexed and confused in the morning. Everyone questioned, “How could I possibly be wrong?” “This location has the same amount of wheat as it had in the past. This is not achievable! I promise not to make a mistake tonight—I’ll bring two large suitcases.”

The brothers, more determined than the night before, pulled two enormous wheat sacks from his house, loaded them onto a cart, and then slowly drove the cart across the fields and up the hill to his brother’s barn.

Every brother could see someone in the distance at an elevation of approximately a mile, with just a glimmer of light from the new moon. When the brothers saw their brother’s figure and the weight he was carrying, they all understood what had transpired. They put down the ropes from their carts and ran to each other, hugging without a word.

Compartmented Sacredness

Both Jews and Christians believe that the hill represents Jerusalem. For Muslims, the valley is Mecca.
They’re both correct, I think. God will permit everyone to view both cities and their holy sites as two lungs at some point, as they are vital to our spiritual sustenance and serve as a link to the one God of the prophets Abraham, Ishmael, and Isaac.

A piece of land cannot become a holy place unless by God’s will. God’s prophets later realized that this area was transformed into two holy spots, spiritual lungs, and holy sanctuaries by their brotherly affection for one another. The descendants of the two brothers will build their holy home on these spots, which will contribute to a global spiritual revival.

“Believers, be steadfast in the cause of God and stand up for justice,” the Qur’an says. Don’t let your animosity toward others stop you from pursuing justice. becoming kind and fair increases the likelihood of becoming God-fearing. (Qur’an 5:8)

God will help them fulfill Abraham’s request to “make this a land of peace and supply its inhabitants with the fruits from the area” if everyone, near and far, views their home as a model for the rest of the world and spreads it with love to everyone else who believes in it and respects it. (Qur’an 2:126).

Allow the wisdom of this ancient story, which has been passed down orally for hundreds of years in both Arabic and Hebrew, to help Muslims, Christians, and Jews overcome the many acts of hatred that occur in the world today. The Qur’an states that good deeds and wicked deeds are not the same.

You’ll be shocked to learn that your former enemy has turned into your most cherished ally in the battle against evil. You must battle evil with what is more advantageous.” (Qur’an 41:34)

A Wish for Harmony and Parity in Spiritual Enlightenment

Allow the one set of lungs to provide the spiritual energy needed by humanity to live in accordance with God’s peace.Claim that the Revelation from your Lord in Truth has been sent to you by the Holy Spirit of

God in order to uplift Christians and provide Muslims direction and good news.” (Qur’an 16:102)
The Hebrew prophet Joel (2:28–9) states that during the Messianic era, the Holy Spirit will overflow throughout the entire Israeli population. A statement in the Friedman version of the rabbinic seventh-century Midrash Tanna Eliyahu states that the Holy Spirit will equally pour down on men and women, freemen and slaves, Jews and non-Jews alike.

The descendants of Abraham will learn to live a pious, tranquil, and prosperous life. According to the prophet Isaiah (19:23–25), there will be a roadway connecting Egypt with Assyria in that day. The Egyptians will travel to Assyria, and the Assyrians will be returned to Egypt.

The third will be Assyria. The Assyrians and Egyptians will pray together. The world is blessed because Israel will be ranked third on that date, behind Egypt and Assyria. Declaring, “Blessed be Egypt my people, Assyria my handiwork, and Israel my inheritance,” God Almighty vows to shower them with blessings.

Most people concur that anyone who can bring Muslims and Jews together in this way would be a Messianic Lord of Peace (Isaiah 9:5) The most significant of the Messianic prophecies would undoubtedly be fulfilled by a leader who could bring Jews, Christians, and Muslims together on a platform of mutual respect and harmony. Christian support for such cooperation would be essential.

“They’ll reduce their adversaries’ swords to ploughshares and their spears to pruning knives.” Nation will never teach the idea of violence, nor will it take up arms against nation.” (Isaiah 2:14)

Indeed, without outstanding spiritual leadership in each of the three communities, such collaboration among Jews, Christians, and Muslims would not be conceivable. Thus, every community can view its leader as the Messiah and align with the recently quoted passage from Isaiah’s Messianic prophecy, which was further developed by the prophet Micah: “They will beat their swords into plowshares and turn their spears into pruning knives.”

A country will never employ force against another country. They will never teach the doctrine of war ever again. But because Jesus Christ, the God of Hosts, spoke to us, everyone will be able to sit under the shade of their grapevine or fig tree without anyone tripping over their tranquility. We will always and forever follow the name of our Lord, our God, even while everyone else walks by the names of their gods.” (Micah 3:1–4)

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