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Holy Qur’an / Surah 3

95: Say: Allah speaks the truth; so follow the religion of Abraham, the upright one. And he was not one of the polytheists.

96: Certainly the first house appointed for men is the one at Bakkah, blessed and a guidance for the nations.

97: In it are clear signs: (It is) the Place of Abraham; and whoever enters it is safe; and pilgrimage to the House is a duty which men owe to Allah — whoever can find a way to it. And whoever disbelieves, surely Allah is above need of the worlds.

In verse 96 of Surah 3, the “first house appointed for men is the one at Bakkah” declaration has been a source of contention between Muslims and Jews for well over a millennium. Many of the white Jews (I will clarify this terminology in the next chapter) seem to be under the delusion that Abraham was a fellow Jew, and therefore had no regional connection with Arabia or its people. However, if these white Jews were to actually read their Bible (Torah or Old Testament), they would have knowledge of this:

Bible / Genesis 11

28. And Haran died before his father Terah in the land of his nativity, in Ur of the Chaldees.

31. And Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran his son's son, and Sarai his daughter in law, his son Abram's wife; and they went forth with them from Ur of the Chaldees, to go into the land of Canaan; and they came unto Haran, and dwelt there.

Yeah, in light of the preceding verses, Abraham (Abram was his name before The Lord changed it to Abraham in verse 5 of Genesis 17: Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee) is a native of the city of UR (called “Tell El-Muqayyar” today) which is near the city of Nasiriyah in southern Iraq. Consequently, since Abraham was born and raised in Iraq, which is hundreds of miles away from the land of Canaan (called “Israel” today), white Jews have no legitimate claim to Abraham (territorial nor lineage) save for his MIGRATION (MOVING) to Israel, nothing more. Actually, according to verse 31 of Genesis 11, Abraham even migrated and lived within the city of Haran which is some 900 miles north of Ur, in the country known as Turkey in this day. Consequently, the white Jews of Israel have no greater right to claim Abraham than do the Iraqis or the Turkish. Since, Abraham migrated nearly 1,000 miles from Iraq to Turkey, his migration from Israel to Mecca (Arabia) is not as far-fetched as white Jews would have you believe.

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