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Changing Times: The Latest In Islam’s Revisionist History

Daniel 7:25a, “He will speak out against the Most High and wear down the saints of the Highest One, and he will intend to make alterations in times and in law …”

When the Prophet Daniel wrote that Antichrist would intend to “change” or “make alterations” to times and law, it is quite clear that the “law” was a direct reference to the desired implementation and subjugation of Sharia Law upon all non-Muslims, regardless of where they lived. But seeking to make changes to the “times” was likely not referring to switching Greenwich Mean Time with Mecca Time or replacing the Gregorian calendar of Christianity with the Hijri calendar of Islam. It is becoming increasingly apparent that the alteration of “times” is a direct reference to something we’re witnessing this very day both inside and outside the Muslim world: the rewriting of history …

By Joe Herring & Dr. Mark Christian, American Thinker – “Many are familiar with the concept of revisionist history — the rewriting of past events to reflect a particular bias — but there is a contemporary example that receives far too little attention in our American media, that being the history of Jews in the Middle East.

Palestinian apologists have made a major industry out of creating a past for themselves by distorting the archeological record.  What cannot be distorted is ignored, and what cannot be ignored has, in some cases, been destroyed.  Not surprisingly, this particular form of historical reconstruction invariably finds the lowly Jew to be an interloper in the Middle East — not only now, but throughout all of discernable history.

One such apologist, Mr. Maen Rashid Areikat, ‘honored’ our fair city of Omaha, Nebraska recently when he spoke at the invitation of the Global Studies Conference at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.  Mr. Areikat is the director-general at the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Negotiations Affairs Department and a close advisor of Mahmoud Abbas.  He is presently the chief representative of the PLO delegation to the United States.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently described Iranian leader Hassan Rouhani as ‘a wolf in sheep’s clothing.’  He might wish to apply that description to Areikat, a man for whom the phrase may well have been coined.

Mr. Areikat’s message is a simple one.  Jerusalem belongs to the Palestinians and, by extension, to Islam.  Of course, his message has far fewer sharp edges when he delivers it to non-Muslims.  He adopts a folksy, world-weary tone when calling for a Palestinian state, as if he has been single-handedly standing up to the recalcitrant Israeli leadership, and while desperate for help, he remains too humble to ask.

In an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal last year, Areikat presented the case that a Palestinian state is in Israel’s best interests.  He championed the preferred narrative of the anti-Israeli left with a deftness born of mindless repetition, repeating the long-debunked argument that the Jewish claim to Jerusalem is no stronger than that of the Palestinians.  He goes on to contrast the ‘brutal’ Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza against the Palestinian Authority’s altruistic efforts to normalize relations.

When he is not as guarded in his speech, Areikat reveals the white bone of Islamic inflexibility.  Asked in an interview if the Jews ever had a Temple in Jerusalem, he demurred, saying only, ‘I’m not an historian.’

When pressed, he doubled down on his newly minted understanding of history, asserting that Jews were never part of Jerusalem — that the ‘Jewishness’ of a place known for millennia as the ‘City of David’ is in fact a myth, despite literally thousands of years of archeological evidence putting the lie to his self-serving construct.

While the concept of a historically non-Jewish Jerusalem is increasing in popularity among the anti-Semitic left, it remains curious that Arabs continue to demand control over Jerusalem, when it’s abundantly clear from the Koran itself that neither Allah nor Mohammed ever intended it for Muslims in the first place.  As far as the Koran is concerned, Muslims have no more claim to Jerusalem than Jews have to Medina.

Jewish authority over Jerusalem should come as no surprise to Islamic scholars.  In Surah 2:144-147, the Koran describes Allah’s gift of Mecca to Mohammed.  In this passage, we find Mohammed pouting that he had been mocked by the Jews for making use of their city, Jerusalem, as a focus of worship.  He didn’t deny Jewish authority over Jerusalem; he simply fumed that Islam had no place of its own — an unfortunate situation that Mohammed (er…I mean Allah!) moved to remedy posthaste.

From the very beginning, Mohammed appropriated much of Jewish and Christian tradition for inclusion in his new religion, but Islam was not yet complete, as it lacked a ‘Holy City’ — a deficit that spawned a sixth-century version of ‘keeping up with the Joneses,’ if you will.

According to Islamic tradition, Allah sent the angel Gabriel to ‘re-orient’ Mohammed during prayers, pointing him toward Mecca.  From a purely logistical standpoint, early Muslims could count themselves lucky that Mohammed assumed that Allah meant to give them Mecca and not, say, Zanzibar, which lay in the same direction, only a scant two thousand miles farther.

The point being, not only did Allah and his prophet Mohammed show clear deference for the Jewish claim to Jerusalem, but this reality was confirmed and continued under ‘Omar the Conqueror,’ Mohammed’s successor and the most powerful and influential caliph in Islamic history.

While Omar is widely known as the conqueror of Jerusalem, what is not so well-known is that after he conquered the city he promptly repopulated Jerusalem with Jews, repatriating them from the Arabian Peninsula, providing an ironic prefiguration of the establishment of the modern state of Israel centuries later.

Clearly, Omar felt that Jerusalem was a city for the Jews and encouraged their residence in a homeland they hadn’t seen since the destruction of the Temple in 70 A.D.  Omar constructed a small mosque in Jerusalem, allowing him the ability to maintain the spiritual health of the Muslim garrisons left to defend Jerusalem from the Romans, but otherwise granted Jews authority over their spiritual and ancestral home.  Omar, successor of Mohammed, believed that the Jewish claim to Jerusalem was absolute, transcending five centuries of exile.

All this brings us full circle to Mr. Areikat, and his creative revisionism of long-established historical record.  In the spirit of fairness, the level of silliness that has come to hallmark the Islamic attempts to write themselves into a history they themselves never experienced cannot be laid solely at the feet of Areikat.  He simply parrots the narrative du jour, embellishing as needed to tailor the story to his audience.

To the uninitiated, Areikat’s words have a soothing quality, coaxing a long-ailing sense of hope from the listener, stirring a belief that at long last they may have encountered an authentic negotiating partner.  It is important for us to realize, however, that Areikat is powerless without the hope harbored by non-Muslims that perhaps an acknowledgment of his viewpoint may herald a break in the present impasse.

It is the sanitized version of Maen Rashid Areikat our students heard speak in Omaha on the 3rd of October, 2013.  It is Areikat’s revision of history that they carried away with them, greatly misinforming their view of the Mid-East conflict.

It’s regrettable that the students didn’t learn the unedited plan for the Middle East sought by Areikat — the version that declares any future Palestinian state must be ‘Jew-free,’ requiring the forced removal of all Jews as a condition of Palestinian sovereignty.

Despite his rhetoric, perhaps even Areikat himself senses the weakness of his own argument.  When asked about the decline of social interactions between Jew and Arab, he lets slip a glimpse behind the veils of obfuscation and fantasy that have characterized the ‘history’ of the ‘Palestinian people.’

I remember when I traveled to Europe in the late ’70s, and to the United States in the early ’80s, yes, we thought of ourselves as Palestinians, but we were traveling with Jordanian passports. Publicly we are Jordanians, but deep inside we are Palestinians.

Therein lies the truth Areikat himself has tried so hard to conceal: there is no such thing as a ‘Palestinian.'” Source – American Thinker.

Flashback: Changing The Times And Law

Categories: Radical Islam
  1. 10/13/2013 at 1:16 PM

    Why is he speaking in the 1st place in a University. Gee can a Christian come and speak as well? Why do we allow anything w the PLO here.


  2. Mike
    10/13/2013 at 2:11 PM

    I don’t think this one man’s mission is enough to warrant an interpretation Daniel 7:25. It Switching Greenwich Mean Time with Mecca Time or replacing the Gregorian calendar of Christianity with the Hijri calendar of Islam seems more plausible to me. It’s more in line with the character of allah…prideful, forceful, bold, arrogant…and failing. Notice the text says that he will “intend” to make alterations in times and laws. Thankfully, the text doesn’t say that he succeeds, only that he intends to.

    In 2008, a conference called “Mecca, the Centre of the Earth, Theory and Practice” was conducted by Muslim clerics, proposing that a global switch to Mecca time be enacted. This was all predicated on the claim that Mecca is in a direct line with the magnetic north pole and so it is a better choice for the world’s time standard. Of course this claim is not true for the simple reason that the magnetic north pole is constantly moving. This fact is not sufficiently discouraging to prevent Islamists from trying to convince the world that the biggest clock in the world should be the world’s standard time piece.

    The Abraj Al-Bait Towers, also known as the Mecca Royal Hotel Clock Tower stands at a whopping 1,972 feet of height. In typical Muslim fashion of creating Islamic structures higher than structures of non-Muslims, it dwarfs the Greenwich Observatory’s elevation of 154.7 feet and even London’s timepiece standard, Big Ben, which has a height of a mere 316 feet. It is the second highest building in the world, second only to Dubai’s Burj Khalifa Building. It’s highest point, a crescent adorning the top of the 75 foot spire, weighs 35 tons.

    Each of the four faces of the Mecca Royal Hotel Clock Tower clock are 151 feet wide, compared to Big Ben’s 23 feet. It has 21,000 lights, which are illuminated five times a day to direct Muslims to pray facing the Kaaba, the cube shaped structure that Muslims circumambulate during the Muslim Hajj pilgrimage. The Kaaba is located at the foot of the building complex, so by facing the clock, they would thus be facing the Kaaba.

    The clock has Arabic script on all four sides that says “In The Name of Allah” and this script is illuminated with 2 million LED lights. From a distance, the clock appears remarkably similar to Big Ben, except that it can be seen from 19 miles away. Its service began in August 2010 and it is set to “Mecca Time”, 3 hours ahead of the standard, Greenwich Mean Time.

    Changing the 24 hour day is not the only standard of time measurement that Islam would like to implement worldwide. Islam also has its own calendar. The Islamic calendar is used by Muslims everywhere to determine the proper days on which to observe the annual fast during Ramadan, to attend Hajj, and to celebrate other Islamic holidays and festivals.

    What other reasons could there be for changing times and dates? To prevent Christian and Jewish holidays….like Good Friday (which celebrates Jesus’ crucifixion, which Islam denies), Christmas which exalts Jesus (not Muhammad), and important Jewish holidays of Passover and Yom Kippur, among others.

    So far, appeals by Islamists to make Mecca time the world standard have failed. This edifice was constructed to be greater than all other clocks, to be a statement from Islam, that even time itself submits to allah. It is an arrogant, imposing and blasphemous architectural edifice that fits seamlessly within the end times narrative and distinguishes Islam as being distinctly anti-Yahweh and anti-Christ.


  3. 10/13/2013 at 6:52 PM

    This is the funniest thing I have ever heard, “…Mr. Areikat’s message is a simple one. Jerusalem belongs to the Palestinians and, by extension, to Islam…” I remember an article someone from Israel talking about how one day he woke up in 1967 to discover he was suddenly a “Palestinian!” ALL due to a newspaper reporter. AND, for some reason, it has remained this way ever since. How in the world, does someone become a Palestinian when such a State didn’t exist the day before?

    Well, I guess that’s the power of Main Stream Media! They can change a country from one thing to another “just” by printing it! AND, because everyone believes what is “printed”…it must be so!

    Has ALL “common sense” left this world?


  4. ICA
    10/14/2013 at 12:39 PM

    Mike, “I don’t think this one man’s mission is enough to warrant an interpretation Daniel 7:25.”

    Correct, it isn’t. However, rewriting history is being done on such a large scale all throughout the Muslim world that this one man’s mission is akin to a tiny piece of a much larger puzzle. The links posted after the article above are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. It is pushed by Muslim schools, by mosques, by the Muslim media, by Islamic scholars, etc…

    Mike, “Switching Greenwich Mean Time with Mecca Time or replacing the Gregorian calendar of Christianity with the Hijri calendar of Islam seems more plausible to me.”

    It could be, but there has been very little push to do something like this, so little in fact that it is almost non-existant by comparison. Moreover …

    Mike, “… To prevent Christian and Jewish holidays….like Good Friday (which celebrates Jesus’ crucifixion, which Islam denies), Christmas which exalts Jesus (not Muhammad), and important Jewish holidays of Passover and Yom Kippur, among others.”

    … their real aim and push is to either deny that such events happened, or to rewrite their history in an effort to Islamize their meaning. Simply changing the calendar would not eliminate Christian and Jewish holidays themselves, but refuting the meaning of Christ’s birth, denying His death, altering the historicity and/or details surrounding the Passover and all other holidays would, in their mind, render such Christian and Jewish celebrations meaningless. That is their true intent. And let’s not forget — switching Greenwich Mean Time with Mecca Time or replacing the Gregorian calendar of Christianity with the Hijri calendar of Islam would be a complete replacement, not just an alteration, as the text says.

    Mike, “Notice the text says that he will ‘intend’ to make alterations in times and laws. Thankfully, the text doesn’t say that he succeeds, only that he intends to.”

    Correct, and rewriting history is something that Islamists the world over attempt to do, and repeat, on a daily basis. At the end of the day, however, even though they will try to change history they cannot change truth. Try as they may, all of their efforts have proven to be, and will ultimately all be, in vain.


    • 10/14/2013 at 3:58 PM

      Hey Rashid, I guess 3 + 3 still don’t equal 10! Wow! Who knew???


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