Source: S.W. Zwemer, Arabia: The Cradle of Islam, 3rd Edition, Fleming Revell
Co., 1900, facing p. 40.
PLATE IV. contains the Holy Shrines of
Jerusalem. The Haram-es-Sherif, or the quadrangular area once occupied by the
temple of Solomon, occupies the centre of the page. The Mosque commonly known as
the Mosque of Omar, is here styled "Beit el Mukdas" or the Holy House. Under the
dome in the black circle is the "Rock of God," or the "Suspended Stone," which
the Prophet kicked back when it tried to follow him to heaven. The two
footprints of the prophet are pictured below the rock. Below this are the Scales
of "Mizan," in which all men's deeds are to be weighed at the last day, together
with the shears which cut off the life of men. At the bottom is the great Bridge
of Sirat, of vast length, the width of a hair, and sharp as a razor, over which
every mortal must walk barefooted. At the right of it is the pit of Jehennam or
hell, and to the left Jenneh or Paradise. A hazardous feat it is to make the
journey, since on it depends one's eternal destiny. Around this area are
pictured the tombs of David, Solomon, Moses and Jacob, and in the right-hand
upper corner is seen Jebel, Toor Sina, or Mount Sinai.
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