My photos of a Sufi saint shrine in Turkestan.
(Unfortunately I did not write down the name of the saint!)
The shrine is visited by pilgrims to receive baraka (blessings) from the saint, and to make sacrificial offerings (hudaiyoli). An animal is brought (or purchased there), sacrificed and slaughtered, then cooked, eaten by the family in a festive setting, and often shared with strangers or the poor.
This practice broadly parallels pagan Turkish shamanistic (and Israelite) pilgrimage and high place sacrifices.
Despite its many flaws and problems, the United States of America has consistently been the greatest force for good in the world during the past century. God bless America! Happy Fourth of July!
“Messianic sect allows peek into battle to build third Temple”
Attached is my paper, “The Temple in the Qur’ān,” which I presented in Dublin on May 27, 2012. It examines how the Jerusalem temple is depicted in the Qur’ān.
I’m still skeptical, but here’s what’s being claimed: