By Rabbi Allen Maller.
So why did the Jews of Medina tell Muhammad: “This is the day when Moses became victorious over Pharaoh.”?
Because they knew that Prophet Muhammad was born (in 570 CE) exactly 500 years after the Romans destroyed Jerusalem and its Holy Temple (the far sanctuary).
And because they knew the Jewish tradition that the Messiah was/will be born on Tisha B’Av. This rabbinic midrash teaches us that very good things like monotheism, can with God’s help, grow out of very bad things, like the many years of Muhammad’s rejection and persecution by the polytheistic, idol worshipping Arabs in his home town of Mekka.Continue reading »