The importance of Jerusalem popularly accepted by today’s Muslim derives from the belief that within the Dome of the Rock lies the sacred site from which Mohammed allegedly ascended to heaven. That tradition, however, though now firmly established in the Muslim mind, is of very recent origin. It is, in fact, a fabrication invented by Yasser Arafat’s uncle, Haj Amin el-Husseini, past Grand Mufti of Jerusalem. He promoted this myth in the 1920s and 1930s in order to arouse Arab sentiment against the growing Jewish presence in Jerualem and to justify the location of the Dome of the Rock on the Temple site.
Dave Hunt, A Cup of Trembling, Harvest House Publishers, 1995,