B'shem HaShem HaRahaman
I am a religious Jew, and I think about Israel/Palestine largely (though not only) in religious terms.
I would be very grateful if any Muslim members of mepeace could address the following questions for me and, depending on the answer, maybe we can discuss it further.
In the Holy Torah, G!d directs Avraham (Ibrahim) to leave his birthplace, family, and homeland, and to let G!d lead him to a new land that Avraham does not yet know. That land is, of course, Kna'an, later to be known as Eretz Israel, and then Palestine. G!d blesses Avraham with a promise, and part of the promise is that his descendants will inherit that land. In this way, what Jews, Christians, and Muslims all know as the "Holy Land" came to be known to Jews also as the "Promised Land."
Does the story of Allah's promise to Ibrahim appear in the Holyl Qur'an? If so, what status or importance does that promise have within Islam? Is the phrase or concept of the "Promised Land" found anywhere in Islamic tradition, with reference to Palestine, or Arabia, or anywhere else, and whoever the inheritors of the promise may be? Is Palestine ever referred to as the "Holy Land" by non-Palestinian Muslims?
I would like to know 1) whether the land of Palestine has any special role in Islamic religious thought, from before zionism and modern Palestinian nationalism, and 2) whether the religious aspect of Palestinian Muslims' attachment to the land goes beyond the significance of Haram al-Sharif in the life of the prophet Muhammad.
Thank you so much, in advance, for any enlightenment you can offer me.