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Facts about Masjid Al Aqsa

Facts about Masjid Al Aqsa :

What is Masjid Al Aqsa?

Masjid Al Aqsa, also called Baitul Muqadis or the Farthest Mosque, is a mosque situated in Jerusalem’s Old City and is regarded as the third holiest mosque following Masjid Al Haram and Masjid Nabawi.

Because of its rich history, Masjid Al Aqsa is a significant place of worship for Muslims worldwide. Built on top of Temple Mount, also known as The Noble Sanctuary, Masjid Al Aqsa occupies 144,000 square metres. The Al Aqsa library, courtyards, prayer halls, mosques, and other holy sites are all part of the holy compound.

Facts about Masjid Al Aqsa

  • The first Qiblah:

Islam’s first Qiblah, or direction of prayer, was Masjid Al Aqsa. Before the Holy Kaaba was rebuilt and Allah SWT gave the order to shift the Qiblah to face the Holy Kaaba, it is thought that the Muslim Ummah and Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) would recite Salah with their backs to Jerusalem’s Baitul Muqadas, or Masjid Al Aqsa.

  • The Night Journey (Isra’ and Mi’raj):

As mentioned earlier, Masjid Al Aqsa is believed to be the starting point of the Prophet Muhammad’s miraculous Night Journey where he led all the prophets in prayer before ascending to heaven. This event is considered a significant miracle and a testament to the importance of the site.

  • The second holiest site in Islam

Masjid Al-Aqsa is considered the third holiest mosque after Masjid Al Haram and Masjid Nabawi.

  • Land of the Prophets:

La Hawla Wala Quwwata Illa Billah 

Masjid Al Aqsa is an important Islamic site that was visited by Prophets Ibrahim (AS) and Ismail (AS), their grandson Prophet Yaqub (AS), Prophet Musa (AS), Prophet Yusuf (AS), and Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). The third-holiest mosque in the world’s glittering golden dome is a representation of resistance and monotheism.

  • Masjid Al Aqsa in the Quran

The surrounding territory of Masjid Al-Aqsa is referred to in the Quran as the “Blessed Land,” emphasizing its spiritual significance and profusion of heavenly blessings.

سُبۡحَٰنَ ٱلَّذِيٓ أَسۡرَىٰ بِعَبۡدِهِۦ لَيۡلٗا مِّنَ ٱلۡمَسۡجِدِ ٱلۡحَرَامِ إِلَى ٱلۡمَسۡجِدِ ٱلۡأَقۡصَا ٱلَّذِي بَٰرَكۡنَا حَوۡلَهُۥ لِنُرِيَهُۥ مِنۡ ءَايَٰتِنَآۚ إِنَّهُۥ هُوَ ٱلسَّمِيعُ ٱلۡبَصِيرُ

Exalted is He who took His Servant by night from al-Masjid al-Haram to al-Masjid al-Aqsa, whose surroundings We have blessed, to show him of Our signs. Indeed, He is the Hearing, the Seeing.

QURAN 17:1

  • A symbol of unity and hope:

For Muslims all across the world, Masjid Al-Aqsa continues to stand for their common faith and hopes for peace.

  • A reminder of Islamic history and heritage:

The complex’s artwork, architecture, and inscriptions all act as a living reminder of Islam’s rich cultural legacy.

  • A responsibility to protect:

As a sacred trust entrusted to them, Muslims feel it is their duty to preserve and defend the sanctity of Masjid Al-Aqsa.

  • Dome of the Rock:

The Rock inside the Dome of the Rock is believed to be the same rock from which Prophet Abraham almost sacrificed his son and the place where Prophet Muhammad stood during his ascent to heaven.

These are just some of the many facts about Masjid Al-Aqsa according to Islamic perspective. It is important to remember that there are diverse interpretations and perspectives within Islam regarding the significance and details surrounding this holy site.

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