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The Place of Al-Aqsa Mosque

Author : An Article by His Grace Shiekh Abdulkareem Al-Khasawneh

Date Added : 27-05-2014


 

The Place of Al-Aqsa Mosque in the Hearts of Muslims

 

His Grace, The Mufti-General of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan: Abdulkareem Al-Khasawneh.

All praise be to Allah, peace and blessings be upon Prophet Mohammad and upon all his family and companions:

Allah, The Exalted, has privileged Al-Aqsa Mosque with a special religious place in the hearts of all Muslims deriving from the very essence of their belief. Therefore, the Prophet`s Night Journey and  Ascension(Isra` and Miraj) suffice as a miracle blessing that holy site. Allah, The Almighty, says in the Holy Quran: “Glory to (God) Who did take His servant for a Journey by night from the Sacred Mosque to the farthest Mosque, whose precincts We did bless,- in order that We might show him some of Our Signs: for He is the One Who heareth and seeth (all things).”{Al-Isra`/1}.

Al-Isra` is taking the Messenger of Allah for a journey from the Sacred Mosque in Mecca to the farthest Mosque in Jerusalem.

Al-Miraj is when the Prophet travelled upwards to the Heavens from the farthest Mosque to the gate of Heaven which is above  Jerusalem because Heaven has many gates, but for honoring Al-Aqsa` Mosque (the farthest Mosque), the Prophet was ascended from it.

The religious status of Al-Aqsa mosque makes Muslims proud of their religion, hold on to their rights, and have faith in their Lord.

The Prophet was ascended through the different levels of Heaven from Al-Aqsa mosque, then to the Lute-tree which is said to be the end of worldly knowledge, and beyond which none may pass. During the Miraj, or the Ascension, Prophet Mohammad saw things that he could only  dream of. He demonstrated to people how to be true believers, and not to question the Unknown, or the Unseen because none knows them but He(Allah). Allah, The Almighty, says in the Holy Quran: “The (Prophet’s) (mind and) heart in no way falsified that which he saw. Will ye then dispute with him concerning what he saw? For indeed he saw him at a second descent, Near the Lute-tree beyond which none may pass: Near it is the Garden of Abode. Behold, the Lute-tree was shrouded (in mystery unspeakable!) (His) sight never swerved, nor did it go wrong!”{An-Najm/11-17}.

During the Miraj Night, the Prophet saw the wonders of Allah`s Kingdom….He saw the much-frequented Fane and the Lute-tree near which is the Garden of Abode to which the Angels, the spirits of  the martyrs and the righteous find rest. In addition, the Prophet(PBUH) saw the Archangel Gabriel in his heavenly image.

Al-Miraj started from Al-Masjid Al-Aqsa which enjoys a privileged status in the Islamic Faith:

First: The pledge of allegiance took place in Jerusalem where the Prophet (PBUH) led the other Prophets in prayer and they welcomed Him, pledged allegiance to Him, and blessed His Message. It was a divine gathering in which the values of all prophets came together as mentioned in the Prophet`s Hadith: “My similitude in comparison with the other prophets is that of a man who has built a house completely and excellently except for a place of one brick. When the people enter the house, they admire its beauty and say: 'But for the place of this brick (how splendid the house will be!).{Bukhari&Muslim}.

Allah, The Almighty, has mentioned this pledge of allegiance in His Holy Book: “Behold! God took the covenant of the prophets, saying: "I give you a Book and Wisdom; then comes to you an apostle, confirming what is with you; do ye believe in him and render him help." God said: "Do ye agree, and take this my Covenant as binding on you?" They said: "We agree." He said: "Then bear witness, and I am with you among the witnesses."{Al` Imran/81}.

Second: Al-Aqsa Mosque is the first Qibla for Muslims: It is the direction towards which a Muslim offers his/her prayers, acts of worship, and calls on Allah with love and reverence to derive from Him the strength and the determination. Thus, is there a place that is more sacred, more glorified, or better than the direction(Qibla) towards which one offers prayers in obedience to his/her Lord ?

Allah, The Almighty, says: “We see the turning of thy face (for guidance to the heavens: now Shall We turn thee to a Qibla that shall please thee. Turn then Thy face in the direction of the sacred Mosque: Wherever ye are, turn your faces in that direction. The people of the Book know well that that is the truth from their Lord. Nor is God unmindful of what they do.”{Al-Baqarah/144}. Therefore, Al-Aqsa mosque is the Muslim`s first Qibla towards which the Prophet(PBUH) offered prayers for sixteen or seventeen months until the divine injunction came down to offer prayers in the direction of the Holy Kabah.

Three: Al-Aqsa Mosque(the farthest Mosque) is the second mosque built on earth after the sacred Mosque, and the third of the two Holy Haraams as regards its sanctity. Prophet Mohammad(PBUH) says: “Do not set out on a journey except for three Mosques i.e. Al-Masjid-AI-Haram, the Mosque of Allah's Apostle , and the Mosque of Al-Aqsa, (Mosque of Jerusalem)”{Bukhari&Muslim}.

Four: Its ground and precincts are blessed for Allah says: “Whose precincts We did bless”{Al-Isra`/1}.Bilad Al Shaam-Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine- is a sacred land whose sanctity is part of Al-Aqsa Mosque`s. Rewards for offering acts of worship are multiplied in Al-Aqsa Mosque. The prophet (PBUH) said: “The merit of offering prayer in the sacred Mosque compared to other mosques: One prayer in the sacred Mosque equals a hundred thousand prayers, one prayer in My Mosque(Prophet`s) equals a thousand prayers, and one prayer in Al-Aqsa Mosque of Jerusalem equals five hundred prayers.”{Al-Tabarania, Al-Baz`zar, and Al-Baihaqi in : “Sho`ab Al-Emaan”}.

The aforesaid are the reasons that bonded Muslims on basis of creed which neither changes with time, nor individuals.

We sincerely ask Allah to forgive our sins, fulfill our aspirations and bestow victory upon us, and that is surely no difficult matter to Him.

Praise be to Allah, The Lord of The Worlds.

 

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