Jerusalem in the Muslims Eyes

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

Date Added : 06-12-2017


Jerusalem in the Muslims Eyes

 

An Article by His Grace Mufti Abdulkareem Al-Khasawneh

 

The relationship between Muslims and Al-Aqsa Mosque is religious since it is the place from where our Prophet(PBUH) embarked on his nocturnal journey(Israa wal Me’raaj), the Mosque of the Two Qiblas, the third holiest site in Islam, a blessed place where good deeds are multiplied, the reward of one Raka in Al-Aqsa Mosque equals the reward of five hundred Rakas and its environs are blessed since it is where Prophets(PBUT) settled and the angels descended. Allah, The Exalted, said{What means}, "whose precincts We did bless,"{Al-Isra`, 1}. Moreover, in Jerusalem and its environs, a group of the Muslim Ummah(Nation) will continue to prevail and they will never be harmed by those who forsake them, until the Hour begins.

 

This significant status of Al-Aqsa Mosque has settled in the hearts of  all Muslims, so it became an integral part of their creed since every morning and evening they recite the verse: "Glory to (God) Who did take His servant for a Journey by night from the Sacred Mosque to the farthest Mosque"{Al-Isra`, 1}.

 

In these difficult times, which the Muslim Ummah is experiencing, Allah, The Almighty, admonishes His salves to obey Him and His Prophet(PBUH) in all that they say and do, and forbids disobeying Him or His Prophet(PBUH). Almighty Allah has also warned the Ummah against disputing among themselves because that weakens their position and makes them vulnerable. Therefore, He , the Almighty, said: " And obey God and His Apostle; and fall into no disputes, lest ye lose heart and your power depart; and be patient and persevering: For God is with those who patiently persevere:"{Al-Anfal, 46}.

 

When the Prophet(PBUH) emigrated from Makkah to Madinah, leaving a land so dear to his heart, he aimed, first, to unite Muslims by building his mosque. Next, he established brotherly ties between the Muhajirin and the Ansar, so he managed to put affection in  their hearts instead of animosity and hatred. Allah, The Almighty, said{What means}, "And (moreover) He hath put affection between their hearts"{Al-Anfal, 63}. Commenting on this verse, Al-Qortobi said, " Managing to put affection between the hearts of the Arabs is among the miracles and signs of the Prophet(PBUH)."

 

The Israeli atrocities against the Palestinians, and banning them from praying at Al-Aqsa Mosque are indicative of a greater good to come since Allah, The Almighty, said, " And who does greater evil than he who bars God's places of worship, so that His Name be not invoked in them, and strives to ruin them?; such men might never enter them, save in fear; for them in this world is degradation; and in the Hereafter a mighty chastisement."{Al-Baqarah, 114}. This verse condemns such a heinous crime and shows that none does greater evil than he who bars God's places of worship, so that His Name be not invoked in them, and strives to ruin them.

 

When Israel exercises its atrocities in Jerusalem, it targets Muslims as well as Christians. Nonetheless, both will protect their sanctities by tooth and nail.

 

Al-Aqsa Mosque will remain a symbol of Islam regardless of the trials and the killings. It will remain alive in the hearts of all Muslims and liberating it will remain on top of their priorities no matter what the case may be. Actually, this is embodied in the moral and financial support provided by the Hashemite leadership, emanating from their custodianship to Al-Aqsa Mosque, the Dome of the Rock, and the other sanctities of Jerusalem. This wise leadership has made available all means of support to the Palestinians in order to remain steadfast in Jerusalem in addition to providing guards for the Mosque.

 

Clearly, His Majesty King Abdullah the 2nd has played a key role in bringing the Palestinian question to the forefront of the international arena. His prime concern is to unite the international views in favor of the Palestinian question in order to reach a comprehensive and just solution to this thorny issue.

We pray that Allah safeguards Al-Aqsa Mosque against all plots, and liberates it from the Jews. Amen to that.