11 amazing significances of Masjid al-Aqsa.

11 amazing significances of Masjid al-Aqsa

11 amazing significances of Masjid al-Aqsa
 11 amazing significances of Masjid al-Aqsa


Al-Aqsa Mosque is the name of the heartbeat of the Muslim Ummah. After Makkah-Madinah, when we hear the name of this mosque, we are not as excited as when we hear the name of any other mosque. This is our first Qiblah.

Many important events in the history of Islam have taken place around this mosque. Not only that, many wonderful events will take place in this mosque and its surrounding area before the day.

Masjid al-Aqsa is the name of our inspiration. When we think of Masjid al-Aqsa, the history of the glorious victory of Khalifa Omar (RA) and Salahuddin Ayyubi comes to mind.

Al-Aqsa Mosque is associated with the memory of Rasool (PBUH) Meraj. For various reasons, when the topic of Masjid al-Aqsa comes to us, we get emotional, and our eyes become light.

Today we will shed light on the 11 unique significances and features of Masjid al-Aqsa in the light of Quran-Sunnah documents, which will enrich our knowledge on the one hand and also play a role in increasing our love for this mosque, InshaAllah.


1. First Qibla

The Qibla is one of the many emotional centers of a Muslim's religion. Love and our feelings are linked to Qibla. Facing the Qibla, we pray, and we respect the Qibla from the heart. And Masjid al-Aqsa is our first Qibla.

In the early stages of Islam, when the Prophet (PBUH) was required to pray, he and his companions used to pray towards Masjid al-Aqsa.

Al-Aqsa Mosque was the Qibla of the Muslims for sixteen or seventeen months, even after the Hijrah to Madinah. Later, Rasul SAW In view of its desire, Almighty Allah determined the Qiblah of Baitullah.

Ibn Abbas Radiyallahu Anhu said, Rasul SAW. While in Mecca, he used to pray facing the Kaaba and facing Jerusalem. Even after his migration to Madinah, he prayed like this for 16 months. Then the Qibla was turned towards the Kaaba. (Sahih Bukhari-40)

 

2. Quran-recognized holy land

Masjid al-Aqsa and the surrounding area are called the Holy Land in the Holy Quran. This is also one of the unique features of Masjid al-Aqsa.

In this regard, Allah the Exalted says, O my people, enter the holy land that Allah has ordained for you and do not turn back. Otherwise, you will suffer. (Surah al-Maida, 21)

Allah the Exalted has said elsewhere, Most Holy and Glorious is He Who made His servant travel by night from Masjid al-Haram to Masjid al-Aqsa, all around which I have blessed, that I may show him My signs. Surely He is the All-Hearer and the All-Seeing. (Surah Isra: 01)

 

3. The starting point of the madness

The visit of Isra and Meraj is a wonderful event in the life of the Prophet (PBUH) and a sign of Allah. The journey from Baitullah to Masjid al-Aqsa is called Isra, and the journey from Masjid al-Aqsa to heaven is called Meraj. As such, Rasul SAW Its meraj started at Masjid al-Aqsa.

For this reason, it can be said that Masjid al-Aqsa Rasul is the starting point of its madness.

Allah the Exalted said, Most Holy and Glorious is He Who made His servant travel by night from Masjid al-Haram to Masjid al-Aqsa, all around which I have blessed, that I may show him My signs. Surely He is All-Hearing and All-Seeing (Surah Isra: 01).

When referring to the incident of Meraj, Rasul SAW He said, Burak has been brought to me. Burak is a white-colored animal larger than a donkey and smaller than a mule. His footsteps fell at the end of sight. Rasul (SAW) said I climbed it and reached Baitul Maqdis (Masjidul Aqsa). Then I tied my vehicle to the pole to which the Prophets used to tie their vehicles. Then I entered the mosque, prayed two rak'ahs, and came out (Sahih Muslim-162).

 

4. Memorial of the Prophets

Almighty Allah has not sent so many prophets and messengers to any other region as many prophets and messengers have been sent to Masjid al-Aqsa and its surroundings. There were many Prophets who were born in different regions and later migrated to the town of this mosque by the order of Allah. As such, this region can be called a monument to the memory of the prophets.

Not only that, there are so many graves of prophets and messengers around Masjid al-Aqsa; so many graves are not found in any other area.

Ibrahim and Lut (AS). Regarding its migration, Almighty Allah says, And I rescued him (Ibrahim) and Lot to a land where I have blessed the people of the world (Surah Ambiya: 71).

 

5. Masjid al-Aqsa is the second mosque in the world.

As we know, the first house built in this world is Baitullah, which is located in Makkah. It is like the first house of the world on one hand, and the first mosque of the world on the other. The mosque that was built after that is Masjid al-Aqsa.

That is, Masjid al-Aqsa is the second mosque in the world. It is also one of the important features of Masjid al-Aqsa. See a hadith about this.

Abu Zar Gifari, RA Narrated from, I said, O Messenger of Allah, which mosque was built first in the world? He said, Masjidul Haram. I said, then which one? He said, Masjidul Aqsa. I said, How much time was there between the two mosques? He said forty years. (Sahih Bukhari, 3366; Sahih Muslim, 520)

 

6. Pilgrimage to Masjid al-Aqsa

All the mosques in this world except three are equal in the eyes of Islam. Those three mosques are Baitullah, Masjid al-Nabawi, and Masjid al-Aqsa. After these three mosques, there is no other mosque in the world that is superior to the others. It is not even permissible to travel to a mosque for the purpose of considering it important.

But yes, traveling to the three mosques mentioned is considered blessed. It is also a feature of Masjid al-Aqsa.

Rasul He said, except for three mosques, Masjid al-Haram, Masjid al-Rasul, and Masjid al-Aqsa, the Hawda cannot be tied (i.e., visited) for the purpose of prayer in any other mosque. (Sahih Bukhari, 1189; Sahih Muslim, 1397)

 

7. The reward of 250 rakat in one rakat

Masjid al-Aqsa is such a blessed and virtuous place that if one prays one rakat there, the reward is 250 rakats. See a hadith.

Abu Zar, RA Narrated by: We discussed with Rasulullah sallallahu alaihi wasallam, and we asked him: Which is better, the mosque of Rasulullah sallallahu alaihi wasallam or the mosque of Bait al-Maqdis? Then Rasul SAW. He said, One prayer in this mosque of mine is better than four prayers there. (Mustadrak Hakim: 8600; Talkhisul Mustadrak: 4/509; Saheeh according to Hakim and Al-Dahabi)

In light of this hadith, we came to know that prayer in Masjid al-Nababi is four times better than prayer in Al-Aqsa Mosque. And we know that two rakat prayers in Masjid an-Nababi are equal to 1000 rakats.

And a quarter of a thousand is twenty and a half. That is, two rakat prayers in Masjid al-Aqsa are equivalent to 250 rakat prayers.

 

8. A place of forgiveness

One of the characteristics of Al-Aqsa Mosque is that it is a place of forgiveness. If someone goes to Masjid al-Aqsa to pray, then Allah forgives his sins.

After completing the construction of Masjid Al-Aqsa, Sulaiman Alaihis Salam prayed to Allah, 'Whoever comes to this Masjid for prayer, may he be as innocent of sins as the day his mother gave birth to him'.

And Prophet Muhammad, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, has expressed hope that Almighty Allah will bless his Prophet Sulaiman. Accept this prayer. (Musnad Ahmad: Ha 6644; Shaykh Shu'aib Arnaut: Sahih)

 

9. The ultimate desired land of the people of the last age

We know, Rasul SAW. Various prophecies have been made at different times. There are many prophecies of the Prophet about Masjid al-Aqsa.

According to one of his predictions, in the last days, Masjid al-Aqsa will become so dear to Muslims that a piece of land where Masjid al-Aqsa can be seen from afar will become dearer and more precious to them than anything else in the world.

In this regard, Rasul SAW said, Very soon it will happen that for a man, the land measuring the length of his horse's rope, from which Bait al-Maqdis can be seen, will be better to him than the whole world, or better than everything between the world and the world.

(Mustadrak Hakim-8553; Talkhisul Mustadrak: 4/509; Hakim and Dhahabi, Sahih; Albani, Sahihut-Targhib: Ha/1179)

 

10. The ruins of Yajuz-Majuz

Many important Doomsday events will take place in Masjid al-Aqsa and its surrounding lands. One of the ten most famous signs of doomsday is the appearance of Yajuz-Majuz.

This Yajuz-Majuz will be destroyed on a hill near Masjid al-Aqsa.

Narrating the incident of Yajuz-Majuz, Rasul SAW said, After that, they (Yajuz-Majuz) will continue to advance. Finally, they will reach a hill called Jabale Khamar. Jabale Khamar is a mountain in Baitul Maqdis. When they reach there, they will say, We have destroyed the people of the earth. Come, let us destroy even the celestial beings. Saying this, they will continue to shoot arrows towards the sky. Allah Ta'ala will return their arrows to them stained with blood.

In the last part of the hadith, Allah's Prophet Isa alaihis salam and his companions will pray to Allah. As a result, Allah Ta'ala will create a kind of worm on their neck. They will all die as victims. (Sahih Muslim-2937)

 

11. Free from Dajjal

Before the doomsday, when Dajjal will rage all over the world and the weak believers will fall under the temptations of Dajjal in groups, Masjid al-Aqsa will remain free from Dajjal's temptations.

In this regard, Rasul SAW said that Dajjal cannot enter four mosques: Masjidul Haram, Masjidun Nabawi, Masjidut Tur, and Masjidul Aqsa. (Musnad Ahmad: Ha/23685; Shaykh Shuaib Arnaut, Sahih)

So far, we have discussed about 11 important features and significance of Masjid al-Aqsa. Masjid al-Aqsa is the name of our passion and love.

Visiting this mosque, traveling for it, and praying in this mosque is a special worship for us. But the sad thing is that our beloved mosque and its land have been vacant for a long time. We pray to Allah; may He return this love between us.

Because Masjid al-Aqsa is ours. We are also Masjid al-Aksar. May Allah increase our love for Masjid al-Aqsa from generation to generation in our hearts. Grant us Tawfiq to visit Masjid al-Aqsa and pray in this mosque.

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