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Dome of the Rock and Al-Asqa Mosque

Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa Mosque: The Same?

Salam Imran, Thank you for your question and for contacting Ask About Islam. Allah has said in the Quran, in Surah Al-Israa’: {Glory be to Him Who made His servant to go in a night from the Sacred Mosque to the Remote Mosque [al-Aqsa mosque] of which We have blessed the precincts, so that We …

The Night Journey: Shift in Spiritual AuthorityThe Night Journey: Shift in Spiritual Authority

The Night Journey: Shift in Spiritual Authority

There are simple facts that have their roots in the blessed journey of Al-Israa’ and Al-Mi`raj (Night Journey and Ascension of Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him). These facts flow along the flowery garden of the biography of the Prophet. As we see in the Noble Qur’an, the story of the Night Journey …


The Al-Aqsa Mosque Through the Ages

When Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) received the command from God to lead the Muslim community in five daily prayers, their prayers were directed towards the holy city of Jerusalem. For Muslims, the city of Jerusalem is an important site. As the home of numerous prophets of Islam such as Dawud (David), Sulayman (Solomon), and …

3 Questions About the Night Journey

3 Questions About the Night Journey

The last days of the Makkah phase in the Prophet’s life were noted for alternate fortunes. However, glimpses of propitious lights were looming on the distant horizon, ultimately materialized in the event of the Prophet’s Night Journey (Al-Israa’) to Jerusalem and then Ascension (Al-Mi`raj) through the spheres of the heavens. When did the Night Journey …

It was from the Holy city of Jerusalem, in the sacred precincts of Masjid Al-Aqsa that Prophet Muhammad commenced the next stage of his miraculous Night Journey.

The Prophet's Journey to Al-Aqsa Mosque

Prophet Muhammad ascended to the lowest heaven from a rock. This rock can be found inside the Dome of the Rock, the most famous symbol of Jerusalem. It should not be confused with the actual masjid building, which is on the other side of the Al-Aqsa compound…

We are Muslims, when one thing in our lives fails, it doesn’t make us feel down for an extended period of time because we know that even a step taken for the sake of God is rewarded.

Nothing is Ever Wasted

This feeling of failure is actually a deception from Satan to deter us from trying. He promotes neglect: “Don’t work on your relationship with your parents, they’ll never change,” and makes us doubt: “do you really think that your tiny effort is going to have an effect?”…

Throughout the remainder of Umar’s caliphate and into the Umayyad Empire’s reign over the city, Jerusalem became a major center of religious pilgrimage and trade.

Caliph Umar & Freedom of Faith in Jerusalem

The Treaty of Umar allowed the Christians of Jerusalem religious freedom, as is dictated in the Quran and the sayings of Muhammad. This was one of the first and most significant guarantees of religious freedom in history.

Al-Quds and Jerusalem: One City or Two?

Al-Quds and Jerusalem: One City or Two?

Salam Dear Sister, Thank you for your question and for contacting Ask About Islam. Jerusalem is another name for the city of Al-Quds. The English name is probably taken from the Hebrew name of the city Yerushalyim, while the Arabic name of the city was always Al-Quds (the Abode of Holiness). Probably the Hebrew name was …

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