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Al-Israa’ and Al-Mi`raj: Everlasting Lessons

Al-Israa and Al-Miraj: Everlasting Lessons

Wa `alaykum As-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh. In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger. One of the most important lessons of the journey of Al-Israa and Al-Miraj (Night Journey and Ascension) is that it highlights the high …

What Did Umar Ibn al-Khattab Do after Conquering Jerusalem?

Jerusalem is a city holy to the three largest monotheistic faiths – Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. Because of its history that spans thousands of years, it goes by many names: Jerusalem, al-Quds, Yerushaláyim, Aelia, and more, all reflecting its diverse heritage. It is a city that numerous Muslim prophets called home, from Sulayman and Dawood to Isa (Jesus), peace …

8 Things You Need to Know About the Holy Mosque in Jerusalem

Al-Aqsa mosque is the only mosque mentioned in the Quran after the sacred mosqued in Makkah. It was the place where the Prophet Muhammad ascended to heavens in the Night Journey. God said: Exalted is He who took His Servant by night from al-Masjid al-Haram to al-Masjid al- Aqsa…

Al-Aqsa Mosque, the Winged Horse and Childhood Memories

Al-Aqsa Mosque, the Winged Horse and Childhood Memories

Growing up in a non-Muslim country, I did not hear much about the sacred Aqsa Mosque from my parents. Like others, they focused on raising my siblings and I on becoming familiar with the five pillars of Islam. Much effort was put into teaching us the significance of worships including the daily prayers and fasting. We also …

Old Testament Prophecy

Old Testament Prophecy: Third Jewish Temple in Jerusalem?

Short Answer: The Quran views the Jews and Christians as Muslims (i.e. those who submit to God’s will), i.e. IF they obey the Law of God. This points to the fundamental truth that is exemplified in the present dilemma in Jerusalem. If the Jews, Christians and Muslims – that is their leaders and scholars – can …

The Rock Inside the Aqsa Mosque - What's it All About?

The Rock Inside the Aqsa Mosque - What's it All About?

The only thing in the Islamic authentic tradition that could be loosely linked with the Rock is the moment when the Prophet arrived at Al-Aqsa Mosque during his Night Journey (Al-Isra’) from the al-Masjid al-Haram. The Prophet (peace be upon him) was riding…

The Night Journey - Why Started from Al-Aqsa Mosque?

Prophet Muhammad's Journey to Al-Aqsa Mosque

The fact that this momentous occasion took place in Jerusalem is also of significance. This is the land of the Prophets of God; this is the land of Abraham, Isaac, Moses and Jesus. God was forging a link between His sacred House in Makkah and Masjid Al-Aqsa in Jerusalem.

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

Short Answer: The entire Noble Sanctuary, including both the Dome of the Rock mosque and over one sixth of Jerusalem’s old city, is considered al-Aqsa Mosque. The entire sanctuary, including both mosques, is of the utmost sacredness and symbolic regard to Muslims across the world. We, as Muslims, should be more concerned with schemes to portray the …

Meet The Man Who Fed Cats and Birds of Al-Aqsa for 30 Years

Meet the Man Who Fed Cats and Birds of Al-Aqsa for 30 Years

Ghassan Refai is an elderly Palestinian man who has fed the cats and birds of Al-Aqsa Mosque for the past 30 years. He’s known there as ‘Abu Huraira,’ which means “father of the kitten.” Cats and birds recognize him and they always follow him once he shows up. He is inspired by the legacy of …

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