Why Al-Aqsa Mosque is so important to Muslims? All Muslims must know these reasons

Masjid Al Aqsa in Jerusalem is the third Holiest site on the face of this planet for Muslims. It’s sanctity is so important in Islam that it is in fact mentioned by name in the Quran.

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We have compiled a short list as to what makes this site so important for Muslims around the world.
1. It is the third Holiest site after the two Holy Sanctuaries in Makkah and Madinah.
2.  It was the second house of prayer established on earth, built 40 years after the Kaaba in Mecca.

I asked the beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) which was the first mosque on earth? ‘The Sacred Mosque (in Makkah),’ he said. And then which, I asked? ‘Masjid al Aqsa,’ he said. I further asked, what was the time span between the two? ‘Forty years,’ the Prophet [Alayhis salaam] replied. (Muslim)

3. It was the first Qibla (direction of prayer) in Islam. Muslims were commanded by God to turn in direction to this mosque in Jerusalem for prayer before the Kaabah in Mecca was declared as the Qiblah.
4. The Prophet Muhammad explicitly advised Muslims to visit this mosque and offer prayer in it.

“Set out deliberately on a journey only to three mosques: this mosque of mine (in Medina), the Sacred Mosque (in Makkah) and the Masjid Al Aqsa (in Jerusalem)” (Bukhari & Muslim)

5. Prayer in Masjid Al Aqsa will generate great blessings and worshippers will receive 500x the reward of prayer performed in any other location.

Anas Ibn Malik (ra) relates that the Prophet (pbuh) said: ” The prayer of a person in his house is a single prayer; his prayer in the Masjid of his people has the reward of 27 prayers; his prayer in the Masjid in which the Friday prayer is observed has the reward of 500; his prayer in Masjid Al-Aqsa (i.e. Al-Aqsa Sanctuary) has a reward of 5,000 prayers; his prayer in my Masjid (the Prophet’s Masjid in Madinah) has a reward of 50,000 prayers, and the prayer in the Sacred Masjid (Ka’bah) has the reward of 100,000 prayers”. (Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah)


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6. It is the location that the Prophet was transported to during the miraculous Night Journey (Israa wa-Miraaj). Muslims believe Prophet Muhammad was transported from the sacred mosque in Mecca to the Masjid Al Aqsa during this miraculous night journey and then onto heaven.

“Glorified be He [Allah] Who did take His servant for a journey by night from Al Masjid Al Haram to Al Masjid Al Aqsa, whose precincts We did bless, in order that We might show him some of our Signs. Verily He is the All Hearing, All Seeing.” Surah Isra (17:1)

7. It was the location for the most extraordinary gathering in which the Prophet Muhammad led prayer in congregation with all previous prophets and then ascended to the heavens to receive Gods command to the Muslims to pray 5 times a day.
8. Muslims believe that the land of Jeruselem is the final resting place of many previous prophets and their companions including Prophet Ibrahim, Yaaqub and Ishaq and some close companions of the Prophet Muhammad Saw.


10 thoughts on “Why Al-Aqsa Mosque is so important to Muslims? All Muslims must know these reasons

  1. When are you going to write an article mentioning how important is Hagia Sophia for the Eastern Orthodox Christians? How it was taken by force and desecrated? How you don’t want to give back what it doesn’t belong to you?


  2. 1. There was no mosque (al-Asqa) in Jerusalem until AFTER the Muslim siege and usurpation of Jerusalem which took place AFTER Mohamed died.
    2. Quran 17:1 mentions the *destination* of Mohamed’s trip as ‘the farthest mosque’. It does not mention al-Aqsa.
    3. At the *destination* of Mohamed’s trip he saw the signs (of god/heaven). So the *destination*, the ‘farthest mosque’ is the one in heaven – not the mosque in Jerusalem, al-Aqsa – which, again, didn’t exist until AFTER Mohamed’s death.
    4. There could be no mosque ‘further’ than a heavenly one.
    5. As the Quran’s ‘farthest mosque’ couldn’t be al-Aqsa, and the passage implies it’s in heaven anyway, Muslims have no Quranic-based claim to Jerusalem.
    Muslims have Mecca and Medina as their holy places, about which no one else cares; why must they also claim Jerusalem, the holy place of Jews and Christians, and mentioned throughout the Torah/Bible.

    Think of how much less tension there would be in the world if the Muslims just concentrated on their own two holy sites and left Jerusalem to the Jews and Christians. Why are Muslims so intent on denying Jerusalem to their Abrahamic brothers? Why the greed -especially when there is no Quranic grounds for their claim?


    1. Because they are serving Satan, not God! And this, since they were born from the servant Agar. They are a rebellious people and God prophecied they would be hated all over the world.


    2. yes Muslims especially those Palestinians who do not want to leave Israel alone fighting them daily. look the bible says he wbo bless Abraham he will bless n he who bless them he will bless. this is what we Christians all over the world must not stop praying fr Israel daily. Iran, Turkey saudi Arabia are preparing nuclear weapons to wip up Israel but God will fight fr them. they can never I repeat they can never touch them. they are planning the same evil against Ghana. but God is iur helper.


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