Israel Attacks Al Aqsa Mosque, Here’s the History of the Mosque That Once Became the First Qibla Direction Before Mecca
bbn/AFP/Israel Attacks Al Aqsa Mosque, Here’s the History of the Mosque That Once Became the First Qibla Direction Before Mecca.
The Israeli police attacked the worshippers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque early in the morning on Wednesday (5/4/2023) local time, arresting and detaining more than 350 people.
This action has once again sparked condemnation from the global community because the Al-Aqsa Mosque is one of the holy sites of Islam that has a long history. Moreover, the Al-Aqsa Mosque was once the qibla direction for Muslims worldwide before it shifted towards Mecca.
The Al-Aqsa Mosque is one of the most important places for Islamic religious journeys. On the 27th of Rajab, the eleventh year after receiving the prophethood, Prophet Muhammad (SAW) undertook a night journey, known as Isra Mi’raj, from the Masjidil Haram to Masjidil Al-Aqsa.
During the journey, Prophet Muhammad (SAW) also traveled to the seventh heaven or Sidratul Muntaha to receive the revelation from Allah SWT regarding the obligation of performing the five daily prayers. The Isra Mi’raj incident is mentioned in the Quran, in Surah Al-Isra verse 1:
Meaning: “Exalted is He who took His servant by night from al-Masjid al-Haram to al-Masjid al- Aqsa, whose surroundings We have blessed, to show him of Our signs. Indeed, He is the Hearing, the Seeing.”
Through his sayings, Prophet Muhammad (SAW) urged Muslims to visit three holy sites: Masjidil Haram, Masjidil Al-Aqsa, and Masjid Nabawi.