Masjid Al Aqsa in Jerusalem can very well be called the most fought after land. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to state that many have died trying to gain control over it. However there are some facts which are unknown to many.
7 Unknown Facts about the Masjid Al Aqsa – The First Qibla of Islam
- Masjid Al Aqsa is not only 1 mosque, but there are several mosques in the site which we now know as Masjid Al Aqsa. The mosque to which we today refer to as Masjid Al Aqsa is actually the Qibly Mosque, which is supposed to be closest to the Qibla. The entire mount is known as Masjid Al Aqsa and is also sometimes referred to as Haram Al Sharif. The Buraq Masjid and Marwani Masjid are both also located inside the premises of the Masjid Al Aqsa
- There might not be any record of any burials of the Prophets of Sahabas to be buried in the Masjid however there are several graves present there. One of the graves is thought to belong to Prophet Sulaiman (R.A.) since he died overseeing the construction of the Mosque.
- During the period when none of the Jews were allowed to live inside the city, the Roman majority population used the land of the Masjid as a garbage dumping ground. When Hazrat Umar (R.A) liberated the city, he cleaned the trash with his own hands. As for the Jews, their exile was also ended and around 70 families from a village nearby were invited inside the city for the first time in centuries. This is something which the Jews have seemingly forgotten today.
- One of the famous books of Islamic Literature by Abu Hamid Al Ghazali, Ihyaa Ulum Al Din was also written inside the Al Aqsa Mosque. The great Islamic Scholar Ghazali had been revered by several schools of thought for his unique ability to dwell into the depths of the soul while being in line with teachings of the Quran and of the Prophets. Al Ghazali also resided inside the Al Aqsa mosque where a building also marks the site for his room.
- When the first crusaders captured Jerusalem, they discovered that the majority of the Muslim population had been locked up inside of Masjid Al Aqsa. They proceeded to slaughter around 70,000 Muslims and then converted the Mosque into a palace, while the Dome of the Rock served as a Chapel and the chambers under the mosque served as a stable. Muslims who survived the initial massacre were later crucified on a large cross which was later broken down by Salahuddin.
- The Dome of the Rock is most probably the first dome ever built in Islamic History. However the dome started out as a wooden dome which then changed to brass, lead and then finally a ceramic cover, however during the reign of Suleiman the Ottoman Caliph the gold layer was added to the dome.
- Masjid Al Aqsa has been burnt down. In 1967, when Israel illegally occupied Palestine the Mosque came under their unlawful control and the Zionist flag was donned on the Mosque.
Source: Muslim Matters
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