History of Al Aqsa Part 2 – Understanding the first verse of Surat Al-‘Isrā’ (The Night Journey)

History of Al Aqsa

Masjid Al-Aqsa has always been dear to the hearts of Muslims, but how much do we know about Islam’s third holiest site and its history?

 

Check out the first in a series of informative videos on the history of Masjid Al-Aqsa, share and help spread this knowledge by donating towards the project.

 

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Transcript

This is so central for Muslims to understand and appreciate what we are discussing has been referred to by Allah for our benefit in the holy Quran.

 

The fact that it is mentioned in the holy Quran is that we have great responsibility to take care of Masjid Al Aqsa.

Limitless in His Glory is He who transported His servant by night from the sacred masjid in Makah to al-Masjid al- Aqsa in Jerusalem, whose surroundings We have blessed, so that we may show him some of Our signs. Indeed, He alone is the one who hears all and sees all.

 

This distinct and at the same the compassion style of the holy Quran simplifies for the believer the understanding and the acceptance of the message that is to follow.
It is through the mercy of Allah that He has made the Quran easy for us to follow, for those of us who have an understanding mind and an inclination towards the faith of Allah.

 

Through which we can derive important lessons and a better understanding of our creator.

 

He transported His servant by night from Makah to Jerusalem.

 

Allah refers to the Prophet (peace be upon him) as a servant.

 

Limitless in His Glory is He who transported His Servant.

 

The prophet is referred to as a servant, this is perhaps one of the reasons could be to warn the believers not to conflate the rank of prophet hood with that of Allah himself, which has happened to the followers of Isa.

 

The word servant is basically a neutraliser, gives us the perspective of the power of Allah and the position of the prophet, who is the heights of mankind, who’s the greatest of the greatest prophet, yet we have to understand he still remains the servant of Allah

 

Therefore the highest rank of servant who is epitomized by the prophet (peace be upon him), someone who experiences unprecedented journey through his own ability, but that of the limitless Lord of this world, Allah.

 

Hence the Prophet fulfils the role of someone who labours, and exerts himself for the benefit of another.
It is a special beneficiary of the Lord upon the Prophet that it was the Prophet who was chosen by Allah to be taken on this great journey.

 

Limitless in His Glory is He who transported His servant by night from the sacred masjid in Makah to al-Masjid al- Aqsa in Jerusalem.

 

The Mi’raj took place two years before hijrah

 

When the Makah and kabah itself was in the hand of the pagans.

 

Show image of Makah & Kabbah
While Jerusalem, Masjid Al Aqsa were controlled by the Persian
Show image of Al Aqsa & Persion empire
Idols were placed in and round kabbah and Masjid Al Aqsa was being used as a garbage dump, and yet despite this fact, that the Kabah was spiritually impure and Masjid Al Aqsa was physically impure, Allah refers to them as His masjids.

 

This is extremely significant for us, this is a clear indication, that despite the episodes in history, where these two holy sites have been neglected. To Allah they have always been and will always remain, His honoured masājid.

 

It is thus up to those of us who claim to follow the commands of Allah, to ensure that they remain pure and are visited by those that exalt His name.

 

A failure to ensure the purity of these sites is a colossal loss on the part of the believers.

 

One, which brings repercussion for the whole ummah in this world and the hereafter.

 

It does not have to be a physical building.

 

Any land that Allah has blessed, with or without any buildings on it can be regarded as a masjid.

This is born out by the historical fact, when the Mi’raj took place there were no complete buildings within the Sanctuary of Al Aqsa.

 

The only building present were the surrounding walls and perhaps a few ruins.

 

The prophet peace be upon him describes the city of Bayt al-Maqdis and not any particular building which was within the Al Aqsa sanctuary.

 

The prophet was questioned by the Quraish about the city of Jerusalem, and he had a great difficulty on how to describe every aspect. Allah opened up the city of Jeruslem as a vision infront of him, and he was able to describe to the Quraish whatever question they were asking him about the city of Jeruslem.

 

When Umar (r.a) entered Masjid Al Aqsa, he was greatly perturbed by the derelict site of the Al Aqsa sanctuary, and he himself knelt down with the sahaba’s and cleansed the place and established the first masjid within the Al Aqsa sanctuary.

3 points so far from this verse
1. Allah refers to himself as limitless
2. The fact that Allah refers to the Prophet (peace be upon him) as a servant
3. Allah refers to both haram of Makkah & haram of Al Aqsa as His masājids
This is important not only because of the fact that Masjid Al Aqsa was once referred to as a masjid.
It falls upon us to do whatever we can and ensure the blessedness of this place remains.

Limitless in His Glory is He who transported His servant by night from the sacred masjid in Makah to al-Masjid al- Aqsa in Jerusalem, whose surroundings We have blessed,

 

Here Allah has designated Masjid Al Aqsa and its surround areas as blessed.

This is coming straight from Allah that He has blessed this land, and under Islamic ethos, Islamic ethics and principals, what this means that the land has special barakah.

 

The land over which Allah endowed spiritual and physical blessing
From which all of humanity and Allah’s creation can derive benefit.

 

This barakah also extends to people residing within this land on the condition that they abide by the commands of Allah.

That is that they practice Islam.

 

Al Aqsa has been honoured and glorified by Allah and showered with His divine blessings for the benefit and enlightenment and guidance for all mankind.

 

The holy Quran states the blessing of this land are for al alameen – the whole of Allah’s creation.

The blessings are not restricted to any specific group of people or species, but encompasses all living and non living things.

 

The boundary of this blessed land is not clear, Allah refers in the Quran, that He has blessed the area surrounding Masjid Al Aqsa.

 

But how far is this area, some classical and Islamic scholars of the Quran and sunnah including
Ibn Kathir
Imam Al-Qurtub,
Imam Ibn al-Jawzi
all of them consider the whole area of Shaam.

that’s modern day Lebanon, Syria and Palestine as blessed

The most realistic opinion, is this blessed land are areas within what we call middle east.
Haram of Makkah
Masjid Al Aqsa
Masjid Nabawi

 

Allah who is Limitless in power, took His Servant by night from the sacred masjid in Makah to al-Masjid al- Aqsa in Jerusalem, whose surroundings We have blessed, so that we may show him some of Our signs. Indeed, He alone is the one who hears all and sees all.

 

 

 

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