For Muslims, a Sacred Mosque such as masjid Al-Haram indeed becomes the most important place for their belief. Yet, for those who are Muslims must understand as well about the existence of a mosque located in Jerusalem Palestine such as masjid aqsa Jerusalem Palestine. Perhaps some Muslims haven’t recognized yet about such mosque. Therefore in this article, I want to give information and description about the mosque as well as the history of such building. When we are talking about such mosque, we always remember about the story when Prophet Muhammad was moved from the Sacred Mosque to such masjid Al-Aqsa during the night journey. Such mosque is located on the old city of Jerusalem where there is another mosque sits such Dome of the Rock. Actually, some people often misinterpretation the Dome of the Rock to be Al-Aqsa. The main different besides its architectural aspect, is the color of the dome which Al-Aqsa has silver dome while the Dome of the Rock has golden dome. When we are looking at its history, we will find that Al-Aqsa mosque has been under some authorities during the past. When crusaders conquered Jerusalem, they used Al-Aqsa for any purposes such as place to worship, church, stable, and more. Yet, after Saladin conquered Jerusalem, such mosque remained to become a holy place to conduct worship. We can see today that old city of Jerusalem is under the authority of Israeli. Yet, the mosque of Al-Aqsa itself still has the administration authority of Islamic waqs. People can actually learn the history further if they have interest of such building functions from the ancient time until this modern day.
In understanding about the masjid aqsa Jerusalem Palestine, people especially Muslims can learn by its etymology actually. The word Al-Aqsa in English means the farthest mosque. Such name comes from the event where Prophet Muhammad is moved from the Sacred Mosque to this mosque that is considered as the farthest mosque. For people in Jerusalem, such mosque is not only recognized as the mosque but also becomes the noble sanctuary. If we are looking at the development of the construction and its architecture, we can see that there have been some reconstructions conducted because of some causes such as earthquakes. People who have interest in its architecture, they will find out information about the size of the mosque that has 1,550,000 sq ft that can hold up 5000 prayers. If we compare the Al-Aqsa dome to the Dome of the Rock, we can find out that Al-Aqsa has the Islamic design and architecture influence while the Dome of the Rock is mainly influenced by the Byzantine characteristic. Like any other famous mosques, Al-Aqsa has minarets. We can find 4 minarets of such mosque located on northern and mainly on the western side of the mosque. If you visit Al-Aqsa mosque, you will find a fountain named as Al-Kas or people commonly call it as the cup. Such fountain is mainly functioned as the place where any worshipers that wudu before conducting daily prayers. People who study further about such mosque actually will find the fact that such mosque was the first qibla which was used as the direction for all Muslims to conduct daily prayers. Yet, Prophet Muhammad later changes it to be Kaaba as the direction for all Muslims to pray.
In Islam, the city of Jerusalem has become the holy and sacred place. In this case, masjid aqsa Jerusalem Palestine has become what Muslims care about the most after the Sacred Mosque in Makkah. Yet, among all the information that people can obtain about such mosque, interesting information is about the Holy Bible of Christian say about the future of the world. It is said that the Jews will demolish the mosque and build their third temple. Later, the Muslims will attack such temple and the battle of the end of the world will begin. During such war, the Bible prophecy says that Jesus will come and bring the people back to heaven. Whether it is true or not such prophecy is, people in this modern life actually need to understand each other in order to avoid any bad things happen to the earth right? For people especially Muslims, understanding about the history and facts about certain important mosques such as Sacred Mosque and Al-Aqsa will be very compulsory. The main purpose is that to maintain the Islamic culture left by the ancestors and making any tradition and religion ritual run well without any disturbance in the future. Jerusalem has become the place where three main huge religions meet. Understanding each other will become what the people need there to avoid any clash and chaos to occur because of the different in belief. Living in this modern life actually will help people to maintain any cultural building especially those who relate to sacred activity such as places to worship like mosques.