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Al-Aqsa Mosque, Jerusalem

The second oldest mosque of Islam after the Ka’ba in Mecca

The last Friday of the Holy month of Ramadhan (Month of Fasting) is commemorated as Quds day by the Muslims all over the world. This is also known as International Quds day. The main idea of this day is to express solidarity with ‘the people of Palestine, who are undergoing several hardships under the occupied Israeli forces.
International Quds day was first declared by the late Imam Khomeini, (the leader of Islamic revolution) immediately after the Islamic revolution in Iran 1979.
The second most important idea of this International Quds day is to liberate the Masjid Al Aqsa, which is the first Qibla (Direction for prayer) for Muslims and one of Islam’s Holiest places in earth. This Holy place is also now under the clutches of Zionist Israeli regime. This article contains some historical details of Al-Aqsa and its importance to Muslims all over the world.

Masjid Al-Aqsa is an Arabic name which means the Farthest Mosque. To understand its name, and its importance, it must be remembered that the roots of Islam began in the Arabian Peninsula (Saudi Arabia today).
Ten years after the Prophet Mohammad, the last prophet of Islam received his first revelation; he made a miraculous night journey from Mecca to Jerusalem and to the Seven Heavens on a white flying horse called Al-Buraq El-Sharif. On this journey during his interval in Jerusalem, the Prophet stopped to pray at the rock (now covered by the golden Dome), and he was given the commandment to pray five times a day on this journey by Almighty Allah.

Today, Muslims throughout the World use Mecca as the direction of prayers (Qibla). However, for 16 1/2 months following the Prophet Mohammad’s miraculous journey, Jerusalem was the Qibla.
During Prophet Mohammad’s life, he instructed Muslims to visit not only the mosque where they lived in Mecca, but also the ‘Farthest mosque’ from them (Arabia) which lay 2000 kilometers north, in Jerusalem. Hence the name: Al-Masjid El-Aqsa, or Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Al-Aqsa Mosque is the second oldest mosque of Islam after the Ka’ba in Mecca, and is third in holiness and importance after the mosques in Mecca and Medina.

The rectangular Al-Aqsa Mosque is 144,000 square metres, 35 acres, -or 1/6 of the entire area with the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem as it stands today. It is also called Al-Haram El-Sharif (the Nobel Sanctuary). The Dome of the Chain marks the exact central point of this Mosque.
Al-Aqsa Mosque can accommodate up to 400,000 worshippers at one time. On Fridays at noon during the fasting month of Ramadan, and particularly the 27th of Ramadan (Lailat El-Qadr which night the first versus or Holy Quran was revealed to Prophet Mohammad), the area is filled to virtual capacity,
There are 11 gates to Al-Aqsa Mosque: 7 of which are open. Of the 4 closed gates, one is the Golden Gate.
An indication of any Muslim mosque the World over is the thin spiral minaret which always immediately adjoins the Mosque wall. Minarets are used to call Muslims to prayer five times a day, seven days a week throughout the year. At Al-Aqsa Mosque, there are four minarets.

There are no minarets on the Eastern side of Al-Aqsa Mosque because during those days there were no inhabitants and thus no-one to call to prayer. After all, it was not till the late nineteenth century that Jerusalem began to expand outside the city walls.
Al-Aqsa building (recognisable by its lead dome), was originally built nearly 1300 years ago by Muslim Caliph Al-Walid the son of Abdul Malek bin Marwan in 709 AD.
Throughout its history, Al-Aqsa was subject to successive restoration work due to damages caused by earthquakes, etc.
In 1969, after 2 years of Israeli occupation, a fanatic Jew set fire to the covered area for the first time in its history. Repairing the damage from the fire still continues. Several valuable artifacts were also damaged due to this incident.
Since then so much damage was done to the mosque structure and its surrounding areas under the name of archeological excavations by the Zionist regime.

 

99 Names of Allah II

By Shabna Cader
(Continued) with definitions and benefits
Al-Latif (The Gentle) – If you recite this name 133 times a day, it will grant you abundance in sustenance and cause all tasks to be accomplished without difficulties.
Al-Kabeer (The All-Aware) – If you recite this name when you have insatiable desire for pleasure, it will grant you freedom from such desires.
Al-Haleem (The Forbearing) - If you write this name on paper, soak it in water and then sprinkle or rub the water on something, then God’s blessing will be imparted to it and it will be safeguarded against all calamities
Al-Azeem (The Mighty) – If you recite this name constantly, you will be graced with great honour and dignity.
Al-Gafur (The Forgiving) - If you recite this name frequently all your maladies, sorrow and grief will be removed. God’s blessings will be imparted to your wealth and offspring.
Ash-Shakur (The Grateful) - If you recite this name 41 times while facing any difficulties, God will grant you deliverance.
Al-Aliy (The Sublime One) – If you recite this name daily and constantly, it will grant you affluence and grant all your desires.
Al-Kabir (The Great) – If you have just lost your job, fast for seven days and recite this name 1000 times each day, you will be granted your job with dignity and respect.
Al-Hafeez (The Preserver) – if you recite this name daily and continuously, it will grant you protection from hazards and losses.
Al-Muqeet (The Sustaining One) – If you recite this name seven times, blow on a bowl or glass of water and drink it, it will fulfil your desires.
Al-Haseeb (The Reckoning One) – If you recite this name 70 times in the morning and 70 times at night starting from Thursday, it will grant you protection against all you fear.
Al-Jalil (The Majestic) – If you write this name on a paper with saffron or musk and keep it with you at all times, it will grant you honour and dignity.
Al-Karim (The Bountiful) – If you recite this name continuously before you go to sleep, it will grant you the honour of pious people.
Ar-Raqib (The Watchful) – If you recite this name seven times a day and blow on yourself and family, it will protect your wealth from destruction and calamities.
Al-Mujib (The Answer) – If you recite this name continuously, all your prayers will be granted.
Al-Wasi (The Boundless) – If you recite this name continuously, it will grant you self-sufficiency and independence.
Al-Hakim (The Wise) – If you recite this daily and continuously, you will be blessed with knowledge and wisdom.
Al-Wadud (The Loving) – If you recite this name and blow it on the food you and your spouse are to consume, it will create a strong bond of love and affection.
Al-Majid (The Most Glorious) – If you have contracted a fatal disease, fast on the 13th, 14th and 15th of the lunar month. Recite this name after breaking fast, blow on water and drink it. You will be curd and free from the disease.
Al-Bai’ith (The Resurrecting One) – If you recite this name 101 times before going to bed, it will grant you knowledge and wisdom.
Ash-Shahid (The Witness) – If recite this name over a disobedient child 21 times and blow on their forehead, they will soon become obedient.
Al-Haqq (The Truth) – If you write this name on four corners of a paper, place the paper on your palm and say a prayer with good intention, when something or someone goes missing, the object or person will return soon.
Al-Wakil (The Dependable) – If you recite this name continuously it will free you from calamities.
Al-Qawwiy (The Strong) – If you recite this name at a time when you are being victimized or oppressed, it will grant you protection.
Al-Matin (The Firm) – If a woman does not have sufficient milk to breast feed her child, write this name on a piece of paper, soak it and make her drink the water. She will soon have sufficient milk to feed her child.
Al-Waliy (The Friend) – If you recite this name in the presence of a person who is ill-mannered, they will soon become of good character.
Al-Hamid (The All-Praiseworthy) – If you recite this name in seclusion 93 times for 45 days, it will replace all your bad habits with good.
Al-Muhsiy (The Counter) – If you recite this name 20 times on 20 pieces of bread and consume it, the entire creation will become subservient to you.
Al-Mubdiy (The Originator) – If you recite this name while placing your hand on the stomach of a pregnant woman, she will not miscarry or give birth to the child prematurely.
Al-Mu’id (The Reproducer) – If you recite this name 70 times in each corner of your house when someone is lost, that person will return in seven days or his or her whereabouts will be known.
Al-Muhyiy (The Giver of Life) – If you recite this name continuously when you are sick, you will be healed soon.
Al-Mumit (The Destroyer) – If you recite this name by placing a hand over your heart before going to sleep, it will grant you self control.
Al-Hayy (The Living) – If you recite this name 3000 times a day, you will be granted sound health.
Al-Qayyum (The Self-Existing One) – If you recite this name continuously, you will be granted honour and dignity amongst people.
Al-Wajid (The Finder) – If you recite this name while consuming food, it will grant you strength and illuminate your heart.
Al-Majid (The Illustrious) – If you recite this name in seclusion in such a manner that you become euphoric, the light of God will become evident in your heart.
Al-Wahid (The Unique One) – If you write this name on a piece of paper and keep it with you at all times, you will be granted pious children.
Al-Ahad (The One) - If you write this name on a piece of paper and keep it with you at all times, you will be granted pious children.
As-Samad (The Eternal) – If you recite this name constantly in the state of ablution, you will become independent of the entire creation.
Al-Qadir (The Omnipotent) – If you recite this name 41 times before you undertake a difficult task, it will be made easy.
Al-Muqtadir (The Dominant) – If you recite this name 20 times after waking up from sleep, the tasks you have set for the rest of the day will be fulfilled efficiently.
Al-Mu’akhkhir (The Expeditor) – If you recite this name continuously, you will soon resort to genuine repentance.
Al-Awwal (The First) – If you recite this name 40 times for 40 days, you will be granted male children.
Al-Akhir (The Last) – If you recite this name 1000 times with the intention of compensating your sin, your wish will be granted.
Az-Zahir (The Manifest) – If you recite this name 500 times after prayer, your heart and eyes will be filled with God’s light.
Al-Batin (The Hidden) - If you recite this name 33 times on a daily basis, a strong bond between God and you will form.
Al-Waliy (The Patron) – If you wish to subdue another person, recite this name 11 times and your wish will be granted.
Al-Muta’aliy (The Most High) – If you recite this name continuously, your problems will be solved.
Al-Barr (The Good) – If you recite this name seven time and blow on your child, he or she will be granted protection until puberty.
At-Tawwab (The Ever-Relenting) – If you recite this name 10 times in the presence of a tyrant, you will be freed from his or her oppression.
Al-Muntaqim (The Avenger) – If you recite this name at a time when you are in an unjustified situation, God will intervene on your behalf.
Al-Afu (The Pardoner) – One, who recites this name frequently, will be pardoned.
Malik-ul-Mulk (The Owner of All) – If you recite this name constantly it will grant you wealth and independence.
Dhu-l-Jalali Wa-l-ikram (The Lord of Majesty) – If you recite this name continuously it will grant you honour, dignity and self-sufficiently.
Al-Muqsit (The Equitable One) – If you recite this name continuously, it will protect you from evil doubts.
Al-Jami (The Gatherer) - If your family or relatives are scattered (due to war, earthquake, floods or other calamities), lift your gaze toward the heavens and recite this name 10 times closing one finger each time, until all 10 fingers are closed. Afterwards pass your hands across your face as when completing your prayers. The disperse members of your family will soon come together.
Al-Ghani (The Rich) – If you recite this name 70 times on a daily basis, you will be granted wealth and abundance.
Al-Mughni (The Self-Sufficient) – If you recite this name 1111 times before and after reciting Darood 11 times, and then recite Surah Muzzammil after morning or night prayer, you will be granted material and spiritual wealth.
Al-Mani (The Defender) – If you recite this name for any legitimate purpose, it will be fulfilled.
Ad-Darr (The Afflicter) – If you recite this name 100 times on the eve of Friday prayers, you will be safeguarded against material and spiritual calamities.
An-Nafi (The Benefactor) – If you recite this name in abundance during travel, you will be safeguarded from all hazards.
An-Nur (The Light) – If you recite this name 1001 times after reciting Surah Noor, your heart will be illuminated with the light of God.
Al-Hadi (The Guide) – If you recite this name while raising your hands towards the heavens, you will be granted guidance and become pious.
Al-Badi (The Incomparable) – If you recite this name 1000 when in grief, you will be granted relief.
Al-Baqiy (The Infinite) – If you recite this name 1000 times on the night of Friday prayers, all your good deeds will be accepted and you will be granted protection.
Al-Warith (The Heir) – If you recite this name 100 times at sunrise, you will be protected from calamities, worries and hardships and will die as a true believer.
Ar-Rashid (The Guide to the Right Path) – If you recite this name constantly, you will be safeguarded against all mishaps.
As-Sabur (The Patient) – If you recite this name 1020 times when in difficulty, you will soon be granted relief and contentment.
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