al-Aqsa: Servanthood and Sanctity – Shaykh Riad Saloojee

In this talk Shaykh Riad Saloojee reflects on the night journey (isra’) and ascension (mi’raj) of the Messenger Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him) as it relates to al-Aqsa Mosque. He links our love of the holy precinct of al-Aqsa to striving to attain the excellent prophetic character.

Prophet Muhammad’s (peace and blessings be upon him) night journey to al-Aqsa Mosque, and his ascension is the Divine gift of the perfection of his servanthood (‘ubudiya). This event is the most perfect human manifestation of the Divine Attributes in the Prophet’s character (peace and blessings be upon him).

The realization of beautiful character is the true and lasting legacy of the prophets (peace be upon them). It is the path to revive the sunna of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). A love and claim of connection to the sanctified places of Allah can only be truly made if we sanctify ourselves with the sacred values and character of our Messenger (sallalaho ‘alayhi wa sallam).


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