The Virtues of Jerusalem and the Believer’s Five Duties Towards It

Masjid al Aqsa is one the holiest mosques for Muslims. It was once the direction of prayer and is the place where the Prophet ﷺ led all the prophets in prayer and ascended to heaven to meet his Lord.

The noble sanctuary has had numerous conditions set upon it since the occupation began and has now been closed for the first time in 48 years. Shaykh Faraz Rabbani explains the virtues of Masjid al-Aqsa and the Muslims duty of concern for the furthest sanctuary:

May Mercy and Justice prevail, in the ways resulting in the greatest ultimate good for all people, in the ways most pleasing to God. Truly, God is our sufficiency and He is the best of guardians.” – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani has made the slides from this talk available, you can download them here.

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When Will Muslims Take Back Jerusalem? Shaykh Hamza Yusuf

When will Muslims take back Jerusalem? This question has been asked over and over again during the last few decades…but the answer has always evaded us. Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, however, has the answer.

Throughout his life, he has seen Muslims reacting to their situations with radicalism, anarchy, horror, and bloodshed. He doesn’t see them emulating the glory of Islam.

When he looks at them, he doesn’t see the character of the Prophet Muhammad, Salah al-Din, and other heroes of Islam, who treated others so well that they were praised by even their prisoners.

The problem, he says, is that Muslims are reacting too much like the ones that hurt them. We react to evil in kind, forgetting that those people who hurt us are not our teachers. He gives the examples of Imam Ghazali, who was ostracized for his teachings, and Imam Ahmad Zarrouq, who fought for the rights of the Jews, but whose teachings carried far into the future.

Now, left to represent Islam are beautiful stones like the Taj Mahal and the Blue Mosque, but the hearts that built them, are long gone.

Cover photo by Asim Bharwani.

Resources for Seekers

Advice to Western Muslims on Visiting Jerusalem – al-Habib Ali al-Jifri

Advice to Western Muslims on Visiting Jerusalem – al-Habib Ali al-Jifri – al-Habib Ali al-Jifri

When visiting Jerusalem your soul should have a connection with the visit – if that is there, victory will come.

It is the only land on earth where Allah, Most High, united over 124,000 Prophets upon it, including Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and the elect of Allah’s creation.

It is also the only place on earth that has a gateway and opening from the lower sensory world to the higher celestial realms.

The Dome of Rock,which has the famous golden dome on it- this is where the Prophet (peace be upon him) ascended the seven heavens from, to the Lote tree, and beyond it. Gabriel stopped at the Lote tree, and the majestic character of the Prophet (peace be upon him) went beyond. And through this same gateway, the Prophet (peace be upon him) descended.

When he descended, as soon as his blessed feet touch the earth – the blessed feet of the Prophet left an imprint on the rock. That’s why when you enter the Dome of Rock – you will find a bronze frame, and under it is a space to put your hand, and through it you can feel the blessed footprints of the Prophet (peace be upon him).

When you go to the cave under the rock, and you stand in prayer, you will feel that you are praying somewhere where your sprit can transcend your body, pierce through the sensory world, to go through the upper worlds through that gateway.

That’s what words can describe of the meanings of visiting Jerusalem.

As for anything else, the only thing I can say in summary to you is: Go to Jerusalem!

Every time you go to Hajj, Umrah and to visit the Prophet (peace be upon him), go to Jerusalem.

Go to the Palestinian hotels, and eat in the Palestinian restaurant, and buy from Palestinian traders – since of the 50,000 of the native Jerusalemites both Muslim and Christian, 70% of them live below the poverty line. 40% of them are now forced to leave the city go to the West Bank in order to be able to earn a morsel to survive. When people stopped visiting al Aqsa, it affected their businesses and their livelihood, which was lost. The students of the extremist Zionist seminaries, whose Rabbis have sanctioned the killing of Palestinian children – not a week goes by but they go into the courtyard in the haram of al-Aqsa mosque and dance. If the courtyard and haram was filled with people praying all year round, like in Mecca and Madina, then do you think that they will be able to do this? If it was filled with pilgrims?

It is expected that if you start going in large numbers, sooner or later you may be barred. But insist on going. This is your right. Raise your voices and seek your right. When you go, then, don’t go in a state of agitation or conflict. Some may find that as a justification to bar you. What we have to do, is learn how to resist tyranny and oppression with what is at hand.

Go there with your hearts, connected to the reality of the visit. Advise your Christian friends to visit to “Church of Resurrection” and “Bethlehem” – make this a point of common spirituality between you.

This will be the beginning of change, which will even start affecting the political arena.

May Allah enable us all, and grant us the opportunity to pray in Masjid al-Aqsa

13 May 2012 – Cardiff, UK

(first 2 pics from Habib’s facebook page)