In the Name of Allah, The Most Gracious, Most Merciful
The masjid (mosque) is where people get to know their Lord, learn the rules of their religion, and the ideal method to perform those rules. It is where prayers and types of worships are performed, without the masjid the unity of Muslims would be lost, lusts and desires would separate them. That is why the prophet PBUH established the masjid as soon as he entered Al-Medina, the first home of Islam, to be the first pillar in establishing the Islamic Society.
It was narrated that Tamim Al Dari, one of the prophet's (PBUH) companions brought lamps, oil and ropes from Al Sham country to Al-Medina. When he arrived Al-Medina it was Friday night, he ordered his servant to tie the ropes, hang the lamps, pour the oil, and put the wick in it , so when the sun set, he ordered the boy to enlighten them, the messenger of Allah (PBUH) went to the mosque and he saw it enlightened, he asked :who did that ? They answered: Tamim Al Dari did. He said: you enlightened the Islam, May Allah enlightens you in this world and in the Hereafter, and if I had a daughter, then I would have given her to you as a wife. Nawfal Bin Al-Harith said: O messenger of Allah I have a daughter called ''Almogira'', so do whatever you want. The prophet ordered that he marry her.
(Nawfal Bin Al-Harith may Allah bless him is a companion and he was the nephew of the Prophet (PBUH), he was older than Al-`Abbas (the Prophet's uncle), he fought in the battle of Bader with the polytheists, so he was captured, then his uncle Al-`Abbas ransomed him, and after that he converted to Islam, he migrated in the year of Al-Khandaq (The Ditch) and helped the prophet (PBUH) in Hunain with three thousand of spears. He died in 20 A.H, or in 15 A.H as some historians said
'Al-Aqsa Masjid' is the homeland of our master Ibrahim, the worshipping place of the previous prophets, the destination of night journey of the final prophet (Muhamad PBUH), and the mosque that Allah mentioned in detailed Quranic ayahs. It is the first of the two Qeblas (direction of salat), the Second of the two sacred masjids, and the Third of Haramain al- sharifain (sanctuaries). Our prophet Muhamad (PBUH) said that people should travel to three places of worship only; the two sacred masjids and Al-Aqsa Masjid.
'Al-Aqsa Masjid’ is blessed by Allah and is linked with the night journey and ascension to be as a symbol of the Muslims’ moral personality. This masjid faces frequent aggressions on its building as the excavation works are being executed on its sanctum and surroundings, pretending to be looking for the structure of Solomon (Prophet Suleiman), it is a weak pretext that conceals hostile intentions aiming at destroying it,removing it totally, and blurring this prominent Islamic site which is one of the most sacred Islamic sanctuaries, and a , and a clear desceration of the sanctity of this pure place. It is a conspiracy planned against this mosque, as the Zionists dream to build a Jewish temple in its place, therefore they try to show Al-Sakhra mosque as Al-Aqsa masjid itself preparing to remove it and to build the alleged temple in its place.
'Al-Sakhra masjid that the Zionist publication shows as Al-Aqsa masjid isn’t the same Aqsa mosque which is mentioned in the noble Quran, but it is Al-Sakhra masjid from which the prophet -PBUH- ascended to Sidrat Al- Montaha where Jibrael (Gabriel) approached and came closer, And was at a distance of two bows' length or (even) nearer, So did (Allah) convey the Inspiration to His servant [Muhammad through Jibrael (Gabriel)].
The description of AL-Aqsa as being blessed in the noble Quran is an indication to the Arab to hold the message of Islam, and to all Muslims in the East and West to keep this blessing. Whenever there is an aggression on it, first they should reconcile with their God, then prepare all the power we can to liberate it from the invader's hands and revive the life story of the great conquerors, Omar Ben Al-Khatab and Salah Al-Din Al-Ayoubi.
'Salah Al-Din', may Allah have mercy upon him, was a militant hero, he was the liberator of Jerusalem from the crusaders and the hero of Heteen battle. He belongs to Kurdish family from Al-Rawidya tribe. He was born in Takreet castle near Baghdad in 532 A.H. He was pious, devout and had abundant tear, he had good trust in Allah, he was just and merciful, patient, brave, forbearing and ascetic, he used to remember death all the time (from the book of Salah Al-Din written by Abdullah Ellwan), and on that day the believers will rejoice with Allah's victory, as Allah said:
(114. And who is more unjust than he who prohibits the name of ALLAH being glorified in Allah's temples and strives to ruin them? It was not proper for such men to enter therein except in fear. For them is disgrace in this world; and theirs shall be a great punishment in the next.)
Disgrace in this world, and great punishment in the hereafter, is the punishment of those who prevent glorifying the Name of His mosques and strive to ruin them, but the those who establish the mosques, and enlighten them by faith, their deed is a clear evidence of the truthfulness of their faith, as Allah said:
(18. He alone can maintain the Mosques of ALLAH who believers in ALLAH, and the Last Day, and observes Prayer, and pays the Zakaat and fears not but ALLAH; so these it is who may be rightly guided.)
If we move to the city of Jerusalem, in which there is the Aqsa masjid, the prophets’ place of worship and the place of the night journey of the final prophet. If we go back in time to Friday 27th Rajab 583 A.H, 2nd October 118 AD. It was a great day as in which Muslims leaded by Salah Al-Din liberated it from the greedy invaders. The hearts are happy, the faces are rejoiced, the tongues are praising and thanking Allah, the flags are raised, the lamps are hanged, the adthan (call to prayer) are raised, the Quran is reauthord, acts of worship are performed in purity, supplications are made, and all the believers are happy with Allah’s victory.
Here we enter the Aqsa masjid, and there we find the Muslims and among them there is Salah Al-Din and his soldiers sitting around him on the ground, all together, their prince can't be distinguished from anyone of them, they are calm and humble to Allah. Those who were knights in the battle field, turned into devout worshippers in the mosque, and there the orator of the mosque Muhye Al-Din Al-Qurashi the judge of Damascus is ascending the platform and delivering his sermon which could change the sand of the desert into knights, and give life to the deaf rocks . He started it by the ayah:
(45. So the last remnant of the people who did wrong was cut off; and all praise belongs to ALLAH, the Lord of all the worlds.)
Here we are listening to part of his sermon:
"Oh people rejoice with the pleasure of Allah which was the utmost aim and the highest grade, for what Allah enabled you of the restoration of this long desired aim from this misguided nation, returning it to Islam after it was under the control of aggressors for about a hundred years, and purifying this mosque, from polytheism and aggression, so that the Name of Allah could be mentioned in it, then he warned them: Oh servants of Allah, be careful not to be misguided by Satan as to imagine that this victory was achieved by your swords and good horses. No! Victory is only from Allah. Be careful not to commit a major sin after being honored with this great conquest. So help Allah and He will help you. Keep removing the disease and defeating the enemies.”
Then we get out of Al-Aqsa mosque, and we meet one of the Franks who witnessed the conquest of Jerusalem. He says to us: Muslims never harmed anyone nor did they take any of our money. They didn’t kill any peaceful man or a covenanter. If we want to go, we can go and take whatever we want with us. We sold them the luggage we don’t need so they paid their prices to us. We can go and walk safely. They are good, civilized and honest. “History has never known a conqueror more merciful than them!”