The Con­fu­sion Between Masjid al-Aqsa And Qub­bat as-Sakhra

We note with regret that many Mus­lims do not have the prop­er knowl­edge about the al-Aqsa mosque and its exact area and build­ings. Some believe that the Dome of the Rock is the al-Aqsa Mosque while oth­ers are mixed up over the term al-Aqsa” mosque. Hence, we find it nec­es­sary to write on this issue to clear any doubts regard­ing the mat­ter, insha’allah.

The fol­low­ing are the images of the Masjid al-Aqsa building :

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The Masjid al-Aqsa building

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The court­yard of Masjid al-Aqsa 

And below are the images of the Dome of the Rock, or oth­er­wise known as Qub­bat as-Sakhra. Many Mus­lims have sad­ly con­fused this build­ing with Masjid al-Aqsa :

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The Dome of the Rock (Qub­bat as-Sakhra) 

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The court­yard of Qub­bat as-Sakhra

Con­clu­sion

It is clear that the Masjid al-Aqsa build­ing and the Dome of the Rock (Qub­bat as-Sakhra) are two sep­a­rate build­ings, and not syn­ony­mous with each oth­er as believed by some Mus­lims. How­ev­er, both these build­ings are with­in the enclo­sure of Haraam as-Sha­reef (The Noble Sanc­tu­ary) referred to as the Fur­thest Mosque” in Sura’ al-Israa’, verse 1. Mujir ad-Din al-Han­bali, in his book Al-Uns Al-Jaleel writes that :

It is com­mon among peo­ple that the Aqsa is the one locat­ed towards the Qibla, the mosque con­struct­ed in the fore­most area includ­ing the pul­pit and the big mihrab (prayer niche), while the truth is that the Aqsa is the name of all what is with­in its com­pound inside the walls the build­ing in the fore­most area and oth­ers, Dome of the Rock, cor­ri­dors and oth­ers, the Aqsa means all that is with­in the walls.

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Cite this arti­cle as : Mohd Elfie Nieshaem Juferi, The Con­fu­sion Between Masjid al-Aqsa And Qub­bat as-Sakhra,” in Bis­mi­ka Allahu­ma, Octo­ber 16, 2005, last accessed May 27, 2024, https://​bis​mikaal​lahu​ma​.org/​h​i​s​t​o​r​y​/​c​o​n​f​u​s​i​o​n​-​m​a​s​j​i​d​-​a​l​-​a​q​s​a​-​q​u​b​b​a​t​-​a​s​-​s​a​k​h​ra/

3 Comments

  1. the one you say that this is al-aqsa mosque is actu­al­ly not al-aqsa but al-qib­li mosque .. al-aqsa mosque is the two of them (the dome /​al-qib­li)

  2. BISMILLAH
    ..
    Wal­lah i knew bet­ter after i read this essay..
    There is such diffrence between

    ALLAH KNOWS BEST..
    May He grant us wisdom

  3. جزاكم الله خيرا for this differentiation

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