Many sacred holy places in Islam hold immense value for many Muslims worldwide. Your life will be uncomplete unless you visit the following 3 most sacred places in Islam to gain closeness, forgiveness and blessing from Allah Almighty.
- Masjid Al-Haram
- Masjid Nabwi
- Masji Al Aqsa
In order to gain more deep understanding and value of the most sacred places in Islam and why they are play an important part in contributing towards gaining spiritual success you must discover the blissful joys of attaining eternal peace through ziarats.
Masjid al-Haram (Makkah)
The Kaaba ranks among one of the most important places in Islam as it represents Allah almighty’s home on earth. Every year, millions of Muslim pilgrims visit the Kaaba to carry out Hajj & Umrah, which is located in Masjid al-Haram in the Mecca city of Saudi Arabia.
The Mosque Masjid al-Haram is considered one of the Islamic faith’s most sacred and holy places. Their religion binds Muslims to perform Hajj and Umrah once in their lifetime if they can afford it. Moreover, your spiritual blessing will be doubled if you perform the pilgrimage in blessed Ramadan 2024.
Muslims visit the Kaaba to perform Tawaf during Hajj and Umrah every year. Muslims must face the Kaaba or Qiblah to perform their daily prayers, no matter their location.
In the Quran, it is mentioned, “Verily, We have seen the turning of your face towards the heaven. Surely, We shall turn you to a Qiblah that shall please you, so turn your face in the direction of Masjid al-Haram. And wherever you people are, turn your faces in that direction.” (2:144)
The Kaaba’s mosque is also called the forbidden mosque, as only Muslims are allowed entrance to it, and non-Muslims are forbidden to enter. Moreover, the mosque is quite important as it houses the Black Stone, considered sacred in Islam.
Masjid al-Haram mosque also has many other important ziarat locations, such as the station of Ibrahim, ZamZam well, and Safa and Marwah hills. Moreover, you can easily make your travels a lot easier by booking and reserving your ideal Makkah hotels for performing Umrah and Hajj through Dua Travels.
Masjid Nabawi (Medina)
Located in the heart of Madinah city, Masjid Nabawi ranks as the 2nd most holy site in Islam. The mosque is also known as the “Prophet’s Mosque” as it is an essential place of ziarat. Moreover, the holy site was created during the first year after Hijrah with the intention of creating a place to offer daily prayers without any disturbance.
Al-Masjid an-Nabawi, throughout the ages, has served as an important meeting place for many political, spiritual, and social activities. However, it remains an important place worth visiting during your next umrah in Ramadan.
Creation of the Masjid Nabawi
The “Prophet’s mosque” land was secured from two orphan boys, Suhayl and Sahl. Initially, they wanted to donate the land as a gift to our Prophet (PBUH), but it was bought and donated by Abu Ayyub al Ansari.
The Masjid Nabawi mosque construction was completed in seven months and was placed next to our Prophet’s (PBUH) house after his Madinah migration in 622 CE. In the beginning, the mosque was utilized as a community center, spiritual school, and place for settling lawful issues.
A unique platform was made to be used by our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) for sermons and to educate people about the teachings of the Quran. Furthermore, the mosque was improved through the decoration of doors, minarets, and walls and expansion by various succeeding Islamic rulers.
During the period of the first Islamic caliph, Abu Bakar, there was no modification of Al-Masjid an-Nabawi. However, it was changed and expanded during the second caliph Umar time period.
Blessing of visiting the Prophet’s Mosque
The Prophets mosque is among the most essential ziarat places you can visit during the sacred Umrah pilgrimage and gain the blessing of Allah almighty. Moreover, with Dua Travels, you can easily book your desired Medinah Hotels and select your most suitable Umrah packages 2024 for carrying out ziarat.
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Prophet’s Mosque importance in Hadith
The importance of the prophet mosque can be observed in our Prophet’s (PBUH) statement, “Whoever visits me after my death is like he who had visited me during my life. When a person stands at my grave reciting blessings on me, I hear it, and whoever calls for blessings on me in any other place, his every need in this world and in the hereafter is fulfilled, and on the day of Qiyamah I shall be his witness and intercessor.”
You can easily understand the amazing blessing of visiting the Prophet’s mosque and during ziarat from the hadith: “One prayer in my mosque is better than one thousand prayers in any other mosque except al-Masjid al-Haram.” (Bukhari: No. 1116)
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Masjid Aqsa (Jerusalem)
The Masjid al-Aqsa mosque is among the holiest sites for Muslims worldwide. Its origins go all the way back to the 7th century.
The Masjid Aqsa site has been destroyed and rebuilt various times throughout history. The building standing today was erected mostly during the 11th century and currently hosts various daily prayers, drawing in huge crowds of people. Important Christian and Jewish sites like the Jewish temples are placed adjacent to the Al Aqsa site.
The Al Aqsa Masjid is considered the 3rd most holy site in Islam, attracting a huge number of pilgrims from the land of Palestine and the whole Muslim community every year.
Al Aqsa mosque spans an area of 14 hectares, which includes Jerusalem’s old al-Qibli mosque and the most popular Golden Dome of the Rock, which are considered the most sacred sites. Additionally, the whole site is also called a “noble sanctuary” or “Haram al-Sharif” in Arabic, having 15 gates, out of which ten are in use, allowing worshipers entrance from the adjacent old city area of Jerusalem.
Importance in the Quran
The Aqsa mosque is also called ” Bayt al Maqadis” and has been referred to in the Quran as one of the “farthest” and mentioned as blessed land. Moreover, it is the place where our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) carried out prayers with all the prophets and made his ascension into heaven during the “blessed mirage journey”.
The Quran states, “Glory be to Him who carried His servant by night from Al Masjid Al Haram to Al Masjid Al Aqsa; the environs of which We have blessed, that We might show him some of Our signs. Indeed, He is the Hearing, the Seeing.”
Allah has often referred to mosques in the Quran, one being Masjid al-Haram and the other being Al Aqsa Masjid or “Bayt al Maqadis” (holy land), which lies in Jerusalem as the area around the mosque is blessed by Allah almighty.
The Prophet Abraham, who is highly regarded in Islam and is mentioned by Allah in the Quran, lived in Palestine (the land of Prophets). Allah shows the importance of the land in the Quran: “But We delivered him and his nephew Lot and directed them to the Land which We have blessed for the nations.” (Al Anbiya, 21:71)
Masjid Aqsa is also the only place on earth where it is believed that all Prophets of Allah almighty gathered for worship on the special night of ascension journey who were led by our Prophet Muhammad(PBUH).
The first Qibla of Muslims
The mosque Masjid al-Aqsa also holds a special place in Islam as the first Qibla for Muslims. In the early days of Islam, Muslims were told to pray in the direction of the Aqsa mosque in reference to a place of centrality before the day of judgment.
As our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) prayed in the direction of the old mosque, a divine commandment came from Allah almighty during his prayers, instructing him to turn towards the holy Kaaba.
According to Sahaba Abdullah Ibn Umer (RA), “We prayed along with Prophet (PBUH) facing Al-Qud (Jerusalem) for 16 or 17 months. Then Allah almighty ordered him to turn his face to the Kaaba” (Bukhari).
The Aqsa mosque is among the most sacred places in Islam. Its significance dates back to the time of Prophet Adam(AS). Moreover, our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) often quoted the mosque numerous times due to its high virtue.
According to Abu Darda(RA), the Prophet (PBUH) stated: “A prayer in Makkah is worth 1000,000 times, a prayer in my Masjid is worth 1000 times, and a prayer in Al-Aqsa sanctuary is worth 500 times more reward than anyway else” (Tabarani, Bayhaqi, Suyuti).
The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) often encouraged Muslims to go on a remarkable journey to visit the holy mosque due to its great spiritual value.
“You should not undertake a special journey to visit any place other than the following three mosques with the expectations of getting a greater reward: Mecca’s sacred mosque (Kaaba), my masjid (the Prophet’s mosque in Medina), and Masjid Al Aqsa (of Jerusalem),” according to Prophets (PBUH) quoted hadith.
The importance of Islam’s sacred places like Masjid al-Haram or Masjid al-Aqsa cannot be underestimated, as they have a special place in the hearts of Muslims worldwide. The Haram mosque is the spiritual home of Allah, which draws millions of Muslim pilgrims worldwide to perform Umrah and Hajj every year.
The Aqsa mosque, being the first Kabba or home of Allah Almighty, is among the most sacred pieces of land whose ownership has been challenged and fought over the years among Jews, Christians, and Muslims.
Visiting the Haramain Shareef mosque and doing tawaf is among the most blessed activities for Muslims worldwide. You can also carry out the ziarat of Masjid Nabawi and gain immense blessing from Allah. Moreover, you get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to erase all your precious sins by performing the Umrah pilgrimage through 3 Star Umrah Packages, an unbeatable offer.