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Al-Aqsa Mosque also known as Al-Aqsa and Bayt al-Muqaddas, is the third holiest site in Islam and is located in the Old City of Jerusalem. The site on which the silver domed mosque sits, along with the Dome of the Rock, also referred to as al-Haram ash-Sharif or the Noble Sanctuary," is the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism, the place where the Temple stood before being destroyed by the Romans in 70 CE. Muslims believe that Muhammad was transported from the Sacred Mosque in Mecca to al-Aqsa during the Night Journey. Islamic tradition holds that Muhammad led prayers towards this site until the seventeenth month after the emigration, when God directed him to turn towards the Kaaba.

  • also known as Al-Aqsa Mosque, Jerusalem
  • part of Jerusalem

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Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Religious Phenomena (2007)

by J. Gordon Melton

The Al-Aqsa Mosque is the most holy site for Muslims in Jerusalem and one of the most holy of places for all Islam. Its origin relates to a famous supernatural event in Muhammad's life, the so- called Night Journey or Al-Isra wa Al-Miraj.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Sacred Places (2011)

by Norbert Brockman

The al-Aqsa Mosque at the south end of the Temple Mount commemorates the fact that Muslims once prayed toward Jerusalem instead of Mecca. Al-Aqsa has an intricately carved mihrab, the niche in the wall that shows the direction of Mecca ...

Google previewIllustrated Dictionary of the Muslim World (2011)

by Marshall Cavendish Reference

Al-Aqsa Mosque, Jerusalem, Israel The Al-Aqsa mosque is located on Temple Mount in Jerusalem, an area considered sacred by Christians, Jews, and Muslims. The Koran describes Muhammad's night ride to the Temple Mount on a flying ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of the Arab-Israeli Conflict: A Political, Social, and Military History [4 volumes] (2008)

A Political, Social, and Military History by Spencer C. Tucker, Priscilla Roberts

xi Aircraft, Helicopters Aircraft, Kfir Fighter Aircraft, Lavi Fighter-Bomber Aircraft, Reconnaissance Aircraft, Transport Airpower, Role in the Arab-Israeli Wars Akko, Israel Akko Prison Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades Al-Aqsa Mosque Al-Aqsa Mosque ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Insurgency and Counterinsurgency: A New Era of Modern Warfare (2013)

A New Era of Modern Warfare by Spencer C. Tucker

The Second Intifada is also known as the al-Aqsa Intifada because it began at the al-Aqsa Mosque in the Old City of Jerusalem. On September 28, 2000, Israeli Likud Party leader Ariel Sharon, accompanied by a party delegation and 1,500 ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Terrorism (2002)

by Harvey W Kushner

The group's name refers to al-Aqsa mosque, which is ...

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