The Dome Of The Rock (Qubbat Al-Sakhra)

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    The Dome Of The Rock (Qubbat Al-Sakhra)


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    The most universally recognized symbol of Jerusalem is not a Jewish or Christian holy place but a Muslim one: the Dome of the Rock. When people see its golden dome rising above the open expanse of al-Masjid al-Aqsa, they think of only one place in the world.

    There is an often quoted statement of Muslim historian al-Muqaddasi on the reason for the building of Dome of the Rock. Al-Muqaddasi asked his uncle why al-Walid spent spent so much money on the building of the mosques in Damascus. The uncle answered:

    O my little son, thou has no understanding. Verily al-Walid was right, and he was prompted to a worthy work. For he beheld Syria to be a country that had long been occupied by the Christians, and he noted there are beautiful churches still belonging to them , so enchantingly fair, and so renowned for their spendour, as are the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and the Churches of Lydda and Edessa. So he sought to build for the Muslims a mosque that should be unique and a wonder to the world. And in like manner is it not evident that `Abd al-Malik, seeing the greatness of the martyrium [Qubbah] of the Holy Sepulchre and its magnificence was moved lest it should dazzle the minds of Muslims and hence erected above the Rock the Dome which is now seen there.

    The Dome of the Rock is Jerusalem's answer to Paris' Eiffel Tower, Rome's St. Peter's Square, London's Big Ben and Kuala Lumpur's Petronas towers; dazzling the minds of Muslims and non-Muslims alike. The Dome of the Rock is Jerusalem.

    The Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, situated on the holy city, undoubtedly one of the most celebrated and most remarkable monuments of early Islam, visited every year by thousands of pilgrims and tourists. Unfortunately, it has also attracted the polemics from the non-Muslims and more so from the Christian missionaries. We aim to discuss some of them here.
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    asalamu alaikum
    you know brother, last summer i went to the sakhra, and masjid al aqsa and might i add this overwhelming masjid. This mosque is so beautiful on the inside and out. What seems to be the most interesting facts about this masjid is that, they have surahs on the inside of the dome. They also have meanings to their pillars that hold up the structure. I was with a tour guide(or whomever this guy was but he knew a lot of detail) and this guy talked about the pillars that are on top of the entrance stairs and what not, and how they have meanings to the daily surroundings ya3ni, night and day, 24 hours, 7 days , 12 months, all these facts are built into the masjid and are represented by pillars and arcs. This structure is astonishing overall. I have a video of this tour and insha allah maybe i can upload this on this site or some how. thank you.

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