- Hear the story of Masjid al-Aqsa from its earliest mention in history till the present day
- Learn how the mosque serves as a barometer for man’s faith in Divine Revelation
- Learn how the structure of the mosque changed and developed over the ages
- Learn about the city of Jerusalem, the Holy Land, and why Allah sent the greatest concentration of Prophets to the Holy Land
- Learn about other sites of religious significance—the Temple of Sulayman, the Tabernacle, the Dome of the Rock—and their relationship to Masjid al-Aqsa
- A sit-in lecture without any homework or assessments
About the Course
In this course Ustadha Umm Sahl shall present the history of Masjid al-Aqsa in detail, from her years of personal research into the Quran, Hadith, Torah, and historical and archaeological sources:
Who first built Masjid al-Aqsa? What is the significance of the platform that it is built on to mankind, and to faith in Divine Revelation? How many buildings have been on that platform throughout history? What did they look like? Using maps and building designs, the course shall look at the structures that have occupied this blessed spot through the ages, and the relationship between them.
What is the Wailing Wall, or the Western Wall? What is the relationship of the Temple of Sulayman to Masjid al-Aqsa? What is the Dome of the Rock, and what is the significance of the rock? Why was the Prophet’s Isra and Mi’raj to and from Masjid al-Aqsa? Why was it the first qibla, only to be changed afterwards to the Ka’ba?
The course shall also explore aspects of the Holy Land surrounding the mosque:
Where is the Holy Land? Why has it been mentioned in the Quran as a blessed and holy place? Why did Allah choose this land to receive the greatest concentration of His Prophets? Why did Sayyidina Ibrahim make his hijra to the land of Palestine? Using topography maps, aerial views, and reconstructions of Jerusalem through the ages, students shall come away with a clear idea of the city of al-Quds and the Holy Land, and the events that occurred in it over the centuries.
What do we know about what lies in store for Palestine and Masjid al-Aqsa in the future? Learn about the ultimate destiny that awaits the land that serves as the converging point for the events of the End of Time.
What shall I know coming out of the course?
At the end of the course you will be able to look at the Masjid al-Aqsa complex and understand everything—the history each structure embodies and why it has been built the way it is.
The course shall consist of six lessons, meeting twice a week for three weeks. Each lesson shall be an hour-and-a-half to two hours long.
This course is part of Qibla’s Quran and Sunna Lectures series. Classes shall be broadcast live from the Zawiya of Imam Abul Hasan ash-Shadhili in Amman, Jordan.
Quran and Sunna Lectures are lessons to sit in on and benefit from entirely at your own pace - no assessments, exams, grades or homework assignments. You can ask the instructor questions during the Live Sessions, and they are answered during the last ten minutes of each lesson.
Why does Umm Sahl love studying Religious History?
Umm Sahl’s interest in religious history started when she began studying tafsir with Sheikh Ali Hani in 2002, and she became fascinated with the stories of the people of the past – particularly Bani Israel. Who were they? And what happened to them over time? Coupled with the fact that she was living in Jordan, part of the Holy Land, her interest grew into a hobby as she began purchasing maps and Biblical Atlases to find out more about the region and its past.
She would like to share with her students the realization that when one goes into the history of people from the past, one is no longer dealing with a story, but with a living reality. In her own words, “We tend to look at these stories almost as myths from the past. But when we research the historical context, we find out that the stories are about real people who lived through real time just like us, and they made real choices just like we do. The stories of the Quran are about real possibilities of human actions and behavior, and their outcomes.”
Why is The History of Masjid al-Aqsa a Ramadan experience not to be missed?
Umm Sahl brings the story of Masjid al-Aqsa to life for her students through her own connection with, love, and reverence for Divine Revelation, and the Message that it holds for us today.
Through giving her students a deep appreciation for the personal significance understanding our religious history has on the strength of our own faith, Umm Sahl helps her students harness the imani benefits we must derive from events of the past. In her own words, “Studying history helps us realize that each generation, including ourselves, lives through their own setting of a similar story. History repeats itself. And this serves as a wake up call for the choices we make everyday.”
This course is going to be a journey back in time that is perfect for Ramadan—sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride while Umm Sahl talks you through the history and tremendous significance of Masjid al-Aqsa.