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Palestine: the holy land, first Qibla of Muslims

The al-Aqsa Mosque is a mosque on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City

Palestine is the point of convergence of civilizations, the land of prophets, the place of the emergence and spread of divine religions, and the first Qibla of Muslims. It has always been the center of attention and respect for the followers of major religions and all nations of the world. Palestine is a sacred land that holds great significance among the three major contemporary religions, Islam, Christianity, and Judaism and is considered holy. Have you ever asked yourself why Palestine is so important to us Muslims? In the past and present, there have been lands with historical, geographical, military, and political importance, but Palestine has a different value according to history. Studying and recognizing Palestine means identifying the lofty human values that have been realized in this land. Palestine is valuable because godly people have lived in it or passed through it. Jerusalem possesses Islamic sanctity, deeply ingrained in the hearts of Muslims and their collective memory. It is essential due to its religious significance, being the first Qibla of Muslims, the land of Isra and Mi’raj, the third holiest city for Muslims, a land of prophets and blessings, and a land of defense and jihad. In general, Palestine and Jerusalem are essential for the following reasons: 1. The religious significance of Jerusalem: Jerusalem, with its unique religious status among Muslims, Christians, and Jews, has always been of particular importance and is considered a holy land. Allah has described this land five times in the Quran. From an Islamic perspective, Jerusalem holds a significant religious position. Muslims, Arabs, and Palestinians may have differing opinions on their stance regarding the peace issue with Israel, whether it is permissible or not, and the success or failure of such efforts. However, they all share a common belief in the Islamic nature of Jerusalem and the importance of preserving this identity and the issue of resistance against Israel’s relentless attempts to Judaize it, alter its historical features, and remove the Arab, Islamic, and Christian symbols from its face. 2. Jerusalem as the first Qibla of Muslims: Jerusalem is the first Qibla of Muslims and plays a crucial role in their emotions, memories, and religious beliefs. From the time of the obligatory nightly prayers of Isra and Mi’raj, in the tenth year of the Prophet’s mission (three years before the Hijra), the Prophet (peace be upon him) and his companions turned towards it for prayer, until Allah ordered them to turn towards the Kaaba. 3. Jerusalem as the land of Isra and Mi’raj: Another aspect of Jerusalem’s importance in the consciousness of Muslims is that Allah made it the endpoint of the terrestrial journey and the beginning of the celestial journey of the Prophet. Allah ordained that the terrestrial journey began from Mecca and the Masjid-Al-Haram and ended at Masjid-Al-Aqsa in Jerusalem. The story of Isra and Mi’raj is filled with symbols and signs indicating the importance of this blessed place, where Gabriel had tied Buraq (the strange creature used for transportation from Mecca to Jerusalem). Gabriel tied it to a rock so that it could carry the Prophet to the heavens from the Masjid Al-Aqsa or Jerusalem to the “Sidrat al-Muntaha” tree. If Jerusalem were not of particular significance in this journey, the direct journey from Mecca to the heavens, as indicated by the Quran and Hadith, could still be possible. 4. Jerusalem as the land of prophets and blessings: Jerusalem is not just a part of the land of Palestine; it is a shining jewel and a gem. Allah has described this land five times in the Quran. Unfortunately, the Jewish state has recently launched ruthless attacks on part of this sacred land, which has killed thousands of Palestinians and injured more than thousands after the mujahideen carried out missile attacks against the usurping Jewish entity in an operation they called the “AlAqsa Flood.” The usurping Jewish entity, which was helpless in the face of these attacks, had to take an extraordinary position and call up its reserve soldiers for duty. And what makes the usurping Jewish entity so alarming is none other than the strength of a handful of Muslims. Since 1948, when the usurping Jewish entity occupied the Blessed Land, it has committed all kinds of atrocities, taking courage from the cowardice of the Arab governments and the silence of the rulers in Turkey and other Islamic countries. The terrorist Jewish entity, which massacred Muslims at every opportunity, became desperate in the face of the attacks on Muslims this time and tried to escape around the corner. Sayed Asef Fekrat

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.