Muslims were shocked when the President of the United States declared that Jerusalem was the capital of Israel. Jerusalem is a Holy City which has been contested by the three monotheistic religions, namely: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Muslims have revered Jerusalem since the time of Prophet Adam who according to Islamic tradition, built the original Aqsa Mosque there. A Hadith which was narrated by Imam al-Bukhari reported that Abu Zar (one of Prophet Muhammad’s companions) once asked the Prophet:
Which means: Which mosque was the first built on Earth? He replied, “Masjid al-Haram (in Mecca)”. I asked him which mosque was built next. He replied “the Aqsa Mosque”, I then asked him how long afterwards was it built? The Prophet replied “40 years”.
According to the Quran Jerusalem is the property of Muslims as mentioned by Allah the Almighty in Chapter 5 (Surah al-Maidah), verse (ayat) 21:
Which means: “O my people! Enter the holy land which Allah hath assigned unto you, and turn not back ignominiously, for then will ye be overthrown, to your own ruin.”
The Isra ‘and mikraj event (the Prophet’s night journey to Jerusalem and Heaven) proved that Jerusalem belongs to the Muslims as mentioned in the Quran in Chapter 17 (Surah al-Israk), verse (ayat) 1:
Which means: “Glory to (Allah) Who did take His servant for a Journey by night from the Sacred Mosque to the farthest Mosque, whose precincts We did bless,- in order that We might show him some of Our Signs: for He is the One Who heareth and seeth (all things).”
Caliph Umar al-Khattab was able to reopen Jerusalem during his reign. Then Sultan Salahuddin al-Ayubi freed Jerusalem from the Crusaders.
Prophet Muhammad reminded Muslims to be concerned about the glory of Islam and its symbols including glorifying the Aqsa Mosque as mentioned in his Hadith which was narrated by Imam Muslim:
Which means: “Do not be intent on traveling except to three mosques, my mosque (Masjid Nabawi in Medina), Masjidil Haram (in Mecca) and Masjid Aqsa (in Jerusalem).”
Let’s be conscientious about the status of the Aqsa Mosque as the first Muslim qiblah (direction to pray) and show concern for our brothers and sisters in Palestine by praying for the freedom of Jerusalem. Hopefully, it will be fully controlled by Muslims for the benefit of all. The Messenger of Allah said in a Hadith which was narrated by Imam al-Bukhari:
Which means: “Whoever fulfills the wishes of his brother then Allah will make it easy for him to attain his own wish.”
Allah the Almighty also mentioned in the Quran in Chapter 9 (Surah al-Taubah), verse (ayat) 40:
Which means: “If ye help not (your leader i.e. Prophet Muhammad), (it is no matter): for Allah did indeed help him, when the Unbelievers drove him out: he had no more than one companion; they two were in the cave, and he said to his companion, “Have no fear, for Allah is with us”: then Allah sent down His peace upon him, and strengthened him with forces which ye saw not, and humbled to the depths the word of the Unbelievers. But the word of Allah is exalted to the heights: for Allah is Exalted in might, Wise.”