Al Aqsa Mosque
- Al Aqsa Mosque is the third holiest site in Islam. The mosque was built on top of the Temple Mount.
- Muslims believe that Muhammad was transported from the Great Mosque of Mecca to al-Aqsa during the Night Journey. Islamic tradition holds that Muhammad led prayers towards this site until the 17th month after his migration from Mecca to Medina, when Allah directed him to turn towards the Kaaba in Mecca.
- The Waqf Ministry of Jordan held control of the al-Aqsa Mosque until the 1967 Six-Day War. After Israel’s victory in that war, Israel transferred the control of the mosque and the northern Noble Sanctuary to the Islamic waqf trust, who are independent of the Israeli government.
The Al Aqsa mosque is a beautiful monument and is quite sight to behold. However, similar to the Wailing Wall, there is intense emotion associated with this mosque. Objectivity is likely not possible when discussing history and politics in Jerusalem.