"Sahih Bukhari" (book of sayings of prophet) quotes: Abu al-Dardaa as saying: "the Prophet of Allah Muhammad (peace be upon him) said a prayer in the Sacred Mosque (in Mecca) is worth 100,000 prayers; a prayer in my mosque (in Medina) is worth 1000 prayers; and a prayer in al-Masjid al-Aqsa (jeruselum) is worth 500 prayers", more than in any other mosque.
A mere mention of the trip by the sheikh Yaqoub in our Friday khutba at Draul-ISRA (our mosque) before ramadan of 1430AH. (2010 ce) was enough to make me think, should i embark upon a trip that could possibility be one in a life time.
At the time i Thought "why not"It was all just sudden, became a part of group and started waiting .
Block 2 weeks off , Easter holidays, so not that difficult a discsion to go.
08th October 2010 name given to sheikh yaqoub, i had to go!welcomed and eager to know who else was going. a few brothers from another mother, part of an intimate group, Tanveer and Jamsheed, trying hard to convince zaheer. but he had a promice of umrah already made with family and couldnt be a part,
15th December 2010!Irfan an old college friend, another brother from another mother, didnt take long to convince him either. and than Raheel yet another brother from Drul-ISRAthere we had a group from Darul isra all set to go. a few more on the list but i hadnt met them yet.
I wait and wait and wait some more , keep on asking the sheikh yet try not to annoy him.I wait some more
13th March 2011 message from sheikh , he wants passports and pictures and the full charges.Inshallah (Allah willing) we will go soon.14th March 2011 we meet at Drul-ISRA (DUI) and deliver the passport. Anticipating now. Irfan had been missed, i contact him to come to DUI
9th April 2011 we plan to meet to start trip arrangements.we remind our selves of intentions (an integral part of faith in islam) we after all going on a pilgrimage to the holy lands, the pilgrimage to all three mosques!
we renew our faith, i ask Allah forgivness for the sins and ask the cleanliness of my heart, I ask for patience, I ask for his forgivness and help in making this journey an easy one., and most i want to keep my friends not loose them!
Umar R.A the second caliph in islam after the prophet peace be upon him, said "you have not known a man untill you have travelled with him"
we plan to meet again on the 12th april 2011 to finalise the plan, a day latter the blog goes live! Inahallah (Allah willing)
12th April 2011 we meet after maghrib salah, at Dar ul-isra , sheikh yaqoub softens our heart remids us to humble our selves and renew our intention , go thorugh the Fiqh (law) relating to umrah. i feel humbuled and i am sure my brothers in the group felt the same.
we discuss we leave on the morining of the 17th april inshallah.
we fly to jordan and stay the night the next morning we say our salam to MAA'Z IBN JABAL (r.a) AND THE SAHABA (companions of the prophet mohammed pbuh) .
we head off to al aqsa in palestine, inshallah, i remind my self of the hadith (who so ever visits al-aqsa with the intention of visiting al-aqsa mosque solely tp seek forgivenss allah swt and prays two rakah (unit of prayer) Allah will make him sin free like the day his mother gave birth to him.
I plan to update as we go but the uncertainity of internet makes it difficult,
untill next time INSHALLAH may allah make it happen.....
A little about jeruselum
wikipedia mentions " Jerusalem is a holy city to the three major Abrahamic religions—Judaism, Christianity and Islam. In Judaism, Jerusalem has been the holiest city since, according to the Torah, King David of Israel first established it as the capital of the united Kingdom of Israel in c. 1000 BCE, and his son Solomon commissioned the building of the First Temple in the city. In Christianity, Jerusalem has been a holy city since, according to the New Testament, Jesus was crucified in c. 30 CE and 300 years later Saint HelenaTrue Cross in the city. In Sunni Islam, Jerusalem is the third-holiest It became the first Qibla, the focal point for Muslim prayer (Salah) in 610 CE, and, according to Islamic tradition, Muhammad made his Night Journey there ten years later. As a result, and despite having an area of only 0.9 square kilometres (0.35 sq mi), the Old City is home to sites of key religious importance, among them the Temple Mount, the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa Mosque." found the city.
In islam the mentioned are some of noble prophets of God, a noble place it is in Islam.