The Noble Sanctuary is a significant site with a sacred mosque and a sacred shrine within its walls, held in Jerusalem, for the Jewish, Christian, and Islamic religions. The Noble Sanctuary, which includes the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa Mosque, represents the sacrifices and hardships many people have faced throughout the decades that formed our world in to what it is today. The Jews and the Christians have a special place in their heart for The Noble Sanctuary, but the magnitude and relevance of this place is greatest with the Muslims. It relates to their great last prophet Muhammad, who they believe, was sent from God and established Islam. Al-Aqsa Mosque, the sacred mosque within the Noble Sanctuary, accommodates the Dome of the Rock
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The Al-Aqsa Mosque, which is also in the Noble Sanctuary, was built in 715 C.E. by Caliph al-Walid.# It is towards the outer edge of the sanctuary, southwest from the Dome of the Rock. The mosque was created as a central structure for Muslim prayer and Muslim tradition. In the Islamic religion, the “Muslim law lays on the faithful small number of ritual duties which constitute the angels or pillars of faith” that are to be performed in a mosque.# Since the Dome was built to commemorate Muhammad and to make Jerusalem the “holy city” there needed to be a place for the Muslims to worship. The mosque was built for Muslims to try to claim purity before Allah, worship the prophets and Allah, teach the Qur’an and pray for the blessing of Allah to be with him or her.# According to the Five Pillars of Islam, it is mandatory for a Muslim to pray five times a day.# The Noble Sanctuary, as a whole, was seen as the first important sanctuary for
Muslims, giving them a place to show their gratitude for Muhammad and also pray, learn more about the Islamic traditions and cleanse themselves of sin.
Jerusalem was chosen as the home for this sanctuary for many reasons. First, the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa Mosque were built in Jerusalem because the original Holy Land of the Muslims, Mecca, was being occupied by a rival Caliph of