Fri, 22 Apr 2022

Al-Aqsa Mosque

  • Context: Tensions have recently flared at Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa Mosque compound leading to clashes that left few Palestinians wounded.
  • This site has been recognised as World Heritage site by UNESCO.
  • The site is holy for two of the three monotheistic world religions- Islam and Judaism.
    • The Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, also referred to as Temple Mount by the Jews, according to them two biblical temples were originally situated there.
    • It the third holiest location in the Islam after Mecca's Masjid-al-Haram and Medina's Masjid-a-Nabawi.
    • According to Muslims, Rock out of which the Prophet rose to heaven, is housed within the structure. The Dome of the Rock protects the rock.


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