This is the masjid which has the unmatchable and unique identity and respect in the hearts and minds of the Muslim Believers belonging to the Muslim community living in the different parts of the world. It has the special place amongst the Muslims community owing to its unique and rich historical background as it was the place of worship which was the so close to the lives of the many Prophets of Islam or Prophets of Allah. It holds the special and respectable position as the place which is famously known as Muslims where the believers offer prayers and seek the pleasure of Allah. Traveling and heading to this Masjid on the part of the Muslims is highly recommended as it has the potential to increase the rewards for the Muslims in times to come. It has the total size of the 144,000 square meters which occupies and hold around 1/6 portion of the total area of the Old City of Jerusalem. It has the large area that has potential to accommodate more than 500,000 worshippers at a time. It is considered to be the special and blessed Masjid especially for the believers of Islam or Muslims.
The religion of Islam takes this Mosque as one of the old and respectable places where believers of Islam and God offer their respective prayers. As the matter of the fact, Muslims were ordered to head towards the mosque of Al Aqsa in Jerusalem for the purpose of Prayer prior to the making the Kaabah in Makkah as the qiblah—the direction which Muslims need to head towards while offering their prayers. Muslims have the significant claim for the Holy Land along with the other communities and believers in the shape of Christians and Jewish people. Many reject the claim produced by the Zionist and extremist that the state of Palestine belongs to the children of Israel.
As the teaching of the Holy prophet PBUH are the continuation of the previous religions of the previous Prophets who came to this world prior to the Holy Prophet of Muslims. There were many prophets who came before the holy Prophet in the shape of Noah, Abraham, and Jesus. The religion of Islam considered the Masjid of Al Aqsa, the earliest and noteworthy places of worship where believers of different come to offer their prayers and seeking the guidance and pleasure of only God i.e. Allah. The respect of the Al Aqsa in terms of religious and historical has been substantiate by the fact that Muslims were ordered to turn their head and Qibla towards the place of worship in the shape of Masjid Al Aqsa. They were ordered to do so prior to the time and event when Kaabah in Makkah finally turned out to be the Qiblah for the Muslims towards which we all head to offer prayer.