Mosques are a place of great respect and sacredness in the religion of Islam. A mosque is a place where Muslims go and say their prayers five times a day. So naturally, they are a place of great esteem and respect. However, there are three mosques which are considered to be the holiest of them all. These are the great mosque of Makkah, or the Holy Kaaba, in the city of Makkah. Next is the Mosque of Allah’s messenger, the holy prophet SAWW, situated in the holy city of Medina. And the last but not the least is the mosque of Al-Aqsa. All three of these mosques hold a great place of holiness in the religion and in the heart of Muslims all around the world.
The great mosque of Makkah is also the most significant one because Muslims from all around the world gather here to perform the major pilgrimage, the Hajj. And after or before Hajj, they also visit the mosque of the Holy Prophet SAWW, in Medina.
Great Mosque of Makkah:
This entire mosque surrounds Kaaba, which is the holiest place for Muslims in the entire world. Its base was founded in the era of Hazrat Ibrahim. But was built into a proper mosque and a place of worship with the advent of Islam and the last prophet Hazrat Muhammad SAWW into the city of Makkah. With the passage of time, this mosque has grown in area and can now hold up to 1.5 million worshippers at a single time. It is considered to be the largest and cleanest place on the face of the Earth. Although it is always crowded with devoted worshippers, special rush can be seen during the month of Ramadan, and the time of Hajj. The Saudi authorities have well maintained the mosque and continue to do so.
Mosque of Allah’s Messenger Prophet Mohammad (SAW) Masjid E Nabwi:
The most significant fact which presents this mosque a special rank is that this mosque was built by the Holy Prophet SAWW himself. One of the few first mosques of the religion Islam, this mosque holds a special place in the hearts of all the Muslims. The Holy Prophet’s SAWW is also buried here, along with many of his companions, (may their souls rest in peace). The green tomb of the mosque can be seen from a far distance and gives a feeling of serenity to the entire city.
The Mosque of Al-Aqsa:
This mosque has been built from a long time before Islam in the old city of Jerusalem. It is believed that during Al-Miraj, Holy Prophet SAWW traveled to this mosque from the Kaaba. It is the 3rd most important and holiest place for the muslims. Originally, the mosque was held by Hazrat Umar (RA), the second caliph of Islam, but after his demise, the mosque was expanded by other caliphs. Every year, hundreds of thousands of Muslims visit this mosque to say their prayers and gather the blessings of God.
May Allah SWT bless us all with the opportunity to visit these holy mosques once in our lives.