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June 17th, 2015


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There are numerous Muslim sites that are regarded as being spiritual and which they believe must be kept holy. These sites have distinctive significance in the religion and are used to commemorate different events. For the sake of space, we are going to treat the three holiest Muslim sites.
The holiest of these sites is the Masjid al-Haram ("The Sacred Mosque"). This is a very large mosque that is located in Mecca. This mosque is the architectural development of the area that covers or surrounds the Ka'aba, which is seen as the holiest place in the whole world. The Ka'aba is the place where every Muslim in the world faces when praying. This is, in fact, the fulcrum of Islam as you are to focus on the direction of the Ka’aba whenever you are praying. This mosque covers an area of 3,841,000 sq ft, and it is designed so that both the outdoor and indoor spaces can contain about 820,000 worshippers during prayers, especially the hajj pilgrims. It is believed that the site of this Ka’aba was established by Abraham and Ismail, the greatest of all prophets.
The next is the Al-Masjid an-Nabawi in Medina. This is also called the mosque of the prophet, and it is the location of the mosque where Mohammed himself prayed during his lifetime. This is the place where he lived as his house when he migrated to Medina, but later erected a mosque in the same place. It is believed that he participated actively in building this place. It was first erected as an open place which was used for multiple purposes, including as a community center, a religious school and even court of law. This mosque is designed with a raised platform which is meant for those who preach the Quran. This explains why such is incorporated in all mosques all over the globe. It is here that the prophet Mohammed is also buried.
Al-Aqsa Mosque: this also means the Farthest Mosque. This is the one that is located in Jerusalem. It houses different Islamic religious buildings in Jerusalem. They include the dome of the rock and al-Aqsa congregation mosque.  This mosque became sacred because out of the two, qiblas (I did not understand what she is saying here) was Jerusalem. It is the third of the two holy sanctuaries.

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