A Beautiful Hadith about the Great Holy places for Muslims in the world.
Hazrat Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) said:
Don’t prepare yourself for a journey except to “3” Mosques, Al-Haram Mosque, Al-Aqsa Mosque, and my Mosque (Al-Nabvi Mosque).
This Hadith is enough to every Muslim to understand that what are the Holy places for Muslims in the world?Al-Haram Mosque:
Millions of the Muslims perform Hajj and Umrah at this place. Umrah can be performed at any time of the year because it is not mentioned anywhere in Islamic laws that Umrah is obligatory for every Muslims. Muslims only perform it for getting the happiness of Allah and if they perform it successfully then they get uncounted and unlimited rewards from Allah. Although Hajj is obligatory for every Muslim if he/she is able to perform it by financially and physically. Hajj is one of five pillars of Islam and names of the other four pillars are Shahadah, Sallah, Zakkah, and Fasting in the month of Ramadan.
Muslims perform the important parts of Hajj and Umrah in this mosque which are Tawaf, offer the 2 rakkat in front of Maqame Ibrahim, and drink the Zamzam water. Muslims wear a dress to perform the Hajj and Umrah which is Ihram.
The real story behind the Hajj:
It was started at the time of Prophet Ibrahim (AS). When Allah SWT tested his prophet Ibrahim (AS) step by step. The first test for him was that Prophet Ibrahim (AS) sacrificed his son. The second test for him that Ibrahim (AS) left his wife and son in the deserts.
Allah SWT liked the obedience of Prophet Ibrahim (AS) and therefore, Hajj is made as obligatory for the Ummah (followers) of the Last Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him). This mosque is located in the city of the Makkah.
The area of this mosque is 356,800 m2 and capacity of worshipers are 820,000.Al-Nabvi Mosque:
This is a very great Mosque after the mosque of Al-Haram. It was built in Madinah (622 AD) after the migration from Makkah to Madinah. The first name of Madinah was Yathrib. There was built a mosque to perform Salaah and other Islamic activities whose name is Al-Nabvi Mosque.
In the time of Hazrat Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him), This mosque was built by palm trunks and mud walls and it had three doors. The names of three doors are Bab al-Nisa to the east, Bab Rahmah to the south, and Bab Jibril to the west.
The area of Al-Nabvi mosque is greatly expanded in these days. The green dome of this mosque was not presented there and it was constructed in 1817 CE but painted green in 1839 CE. The green dome was also known as the Dome of the Prophet because there is a tomb of Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) where He (PBUH) is buried and Hazrat Abu Bakr Saddiq (RA), and Hazrat Umar Farooq (RA) are also buried beside the Muhammad (PBUH).
Muslims from all over the world go to visit the mosque during the performance of Hajj and Umrah. They pray there because Allah gives many rewards who offer prayers in the mosque. This mosque is located in the city of Madinah.Al-Aqsa Mosque:
This mosque was the first Qibla of Muslims and it was changed after the migration of two years from Makkah to Madina. This mosque was built in the time of Prophet Solomon (AS). It is located in the old city of Jerusalem in Palestine.
As Allah SWT says in the Holy Book:
Glory to Him Who (Allah) carried His beloved (servant) for a journey by night from the Sacred Mosque (Al-Haram mosque) to the Furthest Mosque (Al-Aqsa mosque), whose precincts We have blessed to show him of Our wonders (Signs)! Verily, He (Allah) is the All-Hearer, the All-Seer.
In this mosque, All prophets offered their prayers behind the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Muslims from all over the world visit this mosque only for the grace of Allah SWT.
Area of this mosque is 144,000 square meters, the capacity of worshipers in the mosque is 5000.