Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Which Mosque Was Built First?

According to Muhammad, the first mosque was the mosque in Mecca. Then second "mosque" was in Jerusalem. Interestingly, Muhammad believed that the two were built only forty years apart, despite his belief that the original mosque was built by Adam and rebuilt by Abraham and Ishmael. This would make the "mosque" in Jerusalem quite early indeed!

Sunan Ibn Majah 753--It was narrated that Abu Dharr Al-Ghifari said: "I said: 'O Messenger of Allah! Which mosque was built first?' He said: 'Al-Masjid Al-Haram (in Makkah).' I said: 'Then which?' He said: 'Then Al-Masjid Al-Aqsa (in Jerusalem).' I said: 'How many years between them?' He said: 'Forty years, but the whole earth is a mosque for you, so pray wherever you are when the time for prayer comes.'"

1 comment:

Fernando said...

Yes... muslimes cronologie are always likke figure skating: when don't know the history, juste make a triple Axel folowed bie a couple off Lutzes hopping to fool the others and to escape a big fall... this time Doctor Wood denouced an enourmous fall...