Jerusalem is a Middle Eastern city west of the Dead Sea. It is a place of pilgrimage and worship for all three monotheistic faiths: Christianity, Judaism and Islam. With its mosaic of sacred sites it will always inspire. Jerusalem is entrenched in historical facts that will captivate you and leave you craving for more. Allow us to take you along this idyllic journey.
The Importance of Al Aqsa
Abu Dharr (ra) reported that he asked the Prophet (saw), “O Messenger of Allah, which Masjid was built first on earth”? The Prophet (saw) replied, “The Sacred Masjid of Makkah”. Abu Dharr (ra) again asked, “Which was next”? The Prophet (saw) said, “Masjid Al-Aqsa”. Abu Dharr (ra) further asked, “How long was the period between the building of the two Masjids”? The Prophet (saw) said, “Forty years”. Apart from these, offer your prayer anywhere when it is time to pray, although excellence is in praying in these Masjids”. (Bukhari).
Abu Darda (RA) relates that the Prophet (saw) said, “A prayer in Makkah (Ka’bah) is worth 100,000 times (reward), a prayer in my Masjid (Madinah) is worth 1,000 times and a prayer in Al-Aqsa Sanctuary is worth 500 times more reward than anywhere else”. (Tabarani, Bayhaqi, Suyuti).
Zaid Ibn Thabit (ra) reports that the Prophet (saw) said, “How blessed is Al-Sham”! The Companions (ra) asked, “Why is that”? The Messenger (saw) replied, “I see the Angels of Allah spreading their wings over Al-Sham”.
Ibn Abbas (ra) added, “And the Prophets lived therein. There is not a single inch in Al-Quds (Jerusalem) where a Prophet has not prayed or an Angel not stood”. (Tirmidhi, Ahmad).
Monday 2nd April – Leave the UK for Tel Aviv. Flights depart at 06.00 and arrive into Tel Aviv (local time) 15.05. It isn’t unusual to be delayed at immigration control upon arrival at Tel Aviv airport. Often delays can be several hours. Once we are through immigration control we will make our way by private coach transfer to the Hashimi Hotel in East Jerusalem.
Tuesday 3rd April Walking tour of Al Aqsa and the Old city. Here you will re live many of your school stories and visit many of the places discussed in school classrooms, including Church of Sepulchre, Tomb of David, Masjid Umar (RA) , the Al Buraq wall also known as the Wailing Wall, to name but a few.
Wednesday 4th April We will spend the day travelling along the West Bank and visiting many revered sites, including:
a) Hebron Masjid Khalil-here you will find the resting places of 4 of the most illustrious prophets of Islam and their wives. The four Prophets are Ibrahim (AS), his sons Ishaaq (AS), Yusuf (AS), and Yaqoob (AS). You will also visit the resting place of Sarah (RA)-the wife of Prophet Ibrahim (AS).
b) Bab e Lud This is 15km south east of Tel Aviv. It is said this is where towards the end of time, Prophet Isa (AS) will destroy the Dajaal.
c) Yaffa ( time permitting) A unique yet wonderful opportunity to witness the cohesion amongst the 3 dominant faiths.
Thursday 5th April We will have the opportunity to follow in the Sunnah of our Beloved Prophet, Muhammad (PBUH) and spend time meeting the Orphans of Palestine and enjoy dinner with them.
Friday 6th April Juma in Al Aqsa mosque and an opportunity to travel around Jerusalem and unwind in the historic streets. Also an opportunity to do your last minute shopping.
Saturday 7th April (00.30) Check out from the Hotel and leave Jerusalem for the UK. Flights leave Tel Aviv airport at 04.50. Returning to the UK at 10.20am.
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