Al-Aqsa Sanctuary

Al-Aqsa Sanctuary in Jerusalem is revered by Muslims for numerous reasons. It was the first Qibla (direction Muslims face in prayer) and remained so until around 18 months after the Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him) migrated from Makkah to Medina. It was also the second house of worship built on earth, 40 years after the sacred Ka’bah. Furthermore, it is the third holiest site in Islam, preceded by the two holy mosques in Makkah and Medina.