BaitulMaqdis : Part II

I’m back! Sorry to keep you waiting..

So, after the Dead Sea visit, our tour bus brought us to Prophet Musa A.S mosque and shrine, which is situated nearby. It’s a small an old mosque on top of a hill, in a middle of a desert. This is the picture of the inside of the mosque but outside of the pray area.

We performed jama’ solat for Maghrib and Isya’ there..

This is the praying area for women..

And this is the maqam of Prophet Musa A.S. inside the mosque. This tomb is almost 15 feet long, MasyaAllah.. He must be really really tall..

The next day, we visited Al-Aqsa mosque for the first time!! But we didn’t go straight to the mosque. Our tour guide brought us around Jerusalem town.

This picture was taken from the Mount of Olives. Can you see the grayish-almost-black dome behind us, that is the Al-Aqsa Mosque dome. The Dome of Rock Mosque’s dome is gold in colour, is actually behind Bella. (Sorry!)SONY DSC

And this is a donkey πŸ™‚

And finally we are here! That is the Dome of Rock Mosque.

Both Dome of Rock Mosque and Al-Aqsa Mosque is situated in the same compound, called Al-Aqsa. They are about less that a kilometer in distance, and they share the same compound.

This is the inner view of the golden dome of Dome of Rock. It’s under construction. Just imagine the beauty of the calligraphy of these ayat. MasyaAllah.. And the golden dome (as seen from outside) was built exactly above the hanging rock where Prophet Muhammad S.A.W travelled from earth during Isra’ Mikraj.

This is a picture of inside the mosque, it’s almost like a hexagon in shape to my eyes. And the ladies will pray inside this mosque for Friday prayer while the men will pray in Al-Aqsa, sharing the same imam from Al-Aqsa mosque. At other times, both men and women can pray in this mosque at any time.


This is a small corner in the mosque (I don’t know what it’s called) where you can put your hands inside the hole in the window to touch the hanging rock that Rasullullah S.A.W stepped on his way to Isra’ Mikraj.

In that small hole, you can touch the part of the hanging rock..

This area is build right underneath the hanging rock in the middle of the mosque. It’s a very small area where you can sit and pray, maybe for about 30 people at a time. Do you see the rock behind me that serves a the roof of the underground area? That is part of the hanging rock. MasyaAllah.My husband is standing right in the middle of pray area underneath the rock. I put up a picture without flash so you can imagine the real environment there.

Outside the Dome of Rock mosque, there’s a place where according to local people, that is the place where Prophet Khaidir A.S always performed his prayers as shown in the photo above. Wallahualam..

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)

Another hadith on Al-Aqsa Mosque..

Β Abu Hurairah RA relates that the Prophet SAW said, “You should not undertake a special journey to visit any place other than the following three Masjids with the expectations of getting greater reward: the Sacred Masjid of Makkah (Ka’bah), this Masjid of mine (the Prophet’s Masjid in Madinah), and Masjid Al-Aqsa (of Jerusalem)”. (Muslim, Bukhari, Abu Dawud)

Anas Ibn Malik RA relates that the Prophet SAW said, ” The prayer of a person in his house is a single prayer; his prayer in the Masjid of his people has the reward of 27 prayers; his prayer in the Masjid in which the Friday prayer is observed has the reward of 500; his prayer in Masjid Al-Aqsa has a reward of 5,000 prayers; his prayer in my Masjid (the Prophet’s Masjid in Madinah) has a reward of 50,000 prayers, and the prayer in the Sacred Masjid (Ka’bah) has the reward of 100,000 prayers”. (Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah)

Do you know Al-Aqsa Mosque was our first kiblat for 17 months before Allah ordered Prophet Muhammad SAW to turn his kiblat to Kaabah while he was performing solat at Qiblateen Mosque in Madinah.

Now let see the Al-Aqsa mosque..

Can you see the Β grey blackish dome behind us? That is the Al-Aqsa mosque, we were standing at the Dome of Rock compound still. You just have to go down a few more steps and you are already at the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Here’s the main entrance of the mosque..

This is the wudhu’ area exactly in front of the mosque..

And again here’s the compound facing Dome of Rock Mosque. Can you see the golden dome?

That is Bella and Tasha playing with the Palestinian girls at the compound of Al-Aqsa while waiting for Β Maghrib prayer.

Here’s the inside of the mosque..

Alhamdulillah we managed to performed solat in Al-Aqsa every time we got the chance to, even for Subuh. We just dragged Bella and Tasha along with us. Bella with daddy and Tasha stayed with me. I just put Tasha on the floor while performing my prayers. And to my surprise, she didn’t cry!! Of course I make sure I changed her diapers and feed her before solat! Haha.. She just golek-golek on the floor next to the pillars.

Glad I get to share some of the mosques’ pictures with all of you. I hope with these picture, at least you can imagine how it’s look like inside both mosques. I have a few more pictures from our trip. InsyaAllah there will be Part III coming soon..


78 thoughts on “BaitulMaqdis : Part II

  1. tq so much dr. for your stories. really2 appreaciate it..

    I got goosebumps when I read this. How lucky you and your family dr.
    Alhamdulillah =)

    1. Israeli armed officer guarded the entrance to Al-Aqsa area. they just asked us where we’re from.. and thats all. no violence, alhamdulillah..

      1. btol tu Dr… alhamdulillah x de pape… saye pn baru balik dr sana last 2 weeks… anyway, how’s the immigration ? lama x ?

  2. Salam Dr halina, such a wonderful journey to.share with. Semoga sy berpeluang ke sana jua. Sy kurang arif dgn keadaan sana. Tempat sana boleh lawat sepanjang masa ke? Certain agent je ke dibenarkan boleh bawa org? Lately sy perasan ramai Malaysian buat trip ke sana. By the way, why didn’t you take photo to the nearest grey dome?

    1. you gotta go thru certified agent and malaysians cant enter israel. these two countries doesn’t have diplomatic affair. i heard there’s only two agent from malaysia can bring you into Jerusalem. Gotz Travel and Tour and I’m not sure the other one..

      1. 1 lagi agen mungkin ALCC Al-Amin Travel kot.
        Company Ustaz Muhammad bin Abdullah (Ustaz Amin) yg selalu keluar TV n radio tu.
        Hampir setiap bulan Ustaz Amin akan bawa orang travel dan umrah ke Palestin, Madinah dan Makkah.

  3. nice view dr. halina.. i can imagine how beautiful mosque.. i hope i can visit that mosque..insyallah.. πŸ˜€ btw bella n tasha is adorable kids.. cute ! πŸ˜€

  4. Subhanallah.. thank you for sharing doc.. dapat tengok gambar pn jadi la.. Doakan kami pembaca2 blog dr. pn satu hari nnt dapat jejak kaki ke sana. InsyaAllah.. btw, i love the family picture infront of the al-Aqsa mosque. Everyone was smiling, even baby Tasha.. Happy family πŸ™‚

  5. Subhanallah… terima kasih dr halina sbb share. Walaupun tak dpt pergi, tengok gambar pun Alhamdulillah..

  6. memang besar batu terapung yg nak ikut Nabi Muhammad S.A.W tu kan sampai tinggal lubang besar bawah tu tempat orang2 boleh solat….Love to see more picture n more again…sangat cantik..harap umat islam dapat kembali gemilangkan Masjidil Aqsa Amin…..

    1. i heard Israeli built pillars around it so people cant really appreciate the hanging rock.. but im not sure how true it is.. wallahualam..

      1. Hope lepas ni semakin ramai umat islam ke sana…mana tahu kan bila dah ramai umat islam ke sana akan ada perubahan positif πŸ™‚ amin……

      2. yes..very true.israel xnak bagi visitor percaya tentang hanging rock..kuasa Allah yang boleh buat apa sahaja telah menakutkan israel jika ada org datang dan tengok keadaan sebenarnya and convert to Islam.wallahualam..(from my reading)

  7. Subhanallah. Dr Halina ,would like to know the requirement to travel to this places, hope to be able to go someday.

    1. you gottta go thru certified travel agent like mine, Gotz Tour and Travel. Sendiri can’t enter Israel country..

  8. I’m so impressed that you’re able to share all of your experience to us. Bukan senang nak cerita pengalaman kita bercuti ke tempat lain, lagi-lagi bila kita sendiri dah balik kat rumah sendiri. Takut mood nak bercerita tu hilang. Hehee…

    1. I know many people wanted to go but they dont have the opportunity.. it’s good to share knowledge with others, alhamdullilah πŸ™‚

  9. Tahniah dr da sampai sana,best juga info2 yg diberikan,mudah2an kami pon sampai jika ada rezki.btw gamba dr sekeluarga bebaju hitam sgt cantik!!

  10. happy family!like to see the smile both of u…untung bella and tasha..kecik-kecik da ade kawan dari palestine n all over the world someday perhaps..who knows..hehehe…by the way..that palestinian kids smile…eventhough their country is in war..they hiding it with smile..and that’s what matter…thay are strong enough…

  11. terima ksih banyak2 kerana sudi luangkan masa share this all beautiful pictures dengan kami..sangat kagum dan terpesona dengan masjid2 di sana..insha Allah kalau ada rezeki nak jugak pergi …tasha dalam 1 pic tu senyum sokmo/// cute sangat2..good girl la tasha ni..dia x meragam kew ?

  12. tq dr halina for sharing ur journey with us…n hoping to read ur part 3…hoping that 1 day i can go there too insyaallah….beautiful family indeed

  13. doc..thanks for sharing the pics and info…dr tadi i bce, i asyik sebut, beraninye doc g sana?i mean ok ke kat sana?doc rase risau tak sepanjang kat sana?askar2 israil xkacau ke? i mean xde terjadi any war or violence ke kat sana? thank god doc and family selamat sampai…….amin amin…

    1. insyaAllah niat kita pergi nak ziarah. alhamdullillah semua selamat. yg penting kiter sekeluarga ada sama2 πŸ™‚

  14. You are an excellence mother..i cant imagine myself with two small babies to travel that far…its a big challenge but you manage to handle it !!’ve inspired many young mothers out there…

      1. mest sangat penat kan doc….sy aritu bwk anak mula2 ke perak, adik konvo pastu ke jb selang 3 hari, adik ipar plak konvo n doc nk tau pe jd..?anak sy yg sulung tbe2 muntah2, pas abis muntah2, berak2 plak…xtau mgkn trlalu penat o mabuk…lastly admit coz dehidrate…serik sgt2 nk bwk anak jln jauh2 skang…mebe doc ada tips ke..?tq

  15. salam dr. halina…thank you ever so much for sharing…u really have a good eye for photography…i always enjoy reading your blog n love seeing the pictures…indeed u have a brilliant way of writing which can attract others to want to read more…keep on smiling always…

  16. U r so fortunate to have visited Al Aqsa mosque Alhamdulillah. Please make Dua for so Allah swa wil afford me and everyone of the Ummah to also visit there Aameen. U r truly blessed Alhamdulillah

  17. Ma syaa allah! Sedih nya xterpilih lg utk g sana o haramain..huu..
    Jazakillah dr share cerita yg sgt berfaedah. Rasa nak menangis baca.

  18. Congrats Dr and hubby and lovely kids for de opportunity granted by Him..alhamdulillah…
    thanx so much for sharing de pictures and stories…looking forward to reading some more

  19. wow dr it is so wonderful,feel like i’m there too dr…nice story n nice pic..thanx for sharing☺

  20. Salam Dr Halina! I’m one of your big fans hehehe… Alhamdulilah3x Dr dah berpeluang melawat dan solat di Al-Aqsa! Doakan sahabat-sahabat yang lain juga berpeluang ye… kita doakan semoga Palestine akan bebas daripada cengkaman Israel laknatullah… dan kita bila2 masa saja boleh menziarahi masjid ke-3 yang suci ini…Saya sangat suka bila tengok gambar2 Dr, travelling dengan anak2…sebab saya pun mcm tu jugak… i know how struggling it is dengan 2 org anak yang masih kecil but i just love to let them explore the world out there. Tapi ramai yang kata kesian kat budak-budak tu, penat la..meragam la.. nanti kene ‘tegur’ la..kecik lagi la tak tau apa2.. but i just say tq for their concern.. Doa supaya ALLAH lindungi kita sepanjang perjalanan xpernah putus2…sokongan dan bantuan dari pihak suami juga sangat dihargaikan πŸ™‚ lepas ni boleh la share tips2 travelling dengan kids pulak πŸ™‚ ok!

  21. Salam, Dr. Thank you for sharing, mashaALLAH. Gambar-gambar yang Dr share jadi pengubat rindu pada Al-Aqsa. Teringin nak ke sana.

    p/s: you look so kurus in black abaya πŸ˜‰

  22. Dear doktor Halina….

    Thank you very much for sharing your family experiences during visiting Jurusalem… Your courage and time to write such story and share the photos are much appreciate. Hope ALLAH SWT bless you and your family and grand you and your family Jannah…. AMIN…..


    Zaharah Binti Zainudin


  23. salam..

    Thanks doc for sharing. Bella and tasha are so lucky πŸ™‚
    If u don’t mind, will u share ur skincare.. u have such a nice skin.

  24. salam datin dr halina,
    thank you so much for sharing. subhanallah,everything is so beautiful there! even by only looking at those photos and reading your story, i can feel how amazing baitulmaqdis is! my doa semoga bumi baitulmaqdis dibebaskan dari penjajahan zionis, smoga rakyat Palestin aman selalu. ameen.

    I wished i can visit this place too, one fine day, insyaAllah.. πŸ™‚

    p.s: cant wait to read the next entry!

  25. MashaAllah what a wonderful opportunity, trhanks for sharing it with us.
    Do share how you handle a toddler and a baby at the airport and on flight πŸ™‚ We’ll be flying on a long haul flight soon and I have no idea what to expect except to prepare tonnes of distraction aids hi hi hi


  26. MashaAllah. I love reading this. and looking at those pictures. thanks dr for sharing it to public.
    I cant imagine the hanging wall, is it really hanging means tergantung ?
    not attach to anything? MashaAllah….im a geologist myself, i love rock n this one particularly gain my main interest

  27. Thanks for sharing your beautiful journey and those superb photos!I hope one fine day we will be able to visit those places too πŸ™‚

  28. doc, alhamdulillah…baru2 ni sy dengar dlm kuliah agama di surau, ustad maklumkan terlengkaplah musafir kamu jika sudah menziarah masjidil haram, masjid nabawi & masjid al aqsa…pergilah mana ceruk rantau hatta u.s, new zealand pn tapi selagi xjejakkan kaki di 3 tempat ni, xtrlengkap musafir kamu…alhamdullillah doc dah berjaya…doakan sy juga…amin

  29. Doc..tq so much for sharing ur stories there…so thrilling..& exciting…never get bored of ur blog…

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  31. Assalammualaikum..

    Dr. Thanks for sharing this.

    Tak tahu macam mana nak cakap, walau tak pernah sampai lagi, hati ni sangat rindu tempat ni.

    Semoga dipermudahkan urusan dan hajat untuk saya jejak juga ke sini satu masa nanti jika diizinkan Allah. Ameen.



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