IMO News Service
Teaneck, New Jersey: QAMSA, LLC recently announced the release of Misbahuddin Mirza’s iBook “Illustrated Muslim Travel Guide to Jerusalem”. It is now available for download from the iBook store.
There are several travel books on Jerusalem. But, none of them is geared specifically for Muslim travelers visiting Bait ul Muqaddas. The books written by other Muslim writers are primarily focused on the Fadail of visiting Bait ul Muqaddas.
However, there is a lot to see, learn, absorb and enjoy in the Haram e Shareef. While the entire Al Aqsa site is the third holiest place for the Muslims; one of the structures on the site – the Qubbat ul Sakhra (Dome of the Rock), also happens to be an architectural marvel. The monuments of Haram e Shareef’s building elements are rich in Islamic history, and act as a bridge for us to connect with the great Muslims from the past – starting from the Umayyad period, and then continuing through the Abbassid, the Ayubbid, the Mamluk, and finally the Ottoman period. For instance, when you make wudu at the beautiful Al-Kas fountain located between the Qibli Masjid and the Dome of the Rock, the fountain has a story to tell you – it is telling you that you are sitting at the very same single-stone fountain where for the last seven hundred years, millions of Muslims have performed wudu before you.
Similarly, every single stone, every single building element is yearning to tell you a story about itself. Prophet Mohammed’s ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) travel to this blessed location, and then his ascension to the heavens. Omar Bin Khattab’s raḍyAllāhu ‘anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) victorious Rashidun army arriving to take physical possession of this priceless land, prayed here. Mighty Sultans Salahuddin Ayyubi’s, and Zaheeruddin Baybars’ victorious armies also prayed here at the Al Aqsa Masjid. Imam Al Ghazaly availed the tranquility of this blessed place to write his famous work Ihya’ Ulum al-Din. Question now is, will you take the time to listen to these fascinating stories of Islam. There are several marvelous Madarsas – like Madarsa Ashrafiya, and other spectacular monuments on the Haram e Shareef that will make you want to make Jerusalem your permanent home.
This illustrated travel guide book is intended to help the Muslim traveler on a self guided tour of the Haram e Shareef. It uses selected high resolution, professional photographs by the author, and by several highly talented individuals obtained through WikiMedia Commons, to help the traveler identify and locate the various monuments. Brief descriptions of monuments are provided, where deemed necessary. The rich quality of these photographs also brings the monuments’ fine details into sharp focus. Finally, this guide will also serve as a souvenir to treasure the happy moments of your life spent at this hallowed land.
Shaikh Mohammed Al Hayek, Head of the Department of Islamic Studies at New Jersey’s Islamic Education Foundation of NJ says: “The virtues of Al-Aqsa and its surroundings as established by the Ayah of the Quran, authentic Ahadith, and the historical events are numerous and this guide mentions many of them.”
Misbahuddin Mirza, M.S., P.E., is a licensed professional engineer, registered in the States of New York and New Jersey. He is the Regional Quality Control Engineer for the New York State Department of Transportation’s Structures Division, New York City Region.