Masjid al-Aqsa (the Farthest Mosque), in the Old City of Jerusalem. Muslims believe that the Prophet Muhammad traveled from Mecca near the sacred Ka'ba to Jerusalem's al-Aqsa. Some traditions state that this "Night Journey" (al-Israa) was physical while other traditions say that it occured during a dream or a mystical state. Once at al-Aqsa, the Prophet ascended into the 7 Heavens where met the major prophets (Ibrahim, Musa, 'Isa: Abraham, Moses, Jesus) and entered into the presence of God. He ascended from a large rock formation, which is today housed within Jerusalem's most famous landmark, the Dome of the Rock.
The role of al-Aqsa's mu'adhin (مؤذن ), the individual who delivers the call to prayer five times a day, has been occupied for 500 years by the family of Naji Azzaz. Now, the 49-year-old Jerusalem native is preparing to make way for his son, Firas.
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