The beginning verses of Surah al-Isra', the chapter in the Qur'an in which the Prophet Muhammad's mystical Night Journey (al-Isra') from "the Sacred Mosque" in Mecca to "the Farthest Mosque" in Jerusalem is recounted, along with his ascension into the presence of the prophets of old and God Himself (al-Mir'aj). Muslims around the world consider the Haram al-Sharif in Jerusalem, the site of al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock, to be integral to their faith. Dome of the Rock sits over the large rocky outcrop where Muslim traditions hold that the Prophet Muhammad ascended into the 7 Heavens to meet the prophets of old (such as Abraham-Ibrahim, Moses-Musa, and Jesus-'Isa) and enter into the presence of God.
The verse above reads:
"Glorified be He Who carried His servant by night from the Sacred Mosque to the Far Distant Mosque, the neighborhood whereof We have blessed, that We might show him of Our Signs! He, only He, is the Hearer, the Seer."
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