The Occupied Bayt al-Maqdis (Jerusalem) is the third greatest cities for muslims all over the world because: 1. Allaah has described it in the Quraan as being blessed. He said (interpretation of the meaning): Glorified (and Exalted) be He (Allaah) Who took His slave (Muhammad) for a journey by night from Al-Masjid Al-Haraam (at Makkah) to Al-Masjid Al-Aqsaa (in Jerusalem), the neighbourhood whereof We have blessed [al-Israa 17:1]. Al-Quds is part of the neighbourhood surrounding the mosque and hence it is blessed. 2. Allaah has described it as being holy, as He says (interpretation of the meaning): [Moosa said:] O my people! Enter the holy land (Palestine) which Allaah has assigned to you [al-Maaidah 5:21] 3. In al-Quds there is al-Masjid al-Aqsaa, and one prayer there is equivalent to two hundred and fifty prayers elsewhere. 4. The one-eyed Dajjaal (Antichrist) will not enter it, because of the hadeeth, He will prevail over all the earth, apart from al-Haram [in Makkah] and Bayt al-Maqdis. (Narrated by Ahmad, 19665. Classed as saheeh by Ibn Khuzaymah, 2/327, and Ibn Hibbaan, 7/102). 5. The Dajjaal will be killed close to al-Quds. He will be killed by the Messiah Eesa ibn Maryam (peace be upon him), as was stated in the hadeeth: The son of Maryam will kill the Dajjaal at the gates of Ludd. (Narrated by Muslim, 2937, from the hadeeth of al-Nawwaas ibn Samaan). Ludd (Lod) is a place near Bayt al-Maqdis. 6. The Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) was taken to Bayt al-Maqdis on his Night Journey (al-Israa) from al-Masjid al-Haraam to al-Masjid al-Aqsaa. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): Glorified (and Exalted) be He (Allaah) Who took His slave (Muhammad) for a journey by night from Al-Masjid Al-Haraam (at Makkah) to Al-Masjid Al-Aqsaa (in Jerusalem) [al-Israa 17:1]. 7. It (al-Quds) was the first qiblah of the Muslims, as was reported by al-Baraa (may Allaah be pleased with him): the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) prayed in the direction of Bayt al-Maqdis for sixteen or seventeen months. (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 41 this version was narrated by him and by Muslim, 525). 8. It is the place where Wahy (Revelation) came down, and it is the homeland of the Prophets. This is well known. 9. It is one of the mosques to which people may travel. 10. The Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) led the Prophets in one prayer in al-Aqsaa, as reported in the lengthy hadeeth: Then the time for prayer came, and I led them in prayer. (Narrated by Muslim, 172, from the hadeeth of Abu Hurayrah).