Location of Masjid Al Haraam


Numerous individuals and groups styling themselves as “Quran Alone”, “Quraniyoon”, “Quranists”, “Submitters”,  and by other labels who claim to believe and follow the Qur’an only, offer novel interpretations and understandings. Among these are often contradictory and grammatically errant views related to the identity of Masjid Al Haraam, the Sacred Mosque, in Makkah which is the centre-point of Muslims all over the world and Islam’s holiest site.

I have been often asked to demonstrate from the Qur’an where Masjid Al Haraam is situated, due to the confusion spread by such viewpoints.

Here I demonstrate the geographical location of the Sacred Mosque by virtue of the Qur’an itself, so that those who study the Book, specially new reverts / converts to Islam are not misled by such individual’s faulty and errant line of reasoning.

Where is Al Masjid Al Haraam situated? Can we identify its geographical location from the verses of the Qur’an? Yes – we very well can. It is located in the city of Makkah, as identified very clearly by Qur’an itself in Surah Al Fatah:

“And it is He Who has restrained their hands from you and your hands from them IN THE MIDST OF MAKKAH, after that He gave you the victory over them. And Allah sees well all that ye do.” 48:24

The above identifies that rejecters who were in the middle of Makkah were having a conflict with the believers. Now the opposition of these same people, who are residents of Makkah is identified in the next verse:

‎”They [THE REJECTERS IN THE MIDST OF MAKKAH] are the ones who denied Revelation AND HINDERED YOU FROM THE SACRED MOSQUE and the sacrificial animals, detained from reaching their place of sacrifice. Had there not been believing men and believing women whom ye did not know that ye were trampling down and on whose account a crime would have accrued to you without (your) knowledge, ((Allah) would have allowed you to force your way, but He held back your hands) that He may admit to His Mercy whom He will. If they had been apart, We should certainly have punished the Unbelievers among them with a grievous Punishment.” 48:25

As the above verses indicate that rejecters in the midst of Makkah hindered Believers from the Sacred Mosque, therefore the Masjid is situated in the city of Makkah. Reading the verses together makes the geographical location of the Masjid absolutely clear and we can infer solely from the text of the Qur’an about the location of Al Masjid Al Haraam to be in Makkah. This being the case, why do people argue to the contrary? The reason that we find opposition to Makkah, Hajj, Salah and Masjid Al Haraam is because of the Qur’anic prophecies about individuals who will, in all times, oppose the system ordained by Allah and in one way or the other attack the House of Allah and its practices. We read about such people in Sura Al Hajj:

“As to those who have rejected (Allah), and would keep back (men) from the Way of Allah, and from the Sacred Mosque, which We have made (open) to (all) men – equal is the dweller there and the visitor from the country – and any whose purpose therein is profanity or wrong-doing – them will We cause to taste of a most Grievous Penalty.” 22:25

There will always be individuals who in the words of the Qur’an “would keep back (men) from the Sacred Mosque..” Such are misled, as they mislead from the path of Allah and for the opposition that they give to Al Masjid Al Haraam theirs is a grievous punishment that awaits them in this world as well as the next.

As true believers, we must identify the above characteristic and safeguard ourselves.

 

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