Jerusalem is a Middle Eastern city west of the Dead Sea. It is a place of pilgrimage and worship for all three monotheistic faiths: Christianity, Judaism and Islam. With its mosaic of sacred sites it will always inspire. Jerusalem is entrenched in historical facts that will captivate you and leave you craving for more. Allow us to take you along this idyllic journey.
The Importance of Al Aqsa
Abu Dharr (ra) reported that he asked the Prophet (saw), “O Messenger of Allah, which Masjid was built first on earth”? The Prophet (saw) replied, “The Sacred Masjid of Makkah”. Abu Dharr (ra) again asked, “Which was next”? The Prophet (saw) said, “Masjid Al-Aqsa”. Abu Dharr (ra) further asked, “How long was the period between the building of the two Masjids”? The Prophet (saw) said, “Forty years”. Apart from these, offer your prayer anywhere when it is time to pray, although excellence is in praying in these Masjids”. (Bukhari).
Abu Darda (RA) relates that the Prophet (saw) said, “A prayer in Makkah (Ka’bah) is worth 100,000 times (reward), a prayer in my Masjid (Madinah) is worth 1,000 times and a prayer in Al-Aqsa Sanctuary is worth 500 times more reward than anywhere else”. (Tabarani, Bayhaqi, Suyuti).
Zaid Ibn Thabit (ra) reports that the Prophet (saw) said, “How blessed is Al-Sham”! The Companions (ra) asked, “Why is that”? The Messenger (saw) replied, “I see the Angels of Allah spreading their wings over Al-Sham”.
Ibn Abbas (ra) added, “And the Prophets lived therein. There is not a single inch in Al-Quds (Jerusalem) where a Prophet has not prayed or an Angel not stood”. (Tirmidhi, Ahmad).
TOUR PROGRAM (Subject to change)
Sunday 19th August – Leave the UK for Tel Aviv. Flights depart at 17:45 and arrive into Tel Aviv (local time) 02:40. It isn’t unusual to be delayed at immigration control upon arrival at Tel Aviv airport. Often delays can be several hours. Once we are through immigration control we will make our way by private coach transfer to the Hashimi Hotel in East Jerusalem.
Monday 20th August – Walking tour of the Old City
Tuesday 21st August – Eid celebrations in Al Aqsa Mosque. (Subject to moon sighting)
Wednesday 22nd August – Qurbani and Eid gifts distribution to the poor, needy & orphans.
Thursday 23rd August – We will spend the day travelling along the West Bank and visiting many revered sites, including:
- a) Hebron Masjid Khalil-here you will find the resting places of some of the most illustrious prophets of Islam and their wives. The four Prophets are Ibrahim (AS), his sons Ishaaq (AS), Yusuf (AS), and Yaqoob (AS). You will also visit the resting place of Sarah (RA)-the wife of Prophet Ibrahim (AS).
- b) Bab e Lud This is 15km south east of Tel Aviv. It is said this is where towards the end of time, Prophet Isa (AS) will destroy the Dajaal.
- c) Yaffa ( time permitting) A unique yet wonderful opportunity to witness the cohesion amongst the 3 dominant faiths.
- d) Jericho (time permitting) A unique opportunity to meet with Palestinian Date farmers and to see with your own eyes where the Holy Land Dates journey began.
Friday 24th August – Jumuah in Al Aqsa mosque and an opportunity to travel around Jerusalem and unwind in the historic streets. Also an opportunity to do your last minute shopping.
Saturday 25th August – We will have the opportunity to follow in the Sunnah of our Beloved Prophet, Muhammad (PBUH) and spend time meeting the Orphans of Palestine and enjoy dinner with them.
Sunday 26th August – Check out from the Hotel (11:00am) and leave Jerusalem for the UK. Flights leave Tel Aviv airport at 16:00. Returning to the UK at 21:35.
VISA – VISAs are granted upon arrival into Tel Aviv. We cannot be held responsible if your VISA is refused. Under such circumstances we cannot offer any refunds.