Hadith on Pilgrimage: The Three Sacred Mosques

📖Sahih Muslim 1397 a
Abu Hurairah (Allah be pleased with him) reported it directly from Allah’s Apostle (ﷺ) that he said: Do not undertake a journey to visit any Mosque, but three: this Mosque of mine, the Mosque of al-Haram and the Mosque of Aqsa (Bait al-Maqdis)

  • This hadith (saying of Prophet Muhammad) from Sahih Muslim, a collection of authentic narrations, suggests that while it is recommended to visit and pray in mosques, there are only three mosques that Muslims should undertake a journey specifically to visit: the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina, the Masjid al-Haram in Mecca, and the Masjid al-Aqsa in Jerusalem (also known as Bait al-Maqdis). These three mosques are considered the holiest and most significant places of worship in Islam, with deep historical and spiritual significance for Muslims. Visiting these mosques is considered a virtuous act that brings immense rewards and blessings, and therefore Muslims are encouraged to make efforts to visit them at least once in their lifetime if possible. However, this hadith does not mean that Muslims should not visit other mosques or that other mosques are not important. Rather, it emphasizes the special status of these three mosques and highlights their unique importance in Islamic tradition.