7 facts about Masjid al Khalil in Palestine

Masjid al Khalil is a mosque that rests half in Israel and half in Palestine. This unique geography is what makes the mosque a different one. Here are seven facts about the Masjid.

Masjid Al Khalil has two sides

Masjid Al Khalil has two sides, the Muslim side and the Jewish side, resting in Palestine and Israel, respectively. Muslims and Jews can only get to each other’s side only 10 fixed days in a year. Due to rising conflicts, the area is guarded by soldiers.

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Graves of 4 Prophets and their wives

The mosque is built on a cemetery. The cemetery is not an ordinary one—the bodies of 4 Prophets and their wives rest there.

  • Prophet Ibrahim عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ and his wife Sara.
  • Prophet Ishaq عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ and his wife Rebecca.
  • Prophet Yaqub عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ and his wife Leah.
  • Prophet Yusuf عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ.

The land purchased by Prophet Ibrahim

Masjid Khalil has been constructed on the land that Prophet Ibrahim عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ purchased in 1859 BC. When his wife Sarah عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ died, he buried her at this place and then decided it make it a family graveyard.

Grave of Prophet Ibrahim

Prophet Ibrahim عليه السلام died in 1821 BC at the age of 175 years in present-day Palestine. He was buried alongside the grave of his wife, Sarah عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ. Both of the tombs are on the Muslim side of the mosque.

Jews believe that Prophet Adam عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ and Hazrat Hawwa عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ are also buried here.

Tomb of Prophet Ishaq

Prophet Ishaq عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ was the youngest son of Prophet Ibrahim عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ and Sarah عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ. Isaac عليه السلام died in 1716 BC at the age of 180 years.

Prophet Ishaq عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ and his wife Rebecca عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ were buried close to each other in Masjid Khalil, and their tomb was built on their graves. Both of the tombs are on the Muslim side of the mosque.

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Grave of Prophet Yaqoob

Prophet Yaqub عليه السلام died in 1689 BC at the age of 147 years in present-day Egypt. Later on, Prophet Yusuf عليه السلام took him to Palestine for the burial in Masjid Khalil alongside his father, mother, grandfather and grandmother.

From the Jewish side, one can also enter the tomb of Prophet Yaqub عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ and his wife Leah. The Jewish side was once without a roof, yet it has been covered and used as a synagogue.

To enter the tombs of Prophet Yaqub عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ and his wife Leah, one has to enter the green doors that are located on the Jewish side.

Tomb of Prophet Yousuf

Prophet Yusuf عليه السلام died in 1637 BC in Egypt at the age of 110 years. It is said that 361 years after his death, his body was taken to Palestine by Prophet Musa عليه السلام at the time of exodus, i.e., 1276 BC. He was buried in Masjid Khalil on the Jewish side.

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