The Prophet used to spend many
nights at a time in this cave before receiving the revelation.
Gabriel brought him the first revelation while he was in this cave.
It holds no religious significance though, since the Prophet
after being commissioned as a prophet never returned to this
cave, nor did he encourage others to visit this place or hold it in
is one of the boulders adjacent to the Mosque of al-Aqsa. The
boulder itself is about 18 meters high and 13 meters wide. At
present it is housed under a dome, known as the “Dome of the
Rock”. This was built by the Umayyad Caliph, Abdul-Malik bin
Marwan and is usually confused with the Mosque of Al-Aqsa.