The Women’s Mosque
This building extends from Masjid al Aqsa’s western wall to it southwestern corner. It has its origins in the Ayoubi Era. Over the past three decades, the building has been divided into three sections:
*The southwestern section, used as the southern hall of the Islamic Museum
*The central section, used as the Masjid library, before it was relocated
*The eastern section, adjacent to the Qibli Masjid, used as a warehouse for the Islamic Waqf
‘Cradle’ of Isa AS(Jesus) Musallah
This is a small niche in the ground, at the extreme southeast of Masjid al Aqsa, above the Musallah Marwani. It was constructed in the era of the Ottoman Sultan, Abdul Hamid II in 1316H/1898CE. It consists of a dome based on 4 stone columns, built over a basin called the “Cradle of Isa”. Despite the name, there is no evidence that links this monument specifically to Sayyidina Isa AS.
This musalla was constructed next to the Buraq Wall(Western Wall). It is called after the Buraq, as Muslims believe the Buraq, a celestial creature used as a conveyance by Nabi Muhammad SAW during the Isra and Mi’raj was tied in this vicinity. The main gate of this Musalla is located on the Masjid’s Western Wall, and is permanently sealed. However, access is still possible from an entrance in the western corridor of al Aqsa. This structure can be traced back to the Umayyad or Mamluk era.
This structure is located in the southwestern part of Masjid al Aqsa, next to the Moroccan Gate(western Wall). It was built during the 6/7th century of the Islamic era, and had been previously used as a base for followers of the Maliki school of Islamic jurisprudence. It now constitutes the western hall of the Islamic Museum, where a number of Islamic historical displays are exhibited.