The lands of Shaam, Palestine and surrounding areas are lands of blessings. The Mi`raaj of Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) commenced from here. Allah Ta`ala Himself speaks of the blessings of this land in the Qur’aan: “We have blessed the lands around it.” Hadhrat Ebrahim (Alaihis Salaam) had moved from Iraq to the lands of Shaam and this then became the homeland of the Banu Isra’eel and all the Ambiyaa (Alaihimus Salaam) that were sent from them.
Allah Ta`ala had warned the Banu Isra’eel that if they caused mischief and corruption on earth then the control of these lands and Musjid-ul-Aqsa will be lost. Allah Ta`ala also warned them that this will happen twice, and so did it happen.
Baytul Muqaddas has a very unique feature in that it serves as a gauge for the condition of the Muslims. If the Muslims are upright and straight then they will have control over it and if not then they will lose the control. The Muslims of that time were the Banu Isra’eel and as long as they remained upright and held to their scripture the control remained in their hands. The same applies to us. The control of these lands depends on the Muslims. If for example we inspect the masaajid at the time of Fajr then we will find that less than 25 percent of musallees are present at Fajr time.