Performing Hajj or Umrah from Masjid Al-Aqsa without a doubt, is a journey of a lifetime! It allows pilgrims to visit and pray at Islam’s three main holiest sites in Masjid Al-Aqsa [Jerusalem], Masjid Al-Ḥarām [Mecca] and Masjid an-Nabawī [Medina] in one visit and in accordance with the following hadith:
Umm Salamah (ra) relates that the Prophet ﷺ said, “If anyone puts on Ihram for Hajj or Umrah from Masjid Al-Aqsa and then proceeds to the Sacred Masjid (Ka’bah), their past and future sins will be forgiven, or they will be entered into Paradise”. (Abu Dawud). This hadith outlines the importance of performing hajj or umrah from Masjid Al-Aqsa, no other place has this distinct virtue of performing hajj or umrah besides Masjid Al-Aqsa.
Furthermore, the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon them) said: “Do not travel to visit any mosques except three: Al Masjid Al Haraam [in Mecca], this mosque of mine [in Medina] and Masjid Al-Aqsa [in Jerusalem].” Narrated by Bukhari and Muslim.
There is immense reward for visiting and praying at the three main holiest mosques, Abu Darda relates that the Prophet ﷺ said, “A prayed in Makkah (Ka’bah) is worth 1000,000 times (reward), a prayer in my Masjid (Madinah) is worth 1,000 times and a prayer in Al-Aqsa Sanctuary is worth 500 times more reward than anywhere else”. (Tabarani, Bayhaqi, Suyuti)