Today, More than 20 religions are in the world. Particularly more 86% of the total population of the world follows these. Each of them has its bunch of moral and ethical values written in their Holy Scriptures. Nowadays, you may found the community of every region anywhere due to secularism accepted by so many countries. But they have faith in their pilgrimage no matter in which country it is there; like Christian has faith in the Vatican, Muslims have in Macca, for Hindus it is Kashi while Buddhists have faith in Bodhi Gaya, etc. But among all of them, there’s one city which holds a great significance of three topmost obeyed religion known as Islam, Christianity, and Judaism. It is Jerusalem.
Here we will know what the significance of these 3 major Abrahamic religions in Jerusalem is.
Since the 10th Century, Jerusalem has been the spiritual and ancestral homeland for the Jewish people and owned a status of the holiest city in Judaism. In ancient times, Jerusalem was the centre of the world. The place where Gods were once living. In Jewish religious law, this city has a special status. Jews outside Jerusalem pray facing its direction. Even in Israel’s national anthem ‘Ha Tikvah’ (‘The Hope’), the dream of rebuilding and returning of Jews reflects. As of today, approx. 6.8 million Jews live in Jerusalem which is 65% of its total population. In the Hebrew Bible, the reference of Jerusalem apparels 669 times and Zion (usually means land of Israel) appears 154 times.
In Islamic tradition after Mecca and Medina; Jerusalem is one of the most sacred places. Even the Islamic prophet Muhammad has also visited there. Before Mecca, It was the place as Qiblah (direction of prayer). The Dome of the Rock, built on the temple mount is one of the Islamic sacred shrines in this city. Today, more than 3 million people of Jerusalem follows Islam. It is the place where Muhammad himself told that he is the last prophet of the Judaic-Christian Religions and he founded a third Abrahamic religion: Islam.
Jerusalem has played an important role in the life of Jesus Christ. Jesus was brought in Jerusalem as a child & preached to the poor in his adult life. Later crucified at the end of his life and resurrected by God. The Church of the Holy Sepulcher has been over the location where people crucified Jesus and buried him. However, 2% of the population follows Christianity in Jerusalem. Last Supper of Jesus Christ shared with his apostles before his crucifixion in this place, which is beautifully painted by Leonardo Da Vinci.