In Sura 17:1 the "Distant Mosque" is mentioned; "Glory be unto Allah who did take his servant for a journey at night from the Sacred Mosque to the Distant Mosque." Moslems today argue that the Distant Mosque is none other than the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. Interestingly, this Mosque did not exist until three generations after Mohammed had died and therefore scholars point out that Mohammed intended the mosque in Mecca as the "Sacred Mosque" and the mosque in Medina as the "Distant Mosque".
However, nowadays it is claimed that the Distant Mosque is none other than the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem and it is the central focus of the Muslim community in Jerusalem with daily prayers and well-attended Friday sermons. Only Muslim residents of Israel can enter and pray at the Al-Aqsa Mosque.