Originally Posted by فرحان
Masjid ul Aqsa isn't just the building with the yellow dome. (Qubbat al sukhra)
Masjid ul Aqsa isn't just the building with the black/grey dome. (Qibly Masjid)
Masjid ul Aqsa, isn't a building made of bricks and mortar with a dome on top.
Masjid ul Aqsa/the al-Aqsa sanctuary, refers to the whole area, in which those two mosques (and others) are located. There are multiple mosques on the site that we know as Masjid ul Aqsa. We think of Masjid ul Aqsa as the building with the black dome at the southernmost corner of the Mosque. In actual fact, that is the Qibly mosque – so called because it is the closest to the Qibla. The whole mount is Masjid ul Aqsa and is sometimes referred to the Haram Al-Sharif to prevent confusion. But there are other mosques present on the site which are usually connected to historical incidents e.g. the Buraq masjid, the Marwani masjid and more.
Some people refer to the black dome mosque as Masjid al Aqsa, and the whole area as the al-Aqsa sanctuary, in order to distinguish between the two.
The pictures below show what al Aqsa is:
If you go there and ask our Palestinian brothers and sisters, where is Masjid ul Aqsa, they won't point to the mosque with the yellow dome, they won't point to the mosque with the black dome, they will gesture all around and say, "kulluhu al Aqsa" (All of it is al Aqsa). The whole area, including the mosques within it, is al Aqsa.