Could you mention the reference of this Hadith?
Sayyiduna Abu Dharr (radiyallahu ‘anhu) narrates, I asked “O Messenger of Allah, Which was the first Masjid built on the surface of the earth?” He replied, ‘Al Masjidul Haram [in Makkah].’ I then asked, ‘Which was built next?’ He said, Al Masjidul Aqsa.’ I asked, ‘What was [the period of construction] between the two?’ He said, ’40 years.’
Imam Bukhari and Imam Muslim (rahimahumallah) have recorded this Hadith.
(Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 3366, Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 520. Also see: Fathul Bari, Hadith: 3366)
The word used in the Hadith is ‘وضع’ which more accurately translates as ‘[Masjid] whose foundations were laid’
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