14 Rabi uth Thani 1439/01 January 2018

Malaysia’s Federal Territory Mosque yesterday was in December appointed as a ‘twin’ to the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s department, Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom said the appointment was made as a sign of solidarity with the Al-Aqsa Mosque which is being threatened following the United States’ recognition of Jerusalem as the new capital of Israel on 6 December.

“Trump’s announcement defied international laws.

“The decision to appoint the Federal Territory mosque as a twin mosque to Al-Aqsa is agreed upon and highly appreciated by the latter mosque’s administration,” he said, after officiating the MyAqsa International Forum titled 100 Years Since the Balfour Declaration at the Federal Territory Mosque.

A letter was delivered by an Imam of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Sheikh Dr Ekrima Saed Sabri to the MyAqsa Foundation on 9 December, stating his appreciation for the appointment of Federal Territory Mosque in Kuala Lumpur as the ‘twin’ of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Jamil Khir explained that all activities related to the Al-Aqsa Mosque will be organised in Malaysia through the Federal Territory Mosque, and vice versa.

The Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM), the Federal Territory Islamic Religious Department (JAWI) and the MyAqsa Foundation will collaborate closely to implement the decision.

“I hope this announcement will bolden our efforts in freeing the Al-Aqsa Mosque and to console ourselves of our anger after Donald Trump’s unexpected announcement.

“We must be united in supporting the governments and NGOs such as MyAqsa in fighting for the freedom of the Al-Aqsa Mosque,” he said.

SOURCE: Malaysian Digest