17 October 2018
Muslims around the world have been asked to continue visiting the Al-Aqsa Mosque here, despite entry restrictions placed by the Israeli forces, as it is the only way the third holiest site in Islam can be preserved.
Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Sheikh Mohammad Ahmad Husein said continuous visits by Muslims from all over the world would indirectly imply great support for the Palestinian cause.
He said, right now, the Palestinians were being oppressed and threatened, and they were prohibited from organising even a small gathering to commemorate an inspirational leader in education.
“This is why Muslims from around the world need to come and visit the Al-Aqsa Mosque as their presence will revive and boost the spirit of the Palestinians to continue defending their rights,” the Grand Mufti told Bernama during the visit of Raja Muda(Crown Prince) of the Perlis state of Malaysia, Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail to the mosque on October 5.
Tuanku Syed Faizuddin and his delegation were met on arrival by the Al-Quds Islamic Affairs Supreme Committee chairman Dr Ekremah Said Sabry.
Members of the delegation comprised Tuanku Syed Faizuddin’s eldest daughter, Puteri Sharifah Khatreena Nuraniah Jamalullail, Mufti of Perlis Datuk Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin and Perlis Islamic Religious and Malay Customs Council chief executive officer Mohd Nazim Mohd Noor.
Tuanku Syed Faizuddin also joined the congregation to perform Friday prayers at the mosque before presenting 30 wheelchairs for the use of the disabled members of the congregation.
Meanwhile, Dr Ekremah, who is also an Imam and Khateeb of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, said the unjust and unfair Oslo Accords, which are a set of agreements between the Government of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organisation signed on the White House lawn in Washington in 1993, had caused further oppression of the Palestinians.
“By having the agreement, it was like America giving Israel the right to do anything they want against the Palestinians,” he said.
Dr Ekremah also advised those who were keen on making donations for the Palestinian cause to do so through official channels, such as through the Palestinian Ambassador in Kuala Lumpur and Saudi Arabia, or to the Jordanian Waqf Minister, so as to ensure that the donations would reach the deserving parties.