24 April 2019

Moroccan King Mohammed VI, Chairman of Al-Quds Committee, has decided to grant a financial subsidy as a contribution from Morocco to the refurbishment and renovation of some areas of Al-Aqsa Mosque and its surroundings.

A statement issued by the Foreign Ministry on April 17 indicates that this highest expression of royal generosity is part of the Sovereign’s sustained and multidimensional efforts in favor of the holy city of Al-Quds As Shareef.

The Sovereign’s decision also translates his unwavering support to the resistance of the people of Jerusalem, and his relentless defense of the historic status of this city and the consecration of its civilizational identity and its religious symbolism as an open space of coexistence and tolerance between the different celestial religions.

In this context, Moroccan architects and craftsmen will be dispatched to Jerusalem to participate in the task, adds the ministry.

The intervention of the prospective Moroccan delegation, the statement stressed, is set to “preserve the architectural authenticity” of one of Islam’s greatest monuments.

King Mohammed VI ordered that the operation be carried out in coordination with the Islamic Waqf Administration of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the statement said.

King Mohammed VI’s gesture comes as Morocco multiplies efforts to assert itself as an anchor of solidarity and union in the Muslim world.

More than a country’s contribution to the needed restoration project, the King’s gesture was a further consolidation of his unflinching commitment to the preservation of the Islamic heritage of the city of Jerusalem.

Just two weeks ago on March 30, King Mohammed VI and Pope Francis signed “al-Quds call” to protect the multi-religious and trans-cultural character of Jerusalem.

The International Committee for the Support of the Palestinian People welcomed King Mohammed VI’s initiative to grant a “substantial financial subvention” to restore Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock compound in occupied Jerusalem.

The committee issued a statement to thank the King for his initiative and his commitments as the chairman of the Al Quds Committee within the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

In the statement, the committee emphasized the King’s permanent interest and solicitude towards the site’s civilization and heritage and its  “spiritual dimension for the three monotheistic religions.”

The Director General of the Rabat-based Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri, also commended the initiative of King Mohammed VI of Morocco to contribute to the restoration and rehabilitation of a number of facilities in Al-Aqsa Mosque and its vicinity that are in dire need of restoration, preservation and upkeep.

The generous initiative of King Mohammed VI, Chairman of Al-Quds Committee, translates his high interest in protecting the historical identity of Al-Quds Al-Sharif, Altwajri said in a statement.

The royal initiative also testifies to the King’s support for the population of this holy city, especially in these difficult times, as Al-Quds, the first of the two Qiblas and the third Holy shrine in Islam, is threatened by Israel’s judaization attempts, the UNESCO chief said.

SOURCE: North Africa Post