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The Obligation of Supporting Palestinians Defending Al-Aqsa Mosque and Sheikh Jarrah Neighborhood

Author : General Ifta’ Department

Date Added : 16-05-2021

A Statement on the Obligation of Supporting Palestinians Defending Al-Aqsa Mosque and Sheikh Jarrah Neighborhood


By Iftaa` Department

Added 10-5-2021


Praise be to Allah the Lord of the Worlds. May His peace and blessings be upon Prophet Mohammad, his family and companions.

In light of the barbarous campaign launched by the Israeli occupation forces against the Palestinians stationed in East Jerusalem`s Sheikh Jarrah, the subsequent violations at Al-Aqsa mosque and the attacks against Palestinian worshippers stationed there, the General Iftaa` Department, in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, reaffirms its condemnation of these unethical practices, which contradict the values of tolerance, peaceful coexistence and human rights. It reaffirms that the Palestinian residents of Jerusalem has the right to defend the Islamic holy sites and foil Israeli attempts to ban worshippers from praying at Al-Aqsa. This is in addition to harassing Jerusalemites, driving them out of their homes and placing restrictions on entering Al-Aqsa mosque, which is an integral part of a Muslim`s faith as it is the first direction of prayer,  the second mosque ever established for mankind on earth and the third holiest mosque.

We pray that Allah helps the Palestinians and supports their steadfastness against this heinous enemy. We also stress that defending Palestine and Al-Aqsa mosque is the religious duty of every Muslim person, leaders, governments and thinkers. However, this begins by holding on to the religious constants and Islamic creed, in addition to reminding people about the significance of Al-Aqsa mosque and the sufferings of the Jerusalemites at the hands of the Israeli occupation forces. Allah the Almighty says {What means}: "God has promised, to those among you who believe and work righteous deeds, that He will, of a surety, grant them in the land, inheritance (of power), as He granted it to those before them; that He will establish in authority their religion - the one which He has chosen for them; and that He will change (their state), after the fear in which they (lived), to one of security and peace: ’They will worship Me (alone) and not associate aught with Me. ’If any do reject Faith after this, they are rebellious and wicked." {An-Nur, 55}. We highly appreciate their steadfastness in defending the Islamic holy sites in Jerusalem. We also stress the role and importance of the Hashemite custodianship over Al-Aqsa mosque in terms of safeguarding Islamic and Christian holy sites. This custodianship is the first line of defense against usurpation or aggression in terms of time and place. We are thankful to His Majesty King Abdullah the 2nd for his relentless efforts in support of Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa mosque. We will always follow his wise leadership, which didn`t flinch from sacrificing everything for the sakes of Al-Aqsa mosque and the just causes of the Arab nation.

We pray that Allah pardons our mistakes, achieves our aspirations, grants us victory over our enemies and blesses us with liberating our Islamic sanctities, and that for God is surely no great matter. 



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