Statement on threats to demolish the Mughrabi Gate of Al-Aqsa Mosque and to burn down a mosque in the West Bank

In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Praise is due to Allāh, Lord of the worlds, may the blessings and peace be upon our master Muḥammad, the last of prophets, on his family, and all his companions.

Mindful of the sense of responsibility and concerned about the fate of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque; the first Qibla, the third Holy Mosque and the destination of the Prophet (PBUH) in his nightly journey and the place of his ascension, as well as that of all the houses of Allah, located in occupied Palestine which is being attacked by the settlers’ troops and the colonial power, affecting its sanctity and holiness, which is a transgression of international conventions and treaties and a blatant violation of the right of worship,

The International Islamic Fiqh Academy, together with its Secretariat, and on behalf of all the scholars and ulama of the Muslim community, insists through its denunciation of such shameful behaviors and its warning against the dangerous consequences that may ensue, on the fact that Al-Aqsa Mosque, whose surroundings Allah Almighty has blessed, is one of the three mosques that Muslims are commanded to visit, which requires the cooperation of all Arab and Muslim countries, for its liberation and protection from these flagrant violations and outrages that undermine its sanctity and status, and even threaten its existence. All this, starting with the destruction of the Mughrabi Quarter, which is attached to Al-Buraq Wall on the western side of Al-Aqsa Mosque, in order to occupy the Mughrabi Gate and then destroy it, and the excavation of tunnels under the ramparts and the lower corridors of the mosque and next to its walls, in order to cause fractures in the buildings above and cause their collapse.

Hence, the Secretariat of the International Islamic Fiqh Academy, in denouncing the act of burning the entrance to Ali bin Abi Taleb Mosque, perpetrated by Zionist extremists on the morning of Wednesday 07/12/2011 in the village of Bruqin in the city of Salfit located in the northern part of the West Bank, would like to endorse what the Mufti of Jerusalem and Palestinian lands, member of IIFA, His Eminence Sheikh Mohammed Hussein, has stated: “This aggression is a deliberate colonialist attack, organized and supported by the extreme right-wing Israeli state, targeting our people, their land and their Holy Places. Such aggressions show the true face of the Israeli approach, and it will fail unchallenged.

In addition, the Secretariat of the International Islamic Fiqh Academy, in formally denouncing the persecution of the Palestinian people and the violations of the Holy Places of Islam, demands that Muslim countries in particular and international opinion in general, work to stop the occupying powers by all means at their disposal and on all levels, in accordance with the word of Allah the Almighty: « And cooperate in righteousness and piety, but do not cooperate in sin and aggression. » Al-Ma’ida -2

Prof. Ahmad Khalid Babeker

IIFA Secretary

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