53rd anniversary of the burning of Al-Aqsa Mosque

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AMMAN — On Sunday, August 21, 2022, marked the 53rd anniversary of the burning of Al-Aqsa Mosque by an Australian zealot, Denis Michael Rohan. اضافة اعلان

In 1969, Rohan deliberately set fire to the mosque’s historic Salahuddin pulpit. The fire then spread to other parts of the building. Palestinian fire engines from Ramallah, Bethlehem, and Hebron rushed to contain the flames.

On the following day, thousands of Muslims performed Friday prayers in the outer courtyard of Al-Aqsa Mosque, and then demonstrations swept occupied East Jerusalem in protest. In the aftermath of the fire, the first Islamic summit conference was held in Rabat, Morocco.

This Sunday, dozens of extremist Jewish settlers broke into Al-Aqsa Mosque/Al-Haram Al-Sharif complex in occupied East Jerusalem, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

The Ministry of Awqaf and Religious Affairs said in a statement that Sunday’s raid was conducted through Al-Mughrabi Gate by successive groups under the heavy protection of Israeli special police, who restricted Muslim worshippers’ access to the mosque and seized identification cards.

The settlers performed Talmudic rituals, provocatively toured the mosque’s yards, and listened to explanations about the purported “Temple Mount”, it added.

Meanwhile, preacher at Al-Aqsa Mosque and the head of the Supreme Islamic Authority in Jerusalem, Sheikh Ikrima Sabri, warned Sunday of the growing threats to Al-Aqsa Mosque, resulting from excavations and continued incursions by Jewish settlers, and pointed to continued violations, harassment, and confiscation of Jerusalemites’ identity cards by the occupation authorities.

In an interview with Al-Ghad News, Sabri called on the Arab and Islamic countries, and the Arab League, to lend support to the Hashemite custodianship to confront Israeli violations.

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