A leading international Muslim organization has urged Muslims worldwide to mobilize to protect and preserve Al-Aqsa Mosque against daily attacks, violations and incursions by Israeli extremist rabbis and settlers.
“The International Union of Muslim Scholars has been monitoring the escalating criminal acts committed by the Zionist occupation against Al-Aqsa Mosque with great concern. Such acts include dangerous attacks on Al-Aqsa Mosque and arrests and killings of Jerusalemites without any investigations or evidence,” the Union said in a statement obtained by OnIslam.net.
“Israel even dared to completely close Al-Aqsa to the Muslims on Thursday,” considering such actions to be “blatant violations of international laws and norms.”
In the statement, issued on Sunday and signed by Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, Chairman of the Union and the General Secretary Ali Al-Qarra Daghi, the union warned against compromising, violating, breaking into, and the closure of Al-Aqsa Mosque.
It also called on the Muslim world and free world to take action “and mobilize and declare its willingness to support Al-Aqsa Mosque, Al-Quds (Occupied Jerusalem) and Palestine”.
A state of tension has gripped Al-Quds city over the past week after the Israeli occupation’s decision to close Al-Aqsa Mosque, the Muslims’ third holiest site, last Thursday.
The Israeli closure of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, the first since 1967, followed incidents in which extremist Jewish rabbi Yehuda Glick was injured in a drive-by shooting in Al-Quds (Occupied Jerusalem) late Wednesday.
Yehuda Glick is an American-born Israeli and the chairman of the Temple Mount Heritage Fund, an extremist Jewish organization focused on “strengthening the relationship between Israel and the Temple Mount.”
Later on Thursday, Israeli police announced killing Moataz Hejazi, 32, a Palestinian who had spent 11 years in an Israeli jail and was released in 2012
The Union said it “denounces the storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque by the Zionist occupiers, the decision to close Al-Aqsa Mosque in the face of worshippers, and then opening the mosque only to the elderly who are over the age of 50.”
“All of these violations, attacks, and decisions are completely rejected by the Union. They are considered to be criminal in every sense of the word.”
The IUMS regretted in the statement that “all this is occurring while the international community and Arab and Muslim world remains shamefully silent”.
Regretting the silence of Arab and Muslim world, the Union has called for a Muslim uprising to rescue Al-Aqsa.
The union “calls for a public uprising and mobilization to rescue Al-Aqsa from such acts. If we do not mobilize for Al-Aqsa, what will we mobilize for,” it said in the statement.
“Is there anything holier and greater to the Muslims after Masjid Al-Haram and the Prophet’s Mosque, than Al-Aqsa Mosque?
“The free world, from east, west, north, and south are called on to take action to save Al-Aqsa which is at risk of being demolished at any moment in light of the unfortunate global silence. It is as if such silence is encouragement for the occupation to demolish the mosque,” the statement said.
The Union also added it “demands the prosecution of Israeli leaders who gave the orders to their police system to track down Jerusalemites and kill one of its people under the pretext of attempting to assassinate a right-wing extremist Zionist who tried to storm Al-Aqsa Mosque, without carrying out any investigations. This is considered a crime that warrants immediate international intervention.”
It also held the “Arab and Muslim countries responsible for any damage to Al-Aqsa Mosque, Jerusalem, the Jerusalemites, or to the Palestinian cause as a whole.”
The Union’s condemnations come as Zionist groups declared plans to force their way into Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Wednesday, November 5.
On the other hand, Jerusalemite activists have announced mobilization at the mosque to defend it.
Al-Aqsa is the Muslims’ first Qiblah [direction Muslims take during prayers] and it is the third holiest shrine after Al Ka`bah in Makkah and Prophet Muhammad’s Mosque in Madinah, Saudi Arabia.
Its significance has been reinforced by the Islamic incident of Al Isra’a and Al Mi’raj — the night journey from Makkah to Al-Quds and the ascent to the Heavens by Prophet Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be Upon Him).
Jordan has been supervising Al-Aqsa Mosque and other endowments in Al-Quds since 1948. ONISLAM