JERUSALEM, The Mufti of Jerusalem and Palestine, Mohammad Hussein, today warned against a decision by the Israeli authorities allowing Jewish fanatics more time to be on the premises of Al-Haram Al-Sharif Mosque in Jerusalem, one of Islam’s top holy places in the world.
Hussein, the highest Muslim cleric in Palestine, told Voice of Palestine radio that giving the fanatics extra 45 minutes every day to be on the premises of the walled Al-Haram Al-Sharif, which includes Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock, “affects the religious, legal and historical status quo” at the Mosque, and that “the fanatics do not hide their intention toward the Mosque.”
He said the fanatics have been openly calling on Israel to take over and run the Muslim holy compound in place of the Islamic Waqf, which is a Jordanian government department that has been in charge of the Muslim compound for generations.
The Mufti expressed concern that Israel is trying to divide Al-Haram Al-Sharif between Muslims and Jews, which could result in serious trouble and religious strife, urging Muslims to be present at their holy site all the time in order to protect it against attempts to change its status as a Muslim-only holy place.
Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency (WAFA)