Jerusalem Mufti Sheikh Muhammad Hussein, who speaks at al-Aksa Mosque, called on
Sunday for preachers from all over the world to allocate part of their sermons
for the upcoming holiday of Eid al-Adha this week to support Al- Aksa and remind
the Islamic nation of their duty towards it.
According to a report in the
Egyptian newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm, Hussein said that the Islamic world must
address the Jewish attempts to demolish al-Aksa.
In a video last year
posted online by Palestinian Media Watch at an event celebrating the anniversary
of the founding of Fatah, the Mufti cited a Hadith – Islamic tradition
attributed to Muhammad – that says that the Resurrection will not come until you
fight and kill the Jews.
Palestinians and their supporters often charge
Israel with attempts to destroy the mosque. The supposed Israeli plan has echoed
throughout the world Muslim media.
The popular London-based Arab daily,
Al-Quds Al-Arabi, reported on Friday that Palestinian sources revealed an
Israeli plan to establish a synagogue on the eastern part of the
An article in the popular Pakistan daily on Sunday, The News
International, stated that “Pakistanis pledged a united struggle in defense of
Al-Aksa Mosque while they observed Al-Aksa Defense Day on Friday all over the
The rallies were held by the Palestine Foundation of Pakistan
with the main demonstration taking place after Friday prayers outside of the
Bait ul Mukarram Mosque in Karachi. Protesters carried banners reading, “Down
with the US,” “Death to Israel,” and “We shall sacrifice our lives for the sake
of Al-Aksa Mosque.”
Meanwhile, in an article in the London-based daily
Al-Hayat by Jihad el-Khazen, he writes about the death of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef,
former Sephardi chief Rabbi and spiritual leader of the political Shas party,
who passed away last week.
Yosef, he said, showed his thanks to the
Muslims for protecting the Jews who fled to North Africa after their expulsion
from Spain, by claiming that “all people must be the servants of the
“I say: Good riddance,” said Khazen going on to state that he
believes that “Yosef is now at the gates of hell, with his followers chasing
after him to batter him for misleading them with his extremism and obscenity,
and taking them with him to hell.”