Sunday, March 27, 2005

Al-Azhar: Jews Have no Rights in Jerusalem

Denying participation in a talked-about conference of the three monotheistic religions on sacred rights in Al-Quds (occupied East Jerusalem), Al-Azhar said on Sunday, March 27, that Jews have no religious rights whatsoever in the holy city. “There is nothing called sacred rights in Al-Quds,” Sheikh Fawzi El-Zefzaf, chairman of Al-Azhar's Interfaith Dialogue Committee, told reporters. “Al-Quds is a Palestinian right that should be given back to the Palestinians,” he stressed. Mohammad Abu Ghadir, professor of Hebrew in Al-Azhar University, agreed. “Excavations and geological research have proved that Jews didn't have any right to claim sacred places in Al-Quds,” he said. “Israeli archeologists didn’t even manage to prove that the “wailing wall” is part of the so-called Temple of Solomon,” Abu Ghadir added. “Unfortunately, the world mistakenly believes that Jews do have sacred sites in Al-Quds like Muslims and Christians because of Israel’s heavy media campaigns that distorted historical facts.”

Al-Azhar, the highest Sunni authority in the Muslim world, categorically denied that it will take part in the reported conference. “Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Sheikh Mohammad Sayed Tantawi has not received any invitation of that kind,” an official source said. He underlined that Al-Azhar's stance remains unchanged as it rejects talks with Jews over Al-Quds “because it is a very thorny issue that has not been yet resolved” on the political arena. Sheikh El-Zefzaf said his committee has not got the faintest idea of such a meeting. Some media reports suggested that preparations were underway to organize a conference grouping Muslim, Christian and Jewish leaders on the religious rights of each faith in the holy city.

Al-Haram Al-Sharif was the first Qibla (direction Muslims take during prayers) and is the third holiest shrine after Al Ka'ba in Makkah and Prophet Mhuhammad's Mosque in Medina, Saudi Arabia. Its significance has been reinforced by the 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).


At March 28, 2005 1:58 AM, Anonymous bubbe said...

Odd how history gets revised like this in the Muslim world.

At April 14, 2005 5:51 PM, Anonymous DocG said...

What is even more odd, is where the words al-Quds(Arabic usually uses another word for holy) and Bayt ul-Makdis(another Arabic word for Jerusalem),actually come from. Because of course it couldn't possibly be derived from the much older Hebrew Kadosh(holy) and Beit HaMikdash(The Temple), could it?


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