• Bassam Radi, Managing Editor

Palestinian Grand Mufti banning Muslims from praying at Al-Aqsa Mosque

Updated: Aug 22, 2020

The Palestinian Authority's Grand Mufti has issued a fatwa banning Muslims from praying at al-Aqsa Mosque, if they arrive in a plane from the UAE.

The Supreme Sharia Judge Mahmoud al Habbash said, “Whoever wants to come to visit the Al-Aqsa Mosque through the gate of Palestine you are welcome and we will rejoice over you. But whoever wants to come through the Israeli gate is unwanted, and he will find nothing but the shoes of the people of Jerusalem and the spit of the people of Jerusalem in his face.”

Seems a bit contradictory since they said that Jerusalem is every Muslim's responsibility, yet now the Muslims living in the UAE aren't welcome to visit it?

Apparently the 7,251,627 Muslims living in the UAE will find nothing but "Spit of the people" when they go to pray in Jerusalem.

Dubai's Deputy Chief of Police and General Security Dhahi Khalfan Tamim said in a tweet,

"If you board an Emirati plane to pray in Jerusalem, it is impermissible, but if you board a Qatari plane and start to pray in Jerusalem, it is permissible."

He is referring to how Qatar's history of financing terrorisms, and how it not being an issue with the Mufti Al-Aqsa.

Dr. Abbas Shoman, a member of the Supreme Council of Senior Scholars of Al Azhar Al Sharif said: “I refuse to issue Sharia fatwas that are not based on sharia rules, and I do not know as a specialist in Islamic jurisprudence that there is a justification that annuls the prayers of an entire people of a Muslim country in a mosque on the grounds of a political position taken by their state.” Al Azhar Al Sharif is the top Sunni Islamic Institution in the Muslim World.

Are they not doing what they accuse Israel of doing? banning Muslims from praying at Al-Aqsa Mosque?

In addition to everything, how come the Palestinian hasn't blocked Turkish from Al-Aqsa? this is in reference to the Turkey-Israel relation, Turkey has had a relation with Israel since 1949, maybe because Turkey is also in support of extremism and terror, much like Qatar, Palestine's friend.

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