Al-Aqsa Mosque, located in Jerusalem, is a significant Mosque in Islam. It was built on top of the Temple Mount. Al – Aqsa Mosque is the third holiest site in Islam. Islam believed that Prophet Muhammed (SAW) made a night Journey called Al-Isra from Al–Aqsa Mosque. It also was the first Qibla before Ka’bah.
The attack on Al–Aqsa Mosque happened on Friday during one of the blessed days of Ramadan. The time fled by, but it still haunts many people. The hatred was beyond what the eyes could witness. The hatred towards Muslims and nothing seems to have changed since the attack. People are still living in fear, being tortured, and killed. This is why we shouldn’t forget the very incident that shook the hearts of Muslims around the world.
Let’s Reminiscence the Reason for the Attack
The Al–Aqsa Mosque was attacked following the course of events that took place in Sheikh Jarrah. On that Friday, thousands of Muslims from Palestine gathered at Al–Aqsa Mosque to offer prayers. However, after the prayers, the worshippers started protesting in favor of the people of Sheikh Jarrah, to which the Israeli Police reacted so violently. Many have been protesting ever since the people of Sheikh Jarrah were forced to leave their homes following an Israeli Court Order. The worshippers in the Al–Aqsa Mosque were attacked so brutally, injuring more than 200 hundred people.
People all over the world condemned the attack on Al–Aqsa Mosque. This is how the world showed their concern.
The United Nations
The UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, expressed deep concern about the recent events in Jerusalem.
On 9th May 2021, the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Stéphane Dujarric, stated on the Official web page of the United Nations:
“The Secretary-General expresses his deep concern over the continuing violence in occupied East Jerusalem, as well as the possible evictions of Palestinian families from their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan neighborhoods. He urges Israel to cease demolitions and evictions in line with its international humanitarian and international human rights law obligations.
Israeli authorities must exercise maximum restraint and respect the right to freedom of peaceful assembly. All leaders have a responsibility to act against extremists and speak out against all acts of violence and incitement. The Secretary-General urges that the status quo at the holy sites be upheld and respected.
The Secretary-General reiterates his commitment, including through the Middle East Quartet, to support Palestinians and Israelis to resolve the conflict based on relevant United Nations resolutions, international law, and bilateral agreements.”
UN Spokesperson through Twitter on the 10th May 2021 –
Secretary-General @antonioguterres expresses his deep concern over continuing violence in occupied East Jerusalem. He urges Israel to cease demolitions & evictions, in line with its international humanitarian and human rights law obligations.
Turkey condemned the attack on Al – Aqsa Mosque.
The President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan n the 8th of May 2021
“We strongly condemn Israel’s heinous attacks against our first qibla #AlAqsaMosque that are unfortunately being carried out every Ramadan. As Turkey, we will continue to stand by our Palestinian brothers and sisters in all circumstances.”
The First Lady Of Turkey Emine Erdoğan on Twitter (8th May 2021) :
“I strongly condemn Israel’s attack on Masjid al-Aqsa, our first qibla. Disrespect to the temple of Muslims is never acceptable. We are always with you, our Palestinian brothers and sisters. I wish immediate healing to the injured.”
Turkish Presidential Spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin showed concern through Twitter on 8th May 2021
“Shame on Israel and those who keep silent in the face of disgraceful attacks on Masjid al-Aqsa in this holy month of fasting. Palestine and the Palestinians are not alone. We call on everyone to stand up against the policies of occupation and aggression of this apartheid state.”
The Foreign Ministry of Oman stated :
“The Foreign Ministry expresses the condemnation of the Sultanate of Oman at the Israeli forces storming the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque and rejects the policies and procedures leading to the displacement of the brotherly Palestinian people from their homes in the city of Jerusalem.”
“Saudi Arabia rejects Israel’s plans and measures to evict dozens of Palestinians from their homes in Jerusalem and impose Israeli sovereignty over them, the Kingdom’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on Saturday.
Saudi Arabia condemns any unilateral measures, violations of international resolutions, and all actions that undermine the resumption of the peace process aimed at achieving security and stability in the region, the statement said.”
UAE condemned the clashes in a statement by the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
“H.E. Khalifa Shaheen Almarar, Minister of State, expressed the UAE’s deep concern over the violence in occupied East Jerusalem and its strong condemnation of the storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque and the displacement of Palestinian families from the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, which resulted in the injury of many civilians.
His Excellency stressed that the UAE strongly condemns the Israeli authorities’ storming of the Holy Al-Aqsa Mosque, emphasizing the need for the Israeli authorities to assume their responsibilities – in accordance with the rules of international law – to protect Palestinian civilians’ right to practice their religion and to prevent practices that violate the sanctity of the Holy Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Moreover, His Excellency stressed the need to respect the role of the brotherly Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in protecting holy places under international law and the historical status quo and not to compromise the authority and powers of the Jerusalem Endowment Department.
His Excellency called on the Israeli authorities to take responsibility for de-escalation, to end all attacks and practices that lead to continued tension, and to preserve the historical identity of occupied Jerusalem, while exercising calm and maximum restraint to prevent an escalation of threats to regional peace and stability.”
On 8th May 2021
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs expresses the Kingdom of Bahrain’s strong condemnation of the attack of Israeli forces on Muslim worshipers at Al-Aqsa Mosque, calling the Israeli government to stop these rejected provocations against the people of Jerusalem and work to prevent its forces from attacking worshipers in this holy month.
The Ministry also condemns the Israeli plan to evict the citizens of Jerusalem from their homes and impose Israeli sovereignty over them, as it violates the resolutions of international legitimacy and undermines the chances of resuming the peace process to achieve security and stability in the region.”
But has anything changed after these statements? Has the violence reduced? Have they stopped bombing the innocents? Well, one of the latest pieces of violence I saw today morning was this, and I’m shaking.
اَللّٰهُمَ اٰمِنَّا فِي أَوْطَانِنَا، وَأَدِمْ نِعْمَةَ الأَمْنِ وَالاسْتِقْرِارِ فِي بِلادِنَا بِرَحْمَتِكَ يَا أرْحَمَ الرَّاحِمِينَ
Allahumma aminna fi awtanina, wa adim ni’matal-amni wal-istiqrari fi biladina bi rahmatika ya arhamar-rahimeen.
O ALLAH! Grant us security in our lands, and continue to bless us with peace and settlement there. With Your Mercy, O Most Merciful!