Some 300 Thousand Muslims Attend Overnight Prayers at Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem

تم نشره في Thu 22 June / Jun 2017. 12:00 AM
  • Some 300,000 Muslims Attend Overnight Prayers at Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem - (AFP)
  • Some 300,000 Muslims Attend Overnight Prayers at Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem - (AFP)
  • Some 300,000 Muslims Attend Overnight Prayers at Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem - (AFP)

RAMALLAH/OCCUPIED JERUSALEM –AlGhad— Some 300 thousand Muslims from the West Bank, Jerusalem, the 1948 territory, and beyond attended the overnight prayer last night, at Jerusalem's Aqsa Mosque to mark Laylat al-Qadr, one of Ramadan's holiest nights.

The Jordan-run Islamic Sanctities department said that visitors from around the world, including Malaysia, Turkey, South Africa, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, Jordan, and Indonesia, were among the hundreds of thousands of worshippers at the mosque.

Addressing the worshipers at the holy site, Sheikh Omar Kiswani, said the masses who attended the overnight prayers at the Aqsa Mosque confirm to the entire world that the Islamic identity of this mosque and its campus.

Earlier yesterday, Israeli occupation authorities announced that Muslims under 40 years of age throughout the West Bank were banded from attending the prayer.

Worshipers between the ages of 30 and 40 were only allowed entry with a special permit issued by the Israeli authorities.

Sheikh Azzam Khatib, director of the Jerusalem office of the Islamic Sanctities, condemned the Israeli measures and entry restrictions on Palestinians.

He said all Muslim worshipers should have the right to access the holy site throughout the year and with no restrictions.

Laylat al-Qadr is usually observed on the 27th day of Ramadan, and the Aqsa Mosque is the third holiest place in Islam after Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia.

(Agencies)

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