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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Al Aqsa Mosque is the third most important site in Islam. It is located on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, Israel (formerly Palestine).

While Jerusalem has importance and significance in Judaism, Christianity and Islam, the raised natural platform of the Temple Mount and the Masjid Al Aqsa located on it is of significance to Judaism and Islam.

For Muslims, Al-Aqsa Mosque is the “Farthest Mosque” mentioned in the Quran and was the first “qiblah” for the Muslims. By qiblah, we mean that Muslims worshipped Allah while facing the direction of Masjid Al Aqsa, before Allah revealed in the Quran to turn faces to Makkah Al-Mukaramah.

Al-Aqsa Mosque’s present structure dates back just a thousand years or so, however the mosque was built centuries ago, before Prophet Ibrahim was born. Therefore, it precedes the building of the Prophet Sulaiman’s Temple at the same site.

Prophet Ibrahim came to Palestine from Iraq. Ibrahim considered as the “Father of Messengers” had two sons: Isaac in Palestine and Ismael in Mecca.

The belief in One God (Allah) with no associates is the cornerstone of the Islamic faith. Isaac, the father of Jacob (Yaqub) known also as Israel, had twelve sons. The most beloved one was Joseph (Yusuf).

Muslims believe that Prophet Sulaiman also worshipped Allah, the Lord of Ibrahim and so did Moses and Jesus.

Let us free Palestine. Let us free Jerusalem. Let us abide by the international law and let the people that have been displaced return to their homeland.

The continuous bloodshed of Palestinians and desecration of Masjid Al Aqsa should stop.

Khalid Abu Jabir, Bloomington

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