Faizel Patel – 01/06/2021
Diyanet , Turkey’s Religious Affairs says the hateful attempt by Israel to occupy Palestinian land and Masjid Al-Aqsa targets the entire Islamic world and the universal values of humanity.
The organisation has issued a twelve point final declaration on Al-Quds following an extraordinary meeting with ministers, directorates and Grandmuftis of Islamic Countries and Communities
“We are witnessing barbarian attacks and assaults of the terrorist state of Israel against the Masjid al-Aqsa and our Palestinian brothers and sisters.”
Under the auspices of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the officials have noted a number of points for deliberation on the al-Quds cause
Al-Quds is a land of Islam that has been witnessing the deeply rooted heritage of humanity, bearing the great memory of prophets, and hosting in its heart the Masjid al-Aqsa, which Allah devoted to Tawhid on earth.
Al-Quds, the first qiblah of Islam, has been the land of peace and a peaceful home to different races, languages, and faiths that had lived together under the Muslim rule for 13 centuries. During the last century, however, the land of peace, al-Quds, turned into the land of tears and sufferings because of the occupying policies of the terrorist state.
An aggressive and tyrannous community disregarding international law, morality and sacred values violates not only al-Quds’ sanctity for other faiths, but also its value for humanity. They, moreover, block Muslims’ entry into and exit from al-Quds and prevent the public’s freedom to worship in their sacred places, especially in the Masjid al-Aqsa and the Qubbat al-Sakhra. In recent years in particular, a deliberate intimidation policy has been persistently applied.
The occupiers have been constantly infringing the inviolability of the place of worship and using weapons against Muslims worshiping in the Masjid in the holy month of Ramadan, all occurring before the eyes of the international community. We strongly denounce and condemn this inhumane attitude.
The attempt to seize the lands of the Muslims in al-Quds where they have been living for centuries, the forced removal and deportation of the Palestinian people from their homes is a crime committed against all humanity and can never be accepted. With this attitude, the terrorist state Israel is the biggest obstacle to peace and order in this geography.
It should not be forgotten that the world peace depends on establishing peace in the Middle East, which in turn starts with peace in al-Quds. And the peace in al-Quds will only become possible by ending the occupation as soon as possible and re-establishing the religious, historical and socio-cultural ties of Muslims with the city. But at present the attacks of the occupying Israel against al-Quds are setting the biggest obstacle to achieve the world peace.
The decision of some countries to move their embassies to al-Quds has been a serious consequential decision spoiling the terrorist state. Those countries should abandon this approach immediately.
The issue of al-Quds is an important issue that concerns not only Palestinians but also the whole Islamic world. The occupiers take courage from the lack of unity of the Muslims and their state of disarray and fragmentation. We clearly declare that the whole Muslim Umma as one voice will continue to defend Palestine and Masjid al-Aqsa at all times and on all grounds.
Al-Quds is the capital of Palestine forever and hence no power or policy can ever change this truth.
In order to keep the importance and sensitivity of al-Quds and Masjid al-Aqsa alive and strong in Islamic geography, visits to al-Quds will be encouraged and joint works will be carried out. To declare the cause of al-Quds to the whole world and carry it forward to the future, collective works shall be pursued with the aim at establishing “al-Quds Research Centers” in Islamic countries.
Defending justice and law in al-Quds is at the same time the duty of all people who have conscience, including Jews, Christians and international community. If this duty is neglected, those who have responsibility will completely lose their sincerity and credibility in the eyes of Muslims.
Under all circumstances, Muslims will adhere to the principles of morality and law and their struggle will continue until al-Quds turns into a city of peace and tranquility for all.