Tehran: Renowned Islamic bodies expressed strong condemnation and denunciation of the settlers’ actions in Hebron Palestine after they tore up copies of the Quran and burned them.
Nidal Al-Jabari, director of the Hebron Endowment, told the Wafa News Agency, that Israeli settlers on October 10, tore and burned a number of Qurans and threw them in the garbage near the Qaytun Mosque at the Ibrahimi Mosque.
He explained that seven copies of the Quran were found torn and dumped in the garbage, one of which was partially burned, stressing that this attack comes after a series of attacks carried out by settlers against the Ibrahimi Mosque and the houses surrounding it.
Egypt’s highest Islamic seminary Al-Azhar Al-Sharif, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, issued a strongly worded statement condemning the actions of Israeli settlers.
On Thursday, October 13, the General Secretariat of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) strongly condemned the extremist settlers’ tearing up and burning of copies of the Holy Qur’an.
Grand Mufti of Jerusalem
For his part, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the preacher of Al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Muhammad Hussein denounced the burning, tearing, and throwing of the Holy Qur’an by extremist settlers.
He stressed that these abhorrent actions express a racist discourse against Islam. It would provoke feelings of hatred and violence among people, and lead to a state of chaos and tension among them. He called for an end to such “reckless attacks.”
In turn, Palestine Judge Mahmoud al-Habbash condemned the settlers’ tearing and burning of copies of the Noble Qur’an, and considered – in a statement – this crime as a barbaric act and a war against Islam, a blatant attack and an insult to the feelings of nearly two billion Muslims around the world, and a violation of the faith of Islam and its holy book.
He sent an urgent call to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and all Islamic countries that fall under its banner to “mobilize and anger God Almighty and the Holy Quran is the constitution of our nation and the beacon of the call of Islam.”
Al-Habbash stressed that any reaction to this crime by any Palestinian or any Muslim is a legitimate response, as a religion and legally.
The pioneers of social networking sites condemned the settlers’ behavior, considering that what happened was a new “crime” to be added to the record of the occupation’s crimes.
Reply with prayer
In this context, social media users on Twitter issued a public invitation to perform Maghrib and Isha prayers on Monday at Qaytun Mosque in Hebron in response to the settlers’ assault on the Holy Quran.
This comes after hundreds of settlers held a party in the Ibrahimi Mosque, under strict protection by the occupation forces, on October 3.
It is noteworthy that the Israeli forces prevented citizens from entering the squares surrounding the Ibrahimi Mosque, except for a few days during the year, while settlers are allowed to enter them all days of the year.
The Israeli forces banned the call to prayer 57 times in the Ibrahimi Mosque in September.
The Israeli forces continue to refuse to open the eastern door, prevent mosque employees from inspecting the roof, maintain minarets and loudspeakers, and restore ablutions and the entrance to the sanctuary.