June 2, 2020
Al-Aqsa Mosque Reopens After 2 Months of Lockdown
Jerusalems’s Al-Aqsa mosque has reopened to both worshipers and visitors after months of closure due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The Council of Islamic Waqf – who manage the Muslim sites on the holy Temple Mount complex – have said that due to a drastically slowed spread of the virus in its nearby vicinity, that the mosque can now reopen with adjustments made to how worshipers and visitors use it.
In order to reduce the risk of future spread at Islam’s third-holiest site, some of the precautionary measures that will be implemented include the compulsory use of face masks and bringing personal prayer rugs should they wish to pray in the mosque or on the grounds.
Temple Mount, or Haram al-Sharif, is a highly important site for all Abrahamic religions.
Muslims revere the site, believing that the Prophet Muhammad ascended to heaven there on a miraculous night journey. It is also the holiest site to Jews, who refer to it as the Temple Mount and believe it to be the location of two biblical temples. Resultingly, the ‘ownership’ and use of the site has been a central issue within the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
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