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Libel: Israel to destroy Al-Aqsa Mosque
Abbas advisor: The Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem is place of conflict between us and the “colonialist project”, “culture of Islam vs. culture of Satan”
Official Palestinian Authority TV - June 30, 2018
 






Official PA TV program Quranic Horizons, lecture on Sura 2:114 of the Quran by Supreme Shari’ah Judge, Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice Mahmoud Al-Habbash

Supreme Shari’ah Judge, Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice Mahmoud Al-Habbash: “The Master of the Universe says in the Al-Bakrah Sura, verse 114: ‘And who are more unjust than those who prevent the name of Allah from being mentioned in His mosques and strive toward their destruction. It is not for them to enter them except in fear. For them in this world is disgrace, and they will have in the Hereafter a great punishment.’ [Quran, Sura 2: 114, Sahih International translation]…
Jerusalem’s mosque, Allah established that it would be a symbol of the movement of life in the nation. Indeed the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, Allah established it as one of the three prominent mosques in Islam. [Islam’s] Prophet [Muhammad] said: ‘There are only three mosques to which one must make a pilgrimage.’ (Refers to a famous Hadith - a teaching attributed to Islam’s Prophet Muhammad – understood as indicating the three mosques in Medina, Mecca, and Jerusalem -Ed.) …
When we call on Muslims today to visit Jerusalem, we call on them to act to strengthen [its Islamic] identity. Jerusalem is an arena of conflict between us and the colonialist project. So, we will not come to Jerusalem in order to let the colonialist project relax as it pleases? So that they will do as they wish with Jerusalem? So they will build, settle, expel, destroy, and build as they wish? …
When I read this verse, I understand that it includes everyone who prevents the people from coming to this mosque, the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque. It includes the occupation and the colonialism that are preventing the people from coming to the Al-Aqsa Mosque by tangible force. And it also includes the people of the ‘ideological terrorism’ in quotes (referring to Islamic adjudicators close to Hamas that have ruled that it is forbidden for Muslims to visit Jerusalem -Ed.) who use cogitative power to prevent the people from coming to the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque. And it is as if the two groups are carrying out the same mission: ‘Strive toward its destruction.’ …
The mosque of Jerusalem apparently - and the All Knowing is Allah - is the place of the eruption of the conflict and the historic battle between Islam and the enemies of Islam; between the Muslims and the enemies of Muslims; between the Islamic culture in all its splendor and human glory and the culture of Satan that attempts to establish oppression and aggression at the expense of the culture of truth and good… No one is more an oppressor than the one that prevents the people from reaching the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque today. The Al-Aqsa Mosque has become the headline of this time, the headline of the dialogue that is based on the principles of history and politics, and even on the principles of Islamic religious thought, concerning assessing and describing the conflict between good and evil. This mosque is destined to be the arena of the battle between good and evil. This mosque and this wonderful city - the city of history, religion, and culture, Jerusalem - are destined to be the headline of the conflict. Its people are the people of the first line, the people of Jerusalem, and they deserve that all of the nation will stand before them and cherish and honor them…
And therefore Jerusalem is the headline of this battle, this conflict, and this round, which I and many others see as the key, as the first step, as the spark of the battle of the ‘final promise’ (refers to Sura 17:7 of the Quran, which Al-Habbash apparently understands as referring to a future war of destruction against Israel; see note below –Ed.), the battle of return, the battle of entering the mosque, 'as they entered it the first time,' as is said in the Quran: '…Then when the final promise came, [We sent your enemies] to sadden your faces and to enter the temple [in Jerusalem], as they entered it the first time, and to destroy what they had taken over with [total] destruction.' [Quran, Sura 17:7, Sahih
International translation] (According to the Arabic, the coming of the final promise could be understood as either past or future tense; see note below –Ed.)
Today, the most prominent mosque that the people are prevented from coming to is the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Barriers, closures, the closure of routes and gates, and the establishment of ages – this is a new craft that we are hearing of for the first time: You are not allowed to pray because you are younger than 40, and you are forbidden… how nice! What is this? In what period of history are we living? In the Inquisition's courts? What was done to them – in the ghetto, in the Inquisition's courts, and in the Nazis' courts – they want to do this to people. Are we in the Inquisition, or what? Israeli Zionist Inquisition courts that are attempting to demean human dignity, the dignity of the people's religion, and the people's faith in Allah. However Allah promises, threatens: 'And who are more unjust than those who prevent the name of Allah from being mentioned in His mosques.'"

The final (other) promise - The second half of Sura 17:7 of the Quran - “Then when the final promise came, [We sent your enemies] to sadden your faces and to enter the temple [in Jerusalem], as they entered it the first time, and to destroy what they had taken over with [total] destruction.” [Sahih International translation] - can be understood as either past or future tense due to the ambiguity of the Arabic "idha ja'a" referring to “the promise” that can be understood as “when it came” or “when it comes,” and the Arabic “al-ahera,” also referring to the promise, which can mean “other” or “final.” Many religious scholars understand it as past tense, and referring to the destruction of the Second Temple. But some understand it as future tense, apparently referring to some future destruction befalling the Jews. Al-Habbash seems to understand it as referring to a final war in which Israel will be destroyed.

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