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Western Wall is part of “an Islamic mosque”

Official PA TV News, about Jews entering the Temple Mount

Islamic Waqf Council Chairman Abdul Azim Salhab: "This mosque, with all of the plazas and prayer areas in it, above ground and below ground, and everything that the wall encompasses – this is an Islamic mosque, including the Gate of Mercy prayer area (i.e., an illegal compound; see note below) and the noble Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall of the Temple Mount)."

February 2019 Temple Mount clashes – Muslim riots broke out on the Temple Mount starting Feb. 18, 2019, after the Israeli police closed a compound near the Gate of Mercy after the Jordanian Waqf had violated an Israeli court order by reopening the compound the previous week. The compound was ordered sealed in 2017 given that it was managed by the banned Islamic Movement in Israel and used for illegal construction and antiquities destruction.

 

The Al-Buraq Wall - Islam's Prophet Muhammad is said to have ridden during his Night Journey from Mecca to "al aqsa mosque", i.e., "the farthest mosque" (Quran, Sura 17), and there tied his miraculous flying steed named Al-Buraq to a "stone" or a "rock." (Jami` at-Tirmidhi, Book 47, Hadith 3424). In the 1920's, Arab Mufti Haj Amin Al-Husseini decided to identify the Western Wall of the Temple in Jerusalem as that "rock" or "stone," and since then Muslims refer to the Western Wall as the "Al-Buraq Wall."