Topic | Choose topic/s and define your search
Affiliations / Personalities
Date Range

“The so-called ‘Wailing Wall’ is a lie,” declares Egyptian religious institution

Headline: “Al-Azhar: The Al-Buraq Wall is a pure Islamic waqf, and the so-called ‘Wailing Wall’ is a lie”




“The campaign ‘Jerusalem: Between the Arab Rights and the Zionist Claims,’ which was launched by the Information Center of Al-Azhar [Institute] (i.e., a prominent Egyptian Islamic educational institution), emphasized that ‘The Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall of the Temple Mount) is a pure Islamic waqf(i.e., an inalienable religious endowment in Islamic law).’

In a press release, the campaign said that the wall… is an inseparable part of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The campaign added: ‘The Al-Buraq Wall was called by this name because Prophet Muhammad tied his steed Al-Buraq, which he rode on the night of the Night Journey and Ascent to Heaven, there.’

The campaign noted that the so-called ‘Wailing Wall is a lie,’ and warned against this claim. It revealed that ‘the Wailing Wall’ is a Zionist Jewish name that was given to the Al-Buraq Wall, out of a desire to deceive. The campaign added that they began to disseminate [this claim] following the issuing of the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) in 1917 on the establishment of a national home for the Jews in Palestine; then the Jews began to visit the Al-Buraq Wall and hold their ceremonies of crying and lamenting over the destruction of their alleged Temple in front of it.”






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."


The Balfour Declaration of Nov. 2, 1917 was a letter from British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour to Baron Rothschild stating that "His Majesty's government views with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people." In 1922, the League of Nations adopted this and made the British Mandate "responsible for putting into effect the declaration," which led to the UN vote in favor of partitioning Mandatory Palestine into a Jewish state and an Arab state in 1947. In response, Britain ended its mandate on May 15, 1948, and the Palestinian Jews, who accepted the Partition Plan, declared the independent State of Israel. The Palestinian Arabs rejected the plan and together with 7 Arab states attacked Israel, in what is now known as Israel's War of Independence.