No modification to ban on Jewish prayer at mosque, says Israeli PM Naftali Bennett

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JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is not altering the standards at an objected to website in Jerusalem to allow Jewish prayer there, his workplace stated Monday, strolling back remarks that triggered upset reactions a day earlier.
Bennett, Israel’s new premier, had raised concerns on Sunday when he said Israel was devoted to protecting “flexibility of praise”for Jews at the hill substance. Under the enduring practice, Jews are enabled to check out _ but not hope– at the website, which they revere as the Temple Mount and which Muslims hold sacred as the house of the Al Aqsa Mosque.
Palestinians and the site’s Islamic authorities fear that Israel is gradually attempting to take control of the location and have grumbled in the past that Jews continued to pray at the site. Friction remains high there after unrest assisted spark the 11-day Israel-Hamas war in Might.
Despite Bennett’s phrasing, the status quo holds, according to an authorities in the prime minister’s office who was not licensed to speak openly and required anonymity.
The information followed a tense day in which numerous Jewish pilgrims went to the substance under heavy police guard to mark Tisha B’Av, a day of grieving and repentance when Jews reflect on the damage of the First and Second Forehead. The hilltop substance, they believe, is where the scriptural temples as soon as stood and are the holiest site in Judaism.
Muslims revere the website as the Noble Sanctuary, home to the Al Aqsa Mosque and the third-holiest site in Islam. Earlier Sunday, Muslim worshippers quickly clashed with Israeli security forces at the flashpoint shrine.
No injuries were reported, however the event again raised tensions. It came simply days before Muslims commemorate the festival of Eid al-Adha or Banquet of the Sacrifice.

Published at Mon, 19 Jul 2021 10:15:44 -0500

Pilgrims flock to Mount Arafat in high point of pandemic-era hajj

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MECCA, Saudi Arabia: Muslim pilgrims collected at Saudi Arabia’s Mount Arafat on Monday in the peak of this year’s hajj, being kept in scaled down type and under coronavirus constraints for the second year running.
Simply 60,000 individuals, all residents or locals of Saudi Arabia, have been picked to participate in this year’s hajj, with foreign pilgrims once again disallowed.
The mask-clad faithful, who had invested the night in camps in the Valley of Mina, converged on Mount Arafat where it is believed the Prophet Mohammed provided his final sermon, for the most important of the hajj routines.
After twelve noon prayers, worshippers traditionally rise the 70-metre (230-foot) high hill and its surrounding plain for hours of prayers and Koran recitals to atone for their sins, staying there till the evening.
After sunset they head to Muzdalifah, halfway between Arafat and Mina, where they will sleep under the stars before performing the symbolic “stoning of the devil”.
The scene was significantly different to past trips, which have actually prepared to 2.5 million people, and this year the mountain was devoid of the huge crowds that come down on it in normal years.
Being among the lucky couple of “provides you a feeling that our God is forgiving and has actually picked us to be in this place,” said Selma Mohamed Hegazi, a 45-year-old Egyptian. “God willing, our prayers will be accepted.
“My entire body is shivering,” she informed AFP as she stood amongst the other emotional pilgrims, using the ihram, the conventional seamless white garment used during the hajj.
Worshippers explained a sense of serenity coming down on the mountain, likewise known as the “Mount of Mercy”.
“To be one of just 60,000 doing hajj … I seem like I am part of a (fortunate) group that had the ability to reach this location,” said Baref Siraj, a 58-year-old Saudi national.
The hajj, among the 5 pillars of Islam and a need to for able-bodied Muslims with the means to take a trip a minimum of once in their lifetime, is normally among the world’s biggest spiritual events.
Hosting the hajj is a matter of status for Saudi rulers, for whom the custodianship of Islam’s holiest websites is their most effective source of political authenticity.
However disallowing abroad pilgrims has actually caused deep frustration amongst Muslims worldwide, who usually conserve for years to participate.
Participants were selected from more than 558,000 candidates through an online vetting system, with the event confined to completely vaccinated adults aged 18-65 without any chronic illnesses.
Authorities are seeking to repeat last year’s effective event which occurred on the smallest scale in modern-day history with just 10,000 individuals, however which saw no infection outbreak.
Saudi health authorities said Sunday that not a single Covid case had been reported amongst the pilgrims this year.
The kingdom has up until now taped more than 509,000 coronavirus infections, including over 8,000 deaths. Some 20 million vaccine doses have been administered in the nation of over 34 million individuals.
The hajj, which typically loads big crowds into congested religious sites, could have been a super-spreader occasion for the virus.
However Saudi Arabia has said it is releasing the “highest levels of health preventative measures” due to the pandemic and the introduction of new variants.
Pilgrims are being divided into groups of simply 20 to limit possible exposure, and a “clever hajj card” has been presented to permit contact-free access to camps, hotels and the buses to shuttle pilgrims around religious websites.
Black-and-white robots have been released to dispense bottles of spiritual water from the Zamzam spring in Capital’s Grand Mosque, constructed around the Kaaba, the black cubic structure towards which Muslims worldwide pray.
Ibrahim Siam, a 64-year-old Egyptian pilgrim who comes from Dammam in the east of the nation, said that modern procedures presented to manage the hajj “have made things a lot much easier.”

Published at Mon, 19 Jul 2021 08:35:32 -0500