In the waning days of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, Islam’s third holiest site has change into one in every of harm and violence, with a whole bunch of Palestinians despatched to Jerusalem hospitals after Israeli police fired tear gasoline and rubber bullets on Palestinians hurling rocks within the Al-Aqsa mosque compound on Monday.
Al-Aqsa is behind solely the mosques in Mecca and Medina – the Kaaba and the Al-Masjid an-Nabawi (the Prophet’s Mosque) – by way of its significance in Islam, and is believed to be the place the Prophet Muhammad ascended to heaven.
United Nations envoys known as on Israeli authorities to keep away from escalating the scenario throughout Muslim holy days: “We name on all sides to uphold and respect the established order on the holy websites.”
Many photos – some taken days, some only hours, apart – show the contradictory experiences of peace and pain experienced here.
Bathed in light, clouded in tear gas
Muslims rest above, run below, the crimson carpet obscured by gas and debris.
Two nighttime views
Prayers on May 8. Islamic authorities estimated 90,000 people gathered for nighttime prayers at Al-Aqsa for Laylat al-Qadr:
Destruction on May 10:
The Council on American-Islamic Relations, the largest U.S. Muslim civil rights organization, says Americans should demand lawmakers condemn the attacks at Al-Aqsa Masjid.
“This is occurring as Muslims pray tarawih & tahajud in Palestine. Families who pray all evening throughout Ramadan, the mosque is like dwelling. Palestinians deserve to seek out refuge in a mosque and peace in Ramadan. Where is the media protection?”
Quran and clean-up
Worshippers and wounded
Beautiful and broken
The compound is known as Al-Haram al-Sharif or “Noble Shrine” and is also a sacred place for Jews, site of the Western Wall.
“In this microcosm of humanity’s spiritual diversity, different peoples worship the same places, sometimes under different names. The recognition, use of and respect for these names is paramount. The Al Aqsa Mosque/Al-Haram al-Sharif, the sacred shrine of Muslims, is also the Har HaBayit – or Temple Mount – whose Western Wall is the holiest place in Judaism, a few steps away from the Saint Sepulcher and the Mount of Olives revered by Christians,” Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General mentioned of the site in 2016.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., shared: “I was 7 years old when I first prayed at the Al Aqsa with my city. It’s a sacred site for Muslims. This is equivalent to attacking the Church of the Holy Sepulchre for Christians, or the Temple Mount for Jews.”
The mosque, which is greater than 1,000 years outdated, has a protracted historical past of being shaken by violence and focused by each Christian and Jewish extremists, notably together with the bigger compound past the mosque itself. When Israeli chief Ariel Sharon entered al-Haram in 2000 with greater than 1,000 armed guards, Palestinians went to protest and have been fired on by police, sparking a five-year Palestinian rebellion.
Contributing: Associated Press