Scores of world Muslim leaders, including Moulana Ebrahim Bham, the General-Secretary of the Jamiatul Ulama South Arica, spoke out about the importance of Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa, during a conference held in London last Friday.
The conference which was organised by Friends of Al-Aqsa, sent out a resounding message that no Arab or Palestinian leader can negotiate the status of Jerusalem.
Held in the wake of Donald Trump’s disastrous intervention on the status of Jerusalem, wholly rejected by the international community at the UN General Assembly, and a 3000-strong petition which reiterated the centrality of Al-Aqsa to Muslims around the world; the conference was a means of reasserting Muslim attachment to the city and Al-Aqsa.
The conference was addressed by other leading scholars including the head of Jamiat Ulama-I-Hind Maulana Mehmood Madani, Shaykh Abu Bakr from Nigeria and Emeritus Grand Mufti of Bosnia Mustafa Ceric. Speakers from the UK included Salma Yakub, Ajmal Masroor and Shaykh Zahir Mahmood.
Chair of Friends of Al-Aqsa, Ismail Patel said “the conference on the religious importance of Jerusalem has been arranged to send a message that Jerusalem carves a special place in the hearts and minds of Muslims and reinforcing that it is not something that can be undermined or negotiated away by any Arab or Palestinian leader.”
Moulana Bham mentioned the reverence of all the prophets to Muslims and argued for a continuation of Palestinian custodianship of Jerusalem.