Precious Kashmir News
Srinagar, Dec 8: President of United States Donald Trump recognizing disputed Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has triggered a row across the Muslim world.
Since yesterday Muslims across the world have taken to the streets and are protesting against the decision of the United States President. They are demanding that US should revisit its decision to prevent the situation from taking an ugly turn.
Al-Aqsa Mosque also known as Bayt al-Maqdis is located in the Old City of Jerusalem. It is the third holiest site in Islam. After Israel has occupied Palestine, Muslims find it difficult to visit Al-Aqsa mosque due to the legal wrangles and other difficulties.
“By declaring Jerusalem as Israel’s capital America has almost declared the holy site for Muslims as out of bounds as Israeli authorities won’t like Muslim visiting the place in large numbers,” said an analyst.
He said that decision of the US president would create a wedge between the Muslims and the Western world. “This decision can have far reaching consequences as it can pit Muslims against non-Muslims and can trigger a large scale war. I looks like US has decided to take Muslims head on. And this is just a beginning. Protests rocking Muslim world should serve as an eye-opener for the Trump administration. It seems America has under estimated the power of the Muslim world. The United States should bear it in my mind that Muslims are not that weak and they can withstand any storm. History stands testimony to the fact Muslims have faced many onslaughts till date and have recovered after facing all the odds,” the analyst added.
Jerusalem is a city in the Middle East, located on a plateau in the Judaean mountains between the Mediterranean and the Dead Sea. Al-Aqsa Mosque also known as Bayt al-Maqdis is located in the Old City of Jerusalem. In Islam, Jerusalem is the third-holiest city, after Makkah and Madina. In Islamic tradition in 610 CE Al-Aqsa Mosque became the first qibla, the focal point for Muslim prayer and Prophet Muhammad (SAW) made his night Journey there ten years later.
During the 1948 Arab–Israeli War, West Jerusalem was among the areas captured and later annexed by Israel while East Jerusalem, including the Old City, was captured and later annexed by Jordan. Israel captured East Jerusalem from Jordan during the 1967 six-day war and subsequently annexed it into Jerusalem, together with additional surrounding territory. One of Israel’s basic laws, the 1980 Jerusalem law, refers to Jerusalem as the country’s undivided capital.
All branches of the Israeli government are located in Jerusalem, including the Knesset (Israel’s parliament), the residences of the Prime Minister and President, and the Supreme Court. Whilst the international community rejected the annexation as illegal and treats East Jerusalem as Palestinian territory occupied by Israel.The international community does not recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and, since the 1980s, the city hosts no foreign embassies.