Wakf ‘frightened’ by spike in COVID-19 cases, urges adherence to rules

Jordan-controlled Wakf Islamic faith trust in East Jerusalem on Wednesday appealed again to Muslim worshipers who come to pray at the al-Aqsa mosque center (Temple Mount) in Jerusalem to adhere to COVID-19 measures. it is intended to prevent the spread of the disease. The appeal came as tens of thousands of worshipers have continued to gather on the site in recent weeks, especially for Friday prayers, circumventing health rules designed to prevent put on the spread of the virus. Israeli authorities have stopped imposing restrictions on Muslim worshipers as part of an effort to reduce tensions at Mount Temple. Jerusalem Police are contacting Wakf officials about the steps that need to be taken inside the cement, a source in the Wakf Department said.Last March, the Wakf closed the site for two months as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of the Wakf chief executive said he did not rule out the possibility that the site could be closed to the public again due to the large number of worshipers not adhering to the health rules. Wednesday’s appeal is mostly directed at residents of east Jerusalem. and Arab Israelis who have been throwing large numbers into the al-Aqsa mosque manure in recent weeks. The appeal came amid a sharp rise in infection cases in East Jerusalem and among Arab Israelis. In the past few weeks, several high-ranking Islamic religious clerics have urged Muslims to come together on the site to counter attacks visiting Temple Temple.

The Islamic Campaign in Israel has organized tours of thousands of Arab Israelis to the cement, especially on Friday. The Wakf, in a “request to the worshipers coming to the al-Aqsa / al-Haram al-Sharif Mosque,” said that statistics received from the authorities about the spread of the disease “increased Amazing number of infectious people from our community. ” The Wakf said the spike in COVID-19 cases is urging everyone to take more cautious steps and prevent the situation from deteriorating to a dangerous state of health. the previous steps, which we stress from time to time and again, our religious duty and responsibility make it imperative for us in these difficult times to ring the alarm bell and more efforts in relation to the worshipers’ awareness of the importance of these measures and the need to adhere to them, especially during prayers, “the Wakf said.” For this reason, we urge the brethren and the worshipers adhere to these procedures and adhere to them before things get out of hand. ” The measures outlined by the Wakf include a call for each worshiper to bring their own rug for prayer and to face masks when present on site. In addition, the measures include an appeal for those who cannot reach the al-Aqsa Mosque to pray at home. “Elderly, sick, and children living in places far from the al-Aqsa mosque and the Old Town should not reach the mosque at this critical time to preserve their health,” the council said. Wakf. “Those who reach the Al-Aqsa Mosque must pledge to pray in the squares of the mosque, with the responsibility of maintaining the required distance of not less than 2 m. from each other. “Muslim worshipers must fully comply with the instructions given by the Wakfards and their staff and avoid using public facilities on the site as much as possible.