Israel to Close Mosque in Hebron on Important Muslim Night

HEBRON, July 23, 2013 (WAFA) – The Israeli military authorities Tuesday informed the Muslim Waqf in Hebron of its decision to shut down the Ibrahimi Mosque (Cave of the Patriarchs) in the southern West Bank city of Hebron for Muslim worshippers on Monday, August 5, which coincides with the most important night in the Muslim calendar, Lailat al-Qadr.

Director of the Hebron Waqf, the Muslim endowment, Tayseer Abu Sneineh said the mosque will be closed to Muslims and open to Jews only claiming it is the first day in the Jewish month of Ayloul.

Lailat al-Qadr is the night the Quran was revealed to the Prophet Mohammad more than 1400 years ago and it comes on the night before the 27th day of the holy fast month of Ramadan, which will be on Sunday, August 4. It is considered the most important night in the Muslim calendar when Muslims spend the entire night until the next morning worshipping in mosques everywhere.

Abu Sneineh said closing the mosque on this important night to Muslim worshippers is an infringement on the right of Muslims to free worship in their holy places.

Israel divided the Ibrahimi Mosque between Muslims and Jews more than 20 years ago and opens it sometimes for Muslims only on important Muslim holidays and for Jews only on certain Jewish holidays. On the rest of the days, both sides pray in their designated corners of the holy place.

source : WAFA NEWS