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December 31, 2014 3:55 pm

Jordan Arrests Sheikh Who Endorsed Jewish Prayer on Temple Mount (VIDEO)

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In a video posted on YouTube by MEMRI, Sheik Yassin Al-'Ajlouni ruled that Jews should be allowed to pray on the Temple Mount. He later retracted his ruling. Photo: YouTube screenshot.

Jordan has arrested a sheikh who recently ruled that Jews should have a place of prayer on the Temple Mount before retracting his statement, popular blogger Elder of Ziyon reported on Wednesday.

Jordanian Sheik Yassin Al-‘Ajlouni was taken into custody on the orders of the Administrative Governor of the Irbid Governorate. The “General Mufti Department” Attorney General had filed a lawsuit against Sheikh Ajlouni demanding that the Ministry of Education take “appropriate administrative action” against the preacher “for issuing random fatwas that hurt the feelings of Muslims, and affected the Jordanian efforts to protect the Al-Aqsa Mosque from Zionist attacks.”

Earlier in December Sheikh Al-‘Ajlouni, who is also a physics teacher, said Jews should be given a place of worship on the Temple Mount. He called on “the religious ruling authorities in Palestine and Jordan” to allow Jews to build a synagogue on the religious site in the spirit of Islamic religious tolerance. He also acknowledged the fact that such remarks are likely to face “severe criticism.”

“I call upon the Islamic world and upon the Hashemite sovereign to allocate for the peaceful among the Jewish Israelis a house of prayer within Beit Al-Maqdis,” Sheikh Al-‘Ajlouni said in a video released  by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI). “There should be a special place of worship for the Jews among the Israelis under Hashemite and Palestinian sovereignty and in agreement with the Israeli regime.”

In response, the Jordanian Iftaa Department issued a fatwa against Al-‘Ajlouni calling him “ignorant” and having “no legitimacy,” Elder of Ziyon reported.

Shortly after receiving the criticism, Al-‘Ajlouni recanted his statement. He also posted a poem on Facebook calling on Jews to forgo any plan to destroy the Al Aqsa Mosque and telling them to convert to Islam. Al-‘Ajlouni said Islam will be victorious over the Jews and that there is still time to convert.

Watch Sheik Al-‘Ajlouni retract his earlier statement about allowing Jews to pray on the Temple Mount:

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  • PaulD

    Looks like the Muslims world is getting the same treatment as Pharaoh.
    May they also have the same end. Harden their hearts, and give them no way to redeem themselves.

  • No good deed shall go unpunished!

  • Yet the very name he used and continued to use, “Beit al-Maqdis,” is the Arabic coruption of “Beit HaMikdash,” and therefore an acknowledgement of the primacy of the Temple on the Temple Mount. May it be renewed speedily in our days. Waqf recognition not required.

  • The Sheikh was right the first time.

  • It will take a long, long time to islam for making its aggiornamento…

  • Yoel Nitzarim

    How tragic, unfortunate, and deeply saddening that Sheik Yassin Al ‘Ajlouni recanted his very welcomed declaration and pronouncement that Jews should have a place of worship on Har Habit. The fact that his ruling has been denounced and he has been arrested attests to the demagogic, unappreciative, feudalistic mentality of the Jordanian Waqf. One might wonder why Israel should continue to provide a protective shield for Jordan from the barbarians warring in the north in Syria and the amoral, bloodthirsty, ignoble barbarians IS to the east.

  • charlie johnson

    He waved an olive branch of peace.The Mufti guy made a sharp stick out of it and used it to poke him in the eye.The Mid East continues to remain the outhouse of planet Earth.