In Jerusalem, for the first time two months after the announcement of the coronavirus pandemic, the Temple Mount was opened to the public. In particular, Muslim believers gained access to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Reuters reported.
About 700 Muslims gathered on Sunday morning for prayer in the old city of Jerusalem, in a complex known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary, and to Jews as the Temple Mount.
The body of guardianship over the holy places of Islam on the Temple Mount, the so-called Islamic Council - WACF - allowed Muslims to visit the third greatest shrine of Islam, subject to a number of quarantine requirements: wearing masks and using personal prayer rugs.
However, Israel Info reported that the Jordanian WACF allowed prayers only in the open. Al-Aqsa ministers sent worshipers to special marked areas, each of which was designed for 50 people. At this stage, two mosques - Al-Aqsa and the Dome of the Rock - will remain closed to the public.
Temple Mount is the sacred site of the three Abrahamic religions. Muslims believe that here the Prophet Muhammad ascended to heaven. Jews worship Temple Mount as the site of Jewish antiquities. Biblical traditions identify the Temple Mount with Mount Moriah, on which God commanded Abraham to sacrifice his beloved son Isaac.
The Temple Mount is located in the southeastern portion of Jerusalem's Old City, above the Wailing Wall.
It is worth noting that the Kotel was opened on May 9 to visit believers. This is the greatest shrine of Judaism outside the Temple Mount itself.
As we reported before, in mosques in Turkey, the Friday prayer was first performed during the quarantine period.