Israeli minister cheers Saudi writer who claims Quds is not holy

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Shafaqna Pakistan:Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan has retweeted a Saudi writer who claims the Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem al-Quds is not significant from a religious point of view.

“From where I’m standing, there is no holy land except Saudi Arabia and no mosque is holy except those in Mecca and Medina,” Dr. Kasab Aletibi wrote on his twitter on Wednesday.

Aletiebi was referring to Saudi scholars’ belief that, according to Wahhabism, the Saudi branch of Islam which is based on radical ideologies, Islam needs to be “purified” from elements that were introduced into it during its history.

“The sacredness given to it [Al Aqsa] is literary, like any of God’s houses, like the mosque here on our block,” the Saudi writer stated.

This is while the site where the Al Aqsa mosque is located is viewed as sacred by followers of Islam, Judaism and Christianity.

Muslims view the mosque as the third most sacred site in Islam, after the Kaaba in the Great Mosque of Mecca and the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina.

Muslims worldwide face Mecca when they pray and are encouraged to visit it at least once during their lifetime. Religious Jews face the Holy of Holies on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem al-Quds, where the Aqsa mosque is also located.

Aleteibi’s tweet comes amid reports that Saudi Arabia is secretly expanding ties with Israel under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s supervision and such pro-Israeli ideologies are expected to increase as ties grow warmer.