The Fire Has Not Been Extinguished Yet

On the morning of August 21, 1969, smoke began to rise from the Qibli Mosque located within the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The fire, which was intervened shortly after its start but could not be extinguished for three hours, started on the southeast facade of the mosque and later spread to the central part. Despite all efforts, the flames could not be prevented from turning the historic pulpit brought to Jerusalem by Saladin in 1187 into ashes. The damage to the structure was so extensive that the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan could only complete the extensive restoration process, which would last for…

Aelia Capitolina to Al-Quds

Hadrianus, among the Roman emperors, is considered as the third of the five good emperors. In Jewish history, he is referred to as “one of the greatest enemies of the Israelites.” After the bloody suppression of the Jewish rebellion, which lasted from AD 66 to 73, he also slaughtered the remaining Jews in the Palestine region and then rebuilt Al-Quds as a pagan city. Emperor Hadrian’s merciless attitude towards the Jews led to his name being associated with massacres and genocides in Jewish history.

Where is Al-Quds

US President Donald Trump’s declaration of Al-Quds (Jerusalem) as the capital of Israel, in order to fulfill his election promise, caused a justified explosion of anger in Turkey, as in many parts of the Islamic world.