Kuala Lumpur (IINA) � Malaysia on Sunday condemned Israel’s decision to close Al-Aqsa Mosque to worshipers and to ban Friday prayers, describing it as “a provocative act and a flagrant violation of the sanctity of Islamic holy sites”, BERNAMA reported.
“Malaysia strongly condemns Israel’s closure of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and denying the rights of the Muslims to perform Friday prayers,” Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak tweeted on Sunday.
Israel canceled Friday prayers in Al-Aqsa Mosque following a shootout that killed three Palestinians and two Israeli police officers at the mosque compound on Friday morning.
Meanwhile, Malaysia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the action by the Israeli authorities was a violation of international laws and norms. “This is the first time since 1969 that Muslim worshippers are banned from performing Friday prayers in the Al-Aqsa Mosque,” it said.
In its statement, the ministry stressed that the provocative action by Israel constitutes a flagrant violation of Muslims’ rights to perform their religious rituals in their holy places, free from any restrictions, and that the freedom to worship is a right guaranteed under the international law.
It also said that Malaysia demands Israel to immediately re-open Al-Aqsa Mosque to Muslim worshippers and cease any action that would change the status quo of the Islamic holy site.
Source: International Islamic News Agency