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Defending Al-Aqsa and Supporting Palestinians is the Duty of all Muslims

Answered according to Shafi'i Fiqh by Darul Iftaa Jordan
What is the ruling on supporting Al-Aqsa guards and employees, and how should that be done?

Answer:
All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of The Worlds, and may His peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Mohammad and upon all his family and companions.

It is the duty of all Muslims to defend Al-Aqsa Mosque, Muslim`s first Qibla and third holiest site, stop Israeli aggressions against it and support the Palestinians. Actually, these aggressions target every Muslim because Al-Aqsa Mosque has a special status in their hearts; as reflected in the following verse, "Glory to (God) Who did take His servant for a Journey by night from the Sacred Mosque to the farthest Mosque, whose precincts We did bless,- in order that We might show him some of Our Signs: for He is the One Who heareth and seeth (all things)."{Al-Isra`, 1}.In addition, Allah`s Messenger(PBUH)said, "Do not undertake a journey to visit any Mosque, but three: this Mosque of mine, the Mosque of al-Haram and the Mosque of Aqsa (Bait al-Maqdis)."{Bukhari}.

Accordingly, we can support Palestinians under Israeli occupation by all available means ranging from prayer to financial support; as reflected in the following Hadith where the Prophet(PBUH) said, "He who equips a warrior in the way of Allah (will get the reward of the one who has actually gone for Jihad); and he who looks after the family of a warrior in the way of Allah will get the reward of the one who has gone for Jihad"{Bukhari}. Moreover, all Muslims must have absolute certainty that victory comes from Allah, The Almighty, for He said, "God has decreed: "It is I and My apostles who must prevail": For God is One full of strength, able to enforce His Will.{Al-Mujadilah, 21}. And Allah knows best.

This answer was collected from the official government Iftaa Department of Jordan.

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