October 11, 2006

King Abdullah II orders building the fifth minaret for Al-Aqsa

G-d Forbid.

King Abdullah II on Monday announced the construction of a fifth minaret for Al-Aqsa Mosque, along with carrying out the needs of maintenance and renewal of the Dome of the Rock's furnishing. His Majesty gave instructions to conduct a competition for the fifth minaret's design. During a meeting His Majesty chaired in the Ministry of Awqaf, the King said that keeping and constructing Islamic holy sites 'is a duty that I should always support depicting the grandfathers steps.' He stressed that he will personally follow up carrying out the needs of Al-Aqsa Mosque. His Majesty announced also the establishment of a special fund and a Waqf for sacred places to help maintain and construct the Islamic sites, in the forefront, Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock. His Majesty expressed support to the Ministry, its programs, its role insupervising and spreading Islamic morals. He pointed to the role of Zakatfund in easing the suffering of poor people.

May G-d Forbid this decree.