Thousands pray in Al-Aqsa for Laylat al-Qadr
Published Wednesday 15/08/2012 (updated) 16/08/2012 17:52
A woman prays during Laylat al-Qadr in front of the Dome of the Rock,
on the compound known to Muslims as al-Haram al-Sharif and to Jews
as Temple Mount.(Reuters/Ammar Awad)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Thousands of worshipers from the West Bank, Jerusalem and Israel headed to Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque on Tuesday to celebrate Laylat al-Qadr, one of Ramadan's holiest nights.
Director of the Jerusalem office of the Islamic Waqf told Ma'an that the number of worshipers exceeded 400,000.
The Waqf did its best to provide worshipers with everything they needed, Sheikh Azzam al-Khateib said, adding that the sheer volume of people in the Al-Aqsa compound had not been seen for years.
The Al-Aqsa Foundation for Waqf and Heritage said that around 150,000 people had Iftar in the Al-Aqsa compound. Thirty-thousand meals were provided by the foundation and other charities.
The Al-Bayariq foundation, based in Israel, dispatched over 200 buses to carry worshipers to Al-Aqsa from Palestinian communities.
Laylat al-Qadr is one of the holiest nights in Ramadan, and marks the anniversary of the night when Muslims believe the Quran was first revealed to the prophet Muhammad.
The Al-Aqsa compound, containing the mosque and the Dome of the Rock, is the third holiest site in Islam and abuts the site where Jews believe the ancient Second Temple stood.
In Ramallah on Tuesday, the Palestinian Authority cabinet sent its greetings to worshipers.
A statement said it hoped the celebration would coincide with "the hopes of our people for freedom, self-determination and the establishment of the independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital".