Masjid Al-Aqsa is a holy site in Islam which can be found in Jerusalem. The area consists of a silver-domed mosque, as well as 17 gates, several minarets and the Dome of the Rock.

Masjid Al-Aqsa translates to “the farthest mosque” and Muslims believe it is where the Prophet Muhammad travelled during the Night Journey from the Sacred Mosque in Mecca before going to heaven. Built four decades after the Kaaba, it was the second place of worship constructed in Islam. In the Qur’an, it is described as being ‘blessed’ and ‘holy’, and it is believed to be one of the places that the Prophet Muhammad taught his followers to journey to.

For many, it is an important spiritual spot, so it’s vital that we do what we can to make sure it continues to be a welcoming, comforting place. One charity that is involved in a project to help maintain the site is Human Appeal. To find out more, keep reading.

An exciting renovation project

As conflict continues in many Middle Eastern countries and territories, everyday life there can be tough. For millions of men, women and children, food, water and shelter are in short supply, and this can mean they place even greater emphasis on spiritual spaces. Often referred to as al-Haram ash-Sharif – which translates to ‘the Noble Sanctuary’ – Masjid Al-Aqsa is a place a lot of Muslims visit to seek spiritual refuge – especially during Ramadan. Many worshippers visit during this sacred month to pray throughout the day and into the evening.

However, once night falls, the site is left in darkness, making it uncomfortable for visitors. Fortunately, Human Appeal is on hand to help. The non-profit organisation has plans for an exciting renovation project to install floodlights on the site. Instead of being left in the dark, worshippers will be able to stay for longer. It is aiming to install 10 floodlights.

The charity also supports its Feed the Fasting campaign. With the donations it receives, the organisation is able to host an iftar meal for worshippers at the site.

Help make a difference

In order for Human Appeal to light up the Masjid Al-Aqsa, the charity needs your help. By making a donation, no matter how big or small, you can be a part of making the site a more welcoming, comfortable place. To make a contribution, or to find out about Human Appeal events and projects, you can visit the charity’s website.

 

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