International Union of Muslim Scholars Calls for Peaceful  Demonstrations in Support of Jerusalem and Gaza

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The International Union of Muslim Scholars has urged for “peaceful” demonstrations in support of Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip as part of events during World Jerusalem Week, observed from February 2 to 9. The call was made during a news conference held at the group’s headquarters in Doha, Qatar, attended by prominent figures including the head of the Union, Ali Muhyiddin al-Qaradaghi, and General-Secretary Ali Muhammad al-Sallabi, along with scholars and academics.

Highlighting Israel’s recent attacks and blockade on Gaza, al-Qaradaghi emphasized the urgent need for global attention to the tragic events unfolding in Palestine. The Union urged Islamic formations, movements, and institutions worldwide to organize events during World Jerusalem Week, stressing the importance of Muslim solidarity and support.

The statement issued by the Union called for humanity to rally behind the freedom of occupied Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and demanded an immediate end to the pressure and isolation in Gaza, including the lifting of the blockade. It encouraged discussions about Jerusalem during Friday sermons and peaceful marches to advocate for justice.

The group underscored the significance of Jerusalem as the first qibla for Muslims and the historical context of its liberation, calling on the international community to take a stand against the ongoing occupation and raids on the Al-Aqsa Mosque by Jewish settlers.

Founded in 2004, the International Union of Muslim Scholars aims to preserve Islamic identity, address internal and external threats, and adapt Islamic practices to contemporary challenges. Currently headquartered in Doha, Qatar, the Union is led by al-Qaradaghi, elected during its sixth general assembly.

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