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Passion Islam I October 2009 ORLD NEWSW I 15
Israel digging new tunnel
towards Al-Aqsa Mosque
Palestinian organization, Al Aqsa
Foundation for Waqf (Endowment) and
Heritage, said that Israel is digging a
new tunnel under Jerusalem’s district
of Salwan which is heading up north
to Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Israel plans to link the tunnel
which has already reached a length
of 120m, to another one under Halwa
Valley, also situated in Salwan, added
the organization in a statement.
The tunnels will link up to a network
of tunnels built under the district all
heading to the mosque.
The tunnels are five metres wide
with a height of three metres and
are held up by metal rods, read the
The digging is authorized by Israeli
authorities including the Israel
foundation stated. of Palestinians in the area which are
Antiquities Authority and other Jewish
The operation which has been seen to be cracking as a result of the
organizations who are employing
ongoing for around 40 years so far, subtraction of land below.
Jewish settlers for the huge
is being carried out according to a The Palestinian organization called
Jewish belief that underneath Al-Aqsa on the international community to
Trucks are seen daily carrying the Mosque, there exists a hidden ancient immediately put a stop to the project
rubble and sand as a result of the long lost kingdom. which could have disastrous effects
digging, which transport the heaps But the digging poses a huge on people in the area and Islam’s
to an unknown whereabouts, the threat to Al-Aqsa Mosque and houses second most sacred shrine.
Author Hofmann elected as
Muslim personality of year
Former German diplomat and author DIHQA annually honours an Islamic He has authored several books on
Dr. Murad Wilfried Hofmann was figure for their immense contributions Islam, including “Journey to Makkah
selected as the Muslim personality of to Islam; with this year’s 13th session and Islam: The Alternative”, other
the year during a Quran competition granted to Hofmann. works and essays which focus on
of Dubai International Holy Quran DIHQA awarded earlier important Islam in the West, UAE news agency
Award (DIHQA). figures among Islamic wolrd such as said.
Meanwhile, Vice-President and Alija Izetbegovic and Sheikh Yusuf Al- Many of his books and essays
Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler Kardavi. focus on Islam’s status in the West
of Dubai, will give away awards and Dr. Hofmann, born inA schaffenburg, and, after September 11, in particular,
certificates to the winners of intense Germany 1931 is well-known German in the United States.
competition among 77 contestants diplomat and author, was born a He currently lives with his Turkish
and a rich cultural programme of 35 Catholic, but embraced Islam in wife in Istanbul, Turkey. Dr. Hofmann
lectures during the closing ceremony 1980. His conversion to Islam was was an honorary member and advisor
on Thursday night at the Dubai controversial due to his high profile in to the Central Council of Muslims in
Chamber of Commerce and Industry. the German government. Germany.
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