Maldives Minister of Islamic Affairs Sheikh Mohamed Shaheem Ali Saeed and Palestinian Islamic Minister Dr Mahmoud Al Habbash have announced the Masjid Al-Aqsa conference will be held in the Maldives during a joining press conference Sunday (April 7).
Shaheem said the Mufti and Imam of the Masjid was invited and various “renowned” religious scholars will participate, reports local media. A joint committee with officials from the the Maldives Ministry of Islamic Affairs and the Palestinian Embassy will finalise the conference date and participants.
The purpose of the conference is “to increase the love in the hearts of Maldives citizens, and other Muslims around the world towards [the holy mosque] Masjid Al-Aqsa,” according to Shaheem.
The joint committee will address “troubles” Maldivians face visiting Masjid Al-Aqsa, enable 10 Maldivian men (religious scholars, students, journalists and members of the public) to visit the holy mosque, and “facilitate opportunities” for Maldivian students to study in Palestinian universities.