Aqsa Week launched by UK NGO Friends of Al-Aqsa received world wide support including from government departments and prominent institutions . Aqsa Week was held between 6 to12 March 2021 to coincide with the Night Journey (al-Isra Wal-Miraj on 11th March) to encourage the love of Masjid Al-Aqsa and bring attention to the Palestinian cause. This year FOA partnered with AMP (American Muslims for Palestine) to deliver programmes as part of Aqsa Week.
“Individuals and institutes organised workshops, activities, talks and events in their network all around the world which surpassed our expectations” said Ismail Patel, Chair of FOA. He added equally important was “families around the world sitting with their children reading stories related to Al-Aqsa”.
Aqsa Week was endorsed by governments, Muslim institutes, schools and organisations throughout the world including The Department of Religious Affairs in Turkey and Malaysia, the Iraqi government and Palestinian Awqaf. Individuals took to social media to support Aqsa Week, with the campaign hashtag, #LoveAqsa achieving a social media reach of over one and a half million. The support stretched from South Africa to Australia; Indonesia to India; and from England across the Mediterranean countries to Canada. ‘This level of participation is an indication of the love for one of our greatest symbol, the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem’ added Patel.
The Al-Aqsa Sanctuary is a symbol of resistance not only against Israeli occupation but of all the oppressed around the world as mentioned in a message of support from Father Manuel Musallam, a Catholic Priest from Jerusalem.
Aqsa Week is to be an annual event, to coincide with the Night Journey (Al-Isra Wal-Miraj). The provisional dates for 2022 are 24 Feb to 2 March. Friends of Al-Aqsa states Aqsa Week is to bring the love, heritage and sacredness of Al-Aqsa Sanctuary into the hearts of people around the world. FOA appeals to all the people of conscious to join in Aqsa Week 2022 and look forward to hearing from interested parties.