Issan al-Kasab has become the first mosque in Saudi Arabia to receive a state grant, a move that came as the United States and Iran continued to clash over the fate of the Temple Mount, a holy site that Muslims believe should be part of Jerusalem.
The move came after an investigation by the state-owned Al-Jazeera English news agency revealed that the mosque, which is in the northern province of Dammam, was listed as a foreign terrorist organization.
The investigation concluded that it was “not a legitimate mosque.”
“I am a huge supporter of Hamas, Hezbollah and the resistance of Israel,” al-Najjar told Al-Monitor on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the media.
The mosque is situated in the city of Dammar near the northern city of Jeddah, which was recently designated as a terrorist hotbed, under a law that has allowed the authorities to ban or severely limit gatherings of Muslims in Saudi cities.
The government in Riyadh has repeatedly denounced the Temple and its compound, which are revered by Jews as the site of the biblical Temple and the third-century-old Ibrahimi Mosque, as a holy place for the Jewish people.
On April 7, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman ordered a government-commissioned investigation into the Temple mount, which he described as a “provocation” to incite violence in the country.
The country’s chief religious affairs official, Adel al-Obeidi, said on April 9 that Saudi Arabia was “ready to act against terrorism and extremism.”
Al-Obrahim said in a statement that “in order to fight extremism and terrorism, we will not allow the Temple to be used as a pretext to create a new stage of hatred in the region.”
“The situation in Saudi has changed significantly over the past three years, but it remains the same.
We must keep fighting against this threat,” al’tif told Al-‘Arabiya.
“We are committed to protecting the Temple.”
In the wake of the ruling, the kingdom’s parliament passed a resolution that declared the mosque a “foreign terrorist organization.”
“Our people have been subjected to acts of hatred and violence because of the Islamic faith and its holy sites.
They have been targeted for their faith and faith institutions, and this is an affront to the values of the Saudi nation,” the resolution read.
The decision came days after the Saudi Arabian foreign ministry urged the international community to act on the Temple.
In a statement, the ministry said that “all acts of violence, whether religious or political, should be resisted and stopped.”
The ministry also condemned “the systematic targeting of Muslims who have committed acts of charity, such as donating blood, donating clothes, and providing other aid.”
It added that “the international community should act to protect the rights of those Muslims who are victims of acts of extremism, including those who are citizens of countries with which the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has a security relationship, in particular, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan.”
The kingdom’s Ministry of Interior has reportedly announced a crackdown on “violent extremists” and “foreign terrorists” in the wake to the latest ruling.
The state-run news agency Sabah reported that the ministry is “investigating all individuals who are suspected of being involved in the terrorist organization Hezbollah and Hamas.”
The ministry added that it “would not hesitate to use all legal means” to fight “foreign extremist organizations and foreign terrorist organizations.”
On Tuesday, the Saudi-led coalition began airstrikes in Syria, where they have been supporting a Kurdish-led campaign to retake the strategically important town of Afrin from Islamic State militants.
The coalition said in late April that it had killed “several” Islamic State fighters in the Afrin region, while the UN has warned of a growing threat of ISIS-linked attacks in Saudi-controlled territory.
On Friday, the coalition announced that it would intensify airstrikes in Iraq against ISIS, adding that it has already struck the group’s “core strongholds” in Iraq.
The coalition has launched airstrikes against the militant group in both Iraq and Syria, including the group in the northeastern city of Tikrit and a compound in the eastern province of Najran.
In a statement issued on April 10, the Coalition to Stop ISIS called on the international coalition to “stop the bombing and to support the Iraqi government to liberate Tikrit.”
In recent weeks, Saudi airstrikes have also targeted the Syrian city of Aleppo, which the coalition is supporting to recapture.
The Syrian city has been under the control of the government since 2012, but has been hit hard by the Syrian war and has become home to a large number of Syrian refugees.
Saudi Arabia has long been a leading backer of the Syrian government.
It has provided the military backing of the regime and its forces since the beginning of the conflict in 2011, and it has also contributed to the reconstruction efforts in the war-torn country.
Last year, the country’s royal family announced that the country will not