Masjid Al Aqsa Was Burning The Same Time As Notre Dame Last Night And No One Is Talking About It

By Biya Haq | 16 Apr, 2019

This is unheard of.

Masjid Al Aqsa in Jerusalem caught on fire last night, the same time as the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

Source: @PalestinePost24 Via Twitter

And barely anyone is talking about it.

Al Aqsa is the third-holiest site in Islam, visited by millions of Muslims and non-Muslims every year as a kind of pilgrimage. The structure has stood for over 2,000 years in time and has always been looked at with the utmost respect and awe.

Source: Al Jazeera

The entire city of Jerusalem pivots on the ideals of three faiths, Christianity, Islam and Judaism. For members of all faiths, the city remains extremely holy and religiously significant.

The fire broke out in the guard’s room, outside of the roof of the worship area, the Marwani Prayer room and was allegedly caused by children fooling around. Luckily, the fire was not too large and was successfully handled with little damage left behind. However, the Israeli police intend on opening an investigation into the matter.

Videos of the fire were spreading on social media, showing smoke and flames in the sky as seen by residents of the city.

Unfortunately, an even larger fire took form in Paris, France at the same time.

The Notre Dame was completely ablaze in flames as the entire city stood and watched as the 700-year-old historical building lost significant parts of its body.

Luckily the fire though fatal was put out and handled by Paris firefighters. Unfortunately, the damage was done.

It was absolutely horrific but even worse now knowing that two holy sites were burned last night. Of course, the fire in Paris was massive, taking away from the conversation of Al Aqsa but now with the information at hand, this kind of situation is unheard of and possibly unprecedented.

Either way, people all over the world are horrified at the events of last night.

Some are visibly upset at the fact that the burning went unnoticed as compared to Notre Dame.

At this point in time, however, two hugely important structures of the world were harmed. Luckily, one not as bad as the other. None-the-less, instead of picking and choosing prejudices at a time like this, it is important that we find the common thread of grief among all of us.

Whether you had a personal connection to either of these places or not, they both still stand tall even after the flames engulfed them. If you ask me we can learn a lesson or two from these pieces of history.

Have you heard of the fire at Al Aqsa? Notre Dame? What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.

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Cover photo source:Kashmir Reader/@PalestinePost24 Via Twitter

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