Welcoming Ramadan, Thousands of Palestinians Clean Al-Aqsa Mosque

This mutual activity to clean the Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound has been a long-standing Ramadan activity. Al-Aqsa and its surrounding compound regularly welcome over 100,000 worshippers during the month of fasting. Over 400,000 Muslims from across the globe came to pray on Laylat al-Qadr, the holiest night of prayer, in 2016.

Al-Aqsa Mosque
Palestinians work together to clean the compound of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. (Twitter/Adnan Abu Amer)

ACTNews, JERUSALEM – Muslims in many countries have made extensive preparations for the arrival of Ramadan. One is in Jerusalem, where Palestinians worked together to clean the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. According to The New Arab, more than 10,000 Palestinian men, women, and children from towns participated in the activities on Saturday (3/26/2022).

"Over 150 buses arrived in Jerusalem on Saturday full of men, women, and children ready to get to work," said a statement by the organizers.  

The volunteers cleaned the paved gardens of the mosque's compound, maintain surrounding tombs, and prepare the interior of the mosque for the influx of worshippers expected at the start of the holy month. Volunteers also repaired some parts of buildings in the neighborhoods in the Old City.

Other activities included the distribution of snacks, coloring activities for children, the making of bracelets and necklaces, and the installation of various Ramadan interiors.


At the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, Palestinian children engage in coloring activities. (Twitter/Katia Nasser)

This mutual activity to clean the Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound has been a long-standing Ramadan activity. Al-Aqsa and its surrounding compound regularly welcome over 100,000 worshippers during the month of fasting. Over 400,000 Muslims from across the globe came to pray on Laylat al-Qadr, the holiest night of prayer, in 2016.

The month of Ramadan will coincide this year with the 74th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba. This period will also mark a year since the wave of Palestinian protests launched during the month of Ramadan last year, dubbed "The May Uprising", triggered by Israeli authorities' violent dispersal of worshipers at Al-Aqsa mosque and attempts to displace Palestinian families in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.[]