Al-Quds Foundation Malaysia on Tuesday launched the world's first online encyclopedia of Al-Aqsa Mosque "Aqsapedia".
The launch ceremony, which was held in Kuala Lumpur, was attended by Al-Quds Foundation Malaysia Board of Trustees chairman and Chief Minister of the state of Kedah Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir, and a large gathering of notables and guests from several Southeast Asian countries, including Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Thailand.
"We are celebrating an important event, not only for Muslims, but also for every free human being who believes in human rights, respects religions and rejects injustice. We are here for Palestine and Al-Aqsa Mosque," Mukhriz said in his speech.
"Tomorrow marks the 50th anniversary of the arson attack on Al-Aqsa Mosque, a painful memory for every peace-loving person," he said, adding that the crimes targeting Al-Aqsa Mosque have not stopped since that day, and the latest of them was the heinous attack on Muslim worshipers in the holy mosque on the first day of Eid al-Adha.
"We will continue to support Jerusalem with all available resources. Today Al-Quds Foundation Malaysia offers this great achievement which will play an important role in raising awareness about the issue of Jerusalem and al-Aqsa Mosque through rich online content," he stressed.
Mukhriz explained that "Aqsapedia" will serve as an accurate and reliable reference for everything related to Al-Aqsa Mosque away from the Israeli propaganda.
For his part, the chairman of Al-Quds Foundation Malaysia Sharif Abu Shammala said, "We launched this great project because of the serious lack of knowledge and information about al-Aqsa Mosque, in terms of quality and quantity, on the internet in foreign languages, especially local languages in South and Southeast Asia."
Abu Shammala noted that "Aqsapedia" is aimed at promoting the correct Islamic narrative regarding Al-Aqsa Mosque, adding that it will be a reliable reference for research and education purposes with accurate facts.
He added that the website is now available in four languages: Malaysian, Indonesian, English and Arabic, and soon four new languages will follow.
He concluded his speech by thanking the Prime Minister of Malaysia Mahathir Mohamad and the Malaysian people and institutions for their endless support for the Palestinian people and their struggle against the occupation.
During the ceremony a recorded speech by Sheikh Ekrima Sabri, Al-Aqsa Mosque's preacher, was presented in which he expressed his appreciation of the great efforts exerted by all those who have taken part in the launch of "Aqsapedia".
Sheikh Sabri called for more concerted action by the Arab and Muslim countries to protect Al-Aqsa Mosque against Israeli attacks and conspiracies.