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Saudi soccer players visit Jerusalem Muslim holy site

Saudi soccer players visit Jerusalem Muslim holy site
October 14, 2019
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Players from Saudi Arabia’s national soccer team travelled to Jerusalem’s Old City on Monday to pray at one of Islam’s holiest sites. The players visited the Noble Sanctuary, a compound that houses the Golden Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest shrine in Islam. “This is the most beautiful day in my life,” said Yasser Al-Mishal, the president of the Saudi Football Federation. “Really, it’s hard to express my feelings. I thank God that I could visit al-Aqsa mosque and pray inside the mosque.” The Dome of the Rock is built where the Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) had ascended to heaven and it encompasses the Foundation Stone, a rock holy to Muslims, Jews and Christians. Jordan has custodianship of the holy sites. The area is one of the most sensitive sites in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Saudi players are due to face the Palestinian national team in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday for a World Cup qualifying match.