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In every dome, wall, and mastaba, there is a flag bearing an imprint.. “Raef Najm,” the Muammar of Jerusalem, its sanctuary and its dome, is moving away from it.

Raef Najm’s work did not stop at the reconstruction of Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock, but also to the reconstruction of the homes of Jerusalemites adjacent to the Temple Mount in an attempt to stabilize them and protect them from the confiscation of Zionist gangs and settlers, and to restore homes and archaeological stores surrounding Al-Aqsa Mosque and its honorable dome.

Oman – He lived his life for Jerusalem, its blessed campus and its honorable dome, its Islamic and Christian monuments, its old city and its ancient homes, and he put the city of Jerusalem between his eyes and the Al-Aqsa Mosque in his heart.

The defeat of 1967 and the Israeli occupation of the entire city of Jerusalem formed a lump in his heart until his death – his family says -, and his burning and pain was increased by the burning of the Zionist gangs of Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Saladin pulpit, so he took upon himself the responsibility for the reconstruction of Al-Quds and Al-Aqsa Mosque and taking care of them.

The late Raif Najm – the former Jordanian Minister of Endowments and Chairman of the Committee for the Reconstruction of the Blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock – spared no effort to work for Al-Aqsa Mosque, the city of Jerusalem and the Dome of the Rock.

The late Najm passed away this evening, Wednesday, in the Jordanian capital, Amman, at the age of 95, who spent it in the service of the Holy Mosque and the city of Jerusalem and its old city.

Raef Najm lived for Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa and initiated the proposal to place the holy city on the UNESCO list of human heritage (Al-Jazeera Net)

His upbringing and attachment to Jerusalem

The late Raif Negm was born in the city of Jerusalem in 1926 and was attached to its mosque, its ancient walls and its lanes. He preserved its history and traces at the Rashidiya School during his primary studies, and after he finished his university studies in Cairo in 1951 with a specialization in civil engineering, he returned to start implementing projects to protect Jerusalem and its monuments.

Those who accompanied him describe him as “the first man of reconstruction in the right and his unknown soldier.” In 1980 he proposed to inscribe the city of Jerusalem on the UNESCO list of human heritage, and in 1981 he worked to include it on the List of Heritage in Danger.

His work did not stop at the reconstruction of Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock. Rather, it went beyond that to the reconstruction of the homes of Jerusalemites adjacent to the Temple Mount in an attempt to stabilize them and protect them from the confiscation of Zionist gangs and settlers, and to restore the houses and archaeological shops surrounding Al-Aqsa Mosque and its honorable dome, this is what his son Saeed Najm tells Al Jazeera Net.

Dome of the Rock Mosque and attempts to JudaizeFrom Raef Najm’s office in Amman, plans for restoring the Dome of the Rock and coordinating the interior and wooden domes came out (Al-Jazeera)

The Dome of the Rock testifies to him that he laid out plans for its restoration, and solved the problem of the consistency of the internal wooden and external metal domes, after previous attempts ended with the dome cracking, and he is the one who found solutions to gilding it.

From his engineering office in Amman, plans for the infrastructure, lighting, water, tiling, restoration of the walls and the roof of the tribal mosque were all produced, Jerusalem activist Ziad Abhis told Al Jazeera Net.

The Secretary-General of the Royal Committee for Jerusalem Affairs, Abdullah Kanaan, described it as an “accurate record and archive of the history of Jerusalem.” He knew Jerusalem with its history, land and architecture in all its details and every inch and corner of its blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque. He contributed to the many technical reports and scientific studies that he prepared and supervised in establishing the identity of the city. And refute the Zionist claims based on myths, especially the alleged temple.

As for Abdullah Al-Abadi, the former director of Al-Aqsa Mosque in the Jordanian Ministry of Awqaf, he says, with the right of the late, that “the courtyards, walls, and domes of the Temple Mount bear witness to his reconstruction, and he has a fingerprint on every corner and stone.”

Peace negotiations and resignation

Negm held the position of Minister of Works in the government of Ahmed Obeidat in 1985, then became Minister of Awqaf in the government of Taher Al-Masry in 1991, and when talks began to participate in the Madrid Peace Conference between the Israeli government, the Palestinians and the Jordanians, Negm submitted his resignation from the government.

In his memoirs, former Jordanian Prime Minister Taher al-Masri describes Najm’s position as “striving from his keenness not to affect the status of Jerusalem in the negotiations files, and he was afraid of the principle of Jerusalem’s return, and thus the confiscation of its Islamic and Christian religious identity and symbolic status.”

Al-Masry tried to dissuade him from the idea of ​​resigning – according to his memoirs – but the late Najm insisted on this, and he left the government along with two other ministers at the time.

Arab visit to Al-Aqsa

Najm adopted the fatwa issued by religious authorities calling on Muslims from all Arab and Islamic countries to visit Al-Aqsa Mosque and the city of Al-Quds, with the intention of providing material and moral support to its residents by dealing with them by purchasing housing, praying in Al-Aqsa Mosque and providing aid to poor families there.

Raef Najm during the interviewRaef Najm was keen to attend the completion of two projects for the reconstruction of Al-Aqsa despite his advanced age (Al-Jazeera)

Latest projects

He did not leave Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa even when he was 90 and was in a wheelchair, as the late Najm was keen to attend the completion of work on two very important historical reconstruction projects in Al-Aqsa Mosque, he had prepared their plans, the first of which was the project to restore mosaics and stucco decorations in the Dome of the Rock It lasted for 8 years and was completed in 2016.

As for the other project, it represented the restoration of the mosaic of the dome of the Qibli Mosque in the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and work continued for two years, and was completed in 2016, at the expense of King Abdullah II bin Al Hussein.

The late Najm wrote many books, most notably the book “Treasures of Jerusalem”, “Towards a Practical Plan for the Reconstruction of the Holy Places”, “Jerusalem during the Israeli Occupation Phase”, “Jerusalem as a Model of Peaceful Coexistence”, and many others.

Before his death, he donated his valuable library, which includes thousands of books and practical manuscripts, to the Library of the Royal Committee for Jerusalem Affairs, according to his son Saeed Najm.

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Reference-www.aljazeera.net

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