In a Friday sermon delivered in August 2017 at the Masjidul Quds in Cape Town, South Africa, Moulana Ihsaan Hendricks, Director of Al Quds Foundation SA, said that the Jews have no right to the Western Wall and that "in 1967, we lost the Wall of Al-Buraq... an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque." He said: "There is nothing interfaith about the Wall of Al-Buraq. Every portion of the compound of the Al-Aqsa Mosque is the haqq of the Muslims." According to Moulana Hendriks, archaeological excavations under the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which began in 1968, were part of an "expansionist plan" of the Zionists to prove that there were archaeological traces of the Temple of Solomon. The sermon was posted on the mosque's YouTube account on August 13, 2017.
Moulana Ihsaan Hendricks: "The Moshe Dayans, the Ariel Sharons, walking to what they call today the Western Wall. They call it Haitul Mabka, the Wailing Wall. And for us we repeat every time that we take this platform, Laysa Hoonaka Haitul Mabka, there is no Wailing Wall. Inaha Haitul Buraq, it is the Wall of the Buraq.
"It is only in 1967, that the Zionists claimed legitimacy of Haitul Buraq. And so the events that is taking place right now, what we have seen happening for the last month around Al-Majid Al-Aqsa is not in isolation of what started of in 1967. And so painfully, we have to remind you today that in 1967 already we lost an integral part of Al-Majid Al-Aqsa Al-Mubarak. In 1967, we lost the Haitul Buraq that is in spite of the fact that in 1929, the Palestinian people started Thawrat Al-Buraq, the revolution of the Buraq Wall to safeguard this very integral part of Al-Majid Al-Aqsa Al-Mubarak. Even today many Muslims are confused. Many Muslims compromise on an integral part of Al-Majid Al-Aqsa. Many Muslims even today believe that the Jewish community have a right at the Wailing Wall. Some of us believe it is a good interfaith exercise. There is nothing interfaith about the Haitul Buraq. Every portion of that Masjid, every portion of the compound of Al-Masjid Al-Aqsa Haqq Al-Muslimeen, is the Haqq [right] of the Muslimeen [Muslims].
"And so in 1967, and therefore 2017, Masjid Al-Aqsa experienced 50 years of occupation. Besides the fact that they have taken charge of the Haitul Buraq and converted it to the Wailing Wall. You know the night of Lailatul Isra' Wal Miraj, [the night of Isra and Miraj] Rasulullah [the messenger of Allah, Prophet Muhammad] entered that Baab [gate]. It is called classically, Baab Un-Nabi, The gate of the Nabi Ali Salatu-Assalaam. Why because the entered through that particular gate. He entered Al-Majid Al-Aqsa, the keys of that door, of that gate was taken away by the Zionists from 1967 till now and not a single Muslim have ever entered that Baab again after 1967.
"If you look at the expansionist plan, or the divisionist plan of the Zionists, you will actually see that it is from this particular point that they intensify the excavations almost immediately the year after that. 1968, the Zionists commence with Hafriyat Tahtiha Al-Masjid Al-Aqsa Al-Mubarak, the excavations beneath Al-Masjid Al-Aqsa Mubarak. Because Zionism is driven by the ideology the state is incomplete without the capital. The capital must be Al-Quds for them and that the capital is incomplete without the temple, and the temple is the Temple of Solomon. And they believe the Temple of Solomon must be built on the ruins of Al-Masjid Al-Aqsa Al-Mubarak. So from 1968 till now, the Zionists have intensified the excavations to prove archaeologically that there are enough archeological traces of the Temple of Solomon."