aspacpalestine.com – Jepara. In the historical expedition in Kudus City conducted by ASPAC (23-25 September 2017), Aspac team also visited a resident of Jepara named Abdul Mutholib, who was known as an engraver who participated in making replicas of Salahuddin pulpit in the al-Aqsa Mosque.
In the interview, Tholib said he was not expecting that he could be part of making a replica of Salahuddin pulpit after the arson attack of historical pulpit by radical Jews in 1969.
“For five years I await the certainty of participation in making the replica,” said Tholib. After there is confirmation, he went to Amman Jordan as the host of the event organizer. He went with his four other friends from Jepara to join other Muslim carvers from different countries such as Turkey and Egypt.
More or less, to make the pulpit took four years, and was successfully put in the al-Aqsa mosque in 2007. Tholib and his Indonesian counterpart joined the pulpit-set team inside masjid Al-Aqsa.
“I am thrilled to see the extraordinary enthusiasm of the Palestinians in welcoming the replicas we have made. Since the pulpit was being brought from Amman to the border, we are safely escorted like a president, “Tholib recalls proudly. (msy / aspacpalestine)