We went out early for Fajr prayers at the Al-Aqsa mosque. A comical sight as we saw Ustaz in a black polo shirt and wearing bright red gloves. He had to borrow his wife’s gloves.
That walk along the Lions’ Gate took us pass the Golden Dome first.
We also visited the Western wall aka the Wailing Wall.
Along the way we actually encountered some European men trying to enter the Aqsa compound but was stopped by the IDF soldiers. One was pretty persistent.
IDF Soldier: You can’t go in.
European guy: Why? I want to go in. I am a tourist.
Soldier: Are you Muslim?
European guy: Yah.
IDF Soldier: Read.
European guy: Read what?!
IDF Soldier: You are not a Muslim.
European guy: I can be a Muslim. Why not?
At that point, I actually said Ameen. May you be a Muslim one day.
Interesting to note here is that the IDF soldiers are actually protecting the Aqsa compound.
And Makam Nabi Musa (alaihi salam).