Hebron and Bethlehem

We visited al-Haram al-Ibrahimi, also known as The Cave of the Patriarchs (Christians), and the Cave of Machpelah (Jews). Located in al-Khalil, aka Hebron.

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Very rich in history. My mind just couldn’t absorb it all. And with doubts lingering especially when the guide goes…”The Jews believed…”. I mean we were not supposed to consult the Jews as informed in Al-Kahfi.

Anyway, this site was our closest encounter with the IDF. With high fence, barbed wires, metal detectors, turnstiles, concertina wire and loaded rifles pointing at us, the IDF here were ready to engage. The guy in View Tower was reporting back about each and single one of us back to central command.

Nevertheless, we took wudhu and proceeded into the masjid; the House of Allah. And screw them IDFs.

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Al-Quds

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.

First sight What a sight. The shining golden dome. Walk past it. It was truly humbling. I imagined our beloved Prophet (sa , walked down the stairs and we see the Masjid Aqsa. Masjid Al-Aqsa
We toured the Golden Dome.
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We also visited the Western wall aka the Wailing Wall.

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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.

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That bridge though...

After the Western Wall, we headed for the Dead Sea. The Neve Mid-Bar Beach. The creepiest beach

And Makam Nabi Musa (alaihi salam).

Just Ask Islam

Explaining Hijab, Beard and Jesus to non-Muslims have and will insyaallah be quite simple. The same meanwhile couldn’t be said about 9/11 and Palestine.

Sheikh Yusuf Estes – Just Ask Islam – Explaining Islam to Non-Muslims.

“They try to open this up as a subject and try to ask you: “well what do you say about suicide bombers?” That’s easy.

Does Islam allow us to commit suicide? Yes or no? No. Anybody who commits suicide goes to hell forever, true or false? Absolutely true. Whether it’s from a bomb or a knife or whatever. The Prophet (Peace and blessings be upon him) said: “Whoever kills himself with a knife, he will be in the hell fire stabbing himself with a knife, over and over and over.” So anybody that’s a suicide person is going to go to hell. So get that in your mind. Then they say, “yes, what about in Palestine?” Ok, this means you have conditions in the question. Have you ever been to Palestine? And the person will say, “well no.” I haven’t either. So what do you want me to talk about? Something I don’t know about. I’m not a journalist, I’m not allowed to do that!

stay away from a subject of what’s going on in Kashmir, Palestine, or Iraq, because number one, you’re not going to change peoples mind about the stuff they see on the news everyday.

Don’t come out here and start talking about the conspiracy theories of 9/11. You say, “I don’t believe Muslims had anything to do with it. How did they find Mohammad and his passport at the bottom of those towers and it wasn’t even dirty. Yet those planes blew up everything and it was so hot that the building collapsed but it couldn’t burn the passport?” Don’t do that. Because that won’t help your case. You need to tell people about one thing: “La ilaha illal-Lah.”