My first experience in Jerusalam focused on the Old City, al Quds, as we say in Arabic. I wondered through the streets, occasionally asking in Arabic directions to the Dome of the Rock Mosque, taking in the sights, sounds and smells of al Quds along the way.
After giving my name, passport number and affirmation of my faith to an Israeli solder at the mosque’s enterance, I then recited from the Quran to another sentry to prove that, yes, indeed, I am Muslim. I then turned, and froze upon seeing the mosque for the first time, naturally framing itself within the arch of its courtyard enterance, almost saying, “Welcome, Janaan. Come, I am listening.”….
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