“If someone yells about taxes after Friday prayer, remember where you are.
There used to be a cabinet that displayed a collection of bullets and canisters used in Al-Aqsa compound. This isn't a place to pray and forget the world. Here is where the world happens, and all eyes look to you. Get ready to answer questions, not just at the border, nor before entering the compound, and not only from other Muslims praying, or those from an undercover officer... but questions you ask yourself. Why? How? Really, if you're coming here to find God, you'd be surprised to find yourself first. Everyone belongs here, you'll find your place in no time, and you'll have work to do when you leave. Devotion? Manifested in infinite ways. God? Action can be prayer; He showed you all the ways to do good. Reasons to live? Look around, and it will seem like everyone knows what they would die for. History? It was meant to be. With all the checkpoints you might face, you'll feel like you were meant to be here too. Context only makes you love this place more. I left my heart in Palestine.”