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0202 – Points of View from Jerusalem


"What does 'Jerusalemite Murabita' [1] Khadija Khwais [2], who is forbidden from entering Al-Aqsa, say?

'I am still in the same place praying.
I barely hear the mosque's imam calling to kneel and prostrate with the worshipers, and his voice sometimes reaches me and sometimes vanishes!
The Occupation soldiers' task is to watch me, to harass me while I'm praying and disrupt my prayers. They brought iron barriers to gather en masse behind them, laughing, sneering loudly, and shamelessly use foul words that I am forced to hear every night.
But I remain and will remain in my spot, the closest place to the air of the blessed Al-Aqsa, and in wonder at the universe I ask, how can those who are not distanced from it deprive themselves of it?!
How can you be a Jerusalemite and pass by the walls of the mosque at the time of prayer and pass its gates and not be astounded by it?!
Has Al-Aqsa become contemptible to its nation, or is it that its nation has become contemptible to Al-Aqsa?"

– Hona Al-Quds

0202 Editor's Note:
[1] Murabit (feminine: Murabita) is a term for a Muslim in a state of "rebat," meaning linkage, or bondage. It refers to a sort of mental preparation to protect Muslim sanctities, specifically Muslims who pray in Al-Aqsa, in effect opposed to Israeli and Jewish presence there.
[2] Khadija Khwais is a Murabita who was issued an order banning her from Al-Aqsa Mosque.
For a previous post on Khadija Khwais, see: https://bit.ly/2xBtjmO

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