“Every time you go to Hajj, Umrah and to visit the Prophet (peace be upon him), go to Jerusalem.
Go to the Palestinian hotels, and eat in the Palestinian restaurant, and buy from Palestinian traders – since of the 50,000 of the native Jerusalemites both Muslim and Christian, 70% of them live below the poverty line. 40% of them are now forced to leave the city go to the West Bank in order to be able to earn a morsel to survive. When people stopped visiting al Aqsa, it affected their businesses and their livelihood, which was lost. The students of the extremist Zionist seminaries, whose Rabbis have sanctioned the killing of Palestinian children – not a week goes by but they go into the courtyard in the haram of al-Aqsa mosque and dance. If the courtyard and haram was filled with people praying all year round, like in Mecca and Madina, then do you think that they will be able to do this? If it was filled with pilgrims?
It is expected that if you start going in large numbers, sooner or later you may be barred. But insist on going. This is your right. Raise your voices and seek your right. When you go, then, don’t go in a state of agitation or conflict. Some may find that as a justification to bar you. What we have to do, is learn how to resist tyranny and oppression with what is at hand.
Go there with your hearts, connected to the reality of the visit. Advise your Christian friends to visit to “Church of Resurrection” and “Bethlehem” – make this a point of common spirituality between you.
This will be the beginning of change, which will even start affecting the political arena. May Allah enable us all, and grant us the opportunity to pray in Masjid al-Aqsa.”
Habib Ali Al Jiffry