In Jerusalem's Old City last week I peeked through the locked gate of the Mosque of Omar and was surprised to see this sign in the courtyard.
It is apparently sura 3:51 of the Quran which quotes none other than Jesus!
The banner says
[in Arabic:] There is no god but Allah.
'I am indeed a slave of Allah,
Allah is my Lord and your Lord,
so worship Him Alone.' "
The mosque, with its tall minaret, is right across the lane from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
I wonder how many Christian pilgrims on their way to the church pause a second to look at the mosque and at the unexpected message on its wall.
The Mosque of Omar, built in the 1460s, has a fascinating story in itself.
You are welcome to read about it in two of my earlier posts.
Tomorrow is Friday, the Muslim holy day, and al Aksa mosque will be packed. After the prayers big protests are expected against Trump's declaration on Jerusalem. Palestinian officials have called for "days of rage." Let's hope and/or pray that no one loses his life.
(Linking to inSPIREd Sunday.)