"Life is hard. I've been working since I was 6, and it's always hard. But now I have some money, so I bought this farm out here in the countryside. Every morning I drive here from Amman, and work for 3 hours. I grow lemons, grapefruit, watermelon. They're not for selling- I just give them to friends as a gift. After 3 hours here I go back home, have a shower and some breakfast, and go to my work. This is my routine. It's important to have a special place like this."
"There's gold in these hills! Treasure, everywhere. From Roman times, from Byzantine times. I've found lots of coins. And an amulet! I think it's very expensive. Next time you come back, bring one of those machines that makes a noise when it finds metal. Then we'll both be rich! If I was rich I'd buy a big house and sleep in the afternoons."
"I'm from Syria. I left in 2012 when things were getting too bad. This [Jordan] is home now. I don't think I'll be able to go back to Syria, although I would wish that. This place looks like my home did, but this is safe. Now I know these hills instead."
"You have walked here? From Umm Qais? Good, good. Good! Walking makes you strong. Your legs must be strong, eh? That's good! Keep walking. Jordan is very beautiful. It's good to go slow."
"A little while ago the wadi here flooded really badly. One family lost over 150 animals who got washed away. That was almost everything for them. Within a few days, the other families in the area had given 180 animals to them to replace those that were lost. That's how things work here- if somebody needs help, we help them. Charity is one of the five pillars of Islam, you know. It's also part of Bedouin life. We have a saying here- 'Give without remembering, Take without forgetting.' I wish more people would think like this."
“I’m ready to be famous. 'Mohammed of the Mountains.' That’s what they call me. I read about a lot of famous people and I think: I could do that. I’d suit it, you know. I’m really impatient for it. I just don’t know how to do it. This is my position for thinking. Someday I’ll figure it out and I’ll go do what I need to do. Insha’allah.”
"I like to sleep outside in the desert. Bedouin always like to be outside, day and night. I have been stung or bitten by 21 scorpions, 2 snakes, and something else. I forget what it was. I have a scar on my foot from the snake bite. But I don't mind. There are worse things in life that getting bitten by snakes. And it still means I get to sleep outside."
I don't like to walk on the flat ground. I prefer the mountains where there are rocks and trails. it's much more interesting. One time a tourist asked what made me happy about living in Wadi Rum. I told her: "I like to be able to sh*t where there's a good view or a sunrise."