February 10

Middle – East Tour – SYRIA

SYRIA

Omayyad Mosque – Damascus

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This mosque is one of the largest and oldest mosques in the world. Originally the site was a pagan temple, then a church before the mosque was built by Caliph Al-Walid 1 between 706 and 715.

Omayyad Mosque – Damascus

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This minaret, which is on the left side of the mosque is known as the Jesus minaret. It is from here that Hazrat Isa (a.s.) will descend back on earth towards the end of time.

Shrine of Yahya (AS) – Damascus

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Legend has it that this small structure within the Omayyad mosque houses the head of Hazrat Yahya (a.s.) (John the Baptist).

 

Grave of Salahuddin Ayyubi – Damascus

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The green tomb on the right houses the grave of Salahuddin Ayyubi, the great general who repelled the Crusaders and recaptured Jerusalem for the muslims.

 

Grave of Khalid bin Waleed (RA)

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Hazrat Khalid bin Waleed (r.a.), the companion of Rasulullah (s.a.w.) and the greatest muslim general is buried along with his son in a corner of this mosque in Hims.

 

Monastery of Bahira, The Monk

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This ruin was the monastery of Bahira, a righteous Christian monk who was aware of the coming of a great prophet. When the prophet Muhammed (saw) was between nine and twelve years old he accompanied his uncle Abu Talib to a business trip to Syria. Bahira saw a cloud giving constant shade to the prophet and recognised him to be the one that was foretold in the scriptures.

 

Krak de Chevalier, near Hims

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This is the interior of Krak de Chevalier castle, the best preserved Crusader castle in the world. Salahuddin Ayyuby laid siege to it but was unable to conquer it. It was eventually taken from the Crusaders by Sultan Baybers.

February 10

Middle – East Tour – JORDAN

This presentation gives a pictorial record of holy Islamic sites we visited during trips to the Middle-East.

It is intended to raise more awareness among muslims of our history and heritage. The locations of graves of Prophets and Sahabah are shown only for information purposes.

Please note that apart from the major sites all other places are not 100% proved to be genuine; the knowledge of these places have been carried down the ages.

Allah (swt) knows best.

A & R Chohan (2008)

 

JORDAN

Cave of Ashabe-Kahf, Amman

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Where several Christian boys sought refuge from a tyrannical pagan king. Allah (swt) caused them to sleep for approximately 309 years. Their story is mentioned in the holy Quran in Surah Kahf.

 

Place of Mu’ta

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Where the muslims first fought against the Romans. The graves of 3 sahabah, Zaid bin Haritha, Jafar bin Abi Talib and Abdullah bin Rawahah (r.a.) are here. It was in this battle Hazrat Khalid bin Walid (Saifullah – the sword of Allah) first became amir of a muslim army.

 

Tomb of Hazrat Shoayb (AS)

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There is a grave in this mosque which is believed to be the grave of Hazrat Shoayb (a.s.). He was the father-in-law of Hazrat Musa (a.s.) and was sent to the people of Madyan.

 

The Treasury, Petra

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This is one of a series of buildings built by the Nabateans who followed a pagan religion. Some scholars are of the opinion that they were the people of Thamud.

The holes in the walls are footholds which they used for positioning while they carved into the rock.

 

Tomb of Harum (AS), Petra

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The white building on top of this mountain is believed to house the tomb of Hazrat Harun (a.s.) who was the brother of Hazrat Musa (a.s.). It is close to the valley of Petra.