Archive for the ‘Iraq’

  • The holy Shrine of Husayn ibn ‘Ali, Karbala, Iraq

    Posted in Iraq | May 14, 2010
    The Shrine of Husayn ibn ‘Ali is located within the city of Karbala in Iraq. This shrine is regarded as a holy site according to the Shi’a community of Islam. This site is positioned on the place of the burial place of Husayn ibn ‘Ali, who is the second grandson of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), moreover is positioned in close proximity to the place where Husayn ibn ‘Ali was been killed at some point in the Battle of Karbala that took place in 680 C.E. This tomb of Husayn ibn ‘Ali is regarded as one of the few holiest places for the Shi‘a Muslims outside of the cities of Makkah and Madīnah, as well as scores of people make pilgrimages to this site. Each and every year, millions of pilgrims take a trip to this city for observing  [...]
  • The Imam Ali Holy Shrine, Najaf, Iraq

    Posted in Iraq | May 12, 2010
    The Imam Ali Holy Shrine is many times acknowledged as Masjid Ali or else the Mosque of Ali, moreover it is located in the holy city of Najaf in Iraq, which is regarded as the third holiest site for a few of the predictable 200 million followers of Islam’s Shia branch. Ali ibn Abī Tālib, who is the cousin of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), and the fourth caliph is been buried here. In addition buried adjacent to Ali inside the mosque are the remnants of Adam as well as Noah according to the beliefs of Shi’a community. The Imam Ali Holy Shrine – History This shrine was been foremost built by Daylamite Fannakhosraw Azod ad Dowleh, who was the Iranian ruler in the year 977 above the burial place of Ali. Subsequent to its  [...]
  • Samarra is Bliss for All those Who Visit

    Posted in Iraq | March 30, 2010
    One of the four sacred Islamic destinations in Iraq, Samarra is the city on the east bank of the Tigris River some 78 miles north of Baghdad. The city’s name comes from an Arabic word Sarr man raa, meaning a delight for whoever visits. Holding archeological and spiritual importance, Samarra is the largest old city on the planet whose imperial ruins is really vast, even though, surprisingly, it was sparsely populated in the olden days. It goes without saying that even this site is on the list of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Prime Attractions I first visited the Great Mosque that is a glorious monument and also was once the largest mosque on the planet. Made only using bricks and clay in the 9th century by Caliph Al-Mutawakkil, its layout  [...]
  • Baghdad: “The Circle city”

    Posted in Iraq | March 8, 2010
    As kids how eagerly we used to watch “Alladin”, read the bed time stories of Arabian Nights and how we wished we had that swan like eyes of Jasmine and most important we all wished we had that blue genie. The place where these stories were based, where that stout little king used to rule and that center palace with a big honeycomb like dome is none other then Baghdad. In reality city has seen the cyclic curve of life with peak and trough in during the different rules and in different era. The city has been under administration of people who were soft hearted and one with cruel heart. Yet the city has flourished and deteriorated under all these rules. The best exemplars of rulers are of Caliph Harun al- Rashid and Saddam Hussein. Caliph Harun  [...]