Wednesday, January 5, 2011

The Grand Mosque Of Damascus

            Omayyad mosque also known as Grand Mosque of Damascus, located in the old city Damascus, is one of the largest and oldest mosque in the world. The tomb of Salahuddin stands in a small garden adjoining the north wall of the mosque. In addition, the mosque hold a shrine which is said to contain Prophet Yahya or known in Christianity as John The Baptist. There are also hold a shrine of  Saidina Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad saw.

The Tomb Of Prophet Yahya
The Tomb Of Saidina Hussein
Pray At the Tomb Of Salahuddin
The Tomb Of Salahuddin
            The Omayyad mosque is the first monumental work of architecture in Islamic history, the building served as a central gathering point to consolidate the Muslims in their faith and conquest to rule the surrounding territories under the Omayyad Caliphate. As we explored the mosque we can see a tool of war that has been used in the old days. With such a big compound and place to store the elms, and a great architecture works on the walls of the mosque will astonishing the visitors.

The Tool Of War
Ommayad Mosque Compound
            One thing that touched my heart is when the called to prayer resounded with the tones of the four schools sect. This is the first time I heard a mosque called to prayer with this tones. Never in other mosque that I have visited before, during my odyssey.What a beautiful sound surrounding and echoing the old city of Damascus when the called for prayer.

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