Thursday, July 20, 2006

6 The Umayyad Mosque

The site of the umayyad mosque has housed sacred buildings for many years. In the armanian era it was a temple of Hadad. In 1000 BC it was the temple of Jupiter. In the 4th century it was transformed into a church-The church of St. John. With the Islamic conquest in 661, the church was shared with the muslims praying in the eastern section and the christians in the western.

In 706 the Umayyad caliph Abd al-Malik had it rebuilt as a mosque.The christians were compensated in return. The mosque holds the shrine of prophet Yahya who is known as John the Baptist to the christians.

The mosque was restored in the 15th century and again in the 19th. In May of 2001, the pope visited the mosque. During his historic visit John Paul II became the first pontiff ever in history to enter a Muslim place of worship. Before he went inside, the pope took off his shoes and prayed in front of the tomb of John the Baptist.

It is believed that between the pillar (as shown in the picture) and another pillar is where Prophet Isa & Imam Mahdi (A.S) will re-appear from.

North of the mosque is the tomb of saladdin.


neuroticnoon said...

wow, i never knew that the mosque is Prophet Yahya's tomb, thanx for sharing that.

you learn something new everyday!


sayyeda said...

you're welcome :)

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sayyeda said...

Thx Dr.Whoami for your kind words! :)
Also thx for stopping by :D

Omar Barsawad said...

Thanks for sharing the photos!

sayyeda said...

you're welcome Omar :)
thx for visiting :)