The Syrian capital of Damascus was once the capital of the Umayyad Caliphate.
There are a number of sites that pilgrims travel to offer homage to. The tomb of Bibi Zainab, daughter of Imam Ali is located there. The city is also home to Bab Saghir, a street with cemeteries on either side of the road. It has the tombs of Bibi Ruqayya, the daughter of Imam Hussain, Bibi Umm-e-Kulsoom, the sister of Imam Hussain, Abdullah, Imam Hussain’s grandson, and other tombs including the Maqam Ra’s Shuhada which is the burial place of the head of the martyrs of the Battle of Karbala.
Towards the prison, walking through the Hamidiyya bazaar pilgrims can find the mausoleum of Bibi Sakina, the prison of Ahlul Bayat and the pulpit of the fourth Imam, Imam Zaynul Abideen.
The Ummayyad Mosque is also located in Damascus and is a short walk away from the Prison. The mosque holds significance in Shiite history as it is the place where the head of Imam Hussain is said to have been buried and before that, the place where it was kept in Yazid’s treasury. The mosque is also the place where Imam Zaynul Abidin delivered his sermon before Yazid.
Another popular site for travellers to visit is the Salera Hill where the footprint of Imam Ali can be found along with a sermon that he wrote on stone with his finger. It also has the cave of Ashab al-Kahf. Another hill that is often considered too dangerous to climb is said to have the fingerprint of the Archangel Jibrail. It is also the resting place of 40 prophets.
Damascus is a major cultural and religious centre that attracts many Muslim pilgrims from all over the world throughout the year. Our tour is designed to provide you with enough time to travel to all the major locations. We can even provide you with a tour guide to help navigate your journey and to make the most of it.