Makkah is the holiest city for all Muslims. In this city is the sacred and noblest mosque called the Haram Al-Shareef. Within the haram is the cube shaped ‘Kaaba’, which is the house of God (Allah). All Muslims worldwide face the Kaaba to offer their daily five prayers.
Riyadh is not only Saudi-Arabia’s largest and capital city, it is also the largest city of the Middle East and Gulf countries. One can find plenty of history, culture, and other things to do in this large city. Below are some of the sites that you can visit while you are in Riyadh.
The oasis in Hofuf are considered one of the largest in the world. With many square miles of Palm tress, the city provides multiple things to do for a new visitor. Here are some of the pictures to give you a sense of the oasis in Hofuf.
Kalash valley is situated in the Chitral region of Northern Pakistan. The valley is surrounded by the Hindukush mountain ranges. The valley is named after the Kalash people who have a unique culture and lifestyle and follow a form of Hindu region. This, therefore is one of the few pockets of non-Muslims living in a largely Muslim Pakistan.
The three smaller valleys of the Kalash valley are Bumburet, Ayun, and Rumbur valleys. The Bumburet valley is the largest of the three.
Kalash valley experiences extreme cold and snowy conditions in the winter time and is difficult to access during winter months. The pictures below shed some light on the cultures and lifestyles of the Kalash people and the areas where they live.
Culture and Traditions of the Kalash People
Chowmos Festival is a dance festival celbrated in the month of December in the Kalash Valley. Due to the difficulty of getting to the valley in winter months, not many external visitors are known to attend this festival.
Morocco is a country in North Africa that has one of the very rich cultures in the world. The landscapes of the country is equally beautiful. The rich culture, history, architecture, and scenery of this Muslim country provide you many things to do. Below are some of the major cities and locations that one can visit in Morocco. Each of these cities in turn has many more sightseeing opportunities to see and explore.
Muslims have been in settled in Seattle, USA for many decades. Over the past few years, the number of Muslims in Seattle have skyrocketed. A significant percentage of Muslims in the city and surrounding areas can be attributed to the large companies such as Microsoft, Amazon, and Boeing who employ a large number of Muslims. As a result, many supporting businesses have also sprung up to support the overall community.
Although there are no official numbers but the number of Muslims in and around the Seattle area is estimated to be more than 100,000.
A number of Islamic centers have been founded and built in and around Seattle over the past few years. Some of these are the following:
Islamic House (U-District),
4625 21st Pl NE, Seattle, WA 98105
Downtown Muslim Association of Seattle (Seattle)
Prayer room inside of Plymouth Congregational Church
1217 6th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
Idris Mosque (Northgate)
1420 NE Northgate Way, Seattle, WA 98125
Masjid Umar al-Farooq (Mountlake Terrace)
5507 238th Street SW, Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043
Dar al-Arqam (Lynnwood)
6210 188th St. SW, Lynnwood, WA
Everett Muslim Community Center (Everett)
500 SE Everett Mall Way Suite #B-110, Everett, WA 98208
Islamic Community Center of Shoreline (Shoreline) (Bosnian)
20001 25th Ave NE, Shoreline, WA 98155, USA
Al-Gara Mountain in Hofuf, Kingdom of Saudi-Arabia is located in the eastern province of Saudi-Arabia in the region of Al-Ahsa. It is one of the key natural landmarks in the country. If you are looking for things to do in Saudi-Arabia, then visiting Al-Gara mountains site should be on your list.
Al-Gara Mountain is visited by hundreds of thousands of tourists annually. As tourism to the kingdom is still not as open to those travelling from abroad, most of these tourists are locals or locally based expats.
The Al-Gara Mountain site provides a view of many rocks and caves and alleys between the rocks. Tourists can walk around the Al-Gara Mountain site and explore those caves, alleys, and other natural aspects of the site.
Below are some of the pictures from the Al-Gara mountain site in Hofuf, Al-Ahsa.
Jerash (also known as Gerasa) is a very ancient city of Jordan located in the north of Jordan about 50 kiometers noth of the City of Amman. It is the second most popular toured city in Jordan after Petra.
The city dates back to the bronze age with traces dating to around 3500 B.C. Jerash is known to have been founded by Alexander the Great. The remains that one notices in the city are from the Roman period when the Romans built various temples and fortresses in the area. Jerash is known to bring together cultures of the Roman era as well as from the Middle East.
The city started to see a Muslim influence during the times of the Ayyubid, Mamluk Sultanate, and the Ottomans.
Some of the remains in Jerash city include the following that can be included in the list of things to do when visiting the city:
Numerous Corinthium columns
Hadrian’s Arch – Built to honor the visit of Emperor Hadrian to Gerasa.
Temples of Zeus and Artemis.
The Oval Forum
The long colonnaded street or cardo
The large South Theatre and smaller North Theatre.
Two communal baths
A number of scattered small temples
A large Nymphaeum fed by an aqueduct
An almost complete circuit of city walls
A water powered saw mill that was used for cutting stone and rocks
Two large bridges across the nearby river.
Other things to do in Jerash, Jordan include the popular Jerash Festival of Culture and Arts. It is one of the largest cultural festivals of the region and is usually held in the month July. When planning a trip in the summer to Jordan, it would be wise to make it coincide with this festival to make the trip quit worthwhile. More information on the festival and its dates can be found here.
The following are some of the pictures related to the city.
Ajloun is a city in Jordan that is located approximately 80 kilometers northwest of the city of the capital, Amman. Ajloun is a collection of about 27 villages with a population approaching 200,000. Both Muslims and Christians live in the Ajloun city but the Christians are in minority.
One of the notable places in Ajloun is the Ajloun castle. The castle played a central role of controlling traffic between Damascus and Egypt during the twelfth century. The castle was renovated numerous times during the reigns of various rulers such as the Mamluks, and Salahuddin Ayyubi. The castle was destroyed during the times of the Mongols and it later suffered more damage during the earthquake that struck the area in the early twentieth century.
The Ajloun castle gets hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Ajloun is a great place for visitors as it not only gives them a sense of history dating back to the time of the early Muslims, the fertile landscape makes it an excellent place for sightseeing.
Below are some of the pictures of the Ajloun area and the collection of villages that make up Ajloun.