The world has always had spaces and places that are sacred and blessed. By His grace, over time, their importance has not diminished. I consider myself fortunate to have had numerous chances to visit such holy abodes and capture them photographically. Although the ventures have been many, including South Africa, Iran, Turkey, India, Syria, Jordan and Saudi Arabia, there are still plenty more locations to cover since undertakings of such a nature have no beginning or end. The esteemed ones of God, by His Grace are spread throughout the world.
God says in the Qur’an: In it are signs manifest; the Station of Abraham; and whosoever entereth is safe (3: 97).
And: And take ye the Station of Abraham as a place of prayer (2:125).
Holy Sites are pure and blessed locations. God created such places on earth so that the hearts of the faithful could turn to them for prayer, blessings and mercy. The benefits of visiting Holy Sites include becoming aware of, and reflecting upon, matters of faith, and learning about the Prophets, the Companions, the great Scholars and the Righteous. Visiting Holy Places is Sunna and an act favored by God. God says in the Qur’an, referring to when Muhammad(s.a.w.s) was taken from Mecca during the Night- Journey of Al-Isra’ to Jerusalem: Glorified be He who carried His servant by night from the Inviolable Place of Worship to the Far Distant Place of Worship the neighborhood whereof We have blessed, that We might show him of Our tokens (17:1). And: Verily in the Messenger of God ye have a good example for him who hopeth in God and the Last Day, and who remembereth God much (33:21). And: And lo, ye verily pass by (the ruins of them) in the morning and at night-time; have ye then no sense? (37:137-138). Moreover, the Prophet (s.a.w.s.) said that (Sahih Muslim 4/1845; no. 2375), he saw Moses standing in his grave and praying, when he was flown from Mecca to Jerusalem during the Night Journey.
The tombs and mosques of the Prophets and the Companions, the Righteous and the Scholars are sacred and blessed places where God answers prayers. It is unanimously agreed by Muslim scholars that visiting these places is favored by God. According to Al-Hafith Al-Dahabi (in his book Siyar A’lam Al-Anbia’ 10/107) regarding the life of the Lady Nafisah Al-Sharifa Al-Hasaniah: ‘A prayer is answered by her grave and by the graves of all the righteous’. And according to Al-Imam Al-Hafith Al-Nawawi L-i.- Majmu’ 5/310) visiting graves is favored for men, although it was initially forbidden by the Prophet (s.a.w.s.) during the early days of Islam and then permitted when the rules of the religion became better rooted and more solid.
Excerpt: The Holy Sites of Jordan Published by TURAB
The Messenger of God, may God give him blessings and peace said:
God, ever blessed and exalted is He says: “My love is by necessity for those who love one another in Me, for those who sit with one another in Me, for those who give generously to one another in Me, and for those who visit one another in Me.
Hadith Reported by Malik ibn Anas, according to Muadh From Mishkat al Anwar of Ibn Arabi – Divine Sayings 101 Hadith
Names of Buzurgs – Nisbat Kay Rang … So here we have it, a list of the holy lands, including dargahs (Sufi Saint’s Shrines) I was blessed enough to visit or am hoping to visit. This list will also serve as a collection of links to each respected name, where you will find further information.
Hazrat Sheikh Syed Abdul Qadir Jilani Ghous e Azam r.a.o (Baghdad)
Hazrat Imam Abu Hanifa r.a (Baghdad)
Hazrat Imam Ghazali r.a (Baghdad)
Hazrat Sirri Saqti r.a (Baghdad)
Hazrat Junaid Baghdadi r.a (Baghdad)
Hazrat Maroof Kirkhee (r.a.o) (Baghdad)
Hazrat Asad al-Din Abu Mahfuz Shaykh Ma’roof Ibn Feroz al-Karkhi Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anho (Baghdad)
Hazrat Muslim bin Aqeel (r.a.o) Masjid e Kufa (Kufa)
Hazrat Ali (K.W.) (Najaf)
Hazrat Imam Husain (r.a.o) (Karbala)
Hazrat Abbas Alambardar (r.a.o) (Karbala)
Hazrat Sar-e-Aqdas Hazrat Imam Husain (r.a.) Damascus
Hazrat Abu Hurairah (r.a.) Damascus
Hazrat Bilal (r.a.) Damascus
Hazrat Muadh ibn Jabal (r.a.) Damascus
Hazrat Salahuddin Ayyubi (r.a.) Damascus
Hazrat Baba Farid Ganj Shakar (r.a.)
Hazrat Abdullah Shah Ghazi (r.a.) Karachi
Hazrat Bilawal Shah Noorani (r.a.) Baluchistan
Hazrat Data Ganj Baksh (r.a.) Lahore
Hazrat Mian Mir (r.a.) Lahore
Hazrat Mauj Darya (r.a.) Lahore
Murshid.i.Pak (r.a.) Islamabad
Hazrat Khwajah Shah Muhammad Afzal (r.a.)
Hazrat Khawaja Moeen-ud-Din Hasan Chishti Ajmeri | Hazrat Khawaja Ghareeb Nawaz (r.a.) 530 AH / 1135 AD – 627 AH / 1229 AD
Hazrat Makhdum Alla-ud-Din Ali Ahmed Sabir Kalyar (r.a.) 19 Rabi’ al-awwal, 592 Hijri(1196)- 13 Rabi’ al-awwal, 690 Hijri (1291)
Hazrat Khwaja Syed Muhammad Qutbuddin Bakhtiar Kaki (r.a) 1173AD or 569 Hijri at Aush in Iraq -633 Hijri 14 Rabi-ul Awal (1235 AD)
Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya (r.a.)
Hazrat Amir Khusro (r.a.)
Hazrat Khawaja Chiragh Dehlavi (r.a.)
Hazrat Baqi Billah (r.a.)
Hazrat Abu Ayub Ansari (r.a.) (581 – 669) Istanbul
Hazrat Maulana Jalal ad-din Rumi (r.a.) Konya
… a dua
May He be Praised, the Lord Almighty Allah – the Eternal, Everlasting, Living God! And Peace be upon His Prophets and Messengers, His elect and chosen servant, spiritual guides and benefactors of mankind, and Blessings and Allah’s Mercy upon their undying souls! Amain, Amin, Amin. Wa min Allah at-Taufiq