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Damascus 2010 1504.jpg

Damascus 2010 1504.jpg

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All these pictures were taken at the Umayyad Mosque. Though Iím far from religious I find it is always a joy to visit this place. Though I saw Shiites far from joyful, but instead crying at the Mashhad al-Hussein (where the severed head of Hussein, son of Ali, the last Rashidun or Rightly Guided caliph, supposedly was placed in a niche to ridicule him and the supporters of Ali), as if they were personally responsible for the martyrdom of Hussein at Karbala. I was told that, since a pilgrimage to Karbala in Irak nowadays is too unsafe, many pilgrims from Iran travel to Damascus. I met several of them in this and other mosques.

Nikon D3
1/800s f/7.1 at 55.0mm iso400 full exif

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