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Seven Days in Iraq

After our nine hours in Amsterdam and three days in Cairo we were now on our way to spend seven days in Iraq. We spent the first four in Karbala, where the tragic battle of Karbala took place.


Here lays the body of Imam Hussain (A.S) and his two sons including six month old Ali Asghar (A.S), his brother Abbas (A.S) and the seventy two martyrs of Karbala 


The next three days were spent in Najaf where lies the father of Imam Hussain (A.S), Imam Ali (A.S). The mosque in which Imam Ali (A.S) was martyred in.


Also in Najaf is one of the largest cemeteries in the world, it houses over half a million graves including two prophets.


We enjoyed a lot of delicious and refreshing pomegranate juice.

Being in Iraq was unlike anything I had ever experienced. There were check points every where. You were body searched when you entered the area of the shrines, then you were again searched before entering each shrine. Bags were checked to make sure you had no cell phones or cameras hence the inability to take any pictures. But take my word for it, the interiors of the shrines were breathtakingly beautiful. And as apprehensive I was about travelling to Iraq with D in tow it was actually a very peaceful experience.

I always hear people talking about how they went to a holy site and the experience moved them, spiritually enlightened them and other such things and I was always seemed like something you are supposed to say. But now I can attest to the fact, the experience did in fact move me, it was spiritually fulfilling in a way I hadn't imagined. And I wish it for everyone who is searching for it.

Now just one stop left, full of family, fun and hopefully sleep. See you all in Dubai

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47 comments:

  1. awesome shots! seems like a fun trip :D

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  2. Beautiful. Thanks for Sharing!

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  3. I would love to visit Iraq one day. Hopefully it will evolve into a safer place in the future!

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  4. Beautiful photos. I'd love to go to Iraq one day too.
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  5. sounds like such an interesting trip! love the photos :)

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    1. It was.. glad you enjoyed the pictures.

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  6. I'm sure it was a very peaceful experience... Can't wait to see your Dubai pictures and hear your feelings again :D


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    1. Thanks.. Dubai is coming soon.

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  7. Sounds fascinating! And I thought going through security at the airport was bad! I get what you are saying about a place moving you. Sounds beautiful.

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    1. I shall never complain about airport security again.. well just a little.

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  8. I would love to visit once Iraq, I have a couple friends who enjoyed their stay. Great photos. xx

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    1. That is great.. it really was a unique experience

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  9. Aw wow, you're so lucky to have visited Iraq...so many fascinating pieces of history lie within this amazing country! Great descriptions and pics.

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    1. Thank you.. glad you enjoyed it.

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  10. Lovely pics!
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  11. You are such the world traveler! Thanks for sharing!

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  12. I'm very much enjoying reading about your travels. The previous post was so interesting. I wish you had pics of inside the shrines. I bet they were fascinating. What an amazing experience.

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    1. Glad you are enjoying them. I wish I had pictures inside the shrines too.. they were stunning.

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  13. What a beautiful place! I'm glad you found peace and fulfillment there. I would love to try that pomegranate juice and what a cute picture of D!

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    1. Thank you. That juice was so good.. we had it at least once a day.

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  14. This sounds like such an incredible place to visit. I have always wanted to visit a spiritual/holy site. Also pertinent...your son is truly too cute!! :)

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    1. Thanks.. hope you do get a chance to visit a spiritual site one day.

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  15. Wow what beautiful pictures! I would love to travel to all of the places that you have traveled to someday, there is a whole entire world out there, waiting to be explored :)

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  16. Oh...such lovely photos. What a joy for you to be there and see this place in person. Dreamin'............

    Love, R

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    1. Thank you.. it was a blessing.

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  17. What a beautiful trip for you and your family! I am so glad you were able to go and that you had such a meaningful experience there.

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    1. Thank you.. I am glad we were too

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  18. Beautiful pictures! I just love your travel photos :)

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  19. That juice looks pretty darn good!

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  20. Loving these photos and that pomegranate juice looks delicious! Can not wait for the Dubai post!

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  21. What a great experience! Enjoy!

    Blessings,
    Jill

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  22. Thanks for sharing this amazing trip Hena! Really interesting.

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  23. girl, i wish i had your eyes to see
    all those wonderful things you see!

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  24. Gosh, you guys are traveling up a storm!!

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    1. If I could this is all I would do, travel.

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  25. Ziarat Mubarak and inshallah ziarat qubool. Mashallah nice blog and may we all get to visit the holy shrines as often as we can.

    With many duas
    Fatimah

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  26. Mashallah beautiful !! Ziarat mabrook and ziarat qubool inshallah

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  27. Aside from your very personal experience visiting all these sacred sites and Mosques, you are also very blessed because you were able to travel with your baby. I know this can be difficult in any setting, I can imagine so in circumstances where you have to respect the silence or maybe behave in ways that it's difficult of a toddler to understand. You are a very strong and brave momma for that! And your baby is fortunate to have you. I enjoyed all the pictures. Love that contrasting blue sky with the rest of the architecture. And those royal palms, unique sight in the dessert!

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    1. Thank you Patricia, we are also blessed to have him. When we are out of the house he is always on his best behavior. He has been travelling since he was six months, he is a pro.

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  28. great pics ;)
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