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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:

Mitha Komala said...

awesome shots! seems like a fun trip :D

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Unknown said...

Beautiful. Thanks for Sharing!

Anonymous said...

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

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Diana Marks said...

Beautiful photos. I'd love to go to Iraq one day too.
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Neris / Fashion Fractions said...

sounds like such an interesting trip! love the photos :)

xoxo,

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Petticoat Playground said...

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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s said...

amazing photos! xO!
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Ashley Urke | Domestic Fashionista said...

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.

FASHION TALES said...

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

Sam said...

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.

Sofia said...

Lovely pics!
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Unknown said...

You are such the world traveler! Thanks for sharing!

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Pumpkin Delight (Kimberly) said...

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.

Outside Looking In said...

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!

Cafe Fashionista said...

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!! :)

Sara said...

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 :)

Megan, TfDiaries.com said...

gorgeous photos.
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Rebecca Nelson said...

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

Love, R

Krugthethinker said...

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.

Wendy Annabeth said...

Beautiful pictures! I just love your travel photos :)

parfums said...

so nice pics . i like it .
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Why Girls Are Weird said...

That juice looks pretty darn good!

sonia // daring coco said...

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

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Jill said...

What a great experience! Enjoy!

Blessings,
Jill

Hannah said...

Thanks for sharing this amazing trip Hena! Really interesting.

Nerea isabel said...

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

x

Hena Tayeb said...

Hopefully it will.

Hena Tayeb said...

It was.. glad you enjoyed the pictures.

Hena Tayeb said...

Thanks.. Dubai is coming soon.

Hena Tayeb said...

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

Hena Tayeb said...

That is great.. it really was a unique experience

Hena Tayeb said...

Thank you.. glad you enjoyed it.

Hena Tayeb said...

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

Hena Tayeb said...

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

Erica said...

Gosh, you guys are traveling up a storm!!

Hena Tayeb said...

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

Hena Tayeb said...

Thank you. I hope you do.

Hena Tayeb said...

Thank you.. it was a blessing.

Hena Tayeb said...

Thank you.. I am glad we were too

Hena Tayeb said...

thank you

Unknown said...

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

Unknown said...

Mashallah beautiful !! Ziarat mabrook and ziarat qubool inshallah

Patricia Villamil said...

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!

Cashmeremafia said...

great pics ;)
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Hena Tayeb said...

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

Hena Tayeb said...

Alhamdolillah

Hena Tayeb said...

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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