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A Malaysian imam, preaching the group of pilgrims, about the Battle of Karbala, in front of the important Shi'ite shrine, containing the head of Hussein, grandchild of the Prophet, who was martyred during the battle. This shrine is located at the far (eastern) end of the courtyard from the main entrance, and is visited by many Shi'ite pilgrims, especially from Iraq.

The Umayyad Mosque also holds a shrine which is said to contain the head of John the Baptist (Yahya), honored as a prophet by Muslims and Christians alike. The head was supposedly found during the excavations for the building of the mosque.

The tomb of Saladin stands in a small garden adjoining the north wall of the mosque.

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Additional Photos by Deniz Taskin (rigoletto) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3049 W: 399 N: 6658] (33776)
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