Es’haq Jahangiri visits holy shrines in Damascus

January 31, 2019

TEHRAN – Iran’s First Vice President Es’haq Jahangiri rounded up his three-day visit to Syria on Tuesday by visiting the holy shrine of Zeynab bint Ali, the daughter of the first Shia Imam, Ali ibn Abi Talib, according to the Islamic Republic News Agency.

When her brother, Imam Hussein, stood up against Yazid ibn Mu‘awiyah in 680 CE (61 AH), Zeynab accompanied him. She played an important role in protecting the life of her nephew, Imam Ali ibn Al-Hussein, and because of her sacrifice and heroism, she became known as the “Heroine of Karbala”. Zeynab died in 681 CE, and her Masjid is located in Damascus.

Also on Monday, Jahangiri paid a visit to the holy shrine of Imam Hussein’s daughter, Ruqayya bint Hussein, in Damascus, according to Ahl ul-Bait News Agency.

The first vice president also visited the different parts of Umayyad Mosque in the old city of Damascus.

The Umayyad Mosque, also known as the Great Mosque of Damascus, located in the old city of Damascus, is one of the largest and oldest mosques in the world.

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