Visiting the Imam
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Back to the Imam now, he was martyred centuries ago and his remains are kept in a cage just like the John the Baptistâ€™s (Prophet Yahya, pbuh) at the
The city is busy during the day and an absolute frenzy at night â€¦ around my hotel itâ€™s â€śCarnival in Blackâ€ť with thousands of women draped in black chadors jostling to get their shopping done in busy and colourfully-lit alleyways â€¦ or on their way to the shrine.
I visited the Mosque complex housing the Shrine a couple of times â€¦ I wandered freely into many courtyards that the guidebook said was off-limits to Muslims. My rule was that if there are signs in English and other people have their shoes on, then it is OK for me to enter. So with that I drew my line at the indoor â€śshrine properâ€ť. The mourning for the martyr here is supposed to be â€śdisturbingâ€ť according to the book but I wasnâ€™t disturbed â€¦ perhaps should come back on a mourning-day (the opposite of a Catholic feast day I guess).
Some stats (ignoring the Muslim countries) â€¦ about 1000 Brits visited the Shrine last year, nearly 500