Jewish shrine of the Prophet Ezekiel’s tomb open to public in Iraq

Jewish shrine of the Prophet Ezekiel’s tomb open to public in Iraq

- Visitors to Iraq can now visit the Jewish shrine of Prophet Ezekiel's tomb

- The shrine is concealed in the compound of a newly-built Shi'ite mosque

- The Shi'ite mosque has replaced the original synagogue

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A Jewish shrine of Prophet Ezekiel's tomb has been opened to visitors in Iraq. The shrine is concealed in the compound of a newly-built Shi'ite mosque that replaced the original synagogue.

According to Haaretz, the shrine is attracting mainly Muslim pilgrims.

The original synagogue and the grave were a pilgrimage site for Jews from all over the world and attracted countless numbers of visitors to Iraq.

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Ezekiel: Jewish shrine of the prophet's tomb open to visitors in Iraq

Prophet Ezekiel's tomb. Photo credit: Judit Neurink
Source: UGC

This changed when the Jewish people settled in the land, which is now known as Isreal.

Ahmed Abdelrahman, who was hired as a guide to inform visitors about the shrine and attract more pilgrims, said the shrine’s building is over 1 800 years old.

Ezekiel: Jewish shrine of the prophet's tomb open to visitors in Iraq

The mosque built at the site of the Shrine of Ezekiel. Photo credit: Judit Neurink
Source: UGC

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Ezekiel is not only known to Judaism and Christianity, but he is also one of 24 Christian and Jewish prophets listed in the Quran.

Meanwhile, one of the world's earliest known mosques, built around 1 200 years ago, was discovered by archaeologists in Israel's Negev Desert.

The remains, dating from the 7th or 8th century, were found in the Bedouin town of Rahat.

Israel's Antiquities Authority (IAA) said the mosque was unearthed during building work in the area.

According to IAA, it is the first known mosque from this period in the area, rivalling the age of those found in Mecca and Jerusalem.

Researchers believe the mosque's congregation were likely to have been local farmers.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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