Thursday, August 18, 2005

Prophet Muhammad and Damascus

There are two legends concerning the trip of Prophet Muhammad to Damascus, and his refusal to enter the great city.

The first and most popular legend says that the Prophet took the mountain road to Damascus. On the horizon, he saw the beautiful and enchanting oasis city, and he decided to stop his journey because "man should only enter Paradise once

The other legends says that the Prophet approached Damascus from the southern side in an area called "Qadam" "قدم" which means "foot". He turned back and didn't continue the trip, because he stumbled in the road and took it as a bad sign.

That area "Qadam" (foot) is probably named after the footprint impression on a piece of marble in its mosque. In old times, the footprint was believed to be made by Moses, but nowadays, it is believed to be made by the Prophet Muhammad.


Blogger no one said...

nice post

though i don't think it's a legend

4:36 PM  
Blogger Ihsan said...

What's the "legendry" part of these two stories?

4:26 AM  
Blogger Ghalia said...

It's my 1st time to hear about the linkage between the Al-Qadam town and the story of Prophet Muhammad's (pbuh) footprint...
and the same aplies to the fist story u told!!never heard of it before, anyway thanx...but I dont think the 2nd story is a legend!

3:41 PM  
Blogger Roberta said...

Interesting reading about things I didn't know till now.

Thanks for reading my blog... and you are right, cyber love is all about imagination and illusions! I completely agree with you. And it was a nice experience after all.

All the best,

12:49 PM  
Blogger SillyBahrainiGirl said...

we also have a village called QADAM in Bahrain (aka WONDERLAND).

5:40 PM  
Blogger Ihsan said...

I have been smiffing around....

The first story has no origin, or at least, it's said as kinna of promotion to Damascus....

The second story, however, is the one that has background, but the reason he did not enter Damascus and only reached as far as "Al-Qadm" area is that "Alrahaib Bohaira" warned his uncle Abu-Taleb who was accopanying prophet Muammmad, who was still young then, that the jews would figure him out and may kill him.

8:30 AM  
Blogger Tolerant Damascene said...

That's interesting Ihsan. The information I got is written in a book about Damascus.

But the thing that I don't understand is that why would the Jews care about hurting the Prophet? Especially that he was very young when he was with the monk Buhaira!

11:37 AM  
Blogger Leege said...

It's great to hear more about the history of your area... it's something that isn't talked about much. If you're so inclined, some posts about contemporary Damascus might be of interest.

1:11 AM  
Blogger Ihsan said...

As far as I found, the Jews, then, had some almost exact description of the new prophet who will come from the Arabia (Prophecies of The Old Testament I think). So, with every new prophet and religion, the people of older religions would wanna kill the new guy cuz he is a threat!

I think in comparison between the two stories, the heaven one and the Qadam one, the second one has more sense. I mean, they won't be travelling all the way from Arabia and then not get into their destination cuz it's so beautiful!

1:54 AM  
Blogger Ihsan said...

By the way, I think I'm contradicting something!

He was young then, but not a prophet yet!

hmmm, I need to do more sniffing! :\

5:40 AM  
Blogger Tolerant Damascene said...

Well according to the book, the Prophet wasn't young. Or at least the "legends" sounded as if he already had some supporters.

Maybe neither stories are incorrect, or maybe both have some truth to them. I think they're going to stay as "myths" or "Legends" for now. Until somebody clears them up :p

1:40 PM  
Blogger dark-forest said...

hi there,
im from israel.
from you depiction dmascus seems so interesting. hope one day i or my futur sons will be able to visit in syria with hapyness and without fear.

4:45 PM  
Blogger MuppetLord said...

interesting stories. It makes you wonder which is the actual event (if real).

5:25 PM  
Anonymous mensabarbie said...

I've always wondered about the origin of:
"If the mountain won't come to Muhammad, Muhammad will come to the mountain." Does anyone know?
Very nice site. I shall return!

8:46 PM  
Anonymous Anas said...

the reason for prophet Mohammeds return is that he traveled because of commerceto sell and he sold every thing before he got Damascus....
that all... by the way, he wasnt exven got the prophicy... (صلى الله عليه و سلم)

2:31 PM  

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