Chills up the spine at the Dome of the Rock

At the occasion of “Lailatul Miraj“, Muhammad’s miraculous night journey to heaven*, which is said to have started at the Dome of the Rock, I was reminded of an anecdote, which Peter Sanders – a British photographer –  told us during the photography workshop in Morocco.

Dome of the Rock

Dome of the Rock: Picture by a young Muslim photographer, D. Akpinar, who left her picture with me to be shared!

One of the many times he was at the Dome of the Rock, in Jerusalem, he was preparing to take pictures of the Dome, when a Spanish tourist interrupted his calculations.

She asked :”Is this the place, where Muhammad was sent to heaven?” He looked up and said :”yes“. “You know,” she whispered to him, overwhelmed: “standing here and thinking of this miracle, sends chills up my spine.” He was deeply moved, he said.

And I was deeply moved by this story, more than all what is narrated about this journey!

*According to Islamic tradition, Muhammad took a journey to heaven during a single night around the year 621. It has been described as both a physical and spiritual journey, documented in the Qur’an and the Hadith (supplemental writing about the life of the prophets.)

No, I haven’t been to Jerusalem – yet!

Yes, it is on my Bucket list!

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