Mosque Name: Job’s Tomb

Country: Oman

City: Salallah

Year of construction (AH): unknown

Year of construction (AD): unknown

GPS: 17° 6’42.00"N 53°59’38.57"E

ArchNet:

Original Qibla: unknown

Rebuilt facing Mecca: unknown

Description:

The Tomb of Job near Salallah in Oman is one of several alleged burial sites of Job. This complex of buildings is located in the hills overlooking the city of Salalah in Oman’s Dhofar region. Other such sites are in Israel, Syria, Lebanon and Turkey. In 2010 Dan Gibson visited this site and examined the foundations of the old shrine. The custodian claimed that the original building pointed to Jerusalem. However, since Petra and Jerusalem are only 60 miles apart, and are 1470 miles or 2370 kilometers away they are almost in the same direction and a Petra Qibla could be easily mistaken for a Jerusalem one. The new mosque now points to Mecca.

The small mosque is a relatively simple affair, with a low flat roof and a single minaret. The current shrine is even smaller, perhaps the size of a small house, with a dome over the center. Inside, beneath the dome, is a rectangular opening in the floor containing the tomb of the prophet Job. The tomb is little more than a mound of dirt, normally draped in cloth. According to tradition, another body is buried within the tomb next to Job. It is not known whose body it is, not even by tradition. A carpet near the mound conceals a footprint attributed to Job.

The oldest building has no roof, as is attributed as having a Qibla facing Jerusalem.

The oldest building has no roof, as is attributed as having a Qibla facing Jerusalem.


There is a small mosque and memorial building near Salalah where locals claim that Job was buried. The photo above was taken inside the building.

There is a small mosque and memorial building near Salalah where locals claim that Job was buried. The photo above was taken inside the building.

Beside the modern mosque is a hole in the ground with what looks like a footprint at the bottom. This is claimed to be Job's footprint. On carefull examination of enlarged photos it seems that this footprint has been created in modern cement.

Beside the modern mosque is a hole in the ground with what looks like a footprint at the bottom. This is claimed to be Job's footprint. On carefull examination of enlarged photos it seems that this footprint has been created in modern cement.


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