Mosque Name: Maqam of Zayd ibn Ali

Country: Jordan

City: Rabat, Moab

Year of construction (AH): 740

Year of construction (AD): 122

GPS: 31.268628 35.743585

Gibson Classification: Petra

Rebuilt: 1566 CE, with later renovations.

Description:

Zayd ibn ‘Alī Zayn al-‘Ābidīn ibn al-Ḥusein was born in H 76 / AD 695 and triggered a revolt against the Umayyad Caliph Hishām ibn‘Abd al-Malik in H 122/AD 722. Yūsuf ibn Umar al-Thaqafī, the Umayyad Governor of Irāq, quelled the insurgency and in this turmoil Zayd bin ‘Alī was killed. The shrine in ar-Rabba is believed to be the final burial place of the head of Zayd bin ‘Alī (al-Zaidi 2005). The sanctuary is dated by the inscription to the reign of Sulaymān al-Qānūnī (“I. the Magnificient”, AD 1520-1566) with later restorations.


The modern shrine with a part of the old wall to the left.

The modern shrine with a part of the old wall to the left.


Notice the difference in orientation from the old wall on the left and the more modern structure on the right. The wall of the left faces Petra.

Notice the difference in orientation from the old wall on the left and the more modern structure on the right. The wall of the left faces Petra.



Page Discussion

Membership is required to comment. Membership is free of charge and available to everyone over the age of 16. Just click SignUp, or make a comment below. You will need a user name and a password. The system will automatically send a code to your email address. It should arrive in a few minutes. Enter the code, and you are finished.

Members who post adverts or use inappropriate language or make disrespectful comments will have their membership removed and be barred from the site. By becoming a member you agree to our Terms of Use and our Privacy, Cookies & Ad Policies. Remember that we will never, under any circumstances, sell or give your email address or private information to anyone unless required by law. Please keep your comments on topic. Thanks!