All right, I’m exhausted because this is what I did today.
I started at about 10:30 and I went to the old city. I took a bus to Bab Srije and then walked. I found my Sheikh’s ‘atar shop so I asked him for directions as to certain places I could visit and where I could by a cane. He told me some places I could go and I was off. My first stop was a wood worker’s shop. There was plenty of walking so I bought I cane. Now I can still use it because it looks cool. Then I went to the obvious location: The Omayid Mosque. I took a picture from under the dome. It was a tough shot but my flexible tripod made it easier though it attracted alot of attention. I visited the grave of Saydna Yayha (John the Babptist) and read surat al-Fatiha. Then I went to the Nur-el-Din el Shahid Mosque where the grave of Nur el-Din, teacher of Salah-al-Din is burried. It is said of him that Salah-el-Din is only one of his many fruits and that, according to Imam ibn Kathir in his bidayat ul-Nihaya, any dua’ there is answered (mustajab). I’m going there again insha’Allah so leave your dua’ requests via e-mail or comments section. Then I was off to the Darwishiyya Mosque. This is where the likeness of the Prophet’s sandals. I also saw the place where the Dervishes dedicated their lives to worshipping Allah. I was then off to the Sibahiyya mosque which was also impressive. Afterwich, I went to my Sheikh’s ‘atar shop and I asked him if there was anything I missed. He told me to go back to the Omayad Mosque and go into the room where Imam Ghazali wrote Ihya Ulum al-Din and spent eight years in spiritual seclusion. There was the illustrious Sheikh Abdul-Razaq al-Halabi! I introduced myself and asked him for his dua’. May Allah reward him greatly for his service to the Din and grant him good health! I then went to Bab-Saghir and I visited the graves of many of the Sahaba and their followers to remember that death is fast approaching me amongst other things. There were other things I wanted to see and get. I still need to find the grave of Sayidna Mu’awiyya, see the Ottoman Sufi lodge, visit the Sufi lodges that Salah-ul-Din built, and buy a wooden tissue box to trade for the Bosnian version of Qasida Burda. It was hot today and I walked about five hours strait so I’m going home to fill my bathtub with ice and dive into it :p. Keep me in your dua’.
In times where tirbulations and killing increase, flee to greater Syria -Hadith Sahih