Jabal Mashhad is one of the two mausoleums in Syria which is of special historical significance to Ismailis. The mausoleum overlooks the castle of Masyaf and is thought to hold the tombs of the 8th Ismaili Imam, Wafi Ahmed, and his two sons as well Rashid al-Din Sinan, a Syrian dai from a much later period in Ismaili history.
Jabal Mashhad overlooks the Castle of Masyaf and is thought to hold the tomb of the 8th Ismaili Imam Wafi Ahmed - one of the Imams who reigned during the dawr satr period. Photo: Arif Babul, Vancouver. Copyright. Please click for enlargement.
Visitors view exhibits on display inside the mausoleum which is thought to contain the tombs of Imam Wafi Ahmed and his two sons as well as the Ismaili dai Rashid al-Din Sinan. Photo: Arif Babul, Vancouver. Copyright. Please click for enlargement.
Another photo of the exterior of the mausoleum, taken by Henna Budhwani. A viewer on Henna's flicker photo stream site notes: "This is a very beautiful place on the top of a beautiful mountain in Masyaf." Copyright. See more of Henna's photos in her Flickr gallery, link below.
- A view of the mausoleum from a lower section of the mountain. Photo: Arif Babul, Vancouver. Copyright. Please click for enlargement.
Maqam al Imam
Maqam al Imam is the second mausoleum in the city of Salamiyya that is of special significance to the Ismailis living there. The locals mentioned that this shrine holds the tombs of Imams Taki Muhammed and Radi Abdallah, 9th and 10th Ismaili Imams respectively. Some also believe that the 6th Imam, Ismail, is also buried here. The building is built on top of tunnels.
Ismaili Imams from Imam Ismail to Imam al-Mahdi resided in and around Salamiyya in a period in Ismaili history which is referred to as dawr satr. The Imams observed taqiya (kept away from public recognition), to avoid arrest by the Abbasid agents as well as to protect the interest of the Jamat. Imam al-Mahdi then left Salamiyya and founded the Fatimid Caliphate in North Africa. See related article, link below.
- The entrance to the Maqam al Imam in Salamiyya. This mausoleum is thought to hold the tombs of Imams Taqi Muhammad and Radi Abdulla. Photo: Arif Babul, Vancouver. Copyright.
Maqam al Imam is thought to hold the tombs of Imams Taqi Muhammad, Radi Abdullah, and, some also say, Imam Ismail. Photo: Arif Babul, Vancouver. Please click for enlargement.
Visitors looking into one of the tunnels in the Maqam. On occasions when the soldiers threatened, the Imams were whisked up via underground tunnels. There is a famous story of Ismaili fidais claiming to be the Imam and risking arrest in order to confuse and delay the soldiers, giving the Imam time to flee. Photo: Arif Babul, Vancouver. Copyright.
A reflection from the glass as visitors look into the tunnel. Photo: Arif Babul, Vancouver. Please click for enlargement.
Date article posted on Simerg: February 1, 2011
1. Professor Arif Babul, Vancouver, Canada
2. Henna Budhwani. Please click Henna Budhwani’s photo stream (on Flickr)
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