For those who haven’t had the opportunity to travel to the Middle East, it is worth noting that Jordan is considered part of Sham (or “the Levant”), an area for which the Prophet made special prayers. Its physical location is also referred to in the Qur’an as part of the Holy Land, and those who have walked its valleys and hilltops are following in the footsteps of the Prophets.
We provide each incoming student a rich, visually-compelling series of information brochures that detail Jordan’s historical sites, including Tracing Islam in Jordan, Destination Jordan, Eco-Jordan , and the Jordan’s Visitor’s Guide.
A few of the landmarks:
- Wadi Rum (Absolutely stunning landscapes – ideal for camping; adventurous souls can stay overnight with local Bedouins deep in the heart of the desert);
- The Prophet’s Tree (Famous tree near which the Prophet met the monk Bahira and later the monk Nestor;
- Tombs and meeting-areas of the Prophets and Sahaba (Among whom are: Harun, Shu’ayb, Dawud, Sulaiman, Nuh, Lut, Yahya, Ayub, Abu Ubaida, Mu’ad Ibn Jabal);
- Petra (Red-rose city – depicted in “Indiana Jones III”);
- Yarmouk (one of the central battles of early Islamic history was fought here);
- Ajloun (Site of Salahadin’s famous castle built at the time of the Crusaders);
- Cave of the Seven Sleepers (Site of the well-known Qur’anic and Biblical story);
- Red Sea (Aqaba – reputed for its resort-like setting).
We encourage prospective students to visit www.visitjordan.com for a full treatment of what Jordan has to offer. Students are free to organize a trip to these areas through travel agencies in Jordan.
Once here, Qasid will provide students detailed and up-to-date travel information for major destinations like Petra/Wadi Rum and the Dead Sea. These documents will help students plan for memorable outings by laying out their best options for transportation, lodging and more.