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A Shrine of Ja'far bin Abi Talib at Al-Mazar.

The most significant and fiercest battle fought during Prophet Mohammad’s (PBUH) lifetime was the Battle of Mutah (629 AD). It took the lives of his closest companions, martyred fighting against a combined Byzantine/Ghassanid army. You can visit the tombs of the venerable companions Zaid bin Harithah, Ja'far bin Abi Talib, and Abdullah bin Ruwahah in the town of Al-Mazar Al-Janubi, near Karak. Prophet Mohammad’s (PBUH) adopted son, the venerable companion Zaid bin Harithah led the Muslim army during the Battle of Mutah. Zaid is the only companion mentioned in the Holy Qur'an by name.

In and around Karak other shrines of significance to Islam are located:

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The shrine of Prophet Nuh (Noah).

You can visit Prophet Nuh's (Noah) shrine in Karak, and his tomb lies close to the city. God sent Noah to his people to warn them of divine punishment if they continued to worship idols, and to build a mighty ark that would withstand the floods to come.

Credited with great wisdom and piety, the Prophet and King of Israel, Sulayman (Solomon), has a shrine in Sarfah near Karak. Karak also hosts a shrine of Zaid bin Ali bin Al-Hussein, the great, great grandson of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and a religious leader known for his righteous and knowledgeable ways. When describing Zaid , Al-Imam Ja'far Al-Sadiq said:

"Among us he was the best read in the Holy Qur'an, and the most knowledgeable about religion, and the most caring towards family and relatives."



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The best-preserved halls and passageways are located underground and can only be reached through a massive door.

Ridley Scot's recent Hollywood blockbuster, 'The Kingdom of Heaven' starring Orlando Bloom, has numerous scenes based in and around the crusader castle at Karak, although the castle itself was not used during filming.

While it could hardly be described as beautiful, Karak is an impressive example of the Crusaders' architectural military genius.

The city of Karak was the ancient capital of Moab. During Roman times it was known as Characmoba.