Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Leaders Commanders & Statesmen of the Faithful

Shrine of the Cloak (Kherqa) of Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAWS)

Location  :  Kandahar, Afghanistan

The Shrine of the Cloak (Pashto: Kerqa Sharif) is located adjacent to the main mosque in Kandahar, Afghanistan. It contains the Kherqa, a cloak believed to have been worn by Islam's Prophet Muhammad (Blessings of Allah be upon him).

The cloak was last seen in public in 1996, when Mullah Muhammad Omar, the leader of the Taliban, removed it from the shrine and donned the cloak while he stood atop a building, and in front of a large crowd of his followers.  Upon donning the cloak, the crowd began to shout "Amir al-Mu'minin" (Commander of the Faithful).

 That symbolic act is commonly considered a key point in the rise of the Taliban.