Uzbekistan was home to many great and famous people that were known all around the world and it was also a place where various beliefs and religions came into being and evolved in harmony with each other. Today, our country boasts a wealth of well-preserved mosques and shrines in famous Silk Road cities like Samarkand and Bukhara, Khiva and others. For Uzbek people these are sacred places and people often visit these places and this visit is called "Ziyarat".
Samarkand, for example, is home to dozens of magnificent tombs. Notable figures like the emperor Tamerlane, the astronomer Ulugbek and Kusam Ibn Abbas, the cousin of the Prophet Muhammad, who brought Islam to this land in the 7th Century, are all buried here. Among all there is one grave that a large number of tourists annually visit from all parts of the world, that is Gur-Emir where the tomb of Amir Temur (Temerlane) is located.
And also one of the most ancient worldwide known legends is that of the Old Testament prophet Daniel. He is equally revered by the followers of three religions– Jews, Christians and Moslems. The water of the spring next to the tomb is believed to be holy, able to heal both body and soul. Pilgrims from different religions come to the shrine for cure.
Or the Imam al-Bukhari memorial complex which is the mausoleum that was built above the tomb of Imam al-Bukhari in the 16th century is located in Samarkand Payaryk district 15 km from Samarkand city.
Imam Mohammed Al-Bukhari is considered as one of the most distinguished scholars of Hadith in Islamic history. His book Sahih al-Bukhari, in which the Prophet's words, actions, or habits were collected, is one of the greatest sources of the prophetic influence in history.
Shakhi-Zinda, among other heritages of Samarkand it is also included in the UNESCO World Heritage list. Shakhi-Zinda is translated into English as "The Living King". The ensemble was formed during nine centuries and includes more than twenty plants from IX-XIV and XIX centuries.
The reason why it is called Shakhi-Zinda (The Living King) is because a cousin of the Prophet Muhammad, Kusam Ibn Abbas came to Samarkand with a small army for approval Islam. During one of the raids of the Gentiles Kusam ibn Abbas was struck by an arrow, but managed to escape from the eyes of the infidels in the crevice formed, so he got to heaven, where he lives to this day.
There are also a lot of Shrines in Bukhara which for a long time was one of the centers of the Muslim religion. Many outstanding religious figures of many countries studied there. The shrines of Bukhara include Bolo Khauz Mosque, Magoki-Attori Mosque, Ensemble of Kosh-Madrasa, Mausoleum of the Samanid, Mausoleum of Chashma Ayub ("The Springs of Job"), a shrine that is worshiped by both Christians and Muslims and Chor Minor ("Four minarets").
In February 2019, Bukhara hosted the First International Forum on ziyarat tourism, which resulted in the signing of the Bukhara Declaration on the recognition of Uzbekistan as a center of ziyarat tourism.
According to the Global Muslim Travel Index rating for 2019, Uzbekistan is among the ten most attractive countries among the member countries of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.
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