From Balikli Göl (fishpond) I was walking into the courtyard of Mevlid-i Halil Mosque.
You have to cleanse the body here and go into the Mevlid-I Halil Mosque. Wudu; This small house is called “Wuḍūʾ” in Arabic, “Abdest Hane” in Turkish. The Qur’an says “For Allah loves those who turn to Him constantly and He loves those who keep themselves pure and clean.” In regard to Muslims being required to be clean when handling and reading the Qur’an, the Qur’an says “Which none shall touch but those who are clean.” The Islamic prophet Muhammad said that “Cleanliness is half of faith”.
This large mosque of Mevlid-I Halil was built next to the Abraham’s cave in 1986.
From the Mevlid-I Halil Mosque I walked to the Cave of Prophet Ibrahim. Entrance to the cave is via the same courtyard shared with the Mevlid-I Halil Mosque.
The Birth Place of Prophet Abraham in Urfa is a famous pilgrimage site where devotees go to pray and pay respects to one of history’s most revered prophets.
Ibrahim is believed to have been born in a cave in Urfa where he spent about ten years of his life as protection against the cruel King Nimrod who then ordered all newborn children killed upon learning of Abraham’s coming birth.
A praying area in the cave was constructed, but the exact spot where Abraham was born is protected by a glass encasement. There are also faucets where devotees wash their hands with holy water.
I left the Abraham cave and walking to the Abraham Mosque.
I had a cup of coffee and took some rest in the cafe. Then I left for the next distination.
I met a flock of sheep in the suburbs of Şanlıurfa and asked him “where are you going to? Are you going to Cannan?”
He was laughing and shaking hand, then went away to the south. I shouted him “İyi yolculuklar (Have a nice journey).”