JOURNEY INTO THE PAST ON YOUR NEXT TRIP TO JORDAN


By Getachew Teklu

Jordan is a modern country with an ancient culture, a land of which visitors can walk through the valleys, hills and plains whose names have become part of human history by virtue of the simple deeds and profound messages of prophets who walked the land and crossed its rivers during their lives. Many of the sites where they are said to have performed miracles or reached out to ordinary people have been identified, excavated and protected, and are now more easily accessible to visitors. Jordan is an ideal destination for those seeking cultural knowledge and spiritual enrichment. Jordan values its ethnically and religiously diverse population, consequently providing for the cultural rights of all its citizens. This spirit of tolerance and appreciation is one of the central elements contributing to the stable and peaceful cultural climate flourishing within Jordan. More than 92% of Jordanians are Sunni Muslims and approximately 6% are Christians. The majority of Christians belong to the Greek Orthodox Church, but there are also Greek Catholics, a small Roman Catholic community, Syrian orthodox, Coptic orthodox, Armenian orthodox, and a few protestant denominations. Several small shi’a and Druze populations can also be found in Jordan.

As Jordan is an Islamic state, one may explore the principles of Islam through direct interaction with the people of this monotheistic religion. As the capstone of a long tradition beginning with Judaism and Christianity, Muslims believe that Islam completes the revelation of god’s message to humankind. Islam – which in Arabic means “submission” – is an assertion of the  unity, completeness, and sovereignty of god. Muslims believe that god, or Allah as he is known in Arabic, revealed his final message to humankind through the prophet Muhammad and the holy Qur’an, which is the divine immutable word of god. Islam focuses heavily on the equality of all humans before the one true god, and therefore it is in many ways a return to the original doctrine of the pure monotheism that characterized the early Judeo-Christian tradition. Learn more about Jordan here: http://www.visitjordan.com/default.aspx

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