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« on: July 03, 2019, 12:02:44 pm »






This is called the Gonbad-e- Qabus tower in Gorgan city, Golestan province, northern Iran - a UNESCO world heritage site - and a huge tourist attraction with some excellent restaurants in the vicinity offering family meals and very close to the biggest park of the city.   

Gonbad-e-Qabus tower is the mausoleum of the ruler of the Emir Ziarid dynasty, Abul Hassan Qabus ibn Wushmagir, who died in 1012.  He ordered it to be built during his lifetime in 1007.  That's how old this tower is.   It's quite a wonderful display of human skill and professionalism.  Two hundred feet high and visible from a distance of 20 miles, Gonbad-e-Qabus tower is by far the tallest brick-built structure still standing in the world.  The tomb was constructed entirely of fine-quality baked brick of pale yellow color that gradually turned gold-brown with exposure to sunlight.   That's the only change visible in more than a thousand years.  The old Kufic inscription in Arabic still stands at the bottom of the tower that reads "this tall building Amir Qabus ibn Wushmagir ordered to build during his lifetime."   When trade & commerce began to proliferate in the Islamic world in the 11th and 12th centuries, the Gonbad Qabus tower was an important landmark to guide traders passing through the silk road.   If you stand on the white stones of the steps or anywhere inside the tower, you can hear a loud and clear echo to everything you say.

As you may know, at the time this tower was built Shiia Islam hadn't yet spread in Iran.  The rulers of the Emir Ziarid dynasty were Sunni Muslims.  Shiia Islam spread in the 1500s during the era of the Safavids and became the official religion of Iran.  By the 1600s it spread farther and became the religion of the majority in adjoining Iraq and Azer Baijan as well.



This is how it looks at night.



And here's how it looks in the freezing winter of Golestan province.

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« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2019, 12:10:31 pm »



Mash'Allah.  What a nice looking manifestation of hard work and professionalism. 

Can I get a brief wrap up of when Islam spread to Iran (then known as 'Persia')?



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« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2019, 12:15:17 pm »



Islam spread in Iran in 640 A.D. ending the Zoroastrian Sasanid dynasty.  Before the Islamic conquest, Persia had a Zoroastrian majority with smaller communities of Christians and Jews.   With the passage of time the population continued to move steadily towards Islam.   The Persian elites and city dwellers were among the first to embrace Islam, and then Islam began to spread quite rapidly in the country's rural areas.  By 1,000 AD by far the majority were Muslims, though some segments of new converts were Muslims nominally and were still borrowing customs and practices from the non-Muslim era. Until this time Iran was officially a Sunni Muslim State. 

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Even after the spread of  Shiia Islam, with the interference of the British and Americans in the 19th century, the Shiia elites of Iran turned into secularists.  In 1976, the dictator and U.S. puppet, Reza Shah, abandoned the Islamic lunar Hejra calendar starting from the immigration of Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) from Mecca to Medinah.  He replaced it with the calendar of the Zoroastrian Achaemenid Empire starting from the reign of Cyrus as its first year as the country's official calendar.  Overnight the Muslim Hejra year of 1355 changed to 2535.  Immediately after the Islamic revolution in February 1979, the inaccurate Achaemenid empire calendar was changed to the Islamic solar Hejri calendar.

Thank you brother TS for posting and educating us on this remarkable landmark.  Subhan'Allah.


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Subhan'Allah, what amazing display of beauty!


Even after the spread of  Shiia Islam, with the interference of the British and Americans in the 19th century, the Shiia elites of Iran turned into secularists.  In 1976, the dictator and U.S. puppet, Reza Shah, abandoned the Islamic lunar Hejra calendar starting from the immigration of Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) from Mecca to Medinah.  He replaced it with the calendar of the Zoroastrian Achaemenid Empire starting from the reign of Cyrus as its first year as the country's official calendar.  Overnight the Muslim Hejra year of 1355 changed to 2535.  Immediately after the Islamic revolution in February 1979, the inaccurate Achaemenid empire calendar was changed to the Islamic solar Hejri calendar.   .................................   

Exactly.  And you know, many idiots in the mainstream media and the bias Google who are full of flattery for pre-Islamic Persia claim Achaemenid calendar to be more accurate than the Islamic Hejri calendar and also the Georgian calendar.  Those buffoons don't know (or pretend not to know) that the goofed up Achaemenid solar calendar went through a lengthy process of revision and correction by the prominent Iranian mathematician, astronomer and poet, Omar Khyyam (1048 to 1131).   He corrected and changed the Achaemenid calendar so vastly that it was a new calendar altogether commonly referred to as the Omar Khayyam calendar.  It turned out to be more accurate than the Christian Julian calendar in Europe, later changed to the Gregorian calendar.    Thundering goon, the Shah, wouldn't admit that and stuck to the phony title "Cyrus the Great calendar."

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« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2019, 12:28:01 pm »



Absolutely right sisters. 

That thundering goon, the shah, only loved the polytheists and secularists.

Those bias halfwits claim Acheamnid empire was the biggest.  The Seljuk empire (Turko Persians) was bigger.  Not that the size of the empire has ever contributed to civilization and wisdom.
 
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« Reply #6 on: July 03, 2019, 12:29:30 pm »



And who were the Qarakhanids?
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« Reply #7 on: July 03, 2019, 12:30:41 pm »



They were a Muslim Turkic dynasty that surrendered to the Seljuks by the end of the 11th century (that is, the year end of 1000s).
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I've heard from many sources that the dictator shah's old hag wife and two substantially old hag children do not identify themselves with Islam at all.  They track their lineage from the Zoroastrian period and claim all of Iran belongs to that era.
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« Reply #9 on: July 03, 2019, 12:36:36 pm »



Unfortunately yes.  For those autocratic indecorous thieves, money and power are the end-all and be-all of life.  One of their daughters who was an addict and eventually took an overdose of sleeping pill-drugs killing herself was buried in France in a Christian graveyard.   One of their sons who put a bullet through his head was cremated.

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« Reply #10 on: July 03, 2019, 12:39:22 pm »



Taubah!
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« Reply #11 on: July 03, 2019, 12:42:24 pm »



The mainstream media downplays the runaway robbers' booty as $100 million.   I'm certain as hell it's a lot more than that.
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« Reply #12 on: July 03, 2019, 12:44:10 pm »



It's well over $10 billion !!!!!!   .....   stolen from Iran after a brutal 38-year totalitarian rule. 
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« Reply #13 on: July 03, 2019, 12:45:47 pm »



 Shocked   brigands !!
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« Reply #14 on: July 03, 2019, 12:48:16 pm »



10 billion should be enough to 'buy' them all their tickets for Hellfire on the Day of Judgement.   Insh'Allah.  Ameen.
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