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Iran -Tomb Of Prophet Daniel

Here is a photo showing an Iranian Jewish man at the shrine with his cell phone on, so his family members back home can participate in pray.

Daniel , Persian: دانيال is the central protagonist of the Book of Daniel. The name “Daniel” means “God is my judge”.

According to the Biblical book of Daniel, at a young age Daniel was carried off to Babylon where he was trained in the service of the court under the authority of Ashpenaz. It is also written that Daniel became famous for interpreting dreams and rose to become one of the most important figures in the court and lived well into the reign of the Persian (Iranian) conquerors.

Some Christian denominations regard Daniel as a saint and as prophet. Judaism considers the Book of Daniel a part of its canon (Jewish Law), but does not regard Daniel as a prophet. Islam also regards Daniel as a prophet, though he is not mentioned explicitly in the Quran.

Qajari tilework detail in the square in front of the tomb of Prophet Daniel.
Says words of Imam Ali: Whoever visits my brother Daniel has visited me.

The fact that he had just interpreted the emperors’ dream had resulted in his promotion and that of his companions. Being favored by the King, Cyrus the Great (Iranian King), he was untouchable. His companions were vulnerable to the accusation that had them thrown into the furnace for refusing to worship the Babylonian King, Nebuchadnezzar as a god; but they were miraculously saved, and Daniel would years later be cast into a den of lions (for continuing to practice his faith in YHWH), but was miraculously delivered; after which Cyrus(Iranian King), issued a decree enjoining reverence for “the God of Daniel” (Daniel 6:26). He “prospered in the reign of Darius(Iranian King), and in the reign of Cyrus the Great,” whom he probably greatly influenced in the matter of the decree which put an end to the Jewish Captivity (BC 536).

The time and circumstances of Daniel’s death have not been recorded. However, tradition maintains that Daniel was still alive in the third year of Cyrus(Iranian King), according to the Tanakh (Daniel 10:1). He would have been almost 100 years old at that point, having been brought to Babylon when he was in his teens, more than 80 years previously. He died at Susa in Iran. Tradition holds that his tomb is located in Susa at a site known as Shush-e Daniyal.



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Wonders Of Iran:In Search of Heaven

“Legend: The Genesis of Civilisation” (later made into a documentary for the Discovery Channel) the British Egyptologist and historian David Rohl suggests that the Biblical Garden of Eden was situated in Tabriz.


 “In Search of Heaven” recounts the spiritual odyssey of American missionary Howard Conklin Baskerville. His 1907 passage to Iran, as a teacher, led to philosophical revelations that would not only impact his own life, but his students as well. Baskerville’s journey to enlightenment drew him to become the driving inspiration behind a revolution of freedom for a politically, and religiously, oppressed people.

The city of Tabriz, where Howard met his end, has recently been postulated as the original “Garden Of Eden.”  Certified Scholars identify the location next to City of Tabriz as the modern city of Rezahehe (Oromieh) birth place of Adam and Eve. 

Christians will be fascinated by this.  That includes Jews.  The followers of Islam also believe that there was a real birthplace where in Adam and Even were created and call it “Baghe Behesht,” which translates as the same thing as “Garden of Eden.” In the book the reader will get familiar with the city which was the place of Garden of Eden and the birth place of Adam and Eve. The novel, “In Search of Heaven”, has been adapted into a screenplay and is currently being developed into a major motion picture.

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