Holy Cities for ShiaCategory: QuestionsHoly Cities for Shia
Joe Dobson asked 8 months ago

Salams. My daughter is studying Islam within her religious education GCSE in England. The teacher put up a slide stating that Baghdad is considered the holiest city for Shia Muslims. My understanding of Shia teachings was that Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem were the most holy cities to all Muslims and of other cities sacred specifically to Shia, Karbala and others were considered more holy/important than Baghdad? Can you advise what are the holiest cities from Shia perspective and whether Baghdad is perceived as the most holy/important?  Many thanks for your advice on this.

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Fiqh Department Staff answered 7 months ago

بِسْمِ ٱللَّٰهِ ٱلرَّحْمَٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته
As Salaamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh,
We hope this answer finds you in high Islamic spirit.
The holy cities in Islam according to Shia School are Makkah, Madinah, Quds, Najaf, Kufa, Karbala, Mashhad, Kadhmain (which is in Baghdad), and Samarra.