Caesarea Philippi

Once the site of worship of pagan false god, close to these ruins is said to have a site where Hz. Isa عليه اسلام showed his love and affection of Hz. Sam’un رضي الله عنه (Saint Peter)

Golan Heights, Syria, Occupied by Israel

Coordinates: 33.246396, 35.692900

In the city naer Caesarea Philippi, a city of Greek-Roman culture known for its worship of false pagan gods, Hz. Isa عليه اسلام announced he would establish a place of worship of Allah and gave it’s authority to Hz. Sam’un رضي الله عنه.

It is here that Hz. Sam’un رضي الله عنه said to Hz. Isa عليه اسلام that you are al-masih.

And in reply that Hz. Isa عليه اسلام said that which is quoted in bible:
“And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” (Matthew 16:13-20)

Farthest north

This site is situated around 40km north of the Sea of Galilee. It is said that it was the furthest north Hz. Isa عليه اسلام took his disciples.

False Pagan Gods were worshipped here +

The city appeared in the biblical texts under the name Baal Gad (“Master Luck”, the name of a god of fortune who may later have been identified with Pan); Baal Gad is described as being “in the Valley of Lebanon below Mount Hermon.”

The city had been known as Banias, an Arabic pronunciation of Panias (there is no p in Arabic). This name honoured the Greek god Pan — a half-man, half-goat deity often depicted playing a flute — who was worshipped here.

Here the cult of Pan flourished. East of a large cave are the remains of shrines to Pan and inscriptions, from the 2nd century, bearing his name.

Miracle of Hz. Isa عليه اسلام

According to the Christian sources, a woman from Paneas, who had been bleeding for 12 years, was miraculously cured by Hz. Isa عليه اسلام.

Note: Some of the information in this article comes from Christians sources.