Mount Nebo

Considered to be the burials site of Hz. Musa عليه اسلام according to Christians, this site not only holds a religious sentiment, but it has the best view of the dead sea & Jordan valley

Abarim, Jordan

Coordinates: 31.768399, 35.725287

Mount Nebo (Jabal Nibuֹ‎) is an elevated ridge of the Abarim in Jordan, approximately 710 metres above sea level.

It is mentioned in the christians texts as the place where Hz. Musa عليه اسلام was granted a view of the sacred Land (Al-aqsa).

The view from the summit provides a panorama of the land and, to the north, a more limited one of the valley of the River Jordan. The West Bank city of Jericho is usually visible from the summit, as is Jerusalem on a very clear day.

Religious significance

According to Christian tradition, Hz. Musa عليه اسلام was buried on the mountain, although his place of burial is not specified.

Islamic traditions also stated the same, although there is a grave of Hz. Musa عليه اسلام located at Maqam El-Nabi Musa, 11 km south of Jericho and 20 km east of Jerusalem in the Judean wilderness.

Scholars continue to dispute whether the mountain currently known as Nebo is the same as the mountain referred to in christian texts.

Following things are associated to this site;

In the 3rd or 4th century monks from Egypt built a small church on one of its peaks, Siyagha to commemorate the end of Moses’ life. By the end of the 4th century, an empty “tomb of Moses” was being shown to pilgrims on the mountain.

The modern building of Moses Memorial Church atop Mount Nebo, in Khirbet al-Mukhayyat. It It houses some of the best (and best presented) mosaics in Jordan, dating from around 530 CE.

Replica of Brazen Serpent symbolic bronze serpent created by Hz. Musa عليه اسلام in the wilderness. In the christian traditions, Allah told Hz. Musa عليه اسلام to erect the serpent structure so that Children of Israel who saw it would be protected from dying from the bites of the “fiery serpents”, which Allah had sent to punish them for speaking against him and Hz. Musa عليه اسلام.

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