Ziyarat Of Iraq

Information For Iraq Visa

You must obtain your Visa from the country of your residence before you proceed to Iraq. If you are going to go to Iraq from Amman, Jordan, then please make sure that you have multiple visas for Jordan otherwise you will have a problem when you return from Iraq.

At the Iraqi border, you can get visa on arrival if you have nationality of United Kingdom, EU Countries, USA & Canada.

We highly recommend that you join a group for going to Iraq for Ziyarat.

The United States has a Presidential decree that no American citizen is permitted to go into Iraq, if they do so and the government comes to learn of it they may be denied entry into the United States. Therefore, Zuwars are cautioned that the groups they are joining do not get the Iraqi visa stamped in the passport; it should be obtained on a piece of paper, which does not present a problem.

Even the Canadian Government will not be able to help Canadians if they get stuck in Iraq. So it is important to join a respectable and well-known group – WISH TOURS.

Items To Take With On Your Iraq Trip

List Of Items

One bottle of Shampoo and soap.
One toothbrush and toothpaste.
One hairbrush or comb.
One travelling money pouch for safekeeping your valuables.
Four shirts, two pants, two pyjamas and some undergarments for men.
Four sets of Shalwaar Kurta or long dress and some undergarments for women.
One Janamaaz (Mussalla).
One pair of rubber slippers and one pair of very comfortable shoes for daily wear.
You should take enough prescription medicine to last you during the entire trip and you should carry them in your hand luggage. Also please make sure to take some Tylenol and cough drops like ‘Bradasol’ for sore throat.

A First Aid Kit.

If you wear prescription glasses then it is highly recommended to carry (with you) an extra pair.
There is a lot of poverty in Iraq so if you can then take some clothes and medicine to give them away to the needy. You might also want to take some candies and chocolates for the children near the Shrines.


The quality of hotels in Iraq is not a very high standard. However, we always provide the best of the hotels to our pilgrims in Karbala, Najaf, Kazmain & Baghdad. You also get 3 times buffet meals in Hotels.


You can exchange currency anywhere in Iraq, even mobile phone shops do currency exchange – rates may vary. We recommend you carry US Dollars bills (with you) in a mix denomination. Have some dollar bills to give away as ‘Baqshees’ aka TIP.

The exchange rate varies from month to month. You will not be able to reconvert the Iraqi Dinar to US Dollars.


During the months of November, December, January, February and March are very cold and you will require thermal undergarments, winter coat and winter gloves.

April, September and October are pleasant months.

May, June, July and August are very hot months.

Masjid Al Aqsa

Masjid Aqsa Palestine is also known as Al-Aqsa and Bayt al-Muqaddas. It is the third holiest Mosque in Islam and is situated in the Old City of Jerusalem. A site where there is Golden domed mosque also with the Dome of the Rock referred to as al-Haram ash-Sharif or Noble Sanctuary. Muslims believe that the Holy Prophet Muhammad (S.A) had traveled from the Masjid-e-Haram, Makkah to Al-Aqsa Masjid during Shab-e-Miraj the Night Journey. Masjid Al-Aqsa is considered to be Qibla –e-Awal. Muslims used to offer prayers in the direction of Al-Aqsa until seventeen months after the migration. Afterwards, Allah directed them to turn towards the Khana Kaaba – The black cubical building in the centre of Makkah.

This mosque was initially a small prayer house built by caliph Umar (R.A) but was reconstructed and expanded by the Umayyad caliph Abd al-Malik and completed by his son al-Walid in 705 CE. During 746, an earthquake hit the mosque and was completely destroyed and reconstructed by the Abbasid caliph al-Mansur in the year 754, and again renovated in 780 by his successor al-Mahdi. Another earthquake in 1033 destroyed most of al-Aqsa mosque, but within two years the Fatimid caliph Ali az-Zahir constructed another mosque that has stood till the present-day. The periodic renovations were undertaken by the various Islamic Caliphs. They did additions to the mosque and its boundaries; the renovations were made to domes, minbar, facade, minarets and also including the interior structure. When the Christian captured Jerusalem in 1099, they altered the mosque to palace and church, but it was restored as a mosque after the recapture by Saladin Ayyubi in 1187. Some more renovations, repairs, maintenance and additions, were taken in the later centuries by the Mamluks, Ayyubids, Ottomans, Jordan and the Supreme Muslim Council. At the present, the Old City is under the control of Israel, but this mosque is under the administration of the Islamic Waqf led by Jordanian/Palestinian.

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