The Soviet War in Afghanistan, also known as the Soviet–Afghan War, was a nine-year conflict involving the Soviet Union, supporting the Marxist government of the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan (DRA) at their own request, against the Islamist Mujahideen Resistance. Afghanistan's resistance movement was born in chaos and, at first, virtually all of its war was waged locally by regional warlords.
Kumbh Mela is a mass Hindu pilgrimage that occurs after every twelve years. Ancient Hindu mythology tells of a great battle in the heavens, thousands of years ago, when the gods fought the demons over a pot (Kumbh) containing the nectar of immortality. During this conflict, four drops of nectar fell to earth, at Hardwar, Allahabad, Uijain and Nashik.
Portugal is the westernmost country of mainland Europe and is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the west and south and by Spain to the north and east.A leading research advisory firm known as the Economist Intelligent Unit has ranked Portugal 19th as having the highest quality of life and the 14th most peaceful nation globally. It is no wonder people flock to the country from all over the world adding to it the title of the multicultural hub of Europe.
When Prophet Mohamed and his followers left Mecca in 622 of the Christian era, they migrated two hundred and seventy seven miles across the world desert of Medina, Islam’s second holiest city. The migration marked the beginning of the Islamic calendar. Ten years later the Muslims rode out to conquer the pagans and restore Mecca to its rightful place as the sacred city. Today, a simple white washed mosque known as alQuba stands where Muhammad built Medina’s first mosque of mud and wattle. Two Salats, unity prayers, said in this mosque are equal to a lesser pilgrimage.
The Hajj – the great pilgrimage to Mecca is a journey that every devout and able-bodied Muslim, with the means to, must make at least once during their lifetime. Currently the largest annual pilgrimage in the world, the Hajj is one of Muslim’s duties, and is the fifth pillar of Islam which must be fulfilled and performed by every faithful assiduously and wholeheartedly.
Known as the ‘Gateway to Pakistan’, Karachi in southern Pakistan, is the capital of the Sind Province, and lies on the Arabian Sea, at the northwestern edge of the Indus River delta. It’s also a major port centered on the island of Kiamari. The Karachi port is located between the towns of Kiamari and Saddar and is Pakistan’s largest and busiest seaport, handling about 60% of the nations 25 million tons of cargo per annum.
As a modern state, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is little older than three score years and ten. Its inhabitants are the guardians of a heritage which stretches way back into the dawn of history. Located at a strategic position at one of the great crossroads of the world where Asia meets Africa, Jordan has drawn invading peoples before records began.
The City of Siem Reap is the capital city of Siem Reap Province in northwestern Cambodia, and is the gateway to Angkor. Angkor literally means Capital City or Holy City but in modern days usage it has come to refer to the capital city of the Khmer Empire that existed in the area of Cambodia between the 9th and 15th centuries AD as well as the empire itself.