Fish Lake Urfa

The legendary Holy Fish Lake (in Turkish: Balıklıgöl)in Urfa (in Kurdish: Riha) is believed to be the place where Abraham was thrown into the fire by King Nimrod for reprima

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The legendary Holy Fish Lake (in Turkish: Balıklıgöl)in Urfa (in Kurdish: Riha) is believed to be the place where Abraham was thrown into the fire by King Nimrod for reprimanding him of idolatry. The legend has it, thatGod turned the burning fire into water and burning red-hot coals into fish, thus saving Abraham's life. From then on, the Pool and the Holy Fishes that live in the water become a place of holy pilgrimage for Muslims. Everday devoted Mulsim pilgrims will line up and feed the holy fishes with bread.

No one knows for sure how many holy fishes are resident of the Sacred Pond, but they are a numerous lot and are very ferocious whenever somebody comes closer to feed them.

 

 


According to another legend, behind this gate is the cave in which Prophet Abraham was born. It is a holy site of pilgrimage for Muslims as well. (Another prophet, Job, was also a native of Urfa). Right next to the holy fish lake is a mosque (also several hundred years old); to be honest the atmosphere of the place is similar to the Golden Temple (Harmandir Sahib) in Amritsar.

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