The village of Muslim is a historical fountain in the heart of Oman

The village of Muslim is a historical fountain in the heart of Oman
    The village of Muslim is a historical fountain in the heart of Oman
    Villages may not expand to the size of a metropolis, but they retain their original historical and socio-economic appearance. Let villages do not surpass cities in many strategically important and global indicators, but they keep history. However, there are also such villages, which, despite their small size and a small population, play an indispensable role in the life of the state. These include the Omani village with a rich history and amazing climate Muslim.

    The village of Muslim refers to the Wadi al-Ma'awil district in the province of South El-Batin. Perhaps, Muslim is one of the most memorable settlements in this region. Throughout its history, the village played a role of a link between the settlements of the two neighboring districts. Because of this border location, local residents had to meet more often than others, who on their way came across a small village. Probably, that is why in different parts of the Persian Gulf, and in other countries, people began to talk about the hospitality and kindness of the Muslims.

    The village of Muslim has witnessed different time periods from the life of the Sultanate of Oman. It experienced a flourishing economy of the state and crises, peaceful coexistence and armed clashes in the struggle for power.

    Since ancient times, local residents have earned their living by farming and breeding sheep and camels. In addition, they skillfully produce ceramic and silverware and traditional weapons, for which the stream of interested merchants came to the village.

    Today, Muslim is a residential settlement, where modern and historical architecture is intertwined. Also here you can see the blossoming fields of agricultural lands that give the viewer a unique green oasis. By the way, we note that the village is famous for its fresh water reserves, which turns it into a picturesque oasis.

    By the way, Muslim has over the years developed a clear system of irrigation and distribution of water resources. It consists in the allocation of certain quotas and specific hours. So the availability of fresh water here directly depends on the time of solstice and the social status of this or that resident.

    If you touch the vegetation of Muslim, then, without hesitation, we can say that the various flora types prevail in the local flora. Also, citrus, Omani onions and garlic, wheat, barley, corn and legumes are planted here from agricultural lands. Still you can meet wild trees and plants, including buckthorn, rare varieties of acacia, Miswak, etc.

    There are Muslims and historical monuments in the village. One of them is the historical district of Al-Khujra, surrounded by a high wall. He absorbed the best examples of ancient architecture in the form of historical towers with unusual ancient inscriptions and drawings. Nature, of course, patted these structures, but this did not distort the general impression of the defensive works, where one can still admire ancient cannons fixed in concrete and metal foundations.

    In the area of ​​Al-Khujra, you can get through three doors, one of which is considered the main entrance. The region is famous for its historic mosque with a decorated entrance and mihrab. It has small four wing windows. And also there is a school of Quran reciters for teenagers.

    Another architectural and historical landmark is Beit al-Handak, which originally was a one-story house built in 1851. However, in 1870 the second floor was completed, and in 1921 and 1950, some other engineering changes were made. This house is located outside the area of ​​Al-Khujra. In front of the house there is a small courtyard, and the central door is decorated with ancient inscriptions.

    It is noteworthy that the planting of the Miswak tree, known in Russia for its useful properties for the oral cavity, occupies a large area of ​​the village. Moreover, thickets form a ring around the Muslim. Local residents say that the Miswak grows on the site, where there used to be a ditch with water that passed around the village.

    Today in Muslim you can meet onlookers with photos and video cameras. These are tourists who come here more often to admire the amazing nature and to touch the ancient ancient history.

    It should be noted that not so long ago the village was touched by a number of reforms: new buildings were built and some spheres of life of local society, including medicine, education and utilities, underwent improvements. But neither reforms nor tourists erased the true historical identity of the Muslim village of Oman.
    Wael Elyamani
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