Jordan is blessed with the rich spiritual heritage. Abraham, Job, Moses, Ruth, Elijah, John the Baptist, Jesus Christ, Paul and other leading figures from the Bible performed pivotal elements of their divinely ordained mission in the ancient landscape now within Jordan.
This is why increasing numbers of religious pilgrims today begin their pilgrimages in Jordan and continue into ancient Canaan, modern Palestine and Israel.
The site of John the Baptist's settlement at Bethany beyond the Jordan, where Jesus was baptized, has long been known from the Bible (John 1:28 and 10:40) and from the Byzantine and medieval texts. Here came the words, " This is my son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased." The site has now been identified on the east bank of the Jordan River, in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, and is being systematically surveyed, excavated, restored, and prepared to receive pilgrims and visitors since early 2000. The site is located half an hour by car from the Jordanian capital of Amman.
As for Islam, Jordan is a blessed land that links Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem. It has witnessed the birth of Islam and its growth as a global religion. A large number of the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) Companions were martyred and buried in Jordan.
Jordan was the firstland outside the Arabian Peninsula to which Islam spread. It was the first point of contact between Islam and the non-Arab world.
There are many Islamic sites in Jordan. The sites of the Battle of Mutah, the site of two battles of Yarmouk, the Battle of Fahl, Castles built by Saladin and Islamic Desert Palaces. The cave of the Seven Sleepers is unique among the religious sites in Jordan. Its mystical story is supported by the chapter in the Holy Quran.