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In and around Salt are several tombs of prominent figures of Islam and others mentioned in the Holy Qur'an. Within a modern mosque in Wadi Shu'ayb lies the shrine of Prophet Shu'ayb 'Jethro' Peace be Upon Him, the Midianite father-in-law of Prophet Moses Peace be Upon Him and with whom Prophet Moses Peace be Upon Him took refuge after he killed an Egyptian. Repeatedly he preached to his people about monotheism and to abandon their corrupt practices such as under-weighing and under-measuring the commodities they sold.

Within a mosque to the west of Salt, on a hill carrying his name lies the shrine of Prophet Yusha 'Joshua' Peace be Upon Him. He was the apprentice of Prophet Moses Peace be Upon Him and later his successor. Prophet Joshua Peace be Upon Him led the army of the tribes of Israel in conquest over the land of Palestine.

The Shrine of Prophet Yusha (pbuh), Salt

South-west of Salt in an area known as Khirbet Ayyoub foundations of an ancient building mark the final resting place of Prophet Ayyoub 'Job' Peace be Upon Him who is mentioned in the Holy Qur'an 4 times. His legendary patience and faith gave him strength to endure tremendous hardships. Ultimately Prophet Job Peace be Upon Him was rewarded with blessings, as stated in the Holy Qur'an (Sura 21, verses 83-84): "And (remember) Ayyoub, when He cried to his Lord, 'Truly distress has seized me, but Thou art the Most Merciful of those that are merciful'. So We listened to him: We removed the distress that was on him, and We restored his people to him, and doubled their number, as a Grace from Ourselves, and a thing for commemoration, for all who serve Us".

A collection of stones marks the tomb of the venerable companion Maysarah ibn Masrouq Al-Abssi May Allah be Pleased with Him buried west of Salt in the town of Arda. He witnessed the Prophet's Peace and Blessings be Upon Him Farewell Pilgrimage and took part in the Battle of Yamamah and the conquest of Greater Syria. In the 20th year after Hijra, he became the commander of an army that successfully attacked the Byzantines, making them the first Muslim army to enter Byzantine lands.
 

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