Stabbed by a Persian assassin, the second caliph Umar died from his wounds after three days. He had been head of the Muslims for 10 years, from 634 to 644 CE, and during his time had quickly expanded Muslim territory by conquering the Sassanian Empire and more than two-thirds of the Byzantine Empire.
Syriac Orthodox Mar Mattai Monastery of Saint Mathew in Mosul, Iraq is recognized as one of the oldest Christian monasteries in existence and is famous for its magnificent library and considerable collection of Syriac Christian manuscripts.
Today I went to Jericho to see the uncovered mosaic at Hisham’s palace (also known as Khirbat bayt al-mifjar). It was exquisite, the details, the colors of the mosaic and the different complex patterns.