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Mosque of al-Shaykh al-Ansari

The Mosque of al-Shaykh al-Anṣārī, or Jami' al-Sahykh al-Anṣārī, known as the Mosque of Turkha (Turks) is a well-known mosque in Najaf. Imam Khomeini held the imamate of congregational prayers, and taught, in this mosque for thirteen years.

Masjid al-Shaykh al-Ansari
Location Najaf
Established 13th/19th century
Founder al-Shaykh al-Ansari
Current Status Active

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History

The mosque was built in the southern side of the Shrine of Imam 'Ali (a) in Huwaysh neighborhood with the support of al-Shaykh Murtada al-Ansari. According to an anecdote, an Iranian man who was a follower of al-Shaykh al-Ansari went to Najaf on his way to Mecca for performing the hajj ritual and donated some money to al-Shaykh al-Ansari so that he could built a house of his own. Al-Ansari accepted the money, but instead of the house, he constructed a mosque, which later came to be known as the Mosque of "Turks."

The Reason for Appellation as the Mosque of Turks

Since the mosque was a place for religious mourning ceremonies of Najaf-based Turks for over a century, it came to be known as the Mosque of Turks.

Place for Seminary Lectures

 
Imam Khomeini in Masjid al-Shaykh al-Ansari

Since its foundation until the present time, the mosque has been a place for seminary lectures and discussions of seminary students and Shiite marja's in the Islamic Seminary of Najaf. Ayatollah Al-Sayyid Muhammad Kazim al-Yazdi taught in the mosque. Also, Imam Khomeini held the imamate of congregational prayers, and taught, in the mosque during his exile in Najaf.

At present, the Mosque of al-Shaykh al-Ansari is a center in which seminary courses (preliminaries, level 1, level 2, and advanced courses) are taught.

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