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Sa'sa'a b. Sawhan Mosque

The mosque of Sa'sa'a b. Sawhan

Ṣaʿṣaʿa b. Ṣawḥān mosque (Arabic:مَسْجِد صَعْصَعَة بنِ صَوْحان) is one of the mosques of Kufa near al-Sahla Mosque. This mosque was the worshiping place of Sa'sa'a b. Sawhan, where a group of people saw Imam al-Mahdi (a) worshiping in the month of Rajab. In their books, Sayyid b. Tawus and Shahid Awwal mentioned recommended practices for this mosque.


Sa'sa'a b. Sawhan

Main article: Sa'sa'a b. Sawhan

According to Ibn Abi l-Hadid, a Muʿtazilite scholar, Imam Ali (a) in Nahj al-Balagha complimented Sa'sa'a b. Sawhan on his eloquence stating, "This skillful and talented orator...", which shows his excellence in the oration.

The name of the mentioned mosque is Sa'sa'a b. Sawhan al-'Abdi who was among the companions of Imam Ali (a) and worshiped in this mosque. Sa'sa'a was an eloquent orator and made several speeches in defense of Imam Ali (a). Imam Ali (a) mentioned him among his great companions and Imam al-Sadiq (a) too considered him among those who knew Imam Ali (a) the way he (a) deserved it.


The building of Sa'sa'a mosque was reconstructed in 1387/1967 and is in an area of 160 square meters.


In Mafatih al-jinan, Shaykh 'Abbas Qummi introduced Sa'sa'a mosque among respected mosques of Kufa located near the Zayd b. Sawhan Mosque. It was where a group of people saw Imam al-Mahdi (a) in the month of Rajab when he (a) performed two rak'as of prayer and recited a supplication attributed to that mosque. Al-Shahid al-Awwal in al-Mazar, and Ibn al-Mashhadi, in al-Mazar al-kabir dedicated a chapter to the merits of this mosque and its recommended practices.

Recommended Practices

In Iqbal al-a'mal, al-Sayyid b. Tawus transmitted a hadith from Muhammad b. Abi Ruwasi, and al-Shahid and Ibn al-Mashhadi transmitted it from Muhammad 'Abd al-Rahman al-Tustari that Imam al-Mahdi (a) was seen in that mosque in the month of Rajab when he (a) performed two rak'as of prayer and recited a supplication.