Sayyidah Ruqayya Mosque

The Sayyidah Ruqayyah Mosque (Arabic: مسجد السيدة رقية‎) is located in Damascus, Syria, and contains the grave of Sukayna bint Husayn, also known as Ruqayyah, the young daughter of Al-Husayn ibn ‘Alī.[1]

Sayyidah Ruqayya Mosque
مسجد السيدة رقية
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AffiliationShia Islam
LocationSyria Damascus, Arab Republic of Syria, the Levant
Geographic coordinates33°30′48″N 36°18′26″E / 33.51333°N 36.30722°E / 33.51333; 36.30722Coordinates: 33°30′48″N 36°18′26″E / 33.51333°N 36.30722°E / 33.51333; 36.30722

According to Shia Islamic narrations that are commemorated every year on the occasion of Ashura, after enduring the Battle of Karbala and the torturous journey to Damascus that followed it, Sukaynah died at the age of four in Yazid's prison, where her body was originally buried. Years later, however, upon the flooding of her gravesite, her grave was reopened and the body was moved to the site where the Masjid now stands.[1]

The mosque was built around the mausoleum in 1985 and exhibits a modern version of Iranian architecture, with substantial amount of mirror and gold work. There is a small mosque area adjoining the shrine room, along with a small courtyard in front. This mosque is found a short distance from the Umayyad Mosque and the Al-Hamidiyah Souq in central Damascus.


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  1. ^ a b "Syria". Retrieved 2016-10-14.