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Language of Origin: Arabic

Frequently: Masjid al-Nuqtah

The Masjid al-Nuqtah, Mosque of the Drop [of the blood of Husayn]) is a mosque located on Mount Jawshan in Aleppo, Syria. The main feature of the mosque is a stone believed to be stained with the blood of Husayn ibn Alī by Shīah Muslims.

The prisoners of Karbalā were taken through many cities on their way to Damascus. As they were nearing Aleppo, a Christian monk who lived there could see light emanating from the head of Husayn, upwards to the sky. When the caravan stopped for rest, the monk approached them and asked if he could take the head for the night in exchange for 10,000 dirhams that he had with him. When they agreed, the monk took the head and placed it on a stone, whereon blood from the head fell onto it. In the morning he returned the head and professed Islam. This version of events can be found written on a plaque within the mosque itself.

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