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Tomb of Seyyid Hassan, Khatmiya, Kassala, Sudan

Tomb of Seyyid Hassan, Khatmiya, Kassala, Sudan
Khatmiya is the oldest part of Kassala, and the focal point is the tomb and mosque of Seyyid Hassan. Mosques in Sudan are generally off-limits to non-muslims, but because this one had no roof (blame the British, the Italians or an earthquake, depending on who you listen to), it was no longer considered to be a working mosque. Instead of carpets and rugs, the prayer hall has a floor of still have to remove your shoes to enter.

Many legends surround the tomb of Seyyid Hassan...the most famous being that when it rains, no water falls inside the tomb, despite the lack of roof, because Seyyid Hassan is so holy.

In the dusty square outside, old women sell charms and holy remedies for all sorts of illnesses, while men in white jellabiyyas and turbans teach the Qur'an to young boys sat crosslegged on the floor.