Wednesday 30 August 2023


Sa'id of Mogadishu  (Somali: Saciid min Muqdisho, Arabic: سعيد من مقديشو Sa'iid min maqadīshū) was a 14th-century (1301) Somali scholar and traveler.

Sa'id was born in Mogadishu in the year 1301.
Sa'id left Mogadishu as a teenager to study in Mecca and Medina, where he remained for 28 years gathering knowledge and gaining many disciples.His reputation as a scholar earned him audiences with the Amirs of Mecca and Medina.

From this it is apparent that Sa‘īd was not only a well travelled scholar known in the ways of the world, but he obviously must have recruited many students due to his close link with the Amirs.

Sa'id is said to have afterwards travelled across the Muslim world and visited Bengal, China. During his stay at a mosque on the west coast of India, he encountered fellow Muslim traveller Ibn Battuta. According to scholar Peter Jackson, Sa'id might have during this occasion shared with Battuta accounts of his travels in China and detailed the political landscape and succession of the Yuan Dynasty, information which Battuta would eventually add in his own chronicles.

Sa'id of Mogadishu was a famous Somali scholar and traveller. He is said to be the first African to study the Mandarin language and first African to translate the Mandarin language with a native African language like Somali. He lived in China as African Ambassador who opened the gates of business between China and Africa through the Horn of Africa Ports. 

Sa'id may have died on 1361 or 1365.

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