Sidi Gaber Mosque

The mosque was initially a small corner that was built around the middle of the seventh century AH. This corner remained in its condition until a mosque was built on its ruins at the end of the nineteenth century AD. In 1955 AD, the old mosque was removed to build the current mosque in its place.

In the Islamic era, which began with the conquest of Egypt by Amr ibn al-Aas in the year 642 AD, Alexandria became a meeting place for many scholars, imams, and righteous saints, and as was the “Acropolis” in Greek architecture, the mosque became the center of the city and its streets ended. Ibn al-Hakam, the author of the oldest historical text that has reached us about the mosques of Alexandria (which is the Kitab Fattouh Misr), says that it was in the city of Alexandria in the first half of the first century AH, in addition to the mosque of Amr ibn al-Aas (it is likely that it was located in the same place that the mosque now occupies). Al-Omari Al-Atiq, adjacent to the tomb of Abu Al-Darda’, there were five other mosques, which are: The Prophet Musa Mosque, peace be upon him, Solomon Mosque, peace be upon him, Dhul-Qarnayn Mosque, Al-Khidr Mosque, peace be upon him. waterfalls). Opinions differed about the personality of the owner of the mosque buried in the mausoleum next to the mosque, and in his name, the mosque was known, and the most likely opinions are that Sidi Jaber is Jaber bin Ishaq bin Ibrahim bin Muhammad Al-Ansari.

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Sheikh Jaber Al-Ansari grew up in Andalusia, then traveled to Fez in the Maghreb, then moved to Tripoli, Libya, and then came to Cairo, and he was a guest of one of his cousins, his nickname Abu Al-Abbas. Al-Ansari moved to Alexandria and built a corner for him in Dahiyat Al-Raml (later turned into the current mosque). The Sheikh remained in that corner until he died in the year 697 AH, at the age of ninety.

The current mosque consists of a square in the middle of a covered courtyard surrounded by corridors on all sides. There are two porticos in the direction of the qiblah.. and one portico on the other three sides. Above the northern portico, there is a second layer dedicated to women’s prayer. At this height, windows have been opened for illumination. *The mosque has three doors or entrances. Among them, there is a door on the southern side (from the side of the tram). It leads to the mosque as it leads to the tomb of Sidi Gaber.. * There is also a door from the northern side (which opens to Port Said Street) * There is a third door from the western side (in front of the Sidi Gaber Palace for tastings). There is the tomb of Sidi Jaber Al-Ansari on the southern side of the mosque. It is a square room..topped by an octagonal neck, it is erected on a horn.


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