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El Hussein Mosque

  • 05 16, 2023

El Hussein Mosque in Cairo

Sayyidna al-Hussein Mosque was built in 1870 to replace a 12th-century mosque and is believed to retain one of the most sacred relics of all Islam: the head of Al-Hussein, nephew of the prophet Muhammad.

After the death of the prophet in the year 632 AD, the caliphate came under the control of the Umayyad clan.

The son-in-law of the prophet Ali took up arms claiming to be the natural successor and was killed. His son, Al-Hussein, organized a riot but died in 680 AD at the battle of Kerbala, Iraq, where his body is said to rest. Islam is still divided between the followers of Al-Hussein, the Shiites, and the Sunnis, who considered the Umayyads to be Muhammad's legitimate successors. In the ten-day annual Moulid of Al Hussein and other holidays, Midan al-Hussein is invaded by thousands of worshipers.

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The El Hussein Mosque dates back to the 12th century and is believed to be built over the tomb of Sayyidna Al-Hussein ibn Ali, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad. It has undergone several renovations and expansions over the centuries, with the current structure reflecting Mamluk and Ottoman architectural styles.

Non-Muslim people who are visiting Cairo can go to a special place called a mosque. This mosque is near a big market called Khan el-Khalili. It is in a part of Cairo where many Islamic things are found. If you want to learn about Islam or the history of Islam, you can go on a tour of the special room where people pray in the mosque.

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