Mosque of Sayyidna al-Hussein
About The Mosque
Egypt boasts of several sacred Islamic spaces, and this mosque ranks top on that list. Often, this mosque has been said to be the burial place of the head of the Holy Prophet’s grandson – Hussein – who died in Karbala, Iraq. His death is said to have ended the rift between the Shia and Sunni branches of Islam.
Although the Damascus’ Umayyad Mosque claims to have the same Shiite artifact, and Sunnis established the two mosques, these claims do not in any way reduce the importance and prominence of this site – non-Muslims are forbidden entrance.
Apart from the great stucco panels on the minaret, which was built in the 14th century, almost all the buildings date far back to the 1870s. You will be captivated by the contemporary metal sculptures, as well as the large canopies that serve to shelter worshippers during Friday prayers.