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Al-Hussein Mosque

By : Nada Yahia | 08 September 2020

Get the full experience of visiting Al-Hussein Mosque and book a tour with Magic Life Tours, Mosque of Sayyidna Al Hussein is One of the most sacred Islamic sites in Egypt, this mosque is the reputed burial place of the head of Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Mohammed, originally built in 1154, and then later reconstructed in 1874.

1. Location

The mosque is located in Cairo, Egypt, near the Khan El-Khalili bazaar, near-by the famous Al Azhar Mosque, in an area known as Al-Hussain. The area is home to several very popular attractions, including a number of historical mosques. While some of Cairo day of Magic Life Tours include a visit to this mosque, not all of them do. We can however add it to any itinerary of your choice.

2. History

Al Hussein Mosque is perhaps best known for the fact that it is home to the world’s oldest complete manuscript of the Quran. It is also believed to house the head of Hussein, the grandson of the prophet Muhammad who was killed by the Umayyads in Iraq in 680. Today, Al Hussein Mosque is considered to be one of the holiest Islamic places in all of Egypt.

Most of the building dates from about 1870, except for the beautiful 14th-century stucco panels on the minaret. The modern metal sculptures in front are elegant Teflon canopies that expand to cover worshippers during Friday prayers. This is one of the few mosques where non-Muslims can't enter , The death of Hussein in Karbala, Iraq, cemented the rift between the Sunni and Shiite branches of Islam. It has to be said that the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus also claims Hussein's head, a Shiite relic, even though both mosques were established by Sunnis.

Because all of tours of Magic Life Tours are fully customizable, you can visit as many Cairo tourist attractions as you want with any and all of our guided Cairo tours.

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