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Al-Hussein Mosque

Al-Hussein Mosque is built in 1154 and located in Cairo, Egypt, near the Khan El-Khalili bazaar. It is named for the grandson of Muhammad, Husayn ibn Ali, whose head is believed by some to be buried on the grounds of the mosque. Shī‘ah Muslims believe that the head of Husayn ibn Ali is with his body in the Imam Husayn Mosque in Karbala.[1] The mosque, considered to be one of the holiest Islamic sites in Cairo, was built on the cemetery of the Fatimid caliphs, a fact that was later discovered during the excavation. The mausoleum (dating back to 1154) is the oldest part of the complex.[2] The current building was built in the 19th century, and was influenced by Gothic Revival architecture.

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Al-Hussein Mosque

Al-Hussein Mosque is  built in 1154 and located in Cairo, Egypt, near the Khan El-Khalili bazaar. It is named for the grandson of Muhammad, Husayn ibn Ali, whose head is believed by some to be buried on the grounds of the mosque. Shī‘ah Muslims believe that the head of Husayn ibn Ali is with his body in the Imam Husayn Mosque in Karbala. The mosque, considered to be one of the holiest Islamic sites in Cairo, was built on the cemetery of the Fatimid caliphs, a fact that was later discovered during the excavation. The mausoleum (dating back to 1154) is the oldest part of the complex. The current building was built in the 19th century, and was influenced by Gothic Revival architecture.

The Mosque houses some very sacred items like the oldest believed complete manuscript of the Quran.

There is a marble slab on the mosque which contains the hadith in which the Prophet Muhammad says: "Husain is from me and I am from Husain. May Allah love whoever loves Husain. Husain is a grandson (chief) from the grandsons (chieftains)." At the bottom of the slab, it says this is a good (hasan) hadith related by Tirmidhi, and also related by Bukhari and Ahmad ibn Hanbal.

 

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