Sisi inaugurates renovated Sayeda Zeinab Mosque

Ahram Online , Sunday 12 May 2024

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi inaugurated on Sunday Cairo’s Al-Sayeda Zeinab Mosque marking the completion of its renovation.

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President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi delivers a speech during the inauguration of Al-Sayeda Zeinab Mosque following its renovation in Cairo on Sunday. Photos courtesy of Presidential Spokesperson

 

The step is part of the Egyptian government's plan to revitalize the mausoleums of the Prophet Muhammad's family (Ahl Al-Bayt) and the surrounding areas to restore Historic Cairo.

During the inauguration, El-Sisi unveiled a plan to develop the mosques associated with Ahl Al-Bayt, including renovating the Al-Rifai, Sultan Hassan, and Al-Mawardi mosques soon.

Al-Sayeda Zeinab Mosque is the third mosque to be renovated, after the Al-Hussein and Al-Sayeda Nafisa mosques during the previous two years.

During his speech, El-Sisi said Egypt is graced with being chosen as the final resting destination for the Prophet Muhammad's family.

“When they searched for a place to settle and take shelter, their destination was Egypt,” the president noted.

President El-Sisi and the Sultan of the Bohra community in India dotting the letters “In the Name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful".

The president thanked Sultan Mufaddal Saifuddin, the leader of the Bohra community in India who attended the ceremony, for his contribution in developing the Al-Bayt mosques in Egypt.

Sultan Saifuddin donated EGP 10 million to the Long Live Egypt (Tahya Misr) Fund between 2014 and 2018.

Al-Sayeda Zeinab Mosque, one of the country’s most significant pieces of Islamic heritage, was closed for two months for renovations.

It enshrines Sayeda Zeinab, the prophet's granddaughter, born to his daughter Fatma and his cousin Imam Ali Ibn Abi Taleb, and draws a hundreds of devoted worshippers each day from around the world, particularly Sufis.

Her neo-Mameluke mosque, built during the Fatimid period houses her shrine and stands in majesty in a populous square in Historic Cairo.

The Egyptian government envisions transforming the popular Al-Sayeda Zeinab District into a capital for religious tourism by developing tourism infrastructure in the area.

During his speech, El-Sisi directed the government to compensate the owners of houses adjacent to the Al-Bayt mosques to complete the development plans.

Besides Al-Sayeda Zeinab Mosque, the restoration work involved renovating the surrounding squares and streets, incorporating a unified color scheme to enhance the overall aesthetic.

Upgraded sidewalks, expanded green areas, and a revitalized 4,000-metre Qandil Umm Hashem Park further enhance the visitor experience.

The project also included significant upgrades to Al-Sayeda Zeinab Square, creating two new 10-metre traffic lanes in both directions.

Additionally, four modern parking lots were constructed, offering a total capacity of 250 cars.

Open-air electric cars will be provided to transport visitors from the park to other nearby Islamic sites.

The inauguration was also attended by Sultan Saifuddin's brothers and sons, including Prince Qaed Jawhar Izz Al-Din, Prince Ja’far Al-Sadiq Imadduddin, and the Sultan’s Representative in Egypt, Mufaddal Mohammed.

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