While in Egypt, Cairo to be exact, our main focus was Imam Hussain (A.S.), the grandson of the Prophet Mohammed (P.B.U.H). Imam Hussain along with his family, close friends and followers were starved and kept thirsty for three days before being brutally martyred in Karbala (present day Iraq). I will stay clear of the gory details, in the end Imam Hussain was beheaded and while his body remains buried in Karbala, his head is now buried in Cairo. His sister Zainab (A.S.)'s shrine is also in Cairo along with several other members of the Prophet's family. During this trip we visited these shrines to pay our respects.
What many of you may not know is that Cairo, the capital of Egypt was founded by the Fatimid Dynasty in the 10th century. It is also know as the City of Minarets with more than a thousand mosques in the city. We were able to visit seven of them, each with such rich histories and beautiful architecture.
Mohammad Ali Mosque
We also cruised along the Nile
saw the Pyramids and the Sphinx and before we even knew it, our Egyptian adventure came to an end and we were off to Iraq.. with apprehension and full of prayers..
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