We finally got out for some sightseeing last weekend. This is only the second time in the two plus years we’ve lived in Egypt that we’ve been anywhere. The first time was the pyramids (in my opinion a waste of money, drive to Giza and look at them from outside the gates!)
We visited the first masjid built not just in Egypt, but in all of Afrikiya masjid ‘Amr ibn al-As. It was huge, the whole compound took up a block. I tried and failed miserably to get a panoramic pic of the whole facade of the building. A beautiful building with hundreds of smalls glass lamps hanging from the ceiling. There was a janaza going on when we got there.
We also visited the grave of Imam Shafi’i. I didn’t get any pictures there. I felt a little strange to photograph it, even though the building was quite beautiful. Unfortunately people go there and hold on to the wooden frame surrounding the grave, cry and make dua. The floor surrounding his grave is littered with money, pictures, and notes. I had dh read to me and the kids about Imam Shafi’i the night before going. He was born in Palestine, moved as a baby to Madina after he was orphaned. He grew up there and later moved to Iraq. He spent his last years in Egypt, masjid ‘Amr ibn al-As was one of the places where he taught.
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