President El-Sisi and Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin inaugurate the historic Sayyeda Zainab masjid in Cairo

The President of Egypt joins Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin to inaugurate the Sayyeda Zainab masjid in Cairo

The President of Egypt, His Excellency Abdul Fattah El-Sisi inaugurated the masjid of Sayyeda Zainab in the heart of old Cairo alongside the leader of the Dawoodi Bohra community, His Holiness Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin on Sunday, May 12, 2024.

Sayyeda Zainab is the granddaughter of the prophet Mohammed and a revered member of the Ahl al-Bayt (progeny of the prophet). Tens of thousands of people remember her dedication and service for the Ahl al-Bayt and pay homage at her shrine each year.

“When they were looking for safety, peace, and a reception befitting them, their destination was Egypt, and they found in Egypt the security and safety they sought,” said Al-Sisi highlighting Egypt’s significance as a place of refuge for the prophet’s family.

Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin expressed gratitude to the Egyptian government for the opportunity to contribute in the redevelopment of the Sayyeda Zainab masjid, acknowledging its significance to Muslims worldwide, particularly in Egypt. 

A day earlier, the President warmly received His Holiness and members of his family at the presidential palace in Cairo. 

The Dawoodi Bohra community have a long-standing relationship with Egypt and have partnered with the Egyptian government on numerous restoration projects. Their contributions include the revival and restoration of the masjid of Imam al-Hakim among several other masjids in Islamic Cairo. 

In recognition of his continued efforts in cultural, charitable and social causes in Egypt, President Sisi presented His Holiness with the ‘Nile Sash’, the third-highest civilian honour of the country in a ceremony on August 7, 2023.

Recently, Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin has taken part in the restoration and repair of various shrines of the Ahl al-Bayt (the progeny of the prophet Mohammed) in support of President El-Sisi’s efforts to restore archaeological sites in Fatimid and historic Cairo. These include the shrines of Imam Husain and Sayyeda Nafisa which have been renovated in an integrated manner where the interior halls and the exterior complex of the shrines compliment the heritage and historical significance that they manifest. 

These restoration projects reflect the Dawoodi Bohra community’s commitment to conserve, protect and rejuvenate the rich material and cultural heritage of Islamic-Fatimid Cairo.

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May 13, 2024
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