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Inside The Historic Al Hussein Mosque During Ramadan

Considered one of Islam’s holiest sites, Al Hussein Mosque is associated with personal clarity for worshippers struggling in their personal lives.

Farah Desouky

Considered one of Islam’s holiest sites, Al Hussein Mosque was originally built in 1154 before it was reconstructed in 1874, and then recently renovated last year. Situated in the Al Gamailya neighbourhood, the mosque is named after Prophet Muhammad's grandson, Hussain ibn Ali. Over the centuries, Muslim worshippers who are struggling in their private lives would come to the mosque, as it has culturally become associated with personal clarity and epiphanies.

During the holy month of Ramadan, the entire neighbourhood brims with communal celebrations. Lanterns and decorations alight along Al Hussein’s narrow alleyways, as visitors arrive for a traditional Ramadan gathering in its busy streets. While the mosque is filled with prayers throughout the month, Taraweeh prayers - a special prayer Muslims perform exclusively during Ramadan - the mosque becomes especially crowded, as worshippers immerse themselves in the shared religious experience.