Lamps at Masjid Sultan Hassan
The masjid is more than six hundred and fifty years old, and once housed a hospital and a school.
I love the low hanging lamps on loooooong cords… they draw your eyes heavenwards.
Sh. Ali Jumaa
The Grand Mufti of Egypt Sh. Ali Jumaa (or Gumaa, if you’re Egyptian :)) giving a talk on Tafseer at Masjid Sultan Hassan.
Sunlight through a Crafted Window
at the adjacent masjid, Masjid ar-Rifa’i.
A shop in the Khan al-Khalili Souq
Masjid in Ottoman design built by Muhammad Ali, a former ruler of Egypt.
Inside the masjid of Muhammad Ali.
A group of school-girls on a field trip listen to their teacher underneath the enormous chandelier.
Prayer in an ancient masjid.
A cute couple take a walk through the gorgeous park.
That’s Masjid Muhammad Ali in the distance.
The courtyard of the ancient Masjid al-Azhar.
There were hundreds of students sitting inside and reclining on its exterior walls, studying or memorizing Quran.
Outside the Maqam of Imam Shafa’ii, rahimahullah.
I love this picture because it shows a lot of the elements that make up the traditional lifestyle of cities like Cairo and Damascus: Fresh fruit sold on street corners, single-storey buildings and homes, cafes with tables and chairs right on the sidewalk, where old men drink coffee. The little girl in the blue jalabiyya is getting water from a type of fountain that’s common on many streets in ancient Muslim cities. For centuries it was a Muslim tradition for the wealthy to make awqaaf (endowments) of water fountains or spouts on the street, so that fresh, clean water could be made available for any thirsty passersby, as a type of continual charity.
A conversation I had in Cairo:
Me: You know Damascus is the oldest city in the world…
A Sis living in Cairo: Really? I think it has got to be Cairo… we have the Pyramids! The age of the Pharoahs!
Me: Well there’s a mountain in Damascus called Qasiyoun… and they say that on this mountain Cain killed Abel…
Sis: ………… Okay, you guys win.