The mausoleum of imam al-Shafii

The mausoleum of imam al-Shafii

Imam al-Shafii who is esteemed as the founder of one of 4 schools of Sunni Islam, possesses the big mausoleum in 2 km from the Citadel. There it is possible to reach by a taxi (3-5 pounds), by buses No. 81 and No. 89 from Medan Atab, by the bus No. 160 from Medan Ramses or on more comfortable minibus No. 154 from Abdel My is mute Riyad which is crossed with Shary Imam al-Shafii in 100 m from the mausoleum. If you have passed turn, it is possible to reach to autostation, to drink a tea cup with the driver and to leave in a suitable place on a way back.
The mausoleum of imam al-Shafii, simply recognizable on own elegant dome topped with the steel boat similar to a weather vane, disappears behind a mosque at the end of the street (the entrance free, but is pertinent a baksheesh). The bigger Islamic funeral complex has been erected in 1211 by Al-Kamil, Salakh-ad-Din’s nephew and the same jealous adherent of an orthodox sunnizm, as well as the imam who has died in 820 g. Made of a kenotaal-Shafiya teak (in which the devout lower letters with requests) costs under a great dome which is supported by the sails painted in red and turn blue colour and decorated by gold ornaments. Walls are revetted with the motley marble which has escaped since restoration of a structure, carried out by Kait-bey in the 1480th. In former times the boat on a roof has been filled with a forage for birds and water. In Islam of the boat are registered on a symbol of a spiritual enlightenment, and birds associate with souls.
Maulid al-Shafii involves unlimited quantity sick and crippled, thirsting to receive it a barrack. The holiday passes in Shaaban, the eighth month of a Muslim calendar, but exact date periodically changes. Usually it is the 1st Wednesday of month but if it falls on the 1st or 2nd day of Shaaban, маулид it is postponed till next Wednesday. In any case it comes to an end on Wednesday evening in a week. In the rest of the time the street which is going north to the mausoleum from a quarter of Al-Basatin, is used for the device of the markets of the starenky goods, clothes and the cattle, opening in the afternoon on Fridays.
Bypassing clockwise quarter where the mausoleum of the imam is located, directly behind it you will see a complex with five domes. In a courtyard there are groups кенотафов, decorated with garlands and leaves and topped with images of turbans, tarbooshes and other headdresses indicating a rank of the dead. It is Hosh al-Basha complex where Mohammed Ali’s sons, their spouses, children and confidants are buried. Involving attention the simplicity the tomb belongs to the princess who adhered to constructive views and could not bear ostentatious luxury. The body of king Farouk which has died in exile, lies now in a mosque of Rifai. 40 statues standing in a separate room, immortalise memory 470 мамлюков, cut out by Mohammed Ali in the Citadel.

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