Eloquent of the glory of the Fatemi tradition and way of life, the construction
of this Masjid was begun by the Fatemi Imam Al-Aziz-Billah(AS) in 380 A.H. (990
A.D.) and completed by his son, Imam Al-Hakim-be-Amrillah,(AS) in 403 A.H. (1013A.D.).
It has 4000 meters of Quranic inscription running along the walls of the
Masjid. It is one of the rarest architectural wonders of the Islamic World and is
revered as the "Gem of Fatemi Cairo".
The time-hallowed Masjid is an inspiring reminder of the glorious past, founded
in ever-lasting faith and deeply treasured in our hearts. While reminding us of
our past, it also reminds us of the meaningful personality at the helm of affairs
who holds aloft the truths and tenets of our faith, revitalises them through his
piety, devotion and makes of the past a helpful stairway to the future.
Its restoration and renovation was indeed the biggest undertaking in the movement
for resuscitation of Fatemi relics.
In Egypt, there are nearly 100 archeological teams from various Christian and Western
Sources. Under Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin(tus)'s directions this was the only Islamic
group coming from the East.
Even UNESCO hesitated to undertake the work because of its extraordinary responsibility.
research was involved, the architectural affinity and the spirit of that age had
to be strictly observed and Fatemi Kufi script re-written. The initial removal of
dirt, debris, and squalor of nearly 29,000 cubic meters filling the edifice, in
itself meant a painful job. However, not withstanding all the impediments and bottlenecks,
work was carried out in the face of challenges with dedication and determination.
The then President of Egypt performed the inauguration at the onest of the 15th
Century (Hijrah), of the renovated and re-furbished masjid. The know-how employed
in this major undertaking came largely from India.
Reference: 52nd El-Dai-El-Fatemi, 75 Momentous Years in Retrospect. By: Dr. Y. Najmuddin,