FILE - Al-Azhar headquarters in Cairo FILE - Al-Azhar headquarters in Cairo

Azhar Mosque celebrates 1078th founding anniversary

Wed, May. 23, 2018
CAIRO – 23 May 2018: A grand celebration will take place on Wednesday at Al-Azhar Mosque on the occasion of its 1,078th founding anniversary, on Ramadan 7 of every year.

The celebration will see the attendance of Grand Imam Ahmad al Tayyeb alongside senior preachers, officials and leaders of Al-Azhar Mosque-University.

A series of events will take place on the sidelines of the ceremony as the attendants are scheduled to take a tour at the AD 970 mosque and will participate in a seminar on the history of the mosque's founding and the first Friday prayer that was held in it.

Founded during the reign of Fatimid Caliph, Al-Mu'izz li-Din Allah, the Al-Azhar Mosque-University was first named after Fatima Zahra, prophet Muhammed’s daughter, and is recognized as the world’s highest Islamic authority; the university has been welcoming students and scholars from various nations.

In March and during the visit of Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman (MBS) to Egypt, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and bin Salman inaugurated Al-Azhar Mosque following a three-year maintenance period.

During the visit, President Sisi and the Crown Prince reviewed the restoration works undertaken by the Ministry of Awqaf (Endowments) in Al-Azhar.
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