Al-Azhar Mosque, often referred to as the oldest integrated global university, holds a distinguished status as one of Egypt’s most significant university mosques and enjoys renown throughout the Islamic world. Its hallowed corridors have welcomed countless students and educators, fostering the spirit of moderation and serving as a beacon of Islamic learning. With a history spanning over a thousand years, it has carried the weight of its scientific, religious, national, and civilizational responsibilities, not just for its local community but for the entire Islamic world. It stands as a symbol of civilization, a preeminent scholarly reference, and a steadfast platform for sincere advocacy.
Initially established with the aim of promoting the Shiite sect during the conquest of Egypt by Jawhar al-Siqilli, under the reign of Caliph al-Mu’izz li-Din Allah, the first of the Fatimid caliphs in Egypt, Al-Azhar Mosque has evolved and now imparts teachings in accordance with the Sunni sect. After the founding of the city of Cairo, the construction of Al-Azhar Mosque was diligently undertaken, culminating in its inaugural Friday prayer held on the 7th of Ramadan in the year 361 AH (972 AD). This historical event marks Al-Azhar Mosque as the very first mosque established in the city of Cairo.”
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