Sufi Mosques

Sufi Mosques STT113

This tour will first visit the Abu al-Abbas al-Mursi Mosque, Alexandria. Abu al Abbas al Mursi left Spain with his family in 640 H (1242 AD) in the face of increasing Christian control over Spain. He was accompanied by his father, brother, and his mother. In Tunisia, Shehab heard about El Sheikh Abu El Hassan El Shazly and he accompanied him in his journey to Alexandria. Many Muslim scholars and religious people chose to live in Alexandria after the Christians began to dominate Spain. El Sheikh El Shazly was fond of Shehab and in return Abu al-Abbas became one of his best students.

Abu al-Abbas al-Mursi Mosque in Alexandria

Abu al-Abbas al-Mursi Mosque in Alexandria showing the dome decoration

Abu al-Abbas married El Shazly’s daughter and had two daughters and a son with her. Shehab Abu El Abbas El Mursi lived 43 years in Alexandria as a Muslim teacher until he died in 686 H (1286 AD). Built in 1775 by Algerians, the mosque was built over the tomb of the famous thirteenth century sufi saint. The walls of the mosque are dressed in artificial stone, while the minaret, located on the south side, stands at 73 metres.

Qaed Ibrahim Mosque in Alexandria

Qaed Ibrahim Mosque in Alexandria

A visit will also be made to the Qaed Ibrahim Mosque in Alexandria. It is said there are 40 mosques in Alexandria associated with the Sufi order, around 16 of them historic mosques.

El Sayed el Badawy Mosque

El Sayed el Badawy Mosque in Tanta

In Tanta is the El Sayed el Badawy Mosque. The largest moulid in Egypt in late October annually commemorates Sayed Ahmed El-Badawi at his tomb in Tanta’s mosque attracting up to three million people, some travelling from as far away as Sudan. Sayed Ahmed El-Badawy honors this 13th century Moroccan Sufi who won fame battling Crusaders and founding the Badawiya Sufi order.

Tanta Moulid crowd

Tanta Moulid crowd

The last mosque for the day, in Desouq, honours Ibrahim el Desouki. El-Desouki was born in Desouq on the Nile delta and there he lived he whole life, hence his attribution to it. According to tradition, he is a descendant of Ali ibn Abi Talib from his paternal side and to the Caliph of the Rifa’i order in Egypt from his maternal side. El-Desouki was influenced by the Shadhili Sufi order and was as well close to his contemporary Sufi Ahmad al-Badawi of Tanta. He became Sheikh ul-Islam of Egypt during Baibars’ rule. His feast is celebrated twice a year: the first during April, and the second on October the 2nd.

Mausoleum of Saint Ibrahim El-Desouki

Mausoleum of Saint Ibrahim El-Desouki

Departs from your accommodation at 6.30am. Hotel pickups may commence prior to this time, exact pickup time will be advised on reconfirmation.
Duration: around 11-12 hours depending on how long you would like to linger at each site and the ubiquitous Egyptian traffic
This tour is available each day of the year

All transportation by private air-conditioned vehicles
Pick up and drop off at your accommodation
Registered tour guide who speaks your own language or English who will assist you in making the most of your visit
Entrance fee to all sites. Some sites do not have an entrance fee but a donation is always welcome.

Food and drink unless specified
These sites do not have entrance fees but donations are always welcome
Tips (recommended)
Any activity costs not mentioned in our program

Things to note:
– Walking around any sites can be over uneven surfaces and sensible, comfortable footwear is advised.
– Sunscreen, a hat and water are important.
– There are souvenir salesmen everywhere in Egypt and bazaar shop owners can be insistent; be polite but firm if you are not interested in purchasing. Ask your guide for assistance if necessary.
– If required, wheelchair accessibility should be discussed when booking. A vehicle with wheelchair accessibility can be made available but the streets of old Cairo are not always easy with a chair or for people with disabilities.
– Don’t forget your camera!!! Bring a spare battery and card – you’ll take far more pictures than you imagine.

A confirmation sheet will be sent to you as soon as possible after booking with all details, including local telephone numbers for enquiries.

1 person – US$222 per person
2 – 4 people – US$124 per person
5 – 8 people – US$74 per person
9 -15 people – US$56 per person
Request a quote for 16+ people
Reduced costs for children 4-12, children 3 and under free

Thank you for choosing Nile Wave Travel. If you wish to book this tour please quote STT112. You may contact us by email at or phone +2 017 3338800.

Qaed Ibrahim Mosque in Alexandria

Qaed Ibrahim Mosque in Alexandria


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