Sidi El Houari
|Sidi El Houari سيدي الهواري|
Sidi El Houari's mausoleum in Oran
in the Wilaya of Mostaganem, Algeria
|Died||12 September 1439
Sidi El Houari (1350–1439) was an Algerian imam whose real name Ben-Amar El Houari. He died 12 September 1439 at the age of 89. He is the patron saint of the city of Oran in Algeria. The famous old quarter of Sidi El Houari in Oran is named after him.
Sidi El Houari El Maghraoui belonged to the Berber Maghrawa tribe. He was born in 1350 in the village Saure[disambiguation needed] or Soure (ex: Bellevue[disambiguation needed]) near Ain Tedles in the Wilayah of Mostaganem (Algeria). After his death he was buried in his native village of Saure (ex: Bellevue).
Sidi El Houari El Maghraoui was a very respected scholar, and many cities would have wished whether he was their guest. Out of Tlemcen, Fes, Tunis, Mecca, Jerusalem, Damascus and many other cities which he visited, he chose Oran to settle and honour his inhabitants. Oranians in return welcomed him well and, and although he was buried far away from the city, the visit of its mausoleum, which would shelter its supposed tomb, resembles an irremovable daily pilgrimage.
He went to Kel Mitou, meadows of Chlef to visit a distinguished Saint and acquire his favour. Then he came to Oran searching for theology of Islam to study Koranic sciences in Zaouia " Derkaouia Mahajia ' " Of Sidi Maymun Mahaji and Ayoub, His known for its traditions in the field of religious studies. Having been studied in Béjaïa and then Fes.
He went to the Mecca for Hajj (pilgrimage). Once he returned he settled definitely in Oran where he opened a Madrasah of Koranic education. Among the known adherents who were companions of the imam Sidi El Houari El Maghraoui, we shall name Sidi Ibrahim Tazi and Sidi Said (m'rabet of Hassi El Ghella).