Mashhad of Sayyida Ruqayya

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External view of the Mashhad of Sayyida Ruqayya in Cairo
Detail of the central mihrab within the Mashhad

The Mashhad of Sayyida Ruqayya also known as Mashhad al-Sayyidah Ruqayya, Sayyida Ruqayya Mashhad, and Ruqayya Mashhad, is a 12th-century religious shrine in the city of Cairo, Egypt. The structure was built in 1133 as a memorial to Ruqayya, an 'Alid saint who was related to the Prophet by marriage, her mother being one of the wives of the Caliph who married the Prophet's daughter Fatimah.

Rugayya is traditionally considered to be a patron saint of the city of Cairo, and the Mashhad is still used as an oratory, where vows and intercessionary prayers to the saint are offered.[1]

The structure, which was built over the grave of Ruqayya, has notable Fatimid architecture. Among other features, the mashhad has a central mihrab with exceptionally fine stucco decoration.[2] This mihrab is of a similar design to the main entrance gate of the al-Aqmar Mosque. The overall layout of this Mashhad is similar to that of the Mashhad of Al-Juyushi.

The sliver zarih was built by Dawoodi Bohra Dai Mohammad Burhanuddin using Fatimid architecture designs in its construction.

The zarih within the Mashhad


  1. ^ Mashhad al-Sayyida Ruqayya,, [1] Accessed10 June 2013
  2. ^ Mashhad al-Sayyida Ruqayya,, [2] Accessed 5 June 2013

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