Al-Hussein Mosque occupies a great place in the heart of Egyptians. It was named after Prophet Mohamed’s grandson- Hussein Ibn Ali. The Fatimids believed that his head was buried on the grounds of the mosque.
There is a strong relation between Al-Hussein Street and Ramadan as the Egyptians from all over the country head there in order to have Iftar and pray for Allah. The street is surrounded by luxury and simple restaurants that fit all classes.
Before the Iftar, long tables are set side by side and people from different races, religions and nationalities waiting for “Adhan’-the call for ‘Al-Maghreb’ prayer- sunset prayer. After Iftar, all Muslims head to the Mosque to perform ‘Isha’ and ‘Al-Tarawih‘ prayers- extra prayers during Ramadan. Then later they visit Al-Hussein’s tomb considered as a sacred place.
After Al-Tarawih prayers, all people gather in coffee shops like Al-Feshawy, which attracts many tourists and visitors from different places.
Places like Al-Moaz, Khan Al-Khalili Streets and the neighborhoods of Al – Gamaliya District’s coffee shops are considered as important tourist attractions due to its ancient decorations. Fatimids Egyptian streets used to offer cups of tea with green mint leaves. All these make tourists always remember the “Nostalgia.”
There are varying prices in these places as a cup of tea in some places is sold at 4 L.E and in other places at 25 L.E. The Egyptians prefer to order meat with vegetables and other dishes instead of ordering simple meals that cost 50 L.E or less.
Contributed by: Menna Seliem