Cairo Tomb of Sufist Scholar to Remain in Place
The tomb of a sufist Muslim scholar located in old Cairo will remain in its place, authorities decided.
The Egyptian Gazette newspaper reported that the antiquities committee has decided to retain the mausoleum of Sedi Abdallah Ibn Hisham Al Kanassi at Gamalia district, about 25 meters from the northern wall of old Cairo.
The ad-hoc committee assigned with determining the precincts of old Cairo had outlined a 20 meter precincts and that the buildings opposite the wall would not be higher than the wall itself.
The committee has therefore agreed to retain the mosque as it goes with the line of the street while the street itself functions as a natural precinct.
Head of the Islamic and Coptic Antiquities, Abdallah Al Attar was quoted in the report as saying that Ibn Hisham was born in Cairo and was buried in the sufists cemetery outside Al Nasser gate.
Ibn Hisham received secular education at Al Azhar and was known for his eloquence, intelligence and humbleness.
Ibn Hisham joined the sufist sect and was versatile in Arabic grammar.
He was matchless in his knowledge of the rules of grammar.
Al Attar added that Ibn Hisham had authored about l25 books the most famous perhaps is Al Tazkara (Prescription) which falls in l5 volumes.