As-salamu-alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu dear visitor.
This website is an effort to document and propagate knowledge of Egypt’s past great men and women from the Sahaba, Ahl-ul Bayt, Scholars and Saints, in the English language.
We hope they are an inspiration and encourage you to visit them, honor them and seek Allah subhana wa ta’ala’s blessings by doing so.
Egypt’s special place among nations is confirmed by Allah ta’ala mentioning it and the river Nile in the Glorious Qur’an:
Chapter 10 Jonah سورة يونس – Yunus: Verse 87
وَأَوْحَيْنَا إِلَىٰ مُوسَىٰ وَأَخِيهِ أَنْ تَبَوَّآ لِقَوْمِكُمَا بِمِصْرَ بُيُوتًا وَاجْعَلُوا بُيُوتَكُمْ قِبْلَةً وَأَقِيمُوا الصَّلَاةَ ۗ وَبَشِّرِ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ
“We inspired Moses and his brother with this Message: “Provide dwellings for your people in Egypt, make your dwellings into places of worship, and establish regular prayers: and give glad tidings to those who believe!”
Chapter 12 Joseph سورة يوسف – Yusuf: Verse 99
فَلَمَّا دَخَلُوا عَلَىٰ يُوسُفَ آوَىٰ إِلَيْهِ أَبَوَيْهِ وَقَالَ ادْخُلُوا مِصْرَ إِنْ شَاءَ اللَّهُ آمِنِينَ
“Then when they entered the presence of Joseph, he provided a home for his parents with himself, and said: “Enter ye Egypt (all) in safety if it please Allah.”
Chapter 20 Taha سورة طه – Taha: Verse 39
أَنِ اقْذِفِيهِ فِي التَّابُوتِ فَاقْذِفِيهِ فِي الْيَمِّ فَلْيُلْقِهِ الْيَمُّ بِالسَّاحِلِ يَأْخُذْهُ عَدُوٌّ لِي وَعَدُوٌّ لَهُ ۚ وَأَلْقَيْتُ عَلَيْكَ مَحَبَّةً مِنِّي وَلِتُصْنَعَ عَلَىٰ عَيْنِي
“‘Throw (the child) into the chest, and throw (the chest) into the river (Nile): the river will cast him up on the bank, and he will be taken up by one who is an enemy to Me and an enemy to him’: But I cast (the garment of) love over thee from Me: and (this) in order that thou mayest be reared under Mine eye.”
Our beloved Prophet ﷺ also mentioned the Nile in this segment of a beautiful Hadith in Sahih Muslim, Chapter 1, Faith (Kitab Al Iman), Hadith 314, Narrated by Sayyidina Anas bin Malik:
“On the authority of Malik b. Sasa’, perhaps a person of his tribe, that the Prophet of Allah ﷺ said: …He (the narrator) narrated in this hadith that the Prophet of Allah ﷺ told that he saw four rivers which flowed from (the root of the lote-tree of the farthest limits): two manifest rivers and two hidden rivers. I said: ‘ Gabriel! what are these rivers? He replied: The two hidden rivers are the rivers of Paradise, and as regards the two manifest ones, they are the Nile and the Euphrates…”
Egypt also hosted several great prophets including Sayyidina Ibrahim, Sayyidina Musa, Sayyidina Yusuf, and Sayyidina Haroon. Some also say that Sayyidina ‘Isa and Sayyida Mariam passed through Egypt, peace be upon them all.
Of course, there are several Sahaba buried around Egypt as well as many members of the Prophet’s ﷺ Ahl-ul Bayt. In fact, outside of Jannat al-Baqi’ in Medina, Egypt is the place with the most Ahl-ul Bayt buried.
Each person’s page on this site has a brief biography, and most have photos of their mosque and/or maqam and an interactive map to help you find them. The biographies are mainly compiled from the Arabic book: نيل الخيرات الملموسة بزيارة (أهل البيت) و (الصالحين) ب (مصر) المحروسة written by د. سعيد أبو الأسعاد and published by شركة الغتح الصباعة و النشر والتوزيع in 2004.
This is an ongoing project as there may be people missing from this website and not all people mentioned have photos of their maqam and/or interactive map listed. If you are able to contribute to or correct any errors you find on this site, please Contact Us. Thank you.