During his visit to Egypt this weekend, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to explore the 11th Century Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah (985-1021), Fatimid Caliph mosque. This historical site has been meticulously restored with valuable contributions from the Dawoodi Bohra community. The Prime Minister's visit holds a special significance for the Dawoodi Bohra Community.
The Al-Hakim mosque in Cairo underwent a significant restoration process, carried out in collaboration between the Egyptian government and the Dawoodi Bohra community. PM Modi is expected to visit the mosque this weekend during his return to India after visiting the US.. As part of his itinerary, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also visited the Heliopolis War Cemetery to honor and pay tribute to the brave Indian soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice for Egypt during World War I.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's forthcoming two-day state visit to Egypt, scheduled from June 24, comes as a significant milestone, as he is the first Indian prime minister to undertake a bilateral visit to Egypt since 1997. This visit was extended at the invitation of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, highlighting the renewed diplomatic engagement between the two nations after a long gap. Prior to his meeting with President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi engaged in the discussions with the India Unit, a distinguished assembly of high-level ministers established by the Egyptian president with the aim of strengthening bilateral relations between Egypt and India.
Situated on the eastern side of al-Mu’izz street in the center of Cairo, the mosque holds a position of utmost sanctity for Egyptian Muslims. It is regarded as one of the holiest sites in the country, drawing significant religious and cultural significance for the local community. According to local reports, the Dawoodi Bohras, a community belonging to the Ismaili Shiite sect, made a significant contribution of approximately 85 million in local currency towards the mosque in Cairo.
In February of this year, the mosque was reopened to the public after undergoing extensive renovations. According to media reports, Bassam Rady, the Presidential spokesperson, praised the significant contributions made by Mufaddal Saifuddin, the Sultan of the Indian Bohra community and the 53rd al-Dai al-Mutlaq, their spiritual leader. Their generous support played a crucial role in the renovation and restoration of several shrines and historic mosques across Egypt, earning them recognition and gratitude from the authorities.