Exterior of the Sayyida Nafisa Mosque in Cairo - this mosque is built over the tomb of Sayyida Nafisa

Exterior of the Sayyida Nafisa Mosque in Cairo - this mosque is built over the tomb of Sayyida Nafisa

When I visited this holy shrine, the area in front of the mosque was going through some renovation work

When I visited this holy shrine, the area in front of the mosque was going through some renovation work

It appeared to be a large roundabout with traffic and people crossing eachother randomly

It appeared to be a large roundabout with traffic and people crossing eachother randomly

Interior of the Sayyida Nafisa Mosque - Sayyida Nafisa was the great granddaughter of the Prophet Mohamed (PBUH)

Interior of the Sayyida Nafisa Mosque - Sayyida Nafisa was the great granddaughter of the Prophet Mohamed (PBUH)

Pilgrims reciting Koran inside the mosque - Sayyida Nafisa was the daughter of al-Hasan al-Anwar, the son of Zaid bin Hassan bin Imam Ali (A.S.)

Pilgrims reciting Koran inside the mosque - Sayyida Nafisa was the daughter of al-Hasan al-Anwar, the son of Zaid bin Hassan bin Imam Ali (A.S.)

Zarih of Sayyida Nafisa - she moved to Cairo from Medina (Hejaz in the past, now Saudi Arabia)  in 809 AD and died in Cairo in 824 AD

Zarih of Sayyida Nafisa - she moved to Cairo from Medina (Hejaz in the past, now Saudi Arabia) in 809 AD and died in Cairo in 824 AD

A wooden wall to the left separates women and men sections of the zarih

A wooden wall to the left separates women and men sections of the zarih

She married to Ishaq al-Mutamin, son of the sixth Shia Imam Jafar al-Sadiq

She married to Ishaq al-Mutamin, son of the sixth Shia Imam Jafar al-Sadiq

Casing of the zarih - it is said that this holy lady dug her own grave because she knew her time was getting nearer

Casing of the zarih - it is said that this holy lady dug her own grave because she knew her time was getting nearer

Every day she would enter the grave and worship in it - she was not only known for her abstinence  and piety but also for religious teachings

Every day she would enter the grave and worship in it - she was not only known for her abstinence and piety but also for religious teachings

A large lantern hangs from the ceiling inside the tomb

A large lantern hangs from the ceiling inside the tomb

Beautiful ceiling of the Mosque of Sayyida Nafisa - Imam al-Sgafi was also one of his students (he is buried in Cairo too)

Beautiful ceiling of the Mosque of Sayyida Nafisa - Imam al-Sgafi was also one of his students (he is buried in Cairo too)

A chandelier hangs from the ceiling - this holy lady provided education for the young girls and women alike in her era

A chandelier hangs from the ceiling - this holy lady provided education for the young girls and women alike in her era

Another beautiful chandelier inside the mosque - this mosqe alone is a masterpiece of art and beauty in proportions

Another beautiful chandelier inside the mosque - this mosqe alone is a masterpiece of art and beauty in proportions

Details of one of the internal walls of the mosque

Details of one of the internal walls of the mosque

Colourful ceiling of the mosque - the mosque was first built by the governor of Egypt, Ubaydullah bin Sirri bin al-Hakam and subsequently renovated in 1089, 1371 and again in 1897

Colourful ceiling of the mosque - the mosque was first built by the governor of Egypt, Ubaydullah bin Sirri bin al-Hakam and subsequently renovated in 1089, 1371 and again in 1897

The current mosque that exists today in the square dates back to 1897 and was erected by Abbas Helmy II

The current mosque that exists today in the square dates back to 1897 and was erected by Abbas Helmy II

Nafisa was known for her incredible charity. She would give away all the gifts she gets to those in need and rarely kept anything for herself

Nafisa was known for her incredible charity. She would give away all the gifts she gets to those in need and rarely kept anything for herself

Interior of the mosque -  Nafisa passed away in Ramadan in the year 208 hijri

Interior of the mosque - Nafisa passed away in Ramadan in the year 208 hijri

Her husband made plans to take her to Median but people of Egypt wanted her remains to be buried in Cairo and their wish was granted

Her husband made plans to take her to Median but people of Egypt wanted her remains to be buried in Cairo and their wish was granted

Small windows inside the mosque

Small windows inside the mosque

The area in front of the mosque is called Sayyida Nafisa Square (Meidan Sayyida Nafisa)

The area in front of the mosque is called Sayyida Nafisa Square (Meidan Sayyida Nafisa)