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    Salam,
    Imam Hussein (RadiAllahu anhu)'s body is buried in Karbala, Iraq but his head is buried in his Mosque in Cairo, Egypt.
    Can anybody pls tell how did the head get their in Cairo, Egypt and What is the history behind it?


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    وعليكم السلام
    Cairo is only one of the seven different possible locations for the burial of the head. This version assumes that the head was buried in ʿAsqalān, a town on the coast of southern Palestine. Here is a brief account of how the head reached Cairo.

    In the year 491/1098, the Fatimid wazīr al-Afḍal conducted an expedition to Jerusalem to bring its Artuqid rulers under Fatimid suzerainty. On his way back to Cairo from Jerusalem he passed by ʿAsqalān and found the burial place of the head dilapidated, so he removed the head to a more suitable place there and had a mausoleum built for it in ʿAsqalān. In the following year the Franks attacked Jerusalem and the Fatimids lost control over it. ʿAsqalān itself being at the front line was repeatedly attacked by the Franks.

    Then, about 55 years later, in the year 548/1153, during the reign of the Fatimid caliph al-Fāʾiz, the Franks launched a major attack on ʿAsqalān. The then Fatimid wazīr al-Ṣāliḥ Ṭalāʾiʿ b. Ruzzīk, fearing the desecration of the head, had it brought to Cairo for burial in the same year.

    This account is preserved in Akhbār Miṣr (sub anno 491) of the Egyptian historian Ibn Muyassar (d. 677/1278) whose work has partially survived in a unique manuscript derived from a copy made by the famous historian of Egypt al-Maqrīzī (d. 845/1442) and which is quoted by subsequent historians with some additional details.

    Tāj al-Dīn Muḥammad b. ʿAlī b. Yūsuf b. Jalab Rāghib Ibn Muyassar, Akhbār Miṣr, ed. Ayman Fuʾād Sayyid, Cairo, 1981, pp. 65-66.

    والسلام
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    Salam
    Thanx Abu Harris for the information. You said Cairo is the one of the Seven locations of The Head of Imam Hussain RadiAllahu anhu. Where are the other locations? Which is the most authentic? Why are there so much controversies about the Head?


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    Default Re: The Head of Imam Hussain (RadiAllahu anhu)

    thanks for the useful Information

    the other places are

    1. Jannat ul Baqih
    2. Damascus
    3. Karbala
    4. Cairo
    5. Asqalan ( Palestine ) ??
    6. ?
    7. ?

    I hope some one will fill it

    Regards


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