The mosque was first built in 642 by Amr
Ibn El-As, the Arab general who led the
Arab conquest of Egypt. The mosque is absolutely the first
built in Egypt.
The current building has nothing to do with Amr Ibn El-As
original mosque, because it was rebuilt and expanded several
times throughout subsequent Islamic eras.
It played an important religious and social role in the old
capital city of Al-Fustat,
also built by Ibn El-As.
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