Abdel-Wahed El-Wakil graduated from Ain-Shams University in Cairo, where, from 1965 to 1970, he lectured in the Department of Architecture. El-Wakil has acknowledged the importance of Hassan Fathy to his design development. Since 1971 El-Wakil has been in private practice as an architect. (Source: Architecture and Community: Building in the Islamic World Today. The Aga Khan Award for Architecture. Millerton, NY: Aperture. 1983.)
Rectangular in plan, the mosque comprises an open courtyard, lined with an arcade covered by small domes, which precedes the square, hypostyle prayer hall. A small dome on pendentives covers each of 25 bays defined by the hypostyle arrangement. The men's entrance give access to the prayer hall through the courtyard, while the women's entrance is directly connected to a staircase leading to the women's mezzanine on the first floor. The three-tier minaret is placed on the eastern side, next to one of the entrances.